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28 Mar 2017 - Mars Rover Leader Peter Theisinger to Receive National Trophy

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 14:46:57 PST

(image) 28 Mar 2017 - Mars Rover Leader Peter Theisinger to Receive National Trophy
Peter Theisinger, who led projects that developed multiple NASA rovers that successfully landed on Mars, will receive a National Air and Space Museum Lifetime Achievement Trophy.



27 Mar 2017 - 10 Things: March 27

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 19:42:15 PST

(image) 27 Mar 2017 - 10 Things: March 27
Ten things you need to know about the solar system this week:



24 Mar 2017 - OSIRIS-REx Asteroid Search Tests Instruments, Science Team

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 22:03:07 PST

(image) 24 Mar 2017 - OSIRIS-REx Asteroid Search Tests Instruments, Science Team
During an almost two-week search, NASA's OSIRIS-REx mission team activated the spacecraft's MapCam imager and scanned part of the surrounding space for elusive Earth-Trojan asteroids.



24 Mar 2017 - NASA’s Juno Spacecraft Set for Fifth Jupiter Flyby

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 21:08:24 PST

(image) 24 Mar 2017 - NASA’s Juno Spacecraft Set for Fifth Jupiter Flyby
NASA's Juno spacecraft will make its fifth flyby over Jupiter's mysterious cloud tops on Monday, March 27, at 1:52 a.m. PDT (4:52 a.m. EDT, 8:52 UTC).



23 Mar 2017 - NASA Selects CubeSat, SmallSat Mission Concept Studies

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 22:53:04 PST

(image) 23 Mar 2017 - NASA Selects CubeSat, SmallSat Mission Concept Studies
"Small but mighty:" NASA to study mission concepts for CubeSat, SmallSat deep space missions.



22 Mar 2017 - NASA Taking First Steps Toward High-speed Space 'Internet'

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 16:53:24 PST

(image) 22 Mar 2017 - NASA Taking First Steps Toward High-speed Space 'Internet'
NASA is developing a trailblazing, long-term technology demonstration of what could become the high-speed internet of the sky.



22 Mar 2017 - Ice in Ceres' Shadowed Craters Linked to Tilt History

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 16:16:07 PST

(image) 22 Mar 2017 - Ice in Ceres' Shadowed Craters Linked to Tilt History
Dwarf planet Ceres may be hundreds of millions of miles from Jupiter, and even farther from Saturn, but the tremendous influence of gravity from these gas giants has an appreciable effect on Ceres' orientation.



21 Mar 2017 - The Many Faces of Rosetta's Comet 67P

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 17:17:19 PST

(image) 21 Mar 2017 - The Many Faces of Rosetta's Comet 67P
Images returned from the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission indicate that during its most recent trip through the inner solar system, the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko was a very active place.



21 Mar 2017 - Breaks Observed in Rover Wheel Treads

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 17:58:26 PST

(image) 21 Mar 2017 - Breaks Observed in Rover Wheel Treads
A routine check of the aluminum wheels on NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover has found two small breaks on the rover’s left middle wheel.



20 Mar 2017 - Mars Volcano, Earth's Dinosaurs Went Extinct About the Same Time

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 20:13:41 PST

(image) 20 Mar 2017 - Mars Volcano, Earth's Dinosaurs Went Extinct About the Same Time
New NASA research reveals that the giant Martian volcano Arsia Mons produced one new lava flow at its summit every 1 to 3 million years during the final peak of activity. The last volcanic activity there ceased about 50 million years ago.



20 Mar 2017 - Origami-inspired Robot Can Hitch a Ride with a Rover

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 17:14:58 PST

(image) 20 Mar 2017 - Origami-inspired Robot Can Hitch a Ride with a Rover
The next rovers to explore another planet might bring along a scout.



20 Mar 2017 - 10 Things: March 20

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 22:06:11 PST

(image) 20 Mar 2017 - 10 Things: March 20
Ten things you need to know about the solar system this week: State of the Solar System



20 Mar 2017 - Does Mars Have Rings? Not Right Now, But Maybe One Day

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 16:13:40 PST

(image) 20 Mar 2017 - Does Mars Have Rings? Not Right Now, But Maybe One Day
It's possible that Mars once had rings at one point and may have them again someday.



17 Mar 2017 - COBALT Flight Demonstrations Fuse Technologies to Gain Precision Landing Results

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 18:31:50 PST

(image) 17 Mar 2017 - COBALT Flight Demonstrations Fuse Technologies to Gain Precision Landing Results
Through a flight campaign this month through April, COBALT will mature and demonstrate new guidance, navigation and control (GN&C) technologies to enable precision landing for future exploration missions.



13 Mar 2017 - 10 Things: March 13

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 19:13:37 PST

(image) 13 Mar 2017 - 10 Things: March 13
Ten things you need to know about the solar system this week: tools for the desktop astronaut.



10 Mar 2017 - NASA Studying Shared Venus Science Objectives with Russian Space Research Institute

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 20:43:55 PST

(image) 10 Mar 2017 - NASA Studying Shared Venus Science Objectives with Russian Space Research Institute
A team of NASA-sponsored scientists will meet with the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Space Research Institute (IKI) next week to continue work on a Joint Science Definition Team study focused on identifying shared science objectives for Venus exploration.



9 Mar 2017 - NASA Mission Named 'Europa Clipper'

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 23:02:12 PST

(image) 9 Mar 2017 - NASA Mission Named 'Europa Clipper'
NASA's upcoming mission to investigate the habitability of Jupiter's icy moon Europa now has a formal name: Europa Clipper.



9 Mar 2017 - NASA Mars Orbiter Tracks Back-to-Back Regional Storms

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 17:10:36 PST

(image) 9 Mar 2017 - NASA Mars Orbiter Tracks Back-to-Back Regional Storms
A regional dust storm currently swelling on Mars follows unusually closely on one that blossomed less than two weeks earlier and is now dissipating.



9 Mar 2017 - New NASA Radar Technique Finds Lost Lunar Spacecraft

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 17:21:14 PST

(image) 9 Mar 2017 - New NASA Radar Technique Finds Lost Lunar Spacecraft
A new technological application of interplanetary radar pioneered by scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, has successfully located spacecraft orbiting the moon.



8 Mar 2017 - NASA Marks International Women's Day with Virtual Tour Highlighting Women in STEM

Wed, 08 Mar 2017 19:59:13 PST

(image) 8 Mar 2017 - NASA Marks International Women's Day with Virtual Tour Highlighting Women in STEM
NASA has unveiled an educational virtual tour that brings students into the exciting careers of seven women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields at the agency.



8 Mar 2017 - Dawn Identifies Age of Ceres' Brightest Area

Wed, 08 Mar 2017 17:08:51 PST

(image) 8 Mar 2017 - Dawn Identifies Age of Ceres' Brightest Area
The bright central area of Ceres' Occator Crater, known as Cerealia Facula, is approximately 30 million years younger than the crater in which it lies.



6 Mar 2017 - 10 Things: March 6

Mon, 06 Mar 2017 15:55:25 PST

(image) 6 Mar 2017 - 10 Things: March 6
Ten plus social media accounts you should definitely be following to explore the solar system and beyond.



2 Mar 2017 - NASA Orbiter Steers Clear of Mars Moon Phobos

Thu, 02 Mar 2017 20:53:47 PST

(image) 2 Mar 2017 - NASA Orbiter Steers Clear of Mars Moon Phobos
NASA's MAVEN spacecraft performed a previously unscheduled maneuver this week to avoid a collision in the near future with Mars' moon Phobos.



1 Mar 2017 - What’s Up - March 2017

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 22:45:30 PST

(image) 1 Mar 2017 - What’s Up - March 2017
What’s Up for March? The moon hides red star Aldebaran and crescents dazzle after dusk.



28 Feb 2017 - NASA Study Hints at Possible Change in Water 'Fingerprint' of Comet

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 21:38:25 PST

(image) 28 Feb 2017 - NASA Study Hints at Possible Change in Water 'Fingerprint' of Comet
A trip past the sun may have selectively altered the production of one form of water in a comet -- an effect not seen by astronomers before, a new NASA study suggests.



27 Feb 2017 - Martian Winds Carve Mountains, Move Dust, Raise Dust

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 22:04:30 PST

(image) 27 Feb 2017 - Martian Winds Carve Mountains, Move Dust, Raise Dust
Wind is a dominant force shaping landscapes on Mars, despite the thin air.



27 Feb 2017 - 10 Things: February 27

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 16:58:09 PST

(image) 27 Feb 2017 - 10 Things: February 27
Ten things you need to know this week, special 3-D edition. From images to virtual reality and interactive simulations, NASA offers plenty of ways to explore our solar system – and beyond – in 3D.



23 Feb 2017 - NASA's New Horizons, IAU Set Pluto Naming Themes

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 18:13:07 PST

(image) 23 Feb 2017 - NASA's New Horizons, IAU Set Pluto Naming Themes
The International Astronomical Union (IAU) has approved themes submitted by NASA's New Horizons team for naming surface features on Pluto and its moons.



22 Feb 2017 - NASA Telescope Reveals Largest Batch of Earth-Size, Habitable-Zone Planets Around Single Star

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 19:13:25 PST

(image) 22 Feb 2017 - NASA Telescope Reveals Largest Batch of Earth-Size, Habitable-Zone Planets Around Single Star
NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has revealed the first known system of seven Earth-size planets around a single star. Three of these planets are firmly located in the habitable zone.



21 Feb 2017 - NASA's Europa Flyby Mission Moves into Design Phase

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 21:40:51 PST

(image) 21 Feb 2017 - NASA's Europa Flyby Mission Moves into Design Phase
A mission to examine the habitability of Jupiter's ocean-bearing moon Europa is taking one step closer to the launchpad, with the recent completion of a major NASA review.