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

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 17:02:56 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?



29 Nov 2016 - NASA Radio on Europe's New Mars Orbiter Aces Relay Test

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 23:11:44 PST

(image) 29 Nov 2016 - NASA Radio on Europe's New Mars Orbiter Aces Relay Test
Data from each of the two rovers active on Mars reached Earth last week in the successful first relay test of a NASA radio aboard Europe's new Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO).



28 Nov 2016 - 10 Things: November 28

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 23:58:09 PST

(image) 28 Nov 2016 - 10 Things: November 28
Winter on Mars and nine more need-to-know things about your solar system.



22 Nov 2016 - NASA Saturn Mission Prepares for 'Ring-Grazing Orbits'

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 00:41:24 PST

(image) 22 Nov 2016 - NASA Saturn Mission Prepares for 'Ring-Grazing Orbits'
A thrilling ride is about to begin for NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Following a gravitational nudge from Saturn's moon Titan, Cassini will enter the first phase of the mission's dramatic endgame.



22 Nov 2016 - Mars Ice Deposit Holds as Much Water as Lake Superior

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 17:58:46 PST

(image) 22 Nov 2016 - Mars Ice Deposit Holds as Much Water as Lake Superior
Water ice makes up half or more of an underground layer in a large region of Mars about halfway from the equator to the north pole.



18 Nov 2016 - 10 Things: November 21

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 21:14:19 PST

(image) 18 Nov 2016 - 10 Things: November 21
Meteors, Mars, the moon and more. Ten things to know about your solar system this week.



18 Nov 2016 - New Ceres Views as Dawn Moves Higher

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 15:42:58 PST

(image) 18 Nov 2016 - New Ceres Views as Dawn Moves Higher
The brightest area on Ceres stands out amid shadowy, cratered terrain in a dramatic new view from NASA's Dawn spacecraft, taken as it looked off to the side of the dwarf planet.



16 Nov 2016 - Great Valley Found on Mercury

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 17:29:11 PST

(image) 16 Nov 2016 - Great Valley Found on Mercury
A newly discovered great valley in the southern hemisphere of Mercury provides more evidence that the small planet closest to the sun is shrinking.



14 Nov 2016 - Ten Things: November 14

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 00:19:44 PST

(image) 14 Nov 2016 - Ten Things: November 14
Ten things about our solar system you need to know this week.



12 Nov 2016 - The Next Full Moon is the Beaver Moon and a SuperMoon

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 14:53:35 PST

(image) 12 Nov 2016 - The Next Full Moon is the Beaver Moon and a SuperMoon
The next full Moon will be on Monday morning, November 14, 2016, appearing "opposite" the Sun (in Earth-based longitude) at 8:52 AM EST. The Moon will appear full for about three days around this time.



10 Nov 2016 - Two More Supermoons in 2016

Thu, 10 Nov 2016 19:13:09 PST

(image) 10 Nov 2016 - Two More Supermoons in 2016
Step outside on November 14, and take a look at the moon. Not only will the moon be full, but on that day, the moon will be at its closest point to our planet as it orbits Earth. This makes the November full moon a supermoon.



7 Nov 2016 - 10 Things: November 7

Mon, 07 Nov 2016 16:49:33 PST

(image) 7 Nov 2016 - 10 Things: November 7
Ten (plus one) social media accounts you should definitely be following to explore the solar system and beyond.



4 Nov 2016 - NASA and FEMA Conduct Asteroid Impact Emergency Planning Exercise

Fri, 04 Nov 2016 17:08:17 PST

(image) 4 Nov 2016 - NASA and FEMA Conduct Asteroid Impact Emergency Planning Exercise
What would we do if we discovered a large asteroid on course to impact Earth? While highly unlikely, that was the high-consequence scenario discussed by attendees at an Oct. 25 NASA-FEMA tabletop exercise in El Segundo, California.



3 Nov 2016 - Curiosity Mars Rover Checks Odd-looking Iron Meteorite

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 16:10:38 PST

(image) 3 Nov 2016 - Curiosity Mars Rover Checks Odd-looking Iron Meteorite
Laser-zapping of a globular, golf-ball-size object on Mars by NASA's Curiosity rover confirms that it is an iron-nickel meteorite fallen from the Red Planet's sky.



2 Nov 2016 - What's Up - November 2016

Wed, 02 Nov 2016 15:23:17 PST

(image) 2 Nov 2016 - What's Up - November 2016
What's Up for November. Venus at sunset, Jupiter at dawn, your last evening glimpse of Saturn until spring and more meteors.



31 Oct 2016 - 10 Things: October 31

Mon, 31 Oct 2016 20:16:46 PST

(image) 31 Oct 2016 - 10 Things: October 31
Moon photobomb, meteors and eight more things you need to know this week.



28 Oct 2016 - Catalog of Known Near-Earth Asteroids Tops 15,000

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 18:25:01 PST

(image) 28 Oct 2016 - Catalog of Known Near-Earth Asteroids Tops 15,000
The 15,000th near-Earth asteroid (2016 TB57) was discovered this month.



27 Oct 2016 - NASA Moon Mission Shares Insights into Giant Impacts

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 18:13:59 PST

(image) 27 Oct 2016 - NASA Moon Mission Shares Insights into Giant Impacts
New results from NASA's Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) mission are providing insights into the huge impacts that dominated the early history of Earth’s moon and other solid worlds, like Earth and Mars.



27 Oct 2016 - New Horizons Returns Last Bits of 2015 Flyby Data to Earth

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 16:25:12 PST

(image) 27 Oct 2016 - New Horizons Returns Last Bits of 2015 Flyby Data to Earth
NASA’s New Horizons mission reached a major milestone this week when the last bits of science data from the Pluto flyby – stored on the spacecraft’s digital recorders since July 2015 – arrived safely on Earth.



24 Oct 2016 - 10 Things: October 24

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 17:55:10 PST

(image) 24 Oct 2016 - 10 Things: October 24
More moons and nine more need-to-know things from our solar system.



21 Oct 2016 - Camera on Mars Orbiter Shows Signs of Latest Mars Lander

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 17:00:38 PST

(image) 21 Oct 2016 - Camera on Mars Orbiter Shows Signs of Latest Mars Lander
NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has identified new markings on the surface of the Red Planet that are believed to be related to Europe's Schiaparelli test lander, which arrived at Mars on Oct. 19.



21 Oct 2016 - Uranus May Have Two Undiscovered Moons

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:24:24 PST

(image) 21 Oct 2016 - Uranus May Have Two Undiscovered Moons
NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft flew by Uranus 30 years ago, but researchers are still making discoveries from the data it gathered then. A new study led by University of Idaho researchers suggests there could be two tiny, previously undiscovered moonlets.



20 Oct 2016 - Cassini sees dramatic seasonal changes on Titan

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 20:53:22 PST

(image) 20 Oct 2016 - Cassini sees dramatic seasonal changes on Titan
As winter comes to the southern parts of Saturn's moon Titan, NASA's Cassini spacecraft has been following dramatic seasonal changes in the temperature and composition of the atmosphere there.



20 Oct 2016 - Citizen Scientists Seek South Pole 'Spiders' on Mars

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 15:52:10 PST

(image) 20 Oct 2016 - Citizen Scientists Seek South Pole 'Spiders' on Mars
Ten thousand volunteers viewing images of Martian south polar regions have helped identify targets for closer inspection, yielding new insights about seasonal slabs of frozen carbon dioxide and erosional features known as "spiders."



20 Oct 2016 - Schiaparelli Descent Data Decoding Underway

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 15:28:01 PST

(image) 20 Oct 2016 - Schiaparelli Descent Data Decoding Underway
Essential data from the ExoMars Schiaparelli lander sent to its mothership Trace Gas Orbiter during the module’s descent to the Red Planet’s surface yesterday has been downlinked to Earth and is currently being analysed by experts.