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Mars Rover Curiosity Examines Possible Mud Cracks

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 20:01:00 GMT

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Scientists used NASA's Curiosity Mars rover in recent weeks to examine slabs of rock cross-hatched with shallow ridges that likely originated as cracks in drying mud.






Rolling on the (Atmospheric) River

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 20:01:00 GMT

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A series of atmospheric rivers that brought drought-relieving rain, snow and flooding to California this week is highlighted in a new movie created with NASA satellite data.






NASA Plans Another Busy Year for Earth Science Fieldwork

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 20:01:00 GMT

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NASA scientists are crisscrossing the globe in 2017 to investigate critical science questions about how our planet is changing and what impacts humans are having on it.






Huygens: 'Ground Truth' From an Alien Moon

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 20:01:00 GMT

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The 2005 descent of ESA's Huygens probe to Saturn's moon Titan remains a major milestone in solar system exploration.






Black Holes Hide in Our Cosmic Backyard

Sat, 07 Jan 2017 20:01:00 GMT

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Monster black holes sometimes lurk behind gas and dust, hiding from the gaze of most telescopes.






Your Home Planet, as Seen From Mars

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 20:01:00 GMT

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From the most powerful telescope orbiting Mars comes a new view of Earth and its moon, showing continent-size detail on the planet and the relative size of the moon.






The Case of the 'Missing Link' Neutron Star

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 20:01:00 GMT

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A mysterious neutron star has been caught behaving like two distinct objects -- a radio pulsar and a magnetar -- and could be important to understanding the evolution of these objects.






How Far Away is That Galaxy? Vast Catalog Has Answers

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 20:01:00 GMT

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A team of researchers has compiled a special catalog to help astronomers figure out the true distances to tens of thousands of galaxies beyond our own Milky Way.






NASA Selects Two Missions to Explore the Early Solar System

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 20:01:00 GMT

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NASA has selected two missions that have the potential to open new windows on one of the earliest eras in the history of our solar system - a time less than 10 million years after the birth of our sun.






NASA's NEOWISE Mission Spies One Comet, Maybe Two

Thu, 29 Dec 2016 20:12:00 GMT

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NASA's NEOWISE mission has recently discovered some celestial objects traveling through our neighborhood, including one on the blurry line between asteroid and comet.






NASA Mars Odyssey Orbiter Resumes Full Operations

Wed, 28 Dec 2016 20:12:00 GMT

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NASA's Mars Odyssey spacecraft has resumed full service following recovery after entering a safe standby mode on Dec. 26, 2016.






NASA Releases New, Detailed Greenland Glacier Data

Wed, 21 Dec 2016 20:12:00 GMT

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NASA's Oceans Melting Greenland (OMG) mission has released preliminary data on the heights of Greenland coastal glaciers from its first airborne campaign in March 2016.






Meet a 'Spacecraft Dressmaker'

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 20:12:00 GMT

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Meet one of the seamstresses behind JPL's thermal blankets, which protect spacecraft from extreme environments.






Small Troughs Growing on Mars May Become 'Spiders'

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 20:12:00 GMT

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Erosion-carved troughs that grow and branch during multiple Martian years may be infant versions of larger features known as Martian "spiders."






New Technology Could Help Track Firefighters for Safety

Mon, 19 Dec 2016 20:12:00 GMT

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Firefighters' lives are at risk if they get lost in smoky buildings. New JPL technology could help save them.






New NASA Hurricane Tracking Mission on Track

Fri, 16 Dec 2016 20:12:00 GMT

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NASA confirmed all eight spacecraft of its new Earth science mission, which will provide advanced technology to see inside tropical storms and hurricanes, are in good shape.






Are planets like those in 'Star Wars: Rogue One' really out there? NASA plans to find out

Thu, 15 Dec 2016 20:12:00 GMT

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In the "Star Wars" universe, ice, ocean and desert planets burst from the darkness as your ship drops out of light speed. But these worlds might be more than science fiction.






Where is the Ice on Ceres? New NASA Dawn Findings

Thu, 15 Dec 2016 20:12:00 GMT

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At first glance, Ceres, the largest body in the main asteroid belt, may not look icy.






Juno Captures Jupiter 'Pearl'

Tue, 13 Dec 2016 20:12:00 GMT

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A new image from NASA's Juno spacecraft highlights the seventh of Jupiter's eight 'string of pearls' -- huge counterclockwise rotating storms that appear as white ovals.






NASA Releases New Eye-Popping View of Carbon Dioxide

Tue, 13 Dec 2016 20:12:00 GMT

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Follow the movement of carbon dioxide in Earth's atmosphere in a new NASA visualization created using data from JPL's Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 satellite.






Mars Rock-Ingredient Stew Seen as Plus for Habitability

Tue, 13 Dec 2016 20:12:00 GMT

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NASA's Curiosity rover finds evidence of how changes in ancient Mars lakes and wet underground environments, billions of years ago, affected favorability for microbial life.






Earth's Magnetic Fields Could Track Ocean Heat: NASA

Mon, 12 Dec 2016 20:12:00 GMT

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As Earth warms, much of the extra heat is stored in the planet's ocean -- but monitoring the magnitude of that heat content is a difficult task.






NASA/USGS Provide Global View of Speed of Ice

Mon, 12 Dec 2016 20:12:00 GMT

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Glaciers and ice sheets move in unique patterns, as evidenced by a new capability that uses satellites to map ice flow speeds in Greenland, Antarctica and mountain ranges.






NASA Technology is all Around You

Mon, 12 Dec 2016 20:12:00 GMT

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From GoPros to self-driving tractors, many industries are benefitting from JPL technology.






JPL Remembers John Glenn

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 20:12:00 GMT

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Senator and NASA astronaut John Glenn was, without question, an American hero.






NASA Juno Mission Completes Latest Jupiter Flyby

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 20:12:00 GMT

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NASA's Juno mission completed a close flyby of Jupiter on Sunday, Dec. 11, its latest science orbit of the mission.






NASA Announces First Geostationary Vegetation, Atmospheric Carbon Mission

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 20:12:00 GMT

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NASA has selected a first-of-its-kind Earth science mission that will extend our nation's lead in measuring key greenhouse gases and vegetation health from space.






Cassini Beams Back First Images from New Orbit

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 20:12:00 GMT

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NASA's Cassini spacecraft has sent to Earth its first views of Saturn's atmosphere since beginning the latest phase of its mission.






Curiosity Rover Team Examining New Drill Hiatus

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 20:12:00 GMT

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Mars Curiosity is studying its surroundings and monitoring, not driving or using its arm for science, while the team diagnoses an issue with a motor that moves the drill.






Spinoff 2017: NASA Tech Makes a Difference on Earth

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 20:12:00 GMT

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NASA's new Spinoff 2017 publication looks at 50 companies that use NASA tech innovations (including JPL technology) in products that will benefit all of us.






Cassini Makes First Ring-Grazing Plunge

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 20:12:00 GMT

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NASA's Saturn-orbiting Cassini spacecraft has made its first close dive past the outer edges of Saturn's rings.






Students Test Their Concepts in JPL Invention Challenge

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 20:12:00 GMT

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Now in its 19th year, the competition drew students from across Southern California -- and even as far away as Tanzania.






From Monterey Bay to Europa

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 20:11:00 GMT

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Underwater drone research could change how we study the ocean -- and could eventually look for life on other planets.






NASA Radio on Europe's New Mars Orbiter Aces Relay Test

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 20:11:00 GMT

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Data from each of the two rovers active on Mars reached Earth last week in the successful first relay test of a NASA radio aboard Europe's new Trace Gas Orbiter.






Metallic Glass Gears Make for Graceful Robots

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 20:11:00 GMT

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JPL research using metallic glass could change how robots move and reduce their cost.






NASA's ISS-RapidScat Earth Science Mission Ends

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 20:11:00 GMT

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NASA's ISS-RapidScat Earth science instrument has ended operations following a successful two-year mission aboard the International Space Station.






NASA Selects Launch Services for Global Surface Water Survey Mission

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 20:11:00 GMT

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NASA has selected SpaceX of Hawthorne, California, to provide launch services for the agency's Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) mission.






NASA Saturn Mission Prepares for 'Ring-Grazing Orbits'

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 20:11:00 GMT

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Cassini is set to enter the first phase of its dramatic endgame.






Mars Ice Deposit Holds as Much Water as Lake Superior

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 20:11:00 GMT

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Frozen beneath cracked, pitted plains on Mars lies about as much water as is in Lake Superior, researchers using NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter have determined.






Study Sheds New Insights Into Global Warming Trends

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 20:11:00 GMT

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Research into the temporary slowdown in the global average surface temperature warming trend seen between 1998 and 2013 attributes the phenomenon to Earth's ocean absorbing the planet's extra heat.






New Ceres Views as Dawn Moves Higher

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 20:11:00 GMT

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Newly released images of Ceres from NASA's Dawn spacecraft showcase the dwarf planet's diversity and wonder.






Study Finds Widespread Land Losses from Gulf Oil Spill

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 20:11:00 GMT

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Dramatic shoreline loss is revealed in new NASA/USGS maps of Louisiana wetlands where the coastline was heavily coated with oil during the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.






NASA Microthrusters Achieve Success on ESA's LISA Pathfinder

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 20:11:00 GMT

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The super-precise JPL thruster system has met all its mission goals on the LISA Pathfinder mission.






First GRACE Follow-On Satellite Completes Construction

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 20:11:00 GMT

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The first of two satellites has been completed for a follow-on to NASA's GRACE mission.






NASA to Launch Fleet of Hurricane-Tracking SmallSats

Thu, 10 Nov 2016 20:11:00 GMT

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NASA is set to launch its first Earth science small-satellite constellation, which will help improve hurricane intensity, track and storm surge forecasts, on Dec. 12.






NASA Space Telescopes Pinpoint Elusive Brown Dwarf

Thu, 10 Nov 2016 20:11:00 GMT

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Two NASA space telescopes jointly observed a microlensing event, when a distant star brightens due to the gravitational field of at least one foreground cosmic object.






A Box of 'Black Magic' to Study Earth from Space

Mon, 07 Nov 2016 20:11:00 GMT

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CubeSats are challenging JPL engineers to build next-gen antennas.






NASA Small Satellites Will Take a Fresh Look at Earth

Mon, 07 Nov 2016 20:11:00 GMT

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NASA is launching six next-generation, Earth-observing small satellite missions to demonstrate innovative approaches for studying our changing planet.






Watching Summer Clouds on Titan

Fri, 04 Nov 2016 19:11:00 GMT

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New video shows bright clouds of methane drifting across Saturn's largest moon, Titan.






NASA, FEMA Hold Asteroid Emergency Planning Exercise

Fri, 04 Nov 2016 19:11:00 GMT

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What would we do if we discovered a large asteroid on course to impact Earth? That highly unlikely scenario was discussed at a recent NASA-FEMA tabletop exercise.






Curiosity Mars Rover Checks Odd-looking Iron Meteorite

Wed, 02 Nov 2016 19:11:00 GMT

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Laser-zapping of a globular, golf-ball-size object on Mars by NASA's Curiosity rover confirms that it is an iron-nickel meteorite fallen from the Red Planet's sky.






New, Space-Based View of Human-Made Carbon Dioxide

Tue, 01 Nov 2016 19:11:00 GMT

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Scientists have produced the first global maps of human emissions of carbon dioxide ever made solely from satellite observations, using data from NASA's OCO-2.






Art Turns Public Eyes (and Ears) Toward Space

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 19:10:00 GMT

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"Orbit," an educational experience, lets the public explore satellites through sound.






Catalog of Known Near-Earth Asteroids Tops 15,000

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 19:10:00 GMT

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The 15,000th near-Earth asteroid (2016 TB57) was discovered this month.






Further Clues to Fate of Mars Lander, Seen From Orbit

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 19:10:00 GMT

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The most powerful telescope orbiting Mars provides new details of the scene where Europe's test lander hit the surface last week.






NASA Moon Mission Shares Insights into Giant Impacts

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 19:10:00 GMT

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New results from NASA's GRAIL mission yield insights into the huge impacts that dominated the early history of Earth's moon and other solid worlds in our solar system.






NASA's Juno Mission Exits Safe Mode, Performs Trim Maneuver

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 19:10:00 GMT

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NASA's Juno spacecraft at Jupiter has left safe mode and has successfully completed a minor burn of its thruster engines in preparation for its next close flyby of Jupiter.






No Balloons for JPL's Birthday, Just a 'Satelloon'

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 19:10:00 GMT

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80 years of daring to do what few others have tried, including bouncing radio signals off a giant, orbiting balloon in 1960.






'Heartbeat Stars' Unlocked in New Study

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 19:10:00 GMT

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Heartbeat stars got their name because if you were to map out their brightness over time, the result looks like an electrocardiogram, a graph of the electrical activity of the heart.






Camera on Mars Orbiter Shows Signs of Latest Mars Lander

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 19:10:00 GMT

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NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has identified new markings on the surface of the Red Planet that are believed to be related to Europe's Schiaparelli test lander, which arrived at Mars on Oct. 19.






Uranus May Have Two Undiscovered Moons

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 19:10:00 GMT

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A new study suggests Uranus has two tiny, previously undiscovered moonlets orbiting near two of the planet's rings.






The Life Cycle of a Flood Revealed

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 19:10:00 GMT

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A NASA analysis of a 2015 Texas flood is the first to document the full life cycle and impacts of a flood on both land and ocean.






Cassini Sees Dramatic Seasonal Changes on Titan

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 19:10:00 GMT

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As winter comes to the southern parts of Saturn's moon Titan, NASA's Cassini spacecraft has been following dramatic seasonal changes in the temperature and composition of the atmosphere there.






Citizen Scientists Seek South Pole 'Spiders' on Mars

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 19:10:00 GMT

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Ten thousand volunteers viewing images of Mars have helped identify targets for closer inspection, yielding new insights about erosional features known as "spiders."






Juno Spacecraft in Safe Mode for Latest Jupiter Flyby Scientists Intrigued by Data from First Flyby

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 19:10:00 GMT

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Juno mission managers are working to bring the spacecraft out of safe mode, while the science team shares interesting findings from the August 27 Jupiter flyby.






New Horizons: Possible Clouds on Pluto, Next Target is Reddish

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 19:10:00 GMT

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The next target for NASA's New Horizons mission -- which made a historic flight past Pluto in July 2015 -- apparently bears a colorful resemblance to its famous, main destination.






Historical Records May Underestimate Sea Level Rise

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 19:10:00 GMT

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A new NASA/university study finds tide gauges, the longest, best-quality historical records of ocean water levels, may have underestimated 20th century global sea level rise.






Cloudy Nights, Sunny Days on Distant Hot Jupiters

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 19:10:00 GMT

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A new study finds clues to where clouds gather on hot Jupiters, and what they're likely made of.






Mission Prepares for Next Jupiter Pass

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 19:10:00 GMT

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All instruments will be on for the next pass, but a planned engine burn is postponed.






Teleporting toward a quantum Internet

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 19:10:00 GMT

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JPL is involved in a study that tested quantum teleportation underneath the city of Calgary in Canada.






Spacecraft 'Nuclear Batteries' Could Get a Boost from New Materials

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 19:10:00 GMT

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A cutting-edge development in spacecraft power systems is a powerful material with an unfamiliar name: skutterudite.






Building Blocks of Life's Building Blocks Come From Starlight

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 19:10:00 GMT

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With new data from Herschel, astronomers better understand how molecules form that are necessary for building other chemicals essential for life.






Team Evaluates New Data Collection Method After Age-Related Issue

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 19:10:00 GMT

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Managers are evaluating another way to collect and process data from the Tropospheric Emission Spectrometer on NASA's Aura satellite after an age-related TES component failure.






NASA JPL Satellites Dissect Powerful Hurricane Matthew

Fri, 07 Oct 2016 19:10:00 GMT

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Hurricanes like Matthew are a lot more than meets the "eye." Images from several JPL satellites and instruments give scientists a wealth of information to analyze the storm.






NASA's Opportunity Rover to Explore Mars Gully

Fri, 07 Oct 2016 19:10:00 GMT

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NASA's Opportunity Mars rover will drive down a gully carved long ago by a fluid that might have been water, according to the latest plans for the mission.






NASA's Kepler Gets the 'Big Picture' of Comet 67P

Fri, 07 Oct 2016 19:10:00 GMT

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NASA's Kepler spacecraft studied comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko for two weeks in September, complementing the view from the Rosetta spacecraft.






An Infrared Look at Hurricane Matthew from NASA's AIRS

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 19:10:00 GMT

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A JPL-developed advanced atmospheric sounding system aboard NASA's Aqua satellite is providing important insights into the inner workings of dangerous Hurricane Matthew.






Hubble Detects Giant 'Cannonballs' Shooting from Star

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 19:10:00 GMT

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NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has detected superhot blobs of gas, each twice as massive as the planet Mars, being ejected near a dying star.






Study Predicts Next Global Dust Storm on Mars

Wed, 05 Oct 2016 19:10:00 GMT

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Global dust storms on Mars could soon become more predictable -- which would be a boon for future astronauts there -- if the next one follows a pattern suggested by the past.






NASA-Produced Maps Help Gauge Italy Earthquake Damage

Wed, 05 Oct 2016 19:10:00 GMT

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A NASA-funded program provided valuable information for the response to the strong August earthquake in central Italy.






NASA Sees Hurricane Matthew over Haiti Tuesday Morning

Tue, 04 Oct 2016 19:10:00 GMT

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NASA's MISR instrument catches hot towers -- enormous thunderheads -- from Hurricane Matthew over Haiti the morning of Oct. 4, 2016.






NASA Flight Program Tests Mars Lander Vision System

Tue, 04 Oct 2016 19:10:00 GMT

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NASA tested new "eyes" for its next Mars rover mission on a rocket built by Masten Space Systems in Mojave, California, thanks in part to NASA's Flight Opportunities Program.






Final Descent Images from Rosetta Spacecraft

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 19:09:00 GMT

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A new image of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko was taken by the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft shortly before its controlled impact into the comet's surface.






Farewell Rosetta: ESA Mission to End on Comet Surface

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 19:09:00 GMT

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The European Space Agency Rosetta mission will end dramatically Friday, Sept. 30, by touching down on a region of a comet known for active pits that spew dust into space.






NASA's Curiosity Rover Begins Next Mars Chapter

Mon, 03 Oct 2016 19:10:00 GMT

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After collecting drilled rock powder from a very scenic area, NASA's Curiosity rover is driving toward uphill destinations as part of its two-year mission extension.






Curiosity Finds Evidence of Mars Crust Contributing to Atmosphere

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 19:09:00 GMT

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NASA's Curiosity rover has found evidence that chemistry in the surface material on Mars contributed to the makeup of its atmosphere.






NASA TV Coverage of European Mission Comet Touchdown

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 19:09:00 GMT

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NASA TV and the agency's website will air the conclusion of ESA's Rosetta mission early Friday morning, Sept. 30, with NASA commentary, interviews and analysis of the successful mission.






The Frontier Fields: Where Primordial Galaxies Lurk

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 19:09:00 GMT

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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has wrapped up its observations for the Frontier Fields project.






Hubble: Possible Water Plumes on Jupiter's Moon Europa

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 19:09:00 GMT

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Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have imaged what may be water vapor plumes erupting off the surface of Jupiter's moon Europa.






JPL Seeks Robotic Spacecraft Development for Asteroid Redirect Mission

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 19:09:00 GMT

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JPL issues a request for proposal for design, development and build of the robotic spacecraft to capture an asteroid boulder for the Asteroid Redirect Mission.






NASA Scientists Find 'Impossible' Cloud on Titan -- Again

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 19:09:00 GMT

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The appearance of a mysterious ice cloud suggests that a different process than previously thought could be forming clouds on Saturn's moon Titan.






A Mixed-reality Trip to Mars

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 19:09:00 GMT

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Mixed-reality technology designed by JPL and Microsoft "transports" the public to the Red Planet.






Cassini Begins Epic Final Year at Saturn

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 19:09:00 GMT

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After more than 12 years studying Saturn, its rings and moons, NASA's Cassini spacecraft has entered the final year of its epic voyage.






Studies Find Echoes of Black Holes Eating Stars

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 19:09:00 GMT

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Supermassive black holes, with their immense gravitational pull, are notoriously good at clearing out their immediate surroundings by eating nearby objects.






Fighting Cancer with Space Research

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 19:09:00 GMT

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JPL and the National Cancer Institute renewed a partnership to extend development of data science that originated in space exploration and now supports cancer discoveries.






NASA Begins Study of Australia's Great Barrier Reef

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 19:09:00 GMT

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A NASA airborne mission designed to transform our understanding of Earth's ecologically sensitive coral reefs has arrived in Australia to investigate the Great Barrier Reef.






Some Ancient Mars Lakes Came Long After Others

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 19:09:00 GMT

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Lakes and snowmelt-fed streams on Mars formed much later than previously thought possible, according to new findings using data primarily from a NASA orbiter.






Mars Rover Views Spectacular Layered Rock Formations

Fri, 09 Sep 2016 19:09:00 GMT

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The layered geologic past of Mars is revealed in stunning detail in new color images returned by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover of the "Murray Buttes" region on Mount Sharp.






RapidScat Team Investigating Power System Anomaly

Fri, 09 Sep 2016 19:09:00 GMT

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Mission managers are assessing two power system-related anomalies affecting the operation of NASA's ISS-RapidScat instrument on the International Space Station.






'Enterprise' Nebulae Seen by Spitzer

Thu, 08 Sep 2016 19:09:00 GMT

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Just in time for the 50th anniversary of the TV series "Star Trek," which first aired September 8th,1966, a new infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope may remind fans of the historic show.