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19 Sep 2016 - 10 Things: September 19

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 14:47:52 PST

(image) 19 Sep 2016 - 10 Things: September 19
Ten things you need to know about the solar system this week: Cassini Grand Finale, comet breakup, OSIRIS-REx update



16 Sep 2016 - Cassini Begins Epic Final Year at Saturn

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 17:59:51 PST

(image) 16 Sep 2016 - Cassini Begins Epic Final Year at Saturn
After more than 12 years studying Saturn, its rings and moons, NASA's Cassini spacecraft has entered the final year of its epic voyage. The conclusion of the historic scientific odyssey is planned for September 2017.



15 Sep 2016 - Some Ancient Mars Lakes Came Long After Others

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 17:33:05 PST

(image) 15 Sep 2016 - Some Ancient Mars Lakes Came Long After Others
Lakes and snowmelt-fed streams on Mars formed much later than previously thought possible, according to new findings using data primarily from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.



14 Sep 2016 - Pluto 'Paints' its Largest Moon Red

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 17:27:13 PST

(image) 14 Sep 2016 - Pluto 'Paints' its Largest Moon Red
Charon's polar coloring comes from Pluto itself--as methane gas that escapes from Pluto's atmosphere and becomes "trapped" by the moon's gravity and freezes to the cold, icy surface at Charon's pole.



12 Sep 2016 - 10 Things: September 12

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 16:34:53 PST

(image) 12 Sep 2016 - 10 Things: September 12
Ten things you need to know about the solar system this week: social media accounts you should definitely be following to explore the solar system and beyond



9 Sep 2016 - Mars Rover Views Spectacular Layered Rock Formations

Sun, 11 Sep 2016 16:35:48 PST

(image) 9 Sep 2016 - Mars Rover Views Spectacular Layered Rock Formations
The layered geologic past of Mars is revealed in stunning detail in new color images returned by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover of the Murray Buttes region on Mount Sharp.



6 Sep 2016 - 10 Things: September 6

Thu, 08 Sep 2016 17:43:38 PST

(image) 6 Sep 2016 - 10 Things: September 6
Ten things you need to know about the solar system this week: OSIRIS-REx and Bennu



2 Sep 2016 - NASA Approves 2018 Launch of Mars InSight Mission

Fri, 02 Sep 2016 14:24:29 PST

(image) 2 Sep 2016 - NASA Approves 2018 Launch of Mars InSight Mission
NASA is moving forward with a spring 2018 launch of its InSight mission to study the deep interior of Mars, following final approval this week by the agency's Science Mission Directorate.



2 Sep 2016 - Jupiter's North Pole Unlike Anything Encountered in Solar System

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 16:31:55 PST

(image) 2 Sep 2016 - Jupiter's North Pole Unlike Anything Encountered in Solar System
NASA's Juno spacecraft has sent back the first-ever images of Jupiter's north pole, taken during the spacecraft's first flyby of the planet with its instruments switched on.



1 Sep 2016 - Ceres' Geological Activity, Ice Revealed in New Research

Thu, 01 Sep 2016 18:09:31 PST

(image) 1 Sep 2016 - Ceres' Geological Activity, Ice Revealed in New Research
A lonely 3-mile-high (5-kilometer-high) mountain on Ceres is likely volcanic in origin, and the dwarf planet may have a weak, temporary atmosphere. These are just two of many new insights about Ceres from NASA's Dawn mission published this week.



31 Aug 2016 - New Horizons Spies a Kuiper Belt Companion

Wed, 31 Aug 2016 16:52:48 PST

(image) 31 Aug 2016 - New Horizons Spies a Kuiper Belt Companion
New Horizons recently observed the Kuiper Belt object Quaoar.



31 Aug 2016 - Dawn Sets Course for Higher Orbit

Wed, 31 Aug 2016 16:31:28 PST

(image) 31 Aug 2016 - Dawn Sets Course for Higher Orbit
After studying Ceres for more than eight months from its low-altitude science orbit, NASA's Dawn spacecraft will move higher up for different views of the dwarf planet.



31 Aug 2016 - What's Up - September 2016

Wed, 31 Aug 2016 21:42:11 PST

(image) 31 Aug 2016 - What's Up - September 2016
What’s Up for September? An annular eclipse in Africa, two minor meteor showers and planet and moon pair-ups.



29 Aug 2016 - 10 Things: August 29

Mon, 29 Aug 2016 18:11:17 PST

(image) 29 Aug 2016 - 10 Things: August 29
Ten things you need to know about the solar system this week: Juno at Jupiter, upcoming solar eclipses



27 Aug 2016 - NASA's Juno Successfully Completes Jupiter Flyby

Sat, 27 Aug 2016 21:32:27 PST

(image) 27 Aug 2016 - NASA's Juno Successfully Completes Jupiter Flyby
NASA's Juno mission successfully executed its first of 36 orbital flybys of Jupiter today. This flyby was the closest Juno will get to Jupiter during its prime mission.



26 Aug 2016 - Jupiter's Extended Family? A Billion or More

Fri, 26 Aug 2016 17:18:03 PST

(image) 26 Aug 2016 - Jupiter's Extended Family? A Billion or More
The giant planet Jupiter could hold the secret to the formation of the solar system, of Earth itself, and of a billion or more "Jupiters" orbiting distant stars.



25 Aug 2016 - NASA's Juno to Soar Closest to Jupiter This Saturday

Fri, 26 Aug 2016 17:47:19 PST

(image) 25 Aug 2016 - NASA's Juno to Soar Closest to Jupiter This Saturday
This Saturday, NASA's Juno spacecraft will get closer to the cloud tops of Jupiter than at any other time during its prime mission.



25 Aug 2016 - Rosetta Captures Comet Outburst

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 14:40:14 PST

(image) 25 Aug 2016 - Rosetta Captures Comet Outburst
In unprecedented observations made earlier this year, Rosetta unexpectedly captured a dramatic comet outburst that may have been triggered by a landslide.



24 Aug 2016 - ​35 Years On, Voyager's Legacy Continues at Saturn

Wed, 24 Aug 2016 18:38:16 PST

(image) 24 Aug 2016 - ​35 Years On, Voyager's Legacy Continues at Saturn
Voyager 2 made its closest approach to Saturn 35 years ago -- on Aug. 25, 1981



23 Aug 2016 - Test for Damp Ground at Mars' Seasonal Streaks Finds None

Fri, 26 Aug 2016 17:57:04 PST

(image) 23 Aug 2016 - Test for Damp Ground at Mars' Seasonal Streaks Finds None
Test for Damp Ground at Mars Streaks Finds None



22 Aug 2016 - 10 Things: August 22

Mon, 22 Aug 2016 15:50:02 PST

(image) 22 Aug 2016 - 10 Things: August 22
Ten things you need to know about the solar system this week: the best places to look for alien life



19 Aug 2016 - Full-Circle Vista from NASA Mars Rover Curiosity Shows 'Murray Buttes'

Fri, 19 Aug 2016 16:24:14 PST

(image) 19 Aug 2016 - Full-Circle Vista from NASA Mars Rover Curiosity Shows 'Murray Buttes'
Eroded mesas and buttes reminiscent of the U.S. Southwest shape part of the horizon in the latest 360-degree color panorama from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover.



18 Aug 2016 - Jim Green: Three Moons and a Planet that Could Have Life

Thu, 18 Aug 2016 18:52:44 PST

(image) 18 Aug 2016 - Jim Green: Three Moons and a Planet that Could Have Life
Is there life beyond Earth? Join NASA's director of planetary science, James Green, for a survey of the places in our solar system that are most likely to harbor alien life.



17 Aug 2016 - NASA Prepares to Launch First U.S. Asteroid Sample Return Mission

Wed, 17 Aug 2016 20:52:14 PST

(image) 17 Aug 2016 - NASA Prepares to Launch First U.S. Asteroid Sample Return Mission
NASA is preparing to launch its first mission to return a sample of an asteroid to Earth. The OSIRIS-REx mission will help scientists investigate how planets formed and how life began.



15 Aug 2016 - NASA's Asteroid Redirect Mission Completes Robotic Design Milestone

Mon, 15 Aug 2016 23:19:18 PST

(image) 15 Aug 2016 - NASA's Asteroid Redirect Mission Completes Robotic Design Milestone
NASA approved the Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM) to proceed to the next phase of design and development for the mission's robotic segment.



15 Aug 2016 - NASA's Jim Green: A Decade of Planetary Discovery

Thu, 18 Aug 2016 18:08:30 PST

(image) 15 Aug 2016 - NASA's Jim Green: A Decade of Planetary Discovery
Today, Aug. 15, NASA's Jim Green observes 10 years as director of the Planetary Science Division (PSD) at the agency's headquarters in Washington, D.C.



15 Aug 2016 - 10 Things: August 15

Mon, 15 Aug 2016 16:41:30 PST

(image) 15 Aug 2016 - 10 Things: August 15
Ten things you need to know about the solar system this week: OSIRIS-REx briefing, Cassini amateur images



10 Aug 2016 - NASA to Host Media Briefing on Launch of Asteroid-Bound Spacecraft

Wed, 10 Aug 2016 20:59:03 PST

(image) 10 Aug 2016 - NASA to Host Media Briefing on Launch of Asteroid-Bound Spacecraft
In less than a month, NASA will launch the first U.S. spacecraft destined to rendezvous with, study and return a sample of an asteroid. The agency will host a media briefing at 2 p.m. EDT Wednesday, Aug. 17.



8 Aug 2016 - 10 Things: August 8

Mon, 08 Aug 2016 21:52:28 PST

(image) 8 Aug 2016 - 10 Things: August 8
Ten things you need to know about the solar system this week: meteor shower, parks in the dark



5 Aug 2016 - Decades of Discovery: NASA's Exploration of Jupiter

Mon, 08 Aug 2016 16:45:51 PST

(image) 5 Aug 2016 - Decades of Discovery: NASA's Exploration of Jupiter
One of the brightest objects in the night sky, Jupiter has enthralled humans since ancient times. Today, scientists believe that learning more about the planet may be the key to discovering our solar system's origins and formation.