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24 Apr 2017 - Cassini Completes Final -- and Fateful -- Titan Flyby

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 18:18:10 PST

(image) 24 Apr 2017 - Cassini Completes Final -- and Fateful -- Titan Flyby
NASA's Cassini spacecraft has had its last close brush with Saturn's hazy moon Titan and is now beginning its final set of 22 orbits around the ringed planet.



24 Apr 2017 - 10 Things: April 24

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 22:31:30 PST

(image) 24 Apr 2017 - 10 Things: April 24
Ten things you need to know about the solar system this week: amazing NASA videos



21 Apr 2017 - New Look at 2004's Martian Hole-in-One Site

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 21:35:11 PST

(image) 21 Apr 2017 - New Look at 2004's Martian Hole-in-One Site
A new observation from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) captures the landing platform that the rover Opportunity left behind in Eagle Crater.



21 Apr 2017 - Watch for the Lyrids Meteor Shower April 22

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 16:57:10 PST

(image) 21 Apr 2017 - Watch for the Lyrids Meteor Shower April 22
Look high in the eastern sky a few hours after midnight both Saturday and Sunday morning and you may see some Lyrid meteors.



20 Apr 2017 - NASA Image Shows Earth Between the Rings of Saturn

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 17:00:49 PST

(image) 20 Apr 2017 - NASA Image Shows Earth Between the Rings of Saturn
A new image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows planet Earth as a point of light between the icy rings of Saturn.



19 Apr 2017 - Landslides on Ceres Reflect Ice Content

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 22:09:49 PST

(image) 19 Apr 2017 - Landslides on Ceres Reflect Ice Content
As NASA's Dawn spacecraft continues exploring Ceres, evidence mounts that the enigmatic dwarf planet retains a significant amount of water ice.



19 Apr 2017 - NASA's Mars Rover Opportunity Leaves 'Tribulation'

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 20:41:46 PST

(image) 19 Apr 2017 - NASA's Mars Rover Opportunity Leaves 'Tribulation'
NASA's senior Mars rover, Opportunity, is departing "Cape Tribulation," a crater-rim segment it has explored since late 2014, southbound for its next destination, "Perseverance Valley."



19 Apr 2017 - Cassini Heads Toward Final Close Encounter with Titan

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 18:39:04 PST

(image) 19 Apr 2017 - Cassini Heads Toward Final Close Encounter with Titan
NASA's Cassini spacecraft will make its final close flyby of Saturn's haze-enshrouded moon Titan this weekend.



19 Apr 2017 - NASA Radar Spots Relatively Large Asteroid Before Flyby

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 23:33:58 PST

(image) 19 Apr 2017 - NASA Radar Spots Relatively Large Asteroid Before Flyby
Radar images of asteroid 2014 JO25 were obtained early Tuesday morning, with NASA's 70-meter antenna at the Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex in California.



17 Apr 2017 - 10 Things: April 17

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 19:36:10 PST

(image) 17 Apr 2017 - 10 Things: April 17
Ten things you need to know about the solar system this week: planetary wallpapers



14 Apr 2017 - NASA Approves Instruments for ESA's 'JUICE' Mission to Jupiter System

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 17:56:16 PST

(image) 14 Apr 2017 - NASA Approves Instruments for ESA's 'JUICE' Mission to Jupiter System
NASA's partnership in a future European Space Agency (ESA) mission to Jupiter and its moons has cleared a key milestone, moving from preliminary instrument design to implementation phase.



13 Apr 2017 - Cassini Sees 'Flying-Saucer' Moon Atlas Up Close

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 22:14:19 PST

(image) 13 Apr 2017 - Cassini Sees 'Flying-Saucer' Moon Atlas Up Close
These raw, unprocessed images of Saturn's moon, Atlas, were taken on April 12, 2017, by NASA's Cassini spacecraft. The flyby had a close-approach distance of about 7,000 miles (11,000 kilometers).



13 Apr 2017 - NASA Missions Provide New Insights into Ocean Worlds in Our Solar System

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 19:03:48 PST

(image) 13 Apr 2017 - NASA Missions Provide New Insights into Ocean Worlds in Our Solar System
Two veteran NASA missions are providing new details about icy, ocean-bearing moons of Jupiter and Saturn, further heightening the scientific interest of these and other "ocean worlds" in our solar system and beyond.



10 Apr 2017 - Solar Storms Can Drain Electrical Charge Above Earth

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 21:58:20 PST

(image) 10 Apr 2017 - Solar Storms Can Drain Electrical Charge Above Earth
New research on solar storms finds that they not only can cause regions of excessive electrical charge in the upper atmosphere above Earth's poles, they also can do the exact opposite.



10 Apr 2017 - Nap Time for New Horizons: NASA Spacecraft Enters Hibernation

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 20:38:12 PST

(image) 10 Apr 2017 - Nap Time for New Horizons: NASA Spacecraft Enters Hibernation
NASA's New Horizons spacecraft has eased into a long summer's nap, entering a hibernation phase on April 7 that will last until early September.



10 Apr 2017 - NASA's MAVEN Reveals Mars Has Metal in its Atmosphere

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 19:44:43 PST

(image) 10 Apr 2017 - NASA's MAVEN Reveals Mars Has Metal in its Atmosphere
Mars has electrically charged metal atoms (ions) high in its atmosphere, according to new results from NASA's MAVEN spacecraft.



10 Apr 2017 - NASA to Reveal New Discoveries in News Conference on Oceans Beyond Earth

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 18:03:02 PST

(image) 10 Apr 2017 - NASA to Reveal New Discoveries in News Conference on Oceans Beyond Earth
NASA will discuss new results about ocean worlds in our solar system from the agency’s Cassini spacecraft and the Hubble Space Telescope during a news briefing 11 a.m. PDT (2 p.m. EDT) on Thursday, April 13.



10 Apr 2017 - 10 Things: April 10

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 21:35:23 PST

(image) 10 Apr 2017 - 10 Things: April 10
Ten things you need to know about the solar system this week: ocean worlds



6 Apr 2017 - Asteroid to Fly Safely Past Earth on April 19

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 01:25:05 PST

(image) 6 Apr 2017 - Asteroid to Fly Safely Past Earth on April 19
A fairly large asteroid discovered nearly three years ago will fly safely past Earth on April 19 at a distance of about 1.1 million miles (1.8 million kilometers), or about 4.6 times the distance from Earth to the moon.



6 Apr 2017 - Ceres' Temporary Atmosphere Linked to Solar Activity

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 16:07:47 PST

(image) 6 Apr 2017 - Ceres' Temporary Atmosphere Linked to Solar Activity
Researchers suggest that Ceres' temporary atmosphere appears to be related to the behavior of the sun, rather than Ceres' proximity to the sun.



5 Apr 2017 - NASA Digital Communications Receives Five Webby Award Nominations

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 00:49:44 PST

(image) 5 Apr 2017 - NASA Digital Communications Receives Five Webby Award Nominations
NASA's digital presence has generated five nominations for Webby Awards, the premier honor for online communications, announced Tuesday by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences.



4 Apr 2017 - What's Up - April 2017

Tue, 04 Apr 2017 22:58:53 PST

(image) 4 Apr 2017 - What's Up - April 2017
What's Up for April? Jupiter, king of the planets is visible all night long, and the Lyrid meteor shower puts on a good show.



4 Apr 2017 - New Horizons Halfway from Pluto to Next Flyby Target

Tue, 04 Apr 2017 22:44:32 PST

(image) 4 Apr 2017 - New Horizons Halfway from Pluto to Next Flyby Target
NASA's New Horizons spacecraft has now traveled half the distance from Pluto -- its storied first target -- to 2014 MU69, the Kuiper Belt object (KBO) it will fly past on Jan. 1, 2019.



4 Apr 2017 - NASA’s Cassini Mission Prepares for 'Grand Finale' at Saturn

Tue, 04 Apr 2017 19:24:44 PST

(image) 4 Apr 2017 - NASA’s Cassini Mission Prepares for 'Grand Finale' at Saturn
NASA's Cassini spacecraft, in orbit around Saturn since 2004, is about to begin the final chapter of its remarkable story.



3 Apr 2017 - 10 Things: April 4

Mon, 03 Apr 2017 16:26:47 PST

(image) 3 Apr 2017 - 10 Things: April 4
Ten things you need to know about the solar system this week: Cassini's Grand Finale



29 Mar 2017 - Prolific Mars Orbiter Completes 50,000 Orbits

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 20:59:47 PST

(image) 29 Mar 2017 - Prolific Mars Orbiter Completes 50,000 Orbits
The most data-productive spacecraft yet at Mars swept past its 50,000th orbit this week, continuing to compile the most sharp-eyed global coverage ever accomplished by a camera at the Red Planet.



28 Mar 2017 - Mars Rover Leader Peter Theisinger to Receive National Trophy

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 14:46:57 PST

(image) 28 Mar 2017 - Mars Rover Leader Peter Theisinger to Receive National Trophy
Peter Theisinger, who led projects that developed multiple NASA rovers that successfully landed on Mars, will receive a National Air and Space Museum Lifetime Achievement Trophy.



27 Mar 2017 - 10 Things: March 27

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 19:42:15 PST

(image) 27 Mar 2017 - 10 Things: March 27
Ten things you need to know about the solar system this week:



24 Mar 2017 - OSIRIS-REx Asteroid Search Tests Instruments, Science Team

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 22:03:07 PST

(image) 24 Mar 2017 - OSIRIS-REx Asteroid Search Tests Instruments, Science Team
During an almost two-week search, NASA's OSIRIS-REx mission team activated the spacecraft's MapCam imager and scanned part of the surrounding space for elusive Earth-Trojan asteroids.



24 Mar 2017 - NASA’s Juno Spacecraft Set for Fifth Jupiter Flyby

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 21:08:24 PST

(image) 24 Mar 2017 - NASA’s Juno Spacecraft Set for Fifth Jupiter Flyby
NASA's Juno spacecraft will make its fifth flyby over Jupiter's mysterious cloud tops on Monday, March 27, at 1:52 a.m. PDT (4:52 a.m. EDT, 8:52 UTC).