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17 Nov 2017 - NASA Selects Instrument for Future International Mission to Martian Moons

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 21:46:55 PST

(image) 17 Nov 2017 - NASA Selects Instrument for Future International Mission to Martian Moons
NASA has selected a science instrument for an upcoming Japan-led sample return mission to the moons of Mars planned for launch in 2024



15 Nov 2017 - NASA Expands Podcast Selections with New Science Series

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 19:33:35 PST

(image) 15 Nov 2017 - NASA Expands Podcast Selections with New Science Series
"Gravity Assist," a new NASA weekly podcast series, has launched on NASA.gov and audio platforms SoundCloud and iTunes.



14 Nov 2017 - NASA's Mars 2020 Mission Performs First Supersonic Parachute Test

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 18:00:42 PST

(image) 14 Nov 2017 - NASA's Mars 2020 Mission Performs First Supersonic Parachute Test
Preparations for the Mars 2020 mission have provided, for the first time, dramatic video of its parachute opening at supersonic speed.



13 Nov 2017 - 10 Things: Our Living Planet

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 20:25:01 PST

(image) 13 Nov 2017 - 10 Things: Our Living Planet
Whether it's crops, forests or phytoplankton blooms in the ocean, NASA scientists are tracking life on Earth from above.



9 Nov 2017 - e-Book: The Saturn System Through the Eyes of Cassini

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 21:10:40 PST

(image) 9 Nov 2017 - e-Book: The Saturn System Through the Eyes of Cassini
This free NASA e-Book celebrates Saturn as seen through the eyes of the Cassini spacecraft.



6 Nov 2017 - Help Nickname New Horizons' Next Flyby Target

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 20:40:32 PST

(image) 6 Nov 2017 - Help Nickname New Horizons' Next Flyby Target
NASA's New Horizons mission to Pluto and the Kuiper Belt is looking for your ideas on what to informally name its next flyby destination.



6 Nov 2017 - Powering Saturn's Active Ocean Moon

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 19:54:01 PST

(image) 6 Nov 2017 - Powering Saturn's Active Ocean Moon
Heat from friction could power hydrothermal activity on Saturn's moon Enceladus for billions of years.



6 Nov 2017 - 10 Things: November 6

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 17:55:45 PST

(image) 6 Nov 2017 - 10 Things: November 6
Every day, NASA spacecraft and NASA people are exploring the solar system. 10 things happening this week.



3 Nov 2017 - Astronomers Complete First International Asteroid Tracking Exercise

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 23:23:59 PST

(image) 3 Nov 2017 - Astronomers Complete First International Asteroid Tracking Exercise
A team of astronomers led by NASA scientists successfully completed the first global exercise using a real asteroid to test global response capabilities.



3 Nov 2017 - More Than 2.4 Million Names Are Going to Mars

Sat, 04 Nov 2017 16:43:31 PST

(image) 3 Nov 2017 - More Than 2.4 Million Names Are Going to Mars
More than 1.6 million people signed up to have their names etched on a microchip that will be carried on NASA's upcoming InSight mission, which launches in May of 2018.



3 Nov 2017 - Return of the Comet: 96P Spotted by ESA, NASA Satellites

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 19:34:22 PST

(image) 3 Nov 2017 - Return of the Comet: 96P Spotted by ESA, NASA Satellites
A comet returns, making it the most frequently observed by SOHO.



2 Nov 2017 - Juno Aces Eighth Science Pass of Jupiter, Names New Project Manager

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 22:57:34 PST

(image) 2 Nov 2017 - Juno Aces Eighth Science Pass of Jupiter, Names New Project Manager
NASA's Juno spacecraft successfully completed its eighth science flyby over Jupiter's mysterious cloud tops on Tuesday, Oct. 24



1 Nov 2017 - What's Up for November 2017

Wed, 01 Nov 2017 17:55:15 PST

(image) 1 Nov 2017 - What's Up for November 2017
Dawn pairing of Jupiter and Venus, Moon shines near star clusters, meteor activity all month long.



1 Nov 2017 - Martian Ridge Brings Out Rover's Color Talents

Wed, 01 Nov 2017 16:49:14 PST

(image) 1 Nov 2017 - Martian Ridge Brings Out Rover's Color Talents
Color-discerning capabilities that NASA's Curiosity rover has been using on Mars since 2012 are proving particularly helpful on a mountainside ridge.



31 Oct 2017 - Next Mars Rover Will Have 23 'Eyes'

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 19:37:27 PST

(image) 31 Oct 2017 - Next Mars Rover Will Have 23 'Eyes'
NASA's Mars 2020 mission will have more "eyes" than any rover before it: a grand total of 23.



30 Oct 2017 - 10 Things: October 30

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 02:52:34 PST

(image) 30 Oct 2017 - 10 Things: October 30
This week, we're getting into the Halloween spirit with 10 spooktacular things to let your imagination run wild.



26 Oct 2017 - Small Asteroid or Comet 'Visits' from Beyond the Solar System

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 17:51:04 PST

(image) 26 Oct 2017 - Small Asteroid or Comet 'Visits' from Beyond the Solar System
A small, recently discovered asteroid -- or perhaps a comet -- appears to have originated from outside the solar system



26 Oct 2017 - Dawn Finds Possible Ancient Ocean Remnants at Ceres

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 19:12:27 PST

(image) 26 Oct 2017 - Dawn Finds Possible Ancient Ocean Remnants at Ceres
Dawn Finds Possible Ancient Ocean Remnants at Ceres



23 Oct 2017 - 10 Things: October 23

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 15:45:29 PST

(image) 23 Oct 2017 - 10 Things: October 23
Weather permitting, you can observe the Moon most nights. But this week is special. October 28 is International Observe the Moon Night (also known as InOMN).



19 Oct 2017 - Spot an Elusive Planet in the Night Sky

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 13:35:56 PST

(image) 19 Oct 2017 - Spot an Elusive Planet in the Night Sky
Uranus reaches opposition on October 19. Opposition means the planet is opposite the Sun in our sky, so it rises at sunset in the east, is highest (for mid-northern latitudes) at about 1a.m.



19 Oct 2017 - Dawn Mission Extended at Ceres

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 17:54:53 PST

(image) 19 Oct 2017 - Dawn Mission Extended at Ceres
NASA has authorized a second extension of the Dawn mission at Ceres.



19 Oct 2017 - Take a Walk on Mars -- in Your Own Living Room

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 17:35:09 PST

(image) 19 Oct 2017 - Take a Walk on Mars -- in Your Own Living Room
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, collaborated with Google to produce Access Mars, a free immersive experience



16 Oct 2017 - 10 Things: October 16

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 19:01:54 PST

(image) 16 Oct 2017 - 10 Things: October 16
Need some space? Here are 10 perspective-building images for your desktop wallpaper.



10 Oct 2017 - This is a Test: Asteroid Tracking Network Observes Close Approach

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 20:44:55 PST

(image) 10 Oct 2017 - This is a Test: Asteroid Tracking Network Observes Close Approach
On Oct. 12 EDT (Oct. 11 PDT), a small asteroid designated 2012 TC4 will safely pass by Earth at a distance of approximately 26,000 miles (42,000 kilometers).



9 Oct 2017 - 10 Things: Oct. 9

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 23:22:28 PST

(image) 9 Oct 2017 - 10 Things: Oct. 9
10 Things: What's Next For NASA?



6 Oct 2017 - Mars Study Yields Clues to Possible Cradle of Life

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 18:40:42 PST

(image) 6 Oct 2017 - Mars Study Yields Clues to Possible Cradle of Life
A long-gone sea on southern Mars once held nearly 10 times as much water as all of North America's Great Lakes combined, a recent report estimates.



4 Oct 2017 - Examining Mars' Moon Phobos in a Different Light

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 20:56:26 PST

(image) 4 Oct 2017 - Examining Mars' Moon Phobos in a Different Light
NASA's longest-lived mission to Mars has gained its first look at the Martian moon Phobos, pursuing a deeper understanding by examining it in infrared wavelengths.



3 Oct 2017 - October: Moons and Meteors

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 17:38:16 PST

(image) 3 Oct 2017 - October: Moons and Meteors
The next full Moon will be Thursday afternoon, October 5, 2017, appearing "opposite" the Sun (in Earth-based longitude) at 2:40 PM EDT.



2 Oct 2017 - 10 Things: October 2

Mon, 02 Oct 2017 14:36:08 PST

(image) 2 Oct 2017 - 10 Things: October 2
10 free e-books from NASA



29 Sep 2017 - Large Solar Storm Sparks Global Aurora and Doubles Radiation Levels on the Martian Surface

Fri, 29 Sep 2017 17:33:00 PST

(image) 29 Sep 2017 - Large Solar Storm Sparks Global Aurora and Doubles Radiation Levels on the Martian Surface
When charged particles from a solar storm reached Mars this month, they set off an aurora 25 times brighter and surface level radiation readings twice as high as any previous measurements.