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Cassini Finds Saturn Moon Has 'Sea Level' Like Earth

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 20:01:00 GMT

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Saturn's moon Titan may be nearly a billion miles away from Earth, but a recently published paper based on data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft reveals a new way this distant world and our own are eerily similar.






GeoCarb: A New View of Carbon Over the Americas

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 20:01:00 GMT

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A new NASA Earth satellite mission may transform our understanding of the global carbon cycle by mapping key carbon gases from a new vantage point: geostationary orbit.






Steep Slopes on Mars Reveal Structure of Buried Ice

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 20:01:00 GMT

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Researchers using NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) have found eight sites where thick deposits of ice beneath Mars' surface are exposed in faces of eroding slopes.






Multi-planet System Found Through Crowdsourcing

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 20:01:00 GMT

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A system of at least five exoplanets has been discovered by citizen scientists through a project called Exoplanet Explorers.






NASA's Great Observatories Team Up to Find Magnified and Stretched Image of Distant Galaxy

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 20:01:00 GMT

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An intensive survey by NASA's Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes has yielded the farthest galaxy yet seen in an image stretched and amplified by gravitational lensing.






NASA Space Telescopes Provide a 3-D Journey Through the Orion Nebula

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 20:01:00 GMT

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Data from NASA's Spitzer and Hubble space telescopes were combined to make a three-dimensional, fly-through view of the picturesque Orion Nebula.






Sneak Peek of JPL Missions and Activities

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 20:01:00 GMT

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The year 2017 marked several milestones in science, technology and flight projects for NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California.






NASA Sees First Direct Proof of Ozone Hole Recovery

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 20:01:00 GMT

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For the first time, direct satellite observations of the ozone hole have shown that ozone-destroying chlorine levels are declining, resulting in less ozone depletion.






Lightening Up Soybean Leaves May Boost Food Supply

Wed, 03 Jan 2018 20:01:00 GMT

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Lightening the color of soybean leaves may increase the growth and yield of this major world food crop.






NASA-led Study Solves a Methane Puzzle

Tue, 02 Jan 2018 20:01:00 GMT

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A new calculation of methane emissions from global fires resolves what looked like irreconcilable differences in explaining the recent methane increase.






Arecibo Radar Returns with Asteroid Phaethon Images

Fri, 22 Dec 2017 20:12:00 GMT

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Months after Hurricane Maria, the Arecibo Observatory Planetary Radar has resumed normal operations, providing high-resolution images of the asteroid 3200 Phaethon Earth flyby.






Wet Winters May Not Dampen Small Wildfires

Thu, 21 Dec 2017 20:12:00 GMT

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A wet winter corresponds to more small wildfires in the following fire season, not fewer, as is commonly assumed.






NASA Chooses New Frontiers Mission Finalists

Wed, 20 Dec 2017 20:12:00 GMT

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NASA selects a comet sample return mission and a drone-like rotorcraft that would explore potential landing sites on Saturn's largest moon, Titan.






Prototype Space Sensors Take Test Ride on NASA ER-2

Wed, 20 Dec 2017 20:12:00 GMT

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Scientists have completed flight tests of prototype potential satellite sensors probing basic science questions about aerosols, clouds, air quality and global ocean ecosystems






Artificial Intelligence, NASA Data Used to Discover Eighth Planet Circling Distant Star

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 20:12:00 GMT

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Our solar system now is tied for most number of planets around a single star, with the discovery of an eighth planet circling a Sun-like star 2,545 light years from Earth.






Next-Generation GRACE Satellites Arrive at Launch Site

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 20:12:00 GMT

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A pair of U.S./German Earth research satellites with some very big shoes to fill is now at California 's Vandenberg Air Force Base to begin final preparations for launch.






Mars Mission Sheds Light on Habitability of Distant Planets

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 20:12:00 GMT

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How long might a Mars-like planet of a red-dwarf star be habitable? It's a complex question but one that NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution mission can help answer.






Sierras Lost Water Weight, Grew Taller During Drought

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 20:12:00 GMT

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Loss of water from Sierra Nevada rocks caused the California mountains to rise almost an inch during the recent drought.






Bright Areas on Ceres Suggest Geologic Activity

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 20:12:00 GMT

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Scientists have a better sense of how bright areas on Ceres formed and changed over time -- processes indicative of an active, evolving world.






NASA's Juno Probes the Depths of Jupiter's Great Red Spot

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 20:12:00 GMT

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Data collected by NASA's Juno spacecraft during its first pass over Jupiter's Great Red Spot in July 2017 indicate that this iconic feature penetrates well below the clouds.






NASA Airborne Science Team Surveys California Fires

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 20:12:00 GMT

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NASA scientists are using a high-altitude aircraft and sophisticated JPL imaging spectrometer to study environmental impacts from Southern California's devastating wildfires.






JPL Deploys a CubeSat for Astronomy

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 20:12:00 GMT

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A training program allowed early-career engineers to test an innovative design.






NASA Mars Rover Team's Tilted Winter Strategy Works

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 20:12:00 GMT

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NASA's Mars rover Opportunity has passed the shortest-daylight weeks of the Martian year with its solar panels in clean condition for a potential dust-storm season in 2018.






Found: Most Distant Black Hole

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 20:12:00 GMT

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Scientists have uncovered a rare relic from the early universe: the farthest known supermassive black hole.






JPL Invention Challenge: Students, Pros, Wiffle Balls

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 20:12:00 GMT

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Students from as far away as Tanzania and Ethiopia joined JPL professionals in the annual Invention Challenge.






The Voyagers in Popular Culture

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 20:12:00 GMT

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The Voyagers have been featured in many movies, TV shows and songs during the course of their epic 40-year journeys.






Voyager 1 Fires Up Thrusters After 37 Years

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 20:12:00 GMT

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The Voyager team is able to use a set of four backup thrusters, dormant since 1980, for orienting the spacecraft.






Take the Driver's Seat on Sea Level Science

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 20:11:00 GMT

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Anyone with a computer can take the driver's seat using this new NASA model of sea level rise and ice sheet melt.






Exoplanet Has Smothering Stratosphere Without Water

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 20:11:00 GMT

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The massive exoplanet WASP-18b seems to have a smothering stratosphere loaded with carbon monoxide and devoid of water.






NASA Builds its Next Mars Rover Mission

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 20:11:00 GMT

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The 2020 mission's hardware is coming together at JPL.






NASA Finds VA Metro Area Is Sinking Unevenly

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 20:11:00 GMT

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The Hampton Roads metropolitan area is sinking at highly uneven rates, with a few spots subsiding 7 to 10 times faster than the area average.






Drone Race: Human Versus Artificial Intelligence

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 20:11:00 GMT

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Artificial intelligence could soon match the skills of professional drone pilots.






Cassini Image Mosaic: A Farewell to Saturn

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 20:11:00 GMT

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A bevy of color images was assembled to produce the mission's final end-to-end look at the planet and its rings.






NASA Links Port-City Sea Levels to Regional Ice Melt

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 20:11:00 GMT

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A new NASA tool that links changes in sea level in 293 global port cities to specific regions of melting land ice may help coastal planners prepare for future rising seas.






Solar System's First Interstellar Visitor Dazzles Scientists

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 20:11:00 GMT

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New data reveal first detected interstellar object to be a rocky, and up to one-quarter mile (400 meters) long and highly-elongated-perhaps 10 times as long as it is wide.






Recurring Martian Streaks: Flowing Sand, Not Water?

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 20:11:00 GMT

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Seasonal dark streaks on Mars that previously were described as possible signs of flowing water have steep slopes that are better matches to dry flow processes.






New NASA Insights into the Secret Lives of Plants

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 20:11:00 GMT

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Three NASA missions launching in the next two years will look at vegetation across our living planet to investigate the role of plants in Earth's carbon and water cycles.






NASA Survey Technique Estimates Congo Forest's Carbon

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 20:11:00 GMT

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The equivalent of up to three-quarters of the carbon stored in contiguous U.S. forests is locked in the living vegetation of one African country, according to new research.






Lava or Not, Exoplanet 55 Cancri e Likely to have Atmosphere

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 20:11:00 GMT

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A super-Earth exoplanet thought to sport lava lakes on its hot side, 55 Cancri e, likely also wears an atmosphere with ingredients similar to Earth's, a new study indicates.






Our Living Planet Shapes the Search for Life Beyond Earth

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 20:11:00 GMT

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The knowledge and tools NASA has developed to study life on Earth will be a great asset to the study of planets beyond our solar system.






NASA's Mars 2020 Mission Performs First Supersonic Parachute Test

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 20:11:00 GMT

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First flight tests of the mission's supersonic parachute have yielded dramatic video.






Listening for Gravitational Waves Using Pulsars

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 20:11:00 GMT

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To explore low-frequency gravitational waves, researchers look to a natural experiment in the sky called a pulsar timing array.






Dawn Explores Ceres' Interior Evolution

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 20:11:00 GMT

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Surface features on Ceres and its interior evolution have a closer relationship than one might think.






Hot News from the Antarctic Underground

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 20:11:00 GMT

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A geothermal heat source may help explain why West Antarctica's ice sheet is so unstable.






Powering Saturn's Active Ocean Moon

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 20:11:00 GMT

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A new study finds heat from friction could power hydrothermal activity on Saturn's moon Enceladus for billions of years if the moon has a highly porous core.






Astronomers Complete First International Asteroid Tracking Exercise

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 19:11:00 GMT

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An international team of astronomers led by NASA scientists successfully completed the first global exercise using a real asteroid to test global response capabilities.






More Than 2.4 Million Names Are Going to Mars

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 19:11:00 GMT

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An open call generated overwhelming response from the public.






Juno Aces Eighth Science Pass of Jupiter, Names New Project Manager

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 19:11:00 GMT

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NASA's Juno spacecraft completed its eighth science flyby over Jupiter on Tuesday, Oct. 24.






Overlooked Treasure: The First Evidence of Exoplanets

Wed, 01 Nov 2017 19:11:00 GMT

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The Mount Wilson telescopes were ahead of their time -- in one case, capturing signs of distant worlds that wouldn't be recognized for a century.






New Greenland Maps Show More Glaciers at Risk

Wed, 01 Nov 2017 19:11:00 GMT

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New maps of Greenland's seafloor and bedrock show that two to four times as many coastal glaciers are at risk of accelerated melting as previously thought.






Martian Ridge Brings Out Rover's Color Talents

Wed, 01 Nov 2017 19:11:00 GMT

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Color-discerning capabilities that NASA's Curiosity rover has been using on Mars since 2012 are proving particularly helpful on a mountainside ridge the rover is now climbing.






NASA Estimates the Global Reach of Atmospheric Rivers

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 19:10:00 GMT

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A recent study estimates the global impact of atmospheric rivers on floods and droughts, as well as the number of people affected by these atmospheric phenomena.






Next Mars Rover Will Have 23 'Eyes'

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 19:10:00 GMT

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Over the last 20 years, rover cameras have become smaller, less costly and more numerous.






NuSTAR Probes Black Hole Jet Mystery

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 19:10:00 GMT

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Scientists have been able to measure the distance that particles in black hole jets travel before they "turn on" and become bright sources of light.






NASA Center Directors Launch World Series Bragging Rights Duel

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 19:10:00 GMT

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The World Series has launched a friendly competition between JPL support of their home team, the L.A. Dodgers, and NASA's Johnson Space Center cheering for the Houston Astros.






Prolific Earth Gravity Satellites End Science Mission

Fri, 27 Oct 2017 19:10:00 GMT

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After more than 15 productive years in orbit, the U.S./German GRACE (Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment) satellite mission has ended science operations.






Small Asteroid or Comet 'Visits' from Beyond the Solar System

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 19:10:00 GMT

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A small, recently discovered asteroid -- or perhaps a comet -- appears to have originated from outside the solar system, coming from somewhere else in our galaxy.






Dawn Finds Possible Ancient Ocean Remnants at Ceres

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 19:10:00 GMT

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Ceres' crust as we see it today, with its mixture of ice, salts and hydrated materials, represents most of the dwarf planet's ancient ocean, scientists say.






Dawn Mission Extended at Ceres

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 19:10:00 GMT

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NASA has authorized a second extension of the Dawn mission at Ceres, the largest object in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.






NASA Damage Map Aids California Wildfire Response

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 19:10:00 GMT

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A NASA team has mapped areas in northern California likely damaged by the recent wildfires, for use in the wildfire response.






Take a Walk on Mars -- in Your Own Living Room

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 19:10:00 GMT

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JPL and Google have collaborated on a free VR experience that lets people "walk" on Mars.






Mars Rover Mission Progresses Toward Resumed Drilling

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 19:10:00 GMT

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NASA's Mars rover Curiosity team is working to restore Curiosity's sample-drilling capability using new techniques. The latest development is a preparatory test on Mars.






Fresh Findings From Cassini

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 19:10:00 GMT

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New insights from the Saturn spacecraft's exploration are being presented this week at the American Astronomical Society Division for Planetary Science meeting.






NASA Missions Catch First Light from a Gravitational-Wave Event

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 19:10:00 GMT

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For the first time, NASA scientists have detected light tied to a gravitational-wave event.






NASA Seeks Information from Potential Funders for Spitzer

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 19:10:00 GMT

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NASA is seeking information from U.S. parties interested in operating the Spitzer Space Telescope with non-NASA funding after March 2019, when NASA financial support ends.






NASA Pinpoints Cause of Earth's Recent Record Carbon Dioxide Spike

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 19:10:00 GMT

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A new NASA study provides space-based evidence Earth's tropical regions were the cause of the largest annual increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide in at least 2,000 years.






Reconstructing Cassini's Plunge into Saturn

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 19:10:00 GMT

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Analysis of science data from the spacecraft's final plunge is ongoing, but Cassini engineers already have a clear understanding of how the spacecraft behaved during its dive.






New Insights From OCO-2 Showcased in Science

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 19:10:00 GMT

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OCO-2 data are revealing subtle ways that carbon links everything on Earth, as demonstrated by a diverse special collection of research papers in the journal Science.






Giant Exoplanet Hunters: Look for Debris Disks

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 19:10:00 GMT

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A study finds that giant exoplanets that orbit far from their stars are more likely to be found around young stars that have a disk of dust and debris than those without disks.






This is a Test: Asteroid Tracking Network Observes Close Approach

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 19:10:00 GMT

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A small space rock is being used by asteroid trackers around the world to test an international warning network.






NASA Announces Briefing on Carbon Mission Science Results

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 19:10:00 GMT

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NASA will hold a media teleconference at 11 a.m. PDT (2 p.m. EDT) Thursday, Oct. 12, to discuss new research to be published this week on changing global levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.






Deep Space Communications via Faraway Photons

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 19:10:00 GMT

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A spacecraft destined to explore a unique asteroid will also test new communication hardware that uses lasers instead of radio waves.






Mars Study Yields Clues to Possible Cradle of Life

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 19:10:00 GMT

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The discovery of evidence for ancient sea-floor hydrothermal deposits on Mars identifies an area on the planet that may offer clues about the origin of life on Earth.






Examining Mars' Moon Phobos in a Different Light

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 19:10:00 GMT

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NASA's longest-lived mission to Mars has gained its first look at the Martian moon Phobos, pursuing a deeper understanding by examining it in infrared wavelengths.






The Super-Earth that Came Home for Dinner

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 19:10:00 GMT

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Evidence is growing for the existence of Planet 9 -- a world perhaps 10 times the mass of Earth and 20 times farther from the Sun than Neptune.






Mysterious Dimming of Tabby's Star May Be Caused by Dust

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 19:10:00 GMT

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One of the most mysterious stellar objects may be revealing some of its secrets at last.






Satellites See Silicon Valley's Quick Drought Recovery

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 19:10:00 GMT

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A space-based study finds underground water reserves in California's Silicon Valley rebounded quickly from the recent drought in response to conservation measures.






Congratulations to LIGO Scientists For Nobel Prize in Physics

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 19:10:00 GMT

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The first direct observations of gravitational waves have earned the Nobel Prize in Physics for three key players in the LIGO collaboration.






Large Solar Storm Sparks Global Aurora and Doubles Radiation Levels on the Martian Surface

Fri, 29 Sep 2017 19:09:00 GMT

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An unexpectedly strong blast from the Sun hit Mars this month, observed by NASA missions in orbit and on the surface.






Another Chance to Put Your Name on Mars

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 19:10:00 GMT

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InSight, NASA's next Mars mission, will include two microchips bearing names from the public.






NASA Glenn Tests Thruster Bound for Metal World

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 19:09:00 GMT

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NASA is testing cutting-edge propulsion for upcoming asteroid mission.






NASA Damage Map Aids Puerto Rico Hurricane Response

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 19:09:00 GMT

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A NASA-produced map showing areas of eastern Puerto Rico that were likely damaged by Hurricane Maria has been provided to responding agencies.






A Fresh Look at Older Data Yields a Surprise Near the Martian Equator

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 19:09:00 GMT

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Reanalysis of data from a NASA orbiter suggests significant hydration near the Martian equator, a mysterious finding because scientists figure water-ice shouldn't be there.






Dawn Mission Celebrates 10 Years in Space

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 19:09:00 GMT

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Ten years ago, NASA's Dawn spacecraft set sail for the two most massive bodies in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter: giant asteroid Vesta and dwarf planet Ceres.






Robot Spelunkers Go for a Dip

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 19:09:00 GMT

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Cubesat experts are helping to map out icy, underwater caves.






NASA Tech Aids Search Following Mexico Quake

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 19:09:00 GMT

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Disaster relief workers in Mexico City who are responding to a 7.1-magnitude earthquake used a suitcase-sized radar instrument than can detect human heartbeats under rubble.






Legacy of Herschel Space Observatory

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 19:09:00 GMT

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To celebrate the legacy of ESA's Herschel Space Observatory, which had significant NASA contributions, the European Space Agency (ESA) has designated this week as Herschel Week, highlighting some of the mission's accomplishments.






NASA-Produced Damage Maps May Aid Mexico Quake Response

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 19:09:00 GMT

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A new NASA-produced map of areas likely damaged by the Sept. 19 magnitude 7.1 Raboso earthquake near Mexico City may help responders and groups supporting response efforts.






What Looks Good on Paper May Look Good In Space

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 19:09:00 GMT

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Origami has taken on new shape at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.






Wind, Warm Water Revved Up Melting Antarctic Glaciers

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 19:09:00 GMT

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The flow speeds of Antarctica's fastest-accelerating glaciers in 2008-2014 likely increased because of warm water blown into their bay by La Niña and another climate pattern.






NASA's Cassini Spacecraft Ends Its Historic Exploration of Saturn

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 19:09:00 GMT

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NASA's Cassini spacecraft made a fateful plunge into the atmosphere of Saturn, ending its 13-year tour of the ringed planet.






GRACE Mission Making Plans for Final Science Data Collection

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 19:09:00 GMT

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With one of its twin satellites almost out of fuel after 15 years measuring Earth's gravity field, the U.S./German GRACE mission is making plans for a final science collection.






NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover Climbing Toward Ridge Top

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 19:09:00 GMT

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NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has begun the steep ascent of an iron-oxide-bearing ridge that's grabbed scientists' attention since before the car-sized rover's 2012 landing.






Cassini Spacecraft Makes Its Final Approach to Saturn

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 19:09:00 GMT

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Cassini has begun transmitting data -- including the final images taken by its imaging cameras -- in advance of its final plunge into Saturn on Sept. 15.






Cassini Makes its 'Goodbye Kiss' Flyby of Titan

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 19:09:00 GMT

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NASA's Cassini spacecraft is headed toward its Sept. 15 plunge into Saturn, following a final, distant flyby of the planet's giant moon Titan.






After Cassini: Pondering the Saturn Mission's Legacy

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 19:09:00 GMT

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As the Cassini spacecraft nears the end of a long journey rich with scientific and technical accomplishments, it is already having a powerful influence on future exploration.






NASA/UCI Find Evidence of Sea Level 'Fingerprints'

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 19:09:00 GMT

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For the first time, scientists have detected sea level "fingerprints" -- patterns of variation in global sea level due to changes in water and ice on land -- in GRACE data.






Jupiter's Auroras Present a Powerful Mystery

Wed, 06 Sep 2017 19:09:00 GMT

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Juno has observed massive amounts of energy over Jupiter's polar regions that contribute to the giant planet's powerful aurora.






Apply to Be a NASA Solar System Ambassador

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 19:08:00 GMT

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Could you be one of them? If you want to share your passion of space with the public, being a NASA Solar System Ambassador is the perfect platform to do so.






NASA Working with Partners to Provide Harvey Response

Wed, 30 Aug 2017 19:08:00 GMT

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NASA is using its assets and expertise from across the agency, including from JPL, to help respond to Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey.