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29 Jan 2018 - 10 Things to Know About Explorer 1, America's First Satellite

Mon, 29 Jan 2018 16:37:31 PST

(image) 29 Jan 2018 - 10 Things to Know About Explorer 1, America's First Satellite
Sixty years ago this week, the United States sent its first satellite into space.



25 Jan 2018 - Jupiter’s Stormy North

Thu, 25 Jan 2018 22:24:48 PST

(image) 25 Jan 2018 - Jupiter’s Stormy North
See Jupiter’s northern polar belt region in this new view taken by NASA’s Juno spacecraft.



24 Jan 2018 - NASA's Next Mars Lander Spreads its Solar Wings

Wed, 24 Jan 2018 05:50:27 PST

(image) 24 Jan 2018 - NASA's Next Mars Lander Spreads its Solar Wings
NASA's next mission to Mars passed a key test Tuesday, extending the solar arrays that will power the InSight spacecraft once it lands on the Red Planet this November.



23 Jan 2018 - Explorer 1: The Beginning of American Space Science

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 21:20:08 PST

(image) 23 Jan 2018 - Explorer 1: The Beginning of American Space Science
Sixty years ago next week, America launched its first satellite, the JPL-built Explorer 1, marking the beginning of the scientific exploration of space.



23 Jan 2018 - Dust Storms Linked to Gas Escape from Mars Atmosphere

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 18:47:36 PST

(image) 23 Jan 2018 - Dust Storms Linked to Gas Escape from Mars Atmosphere
If Mars has a global dust storm in 2018, observations could aid understanding of its effects.



22 Jan 2018 - 10 Things, Jan. 22: A Total Lunar Eclipse is Coming

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 17:27:00 PST

(image) 22 Jan 2018 - 10 Things, Jan. 22: A Total Lunar Eclipse is Coming
There's another sky show to look forward to next week: a total lunar eclipse, happening Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018.



19 Jan 2018 - Asteroid 2002 AJ129 to Fly Safely Past Earth February 4

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 16:55:10 PST

(image) 19 Jan 2018 - Asteroid 2002 AJ129 to Fly Safely Past Earth February 4
An asteroid will make a close approach to Earth on Feb. 4, 2018, but no closer than 10 times the distance between Earth and the Moon



17 Jan 2018 - Cassini Finds Saturn Moon Has 'Sea Level' Like Earth

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 18:14:42 PST

(image) 17 Jan 2018 - Cassini Finds Saturn Moon Has 'Sea Level' Like Earth
Just as the surface of oceans on Earth lies at an average elevation that we call "sea level," Titan's seas also lie at an average elevation.



11 Jan 2018 - Steep Slopes on Mars Reveal Structure of Buried Ice

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 18:49:31 PST

(image) 11 Jan 2018 - Steep Slopes on Mars Reveal Structure of Buried Ice
Researchers using NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) have found eight sites where thick deposits of ice beneath Mars' surface are exposed in faces of eroding slopes.



8 Jan 2018 - 10 Things for Jan. 8: Images for Your Computer or Phone Wallpaper

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 16:43:40 PST

(image) 8 Jan 2018 - 10 Things for Jan. 8: Images for Your Computer or Phone Wallpaper
10 Things: vision-stretching images for your computer desktop or phone wallpaper.



8 Jan 2018 - NASA's 2018 To Do List

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 15:58:28 PST

(image) 8 Jan 2018 - NASA's 2018 To Do List
This is NASA's 2018 'To Do' list.



6 Jan 2018 - NASA Mourns the Passing of Astronaut John Young

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 18:36:34 PST

(image) 6 Jan 2018 - NASA Mourns the Passing of Astronaut John Young
Astronaut John Young, who walked on the Moon during Apollo 16 and commanded the first space shuttle mission, died Friday, Jan. 5, 2018.



4 Jan 2018 - Spend Next New Year's Eve with New Horizons

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 21:41:07 PST

(image) 4 Jan 2018 - Spend Next New Year's Eve with New Horizons
In just under a year, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft will buzz by the most primitive and most distant object ever explored.



2 Jan 2018 - What's Up - January 2018

Fri, 26 Jan 2018 17:23:32 PST

(image) 2 Jan 2018 - What's Up - January 2018
Quadrantid meteors January 3-4, a West Coast-favoring total lunar eclipse, and time to start watching Mars!



25 Dec 2017 - 10 Things for Dec. 25: Snowy or Icy Worlds Beyond Earth

Mon, 25 Dec 2017 05:30:25 PST

(image) 25 Dec 2017 - 10 Things for Dec. 25: Snowy or Icy Worlds Beyond Earth
10 Things: Snowstorms on Earth are common, but did you know it snows on other worlds, too? Here are just a few of the places where you might find snow or ice beyond Earth.



22 Dec 2017 - Arecibo Radar Returns with Asteroid Phaethon Images

Fri, 22 Dec 2017 22:54:53 PST

(image) 22 Dec 2017 - Arecibo Radar Returns with Asteroid Phaethon Images
The highest-resolution images to date of near-Earth asteroid 3200 Phaethon



20 Dec 2017 - NASA Invests in Concept Development for Missions to Comet, Saturn Moon Titan

Wed, 20 Dec 2017 19:39:13 PST

(image) 20 Dec 2017 - NASA Invests in Concept Development for Missions to Comet, Saturn Moon Titan
NASA has selected two finalist concepts for a robotic mission planned to launch in the mid-2020s: a comet sample return mission and a drone-like rotorcraft that would explore potential landing sites on Saturn's largest moon, Titan.



18 Dec 2017 - NASA to Name Finalists for Future Solar System Mission

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 22:25:48 PST

(image) 18 Dec 2017 - NASA to Name Finalists for Future Solar System Mission
NASA will announce finalist concepts for a future robotic mission to explore the solar system during a media teleconference at 2 p.m. EST Wednesday, Dec. 20.



18 Dec 2017 - NASA Solves How a Jupiter Jet Stream Shifts into Reverse

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 22:16:31 PST

(image) 18 Dec 2017 - NASA Solves How a Jupiter Jet Stream Shifts into Reverse
A NASA-led team has identified which type of wave forces a jet stream on Jupiter to change direction.



18 Dec 2017 - 10 Things, Dec. 18: Space Technology, Magic and Arthur C. Clarke

Tue, 19 Dec 2017 21:28:45 PST

(image) 18 Dec 2017 - 10 Things, Dec. 18: Space Technology, Magic and Arthur C. Clarke
A century after the birth of Arthur C. Clarke, we look at 10 aspects of real-life space travel that he predicted, popularized or influenced.



13 Dec 2017 - Mars Mission Sheds Light on Habitability of Distant Planets

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 17:14:25 PST

(image) 13 Dec 2017 - Mars Mission Sheds Light on Habitability of Distant Planets
How long might a rocky, Mars-like planet be habitable if it were orbiting a red dwarf star? MAVEN provides clues.



12 Dec 2017 - Bright Areas on Ceres Suggest Geologic Activity

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 22:23:58 PST

(image) 12 Dec 2017 - Bright Areas on Ceres Suggest Geologic Activity
Scientists now have a better sense of how reflective areas on Ceres formed and changed over time



12 Dec 2017 - Does New Horizons' Next Target Have a Moon?

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 18:37:54 PST

(image) 12 Dec 2017 - Does New Horizons' Next Target Have a Moon?
2014 MU69 might have orbital company: a small moon.



12 Dec 2017 - New Space Policy Directive Calls for Human Expansion Across Solar System

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 17:13:44 PST

(image) 12 Dec 2017 - New Space Policy Directive Calls for Human Expansion Across Solar System
The president Monday signed at the White House Space Policy Directive 1, a change in national space policy.



11 Dec 2017 - NASA's Juno Probes the Depths of Jupiter's Great Red Spot

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 21:03:18 PST

(image) 11 Dec 2017 - NASA's Juno Probes the Depths of Jupiter's Great Red Spot
Data collected by NASA's Juno spacecraft during its first pass over Jupiter's Great Red Spot in July 2017 indicate that this iconic feature penetrates well below the clouds.



11 Dec 2017 - 10 Things, Dec. 11: The Geminids Are Now Playing in a Sky Near You

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 04:58:01 PST

(image) 11 Dec 2017 - 10 Things, Dec. 11: The Geminids Are Now Playing in a Sky Near You
10 things to know about the Geminids meteor shower, which peaks in mid-December.



6 Dec 2017 - NASA Mars Rover Team's Tilted Winter Strategy Works

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 22:15:18 PST

(image) 6 Dec 2017 - NASA Mars Rover Team's Tilted Winter Strategy Works
NASA's senior Mars rover, Opportunity, has just passed the shortest-daylight weeks of the long Martian year.



4 Dec 2017 - 10 Things, Dec. 4: Awe-Inspiring Jupiter Images Not to Be Missed

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 17:56:20 PST

(image) 4 Dec 2017 - 10 Things, Dec. 4: Awe-Inspiring Jupiter Images Not to Be Missed
Ten stunning images JunoCam has given us over the past year.



4 Dec 2017 - What's Up - December 2017

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 16:35:24 PST

(image) 4 Dec 2017 - What's Up - December 2017
The best meteor shower of the year and the brightest stars in familiar constellations.



1 Dec 2017 - The Voyagers in Popular Culture

Tue, 19 Dec 2017 16:25:44 PST

(image) 1 Dec 2017 - The Voyagers in Popular Culture
Celebrating 40 years since the launch of NASA's twin Voyager probes -- the two farthest, fastest spacecraft currently in operation.