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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.






Juno Scientists Prepare for Seventh Science Pass of Jupiter

Wed, 30 Aug 2017 19:08:00 GMT

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NASA's Juno spacecraft will make its seventh science flyby over Jupiter's mysterious cloud tops this Friday.






NASA and Iconic Museum Honor Voyager Spacecraft 40th Anniversary

Wed, 30 Aug 2017 19:08:00 GMT

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NASA and the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum will celebrate 40 years of the Voyager 1 and 2 spacecraft.






Saturn Plunge Nears for Cassini Spacecraft

Tue, 29 Aug 2017 19:08:00 GMT

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NASA's Cassini spacecraft is 18 days from its mission-ending dive into the atmosphere of Saturn.






NASA's Next Mars Mission to Investigate Interior of Red Planet

Mon, 28 Aug 2017 19:08:00 GMT

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Preparation of NASA's next spacecraft to Mars, InSight, has ramped up this summer, on course for launch next May as the first interplanetary launch from California.






A Clockwork Rover for Venus

Fri, 25 Aug 2017 19:08:00 GMT

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Mechanical computers could help explore an extremely unwelcoming planet.






NASA Satellite Images Show Evolution of Hurricane Harvey

Fri, 25 Aug 2017 19:08:00 GMT

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The rapid intensification of Harvey is depicted in a new set of images from a pair of instruments on NASA's Aqua satellite.






Saturn With a Side of Bacon

Fri, 25 Aug 2017 19:08:00 GMT

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Take a peek inside the Cassini team's beloved tradition of Friday breakfast together.






NASA Announces Cassini End-of-Mission Media Activities

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 19:08:00 GMT

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On Sept. 15, NASA's Cassini spacecraft will complete its remarkable story of exploration with an intentional plunge into Saturn's atmosphere, ending its mission after nearly 20 years in space.






Q&A: What Happens During a Total Eclipse?

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 19:08:00 GMT

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Photos can't do justice to the in-person experience, according to an eclipse-chaser at JPL.






An Insider's Guide to Voyager: 1977-2017

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 19:08:00 GMT

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From the first detection of active volcanoes outside Earth to the first up-close images of Neptune, the 40-year Odyssey of NASA's Voyager mission is full of unforgettable memories.






Large Asteroid to Safely Pass Earth on Sept. 1

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 19:08:00 GMT

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Asteroid Florence, a large near-Earth asteroid, will pass safely by Earth on Sept. 1, 2017, at a distance of about 4.4 million miles.






What to Expect When Viewing the Eclipse

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 19:08:00 GMT

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NASA's Eyes on the Eclipse application offers an easy preview of the event for any location.






Scientists Improve Brown Dwarf Weather Forecasts

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 19:08:00 GMT

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Researchers have a new model for explaining how clouds move and change shape in brown dwarfs, using insights from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.






NASA-led Mission Studies Storm Intensification

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 19:08:00 GMT

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A group of NASA and NOAA scientists are teaming up this month on an airborne field campaign to study severe storms in the Northern Hemisphere and what makes them intensify.






NASA Awards Contract to Extend Operations of JPL

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 19:08:00 GMT

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NASA has awarded a contract to the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in Pasadena, California, to extend operations of the agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, also in Pasadena, through Sept. 30, 2018.






Study Finds Drought Recoveries Taking Longer

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 19:08:00 GMT

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Land ecosystems are taking longer to recover from droughts, and incomplete recovery may become the norm in places, with tree deaths and increased greenhouse gas emissions.






NASA Announces Television Coverage for Aug. 21 Solar Eclipse

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 19:08:00 GMT

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NASA TV will carry the Aug. 21 solar eclipse live from unique vantage points on the ground, from aircraft and from spacecraft, including the International Space Station.






Cassini Prepares to Say Goodbye to a True Titan

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 19:08:00 GMT

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The giant, hazy moon Titan has been essential to Cassini's mission, from the spacecraft's 2004 arrival at Saturn to the very end.






TRAPPIST-1 is Older Than Our Solar System

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 19:08:00 GMT

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If we want to know more about whether life could survive on a planet outside our solar system, it's important to know the age of its star.






NASA Selects Proposals to Study Galaxies, Stars, Planets

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 19:08:00 GMT

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NASA has selected six astrophysics Explorers Program proposals for concept studies, three of which are managed by JPL.






Watch Martian Clouds Scoot, Thanks to NASA's Curiosity

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 19:08:00 GMT

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Wispy, early-season clouds resembling Earth's ice-crystal cirrus clouds move across the Martian sky in some new image sequences from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover.






Cassini to Begin Final Five Orbits Around Saturn

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 19:08:00 GMT

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NASA's Cassini spacecraft is about to embark on a set of ultra-close passes through Saturn's upper atmosphere with its final five orbits around the planet.






25 Years of Global Sea Level Data, and Counting

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 19:08:00 GMT

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Celebrating four extraordinary oceanography satellites and their 25-year mission to make a measurement fundamental to studying the oceans and climate.






Can Poor Air Quality Mask Global Warming's Effects?

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 19:08:00 GMT

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In the 1900s, the U.S. warmed everywhere except the Southeast, where warming didn't begin till the 1990s. A study finds air quality improvements may have played a role.






New Clues to Universe's Structure Revealed

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 19:08:00 GMT

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Three JPL scientists are part of the Dark Energy Survey, which is helping to further our understanding of the structure of the universe.






NASA Selects Proposals to Study Sun, Space Environment

Wed, 02 Aug 2017 19:08:00 GMT

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NASA has selected nine proposals under its Explorers Program, including one managed by JPL.






Five Years Ago and 154 Million Miles Away: Touchdown!

Wed, 02 Aug 2017 19:08:00 GMT

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NASA's Curiosity Mars rover, which landed near Mount Sharp five years ago this week, is examining clues on that mountain about long-ago lakes on Mars.






Two Voyagers Taught Us How to Listen to Space

Wed, 02 Aug 2017 19:08:00 GMT

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Over the mission's 40 years, NASA's Voyager spacecraft have paved the way for modern deep space communications.






Hubble Detects Exoplanet with Glowing Water Atmosphere

Wed, 02 Aug 2017 19:08:00 GMT

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Scientists have discovered the strongest evidence to date for a stratosphere on a planet outside our solar system.






First and Farthest: How the Voyagers Blazed Trails

Mon, 31 Jul 2017 19:07:00 GMT

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Few missions can match the achievements of NASA's groundbreaking Voyager 1 and 2 spacecraft during their 40 years of exploration.






NASA's Voyager Spacecraft Still Reaching for the Stars After 40 Years

Mon, 31 Jul 2017 19:07:00 GMT

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Humanity's farthest and longest-lived spacecraft, Voyager 1 and 2, achieve 40 years of operation and exploration this August and September.






Asteroid Flyby Will Benefit NASA Detection and Tracking Network

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 19:07:00 GMT

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Scientists plan to use a small asteroid's close approach to Earth this October to test NASA's network of observatories and scientists who work with planetary defense.






Eclipse Balloons to Study Effect of Mars-Like Environment on Life

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 19:07:00 GMT

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Microbes carried to the edge of space during the Aug. 21 eclipse will be analyzed by NASA's Ames Research Center and JPL.






New Insights into Titan's Complex Chemistry

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 19:07:00 GMT

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Cassini has made a surprising detection of a molecule that is instrumental in producing complex organics within the hazy atmosphere of Saturn's moon Titan.






NASA Solves a Drizzle Riddle

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 19:07:00 GMT

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What makes clouds drizzle? A new study overturns a common assumption about raindrop size.






Large, Distant Comets More Common Than Previously Thought

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 19:07:00 GMT

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NASA's WISE spacecraft, scanning the entire sky at infrared wavelengths, has delivered new insights about distant cometary wanderers.