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17 Feb 2017 - NASA's Juno Mission to Remain in Current Orbit at Jupiter

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 16:11:52 PST

(image) 17 Feb 2017 - NASA's Juno Mission to Remain in Current Orbit at Jupiter
NASA's Juno mission to Jupiter, which has been in orbit around the gas giant since July 4, 2016, will remain in its current 53-day orbit for the remainder of the mission.



17 Feb 2017 - Dawn Discovers Evidence for Organic Material on Ceres

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 00:39:32 PST

(image) 17 Feb 2017 - Dawn Discovers Evidence for Organic Material on Ceres
NASA's Dawn mission has found evidence for organic material on Ceres, a dwarf planet and the largest body in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.



16 Feb 2017 - An Ice World...With an Ocean?

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 23:31:16 PST

(image) 16 Feb 2017 - An Ice World...With an Ocean?
How a puzzling sensor reading transformed NASA’s Cassini Saturn mission and created a new target in the search for habitable worlds beyond Earth.



15 Feb 2017 - NASA-funded Website Lets the Public Search for New Nearby Worlds

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 19:11:23 PST

(image) 15 Feb 2017 - NASA-funded Website Lets the Public Search for New Nearby Worlds
NASA is inviting the public to help search for possible undiscovered worlds in the outer reaches of our solar system and in neighboring interstellar space.



13 Feb 2017 - 10 Things: February 13

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 18:05:14 PST

(image) 13 Feb 2017 - 10 Things: February 13
Ten things you need to know about the solar system this week: solar eclipse of 2017



13 Feb 2017 - Descent into a Frozen Underworld

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 18:17:09 PST

(image) 13 Feb 2017 - Descent into a Frozen Underworld
JPL tests robotics in ice caves near active volcano



11 Feb 2017 - Scientists Shortlist Three Landing Sites for Mars 2020

Sat, 11 Feb 2017 21:59:11 PST

(image) 11 Feb 2017 - Scientists Shortlist Three Landing Sites for Mars 2020
Participants in a landing site workshop for NASA’s upcoming Mars 2020 mission have recommended three locations on the Red Planet for further evaluation.



10 Feb 2017 - Asteroid Resembles Dungeons and Dragons Dice

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 21:34:30 PST

(image) 10 Feb 2017 - Asteroid Resembles Dungeons and Dragons Dice
Radar images of asteroid 2017 BQ6 reveal an irregular, angular-appearing asteroid about 660 feet (200 meters) in size that rotates about once every three hours.



10 Feb 2017 - 10 Things to Know about the February Penumbral Lunar Eclipse

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 21:41:51 PST

(image) 10 Feb 2017 - 10 Things to Know about the February Penumbral Lunar Eclipse
10 Things to Know the February Penumbral Lunar Eclipse on Feb. 10



8 Feb 2017 - One Role of Mars Orbiter: Check Possible Landing Sites

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 23:33:52 PST

(image) 8 Feb 2017 - One Role of Mars Orbiter: Check Possible Landing Sites
NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has provided about 300 terabits of data about Mars, more than all other interplanetary missions combined.



8 Feb 2017 - NASA's Curiosity Rover Sharpens Paradox of Ancient Mars

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 23:09:39 PST

(image) 8 Feb 2017 - NASA's Curiosity Rover Sharpens Paradox of Ancient Mars
Curiosity rover findings add to a puzzle about ancient Mars because the same rocks that indicate a lake was present also indicate there was very little carbon dioxide in the air to help keep a lake unfrozen.



8 Feb 2017 - NASA Receives Science Report on Europa Lander Concept

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 20:47:49 PST

(image) 8 Feb 2017 - NASA Receives Science Report on Europa Lander Concept
A report on the potential science value of a lander on the surface of Jupiter’s icy moon Europa has been delivered to NASA, and the agency is now engaging the broader science community to open a discussion about its findings.



6 Feb 2017 - 10 Things: February 6

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 20:07:59 PST

(image) 6 Feb 2017 - 10 Things: February 6
Ten things you need to know about the solar system this week: Juno perijove 4, Cassini update



2 Feb 2017 - New Horizons Refines Course for Next Flyby

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 22:52:48 PST

(image) 2 Feb 2017 - New Horizons Refines Course for Next Flyby
NASA's New Horizons spacecraft completed a short propulsive maneuver Wednesday to refine its track toward a New Year's Day 2019 flyby past 2014 MU69



1 Feb 2017 - What's Up - February 2017

Wed, 01 Feb 2017 23:32:24 PST

(image) 1 Feb 2017 - What's Up - February 2017
What’s Up for February? Use Venus and Mars to find the Zodiacal Light, plus two comets and the brightest asteroid.



1 Feb 2017 - It's Never 'Groundhog Day' at Jupiter

Sat, 04 Feb 2017 01:54:00 PST

(image) 1 Feb 2017 - It's Never 'Groundhog Day' at Jupiter
NASA Juno to Fly By Gas Giant Thursday



30 Jan 2017 - 10 Things: January 30

Mon, 30 Jan 2017 22:56:35 PST

(image) 30 Jan 2017 - 10 Things: January 30
Ten things you need to know about the solar system this week: rock ridges on Mars, Opportunity's birthday



30 Jan 2017 - Close Views Show Saturn's Rings in Unprecedented Detail

Mon, 30 Jan 2017 18:30:13 PST

(image) 30 Jan 2017 - Close Views Show Saturn's Rings in Unprecedented Detail
Newly released images showcase the incredible closeness with which NASA's Cassini spacecraft, now in its "Ring-Grazing" orbits phase, is observing Saturn's dazzling rings of icy debris.



26 Jan 2017 - A New Test for Life on Other Planets

Fri, 27 Jan 2017 00:23:32 PST

(image) 26 Jan 2017 - A New Test for Life on Other Planets
A simple chemistry method could vastly enhance how scientists search for signs of life on other planets.



25 Jan 2017 - Similar-Looking Ridges on Mars Have Diverse Origins

Wed, 25 Jan 2017 19:18:59 PST

(image) 25 Jan 2017 - Similar-Looking Ridges on Mars Have Diverse Origins
Many places on Mars have networks of ridges that intersect at angles to form polygons. Martian polygonal-ridge features vary in size and origin.



23 Jan 2017 - 10 Things: January 23

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 19:56:55 PST

(image) 23 Jan 2017 - 10 Things: January 23
Ten things you need to know about the solar system this week: 360 rover ride-along



19 Jan 2017 - Public to Choose Jupiter Picture Sites for NASA Juno

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 19:02:51 PST

(image) 19 Jan 2017 - Public to Choose Jupiter Picture Sites for NASA Juno
Where should NASA’s Juno spacecraft aim its camera during its next close pass of Jupiter on Feb. 2? You can now play a part in the decision.



17 Jan 2017 - Mars Rover Curiosity Examines Possible Mud Cracks

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 22:22:08 PST

(image) 17 Jan 2017 - Mars Rover Curiosity Examines Possible Mud Cracks
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.



17 Jan 2017 - Successful Deep Space Maneuver for OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 16:30:29 PST

(image) 17 Jan 2017 - Successful Deep Space Maneuver for OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft
New tracking data confirms that NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft aced its first Deep Space Maneuver (DSM-1) on Dec. 28, 2016.



16 Jan 2017 - 10 Things: January 16

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 18:49:40 PST

(image) 16 Jan 2017 - 10 Things: January 16
Ten things you need to know about the solar system this week: Titan Touchdown Revisited, Hubble & Voyager



11 Jan 2017 - 2005 Historic Descent to Titan Revisited

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 18:56:47 PST

(image) 11 Jan 2017 - 2005 Historic Descent to Titan Revisited
The 2005 descent of ESA's Huygens probe to Saturn's moon Titan remains a major milestone in solar system exploration.



9 Jan 2017 - 10 Things: January 9

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 20:24:42 PST

(image) 9 Jan 2017 - 10 Things: January 9
Ten things you need to know about the solar system this week: Earth seen from Mars, JunoCam



8 Jan 2017 - NASA Study Finds Solar Storms Could Spark Soils at Moon's Poles

Sun, 08 Jan 2017 02:43:46 PST

(image) 8 Jan 2017 - NASA Study Finds Solar Storms Could Spark Soils at Moon's Poles
Powerful solar storms can charge up the soil in frigid, permanently shadowed regions near the lunar poles, and may possibly produce "sparks" that could vaporize and melt the soil, perhaps as much as meteoroid impacts.



6 Jan 2017 - Your Home Planet, as Seen From Mars

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 18:03:24 PST

(image) 6 Jan 2017 - Your Home Planet, as Seen From Mars
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.



6 Jan 2017 - Hubble Provides Interstellar Road Map for Voyagers' Galactic Trek

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 17:29:04 PST

(image) 6 Jan 2017 - Hubble Provides Interstellar Road Map for Voyagers' Galactic Trek
NASA's two Voyager spacecraft are hurtling through unexplored territory on their road trip beyond our solar system. The Hubble Space Telescope is providing the road map.