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19 Jun 2017 - 10 Things: June 19

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 18:01:20 PST

(image) 19 Jun 2017 - 10 Things: June 19
10 Things you need to know about our fascinating ringed neighbor, Saturn



12 Jun 2017 - 10 Things: June 12

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 15:29:04 PST

(image) 12 Jun 2017 - 10 Things: June 12
Mark your calendars for summer 2018: That’s when we’re launching a spacecraft to touch the sun. In honor of NASA’s first-ever mission to the heart of the solar system, this week’s 10 Things is delving into the life and times of our sun.



5 Jun 2017 - 10 Things: June 5

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 15:58:25 PST

(image) 5 Jun 2017 - 10 Things: June 5
Ten things to know about NASA's new Psyche mission to explore a metal world.



4 Jun 2017 - What's Up for June?

Sun, 04 Jun 2017 20:00:22 PST

(image) 4 Jun 2017 - What's Up for June?
What’s Up for June? Plan a planet party and compare Saturn and Jupiter.



1 Jun 2017 - Inspiration Links The Beatles, a Fossil and a NASA Mission

Mon, 05 Jun 2017 21:43:19 PST

(image) 1 Jun 2017 - Inspiration Links The Beatles, a Fossil and a NASA Mission
One of NASA's newsest asteroid missions is named in honor of a classic Beatles tune and a famous fossil.



1 Jun 2017 - Curiosity Peels Back Layers on Ancient Martian Lake

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 00:09:49 PST

(image) 1 Jun 2017 - Curiosity Peels Back Layers on Ancient Martian Lake
A long-lasting lake on ancient Mars provided stable environmental conditions that differed from one part of the lake to another, NASA's Curiosity rover mission has found.



31 May 2017 - NASA Renames Solar Probe Mission to Honor Pioneering Physicist Eugene Parker

Wed, 31 May 2017 17:07:53 PST

(image) 31 May 2017 - NASA Renames Solar Probe Mission to Honor Pioneering Physicist Eugene Parker
NASA's first mission to go to the sun, the Parker Solar Probe, is named after Eugene Parker who first theorized that the sun constantly sends out a flow of particles and energy called the solar wind.



31 May 2017 - NASA Orbiter Finds New Evidence of Frost on Moon's Surface

Wed, 31 May 2017 16:53:47 PST

(image) 31 May 2017 - NASA Orbiter Finds New Evidence of Frost on Moon's Surface
Scientists using data from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO, have identified bright areas in craters near the moon's south pole that are cold enough to have frost present on the surface.



30 May 2017 - High-Silica 'Halos' Shed Light on Wet Ancient Mars

Tue, 30 May 2017 18:47:07 PST

(image) 30 May 2017 - High-Silica 'Halos' Shed Light on Wet Ancient Mars
Pale "halos" around fractures in bedrock analyzed by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover contain copious silica, indicating that ancient Mars had liquid water for a long time.



30 May 2017 - 10 Things: May 29

Tue, 30 May 2017 15:26:57 PST

(image) 30 May 2017 - 10 Things: May 29
This week begins on a waxing crescent moon – a sliver of moon that grows wider as the week progresses. Feels like a good time to wax poetic with some of our favorite moon songs.



26 May 2017 - Camera on NASA's Lunar Orbiter Survived 2014 Meteoroid Hit

Tue, 30 May 2017 19:58:37 PST

(image) 26 May 2017 - Camera on NASA's Lunar Orbiter Survived 2014 Meteoroid Hit
A camera on a NASA lunar orbiter recorded the moment it was struck by a tiny meteoroid.



25 May 2017 - A Whole New Jupiter: First Science Results from NASA's Juno Mission

Thu, 25 May 2017 18:35:10 PST

(image) 25 May 2017 - A Whole New Jupiter: First Science Results from NASA's Juno Mission
Early science results from NASA's Juno mission to Jupiter portray the largest planet in our solar system as a complex, gigantic, turbulent world.



24 May 2017 - Cassini Looks on as Solstice Arrives at Saturn

Wed, 24 May 2017 22:27:26 PST

(image) 24 May 2017 - Cassini Looks on as Solstice Arrives at Saturn
Saturn's solstice -- that is, the longest day of summer in the northern hemisphere and the shortest day of winter in the southern hemisphere -- arrives today for the planet and its moons.



24 May 2017 - NASA Moves Up Launch of Psyche Mission to a Metal Asteroid

Thu, 01 Jun 2017 19:09:03 PST

(image) 24 May 2017 - NASA Moves Up Launch of Psyche Mission to a Metal Asteroid
Psyche, NASA's Discovery Mission to a unique metal asteroid, has been moved up one year with launch in the summer of 2022, and with a planned arrival at the main belt asteroid in 2026 -- four years earlier than the original timeline.



22 May 2017 - 10 Things: May 22

Tue, 23 May 2017 22:35:06 PST

(image) 22 May 2017 - 10 Things: May 22
Ten things you need to know about our solar system: Storm Chaser Edition



18 May 2017 - NASA's Juno Spacecraft Completes Fifth Science Pass of Jupiter

Fri, 19 May 2017 21:56:31 PST

(image) 18 May 2017 - NASA's Juno Spacecraft Completes Fifth Science Pass of Jupiter
NASA's Juno spacecraft will make its fifth science flyby over Jupiter's mysterious cloud tops on Thursday, May 18



17 May 2017 - NASA Asks Scientific Community to Think on Possible Europa Lander Instruments

Wed, 17 May 2017 19:56:03 PST

(image) 17 May 2017 - NASA Asks Scientific Community to Think on Possible Europa Lander Instruments
NASA is asking scientists to consider what would be the best instruments to include on a mission to land on Jupiter’s icy moon, Europa.



16 May 2017 - Movie Shows Ceres at Opposition from Sun

Tue, 16 May 2017 16:11:00 PST

(image) 16 May 2017 - Movie Shows Ceres at Opposition from Sun
NASA's Dawn spacecraft successfully observed Ceres at opposition on April 29, taking images from a position exactly between the sun and Ceres’ surface.



15 May 2017 - 10 Things: May 15

Mon, 15 May 2017 21:08:47 PST

(image) 15 May 2017 - 10 Things: May 15
Ten things you need to know about the solar system this week: Need-to-Know Facts About Jupiter



15 May 2017 - Mars Rover Opportunity Begins Study of Valley's Origin

Mon, 15 May 2017 18:07:48 PST

(image) 15 May 2017 - Mars Rover Opportunity Begins Study of Valley's Origin
NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity has reached the main destination of its current two-year extended mission -- an ancient fluid-carved valley incised on the inner slope of a vast crater's rim.



8 May 2017 - 10 Things: May 8

Mon, 15 May 2017 20:16:40 PST

(image) 8 May 2017 - 10 Things: May 8
Ten need-to-know things about our solar system.



5 May 2017 - NASA Receives Proposals for Future Solar System Mission

Fri, 05 May 2017 15:45:11 PST

(image) 5 May 2017 - NASA Receives Proposals for Future Solar System Mission
NASA has received and is reviewing 12 proposals for future robotic solar system exploration. The proposed missions of discovery were submitted under NASA's New Frontiers program



4 May 2017 - NASA Rover Samples Active Linear Dune on Mars

Thu, 04 May 2017 21:50:48 PST

(image) 4 May 2017 - NASA Rover Samples Active Linear Dune on Mars
NASA's Curiosity Mars rover is toting a fistful of dark sand for onboard analysis that will complete the rover's investigation of some active dunes.



3 May 2017 - New Movie Shows Cassini's First Dive over Saturn

Fri, 05 May 2017 20:28:27 PST

(image) 3 May 2017 - New Movie Shows Cassini's First Dive over Saturn
A new movie sequence of images from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows the view as the spacecraft swooped over Saturn during the first of its Grand Finale dives between the planet and its rings on April 26.



1 May 2017 - What's Up for May 2017

Mon, 01 May 2017 22:31:32 PST

(image) 1 May 2017 - What's Up for May 2017
What's Up for May? Jupiter at its best, Saturn rises in the late evening sky, and the moon dances with the planets.



1 May 2017 - 10 Things: May 1

Mon, 01 May 2017 21:29:25 PST

(image) 1 May 2017 - 10 Things: May 1
Ten things you need to know about the solar system this week: marvelous moons



28 Apr 2017 - NASA Selects 'ShadowCam' to Fly on Korea Pathfinder Lunar Orbiter

Mon, 01 May 2017 21:50:27 PST

(image) 28 Apr 2017 - NASA Selects 'ShadowCam' to Fly on Korea Pathfinder Lunar Orbiter
NASA has selected an instrument as a U.S. contribution to the Korea Aerospace Research Institute's (KARI) first lunar exploration mission, Korea Pathfinder Lunar Orbiter (KPLO).



26 Apr 2017 - Dawn Observing Ceres; 3rd Reaction Wheel Malfunctions

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 22:37:46 PST

(image) 26 Apr 2017 - Dawn Observing Ceres; 3rd Reaction Wheel Malfunctions
NASA's Dawn spacecraft is preparing to observe Ceres on April 29 from an "opposition" position, directly between the dwarf planet’s mysterious Occator Crater and the sun.



26 Apr 2017 - NASA Communications Honored with 2017 Webby Awards

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 18:11:06 PST

(image) 26 Apr 2017 - NASA Communications Honored with 2017 Webby Awards
NASA's digital communications team will be honored at the 21st Annual Webby Awards on May 16 in New York.



24 Apr 2017 - NASA's Cassini, Voyager Missions Suggest New Picture of Sun's Interaction with Galaxy

Mon, 01 May 2017 21:42:10 PST

(image) 24 Apr 2017 - NASA's Cassini, Voyager Missions Suggest New Picture of Sun's Interaction with Galaxy
New data suggests that our sun and planets are surrounded by a giant, rounded system of magnetic field from the sun