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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

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 00:10:07 PST

(image) 16 Jan 2017 - 10 Things: January 16
Ten things you need to know about the solar system this week:



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.



5 Jan 2017 - Scientists Offer Sharper Insight into Pluto's Bladed Terrain

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 01:09:00 PST

(image) 5 Jan 2017 - Scientists Offer Sharper Insight into Pluto's Bladed Terrain
Scientists have found evidence of snow and ice features on Pluto that, until now, had only been seen on Earth.



4 Jan 2017 - NASA Selects Two Missions to Explore the Early Solar System

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 21:41:42 PST

(image) 4 Jan 2017 - NASA Selects Two Missions to Explore the Early Solar System
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



3 Jan 2017 - What's Up - January 2017

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 01:57:27 PST

(image) 3 Jan 2017 - What's Up - January 2017
What’s Up for January? Meteors from a demoted constellation, Venus high, comet 45P low and the best of Vesta.



2 Jan 2017 - 10 Things: January 2

Tue, 03 Jan 2017 17:11:32 PST

(image) 2 Jan 2017 - 10 Things: January 2
Ten things you need to know about the solar system this week: Quadrantid meteor shower



29 Dec 2016 - NASA's NEOWISE Mission Spies One Comet, Maybe Two

Thu, 29 Dec 2016 20:30:10 PST

(image) 29 Dec 2016 - NASA's NEOWISE Mission Spies One Comet, Maybe Two
NASA's NEOWISE mission has recently discovered some celestial objects traveling through our neighborhood, including one on the blurry line between asteroid and comet.



28 Dec 2016 - Orbiter Recovering from Precautionary Pause in Activity

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 22:07:26 PST

(image) 28 Dec 2016 - Orbiter Recovering from Precautionary Pause in Activity
NASA's Mars Odyssey orbiter, which has been in service at Mars since October 2001, put itself into safe mode -- a protective standby status -- on Dec. 26, while remaining in communication with Earth.



28 Dec 2016 - 10 Things: December 26

Wed, 28 Dec 2016 20:22:46 PST

(image) 28 Dec 2016 - 10 Things: December 26
Ten things you need to know about the solar system this week: Cassini spacecraft models



21 Dec 2016 - Intriguing Images of 2016

Thu, 22 Dec 2016 01:04:52 PST

(image) 21 Dec 2016 - Intriguing Images of 2016
This year's most interesting--and beautiful--images from solar system exploration



20 Dec 2016 - Small Troughs Growing on Mars May Become 'Spiders'

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 17:14:32 PST

(image) 20 Dec 2016 - Small Troughs Growing on Mars May Become 'Spiders'
Erosion-carved troughs that grow and branch during multiple Martian years may be infant versions of larger features known as Martian "spiders," which are radially patterned channels found only in the south polar region of Mars.



19 Dec 2016 - 10 Things: December 19

Wed, 21 Dec 2016 01:51:05 PST

(image) 19 Dec 2016 - 10 Things: December 19
Ten things you need to know about the solar system this week: ice on Ceres, 'pearls' on Jupiter



15 Dec 2016 - Where is the Ice on Ceres? New NASA Dawn Findings

Thu, 15 Dec 2016 18:55:14 PST

(image) 15 Dec 2016 - Where is the Ice on Ceres? New NASA Dawn Findings
Newly published studies from Dawn scientists show two distinct lines of evidence for ice at or near the surface of the dwarf planet Ceres.



14 Dec 2016 - Juno Captures Jupiter Pearl

Wed, 14 Dec 2016 18:05:29 PST

(image) 14 Dec 2016 - Juno Captures Jupiter Pearl
This image, taken by the JunoCam imager on NASA's Juno spacecraft, highlights the seventh of Jupiter's eight 'string of pearls' -- massive counterclockwise rotating storms that appear as white ovals in the gas giant's southern hemisphere.



13 Dec 2016 - Mars Rock-Ingredient Stew Seen as Plus for Habitability

Tue, 13 Dec 2016 19:42:26 PST

(image) 13 Dec 2016 - Mars Rock-Ingredient Stew Seen as Plus for Habitability
NASA's Curiosity Mars rover is finding patterns of change in rock composition at higher, younger layers of a mountain.



12 Dec 2016 - 10 Things: December 12

Mon, 12 Dec 2016 23:58:28 PST

(image) 12 Dec 2016 - 10 Things: December 12
Ten things you need to know about the solar system this week: 2017 meteor showers



12 Dec 2016 - NASA Mission to Search for Rare Asteroids

Mon, 12 Dec 2016 17:15:23 PST

(image) 12 Dec 2016 - NASA Mission to Search for Rare Asteroids
NASA's first mission to return a sample of an asteroid to Earth will be multitasking during its two-year outbound cruise to the asteroid Bennu.



9 Dec 2016 - NASA Juno Mission Prepares for December 11 Jupiter Flyby

Mon, 12 Dec 2016 23:28:29 PST

(image) 9 Dec 2016 - NASA Juno Mission Prepares for December 11 Jupiter Flyby
On Sunday, December 11, NASA’s Juno spacecraft will make its third science flyby of Jupiter.



6 Dec 2016 - Curiosity Rover Team Examining New Drill Hiatus

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 01:41:38 PST

(image) 6 Dec 2016 - Curiosity Rover Team Examining New Drill Hiatus
NASA's Curiosity Mars rover is studying its surroundings and monitoring the environment, rather than driving or using its arm for science, while the rover team diagnoses an issue with a motor that moves the rover's drill.



5 Dec 2016 - Cassini Makes First Ring-Grazing Plunge

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 01:46:26 PST

(image) 5 Dec 2016 - Cassini Makes First Ring-Grazing Plunge
NASA's Saturn-orbiting Cassini spacecraft has made its first close dive past the outer edges of Saturn's rings since beginning its penultimate mission phase on Nov. 30.



5 Dec 2016 - 10 Things: December 5

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 18:36:46 PST

(image) 5 Dec 2016 - 10 Things: December 5
Ten things you need to know about the solar system this week: space and time



1 Dec 2016 - What's Up - December 2016

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 20:32:05 PST

(image) 1 Dec 2016 - What's Up - December 2016
What’s Up for December? Mars and Neptune above the crescent moon and a New Year’s Eve comet!



1 Dec 2016 - Scientists Probe Mystery of Pluto's Icy Heart

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 19:04:24 PST

(image) 1 Dec 2016 - Scientists Probe Mystery of Pluto's Icy Heart
Was Pluto's frozen heart formed in an ancient impact basin and was it once closer to the north pole? And does the icy heart conceal a subsurface ocean?