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19 Jul 2017 - NASA's New Horizons Team Strikes Gold in Argentina

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 19:23:04 PST

(image) 19 Jul 2017 - NASA's New Horizons Team Strikes Gold in Argentina
NASA's New Horizons team captured new data on its elusive target, an ancient Kuiper Belt object known as 2014 MU69.



17 Jul 2017 - 10 Things: July 17

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 16:15:57 PST

(image) 17 Jul 2017 - 10 Things: July 17
10 Things you need to know about MU69 and the Kuiper Belt



12 Jul 2017 - NASA's Juno Spacecraft Spots Jupiter's Great Red Spot

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 22:49:25 PST

(image) 12 Jul 2017 - NASA's Juno Spacecraft Spots Jupiter's Great Red Spot
The JunoCam imager aboard NASA's Juno mission snapped pics of the most iconic feature of the solar system's largest planetary inhabitant during its Monday (July 10) flyby.



11 Jul 2017 - Curiosity Mars Rover Begins Study of Ridge Destination

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 23:12:21 PST

(image) 11 Jul 2017 - Curiosity Mars Rover Begins Study of Ridge Destination
The car-size NASA rover on a Martian mountain, Curiosity, has begun its long-anticipated study of an iron-bearing ridge forming a distinctive layer on the mountain's slope.



10 Jul 2017 - 10 Things: July 10

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 15:44:36 PST

(image) 10 Jul 2017 - 10 Things: July 10
10 Things you need to know about Jupiter's Great Red Spot



3 Jul 2017 - What's Up for July 2017

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 19:53:14 PST

(image) 3 Jul 2017 - What's Up for July 2017
What's Up for July? Prep for the August solar eclipse by observing the moon's phases. Plus, catch 2 meteor showers.



3 Jul 2017 - 10 Things: July 3

Wed, 05 Jul 2017 16:01:40 PST

(image) 3 Jul 2017 - 10 Things: July 3
10 Things you need to know about the Pathfinder mission



27 Jun 2017 - NASA Celebrates International Asteroid Day with Special Broadcast

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 20:05:07 PST

(image) 27 Jun 2017 - NASA Celebrates International Asteroid Day with Special Broadcast
NASA will mark the worldwide observance of International Asteroid Day at 9 a.m. PDT (noon EDT) Friday, June 30, with a special television program.



26 Jun 2017 - 10 Things: June 26

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 18:11:50 PST

(image) 26 Jun 2017 - 10 Things: June 26
10 Things you need to know about asteroids



22 Jun 2017 - Why No One Under 20 Has Experienced a Day Without NASA at Mars

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 00:52:39 PST

(image) 22 Jun 2017 - Why No One Under 20 Has Experienced a Day Without NASA at Mars
In the 20 years since Pathfinder's touchdown, eight other NASA landers and orbiters have arrived successfully, and not a day has passed without the United States having at least one active robot on Mars or in orbit around Mars.



19 Jun 2017 - 10 Things: June 19

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 18:01:20 PST

(image) 19 Jun 2017 - 10 Things: June 19
10 Things you need to know about our fascinating ringed neighbor, Saturn



12 Jun 2017 - 10 Things: June 12

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 15:29:04 PST

(image) 12 Jun 2017 - 10 Things: June 12
Mark your calendars for summer 2018: That’s when we’re launching a spacecraft to touch the sun. In honor of NASA’s first-ever mission to the heart of the solar system, this week’s 10 Things is delving into the life and times of our sun.



5 Jun 2017 - 10 Things: June 5

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 22:28:16 PST

(image) 5 Jun 2017 - 10 Things: June 5
Ten things to know about NASA's new Psyche mission to explore a metal world.



4 Jun 2017 - What's Up for June?

Sun, 04 Jun 2017 20:00:22 PST

(image) 4 Jun 2017 - What's Up for June?
What’s Up for June? Plan a planet party and compare Saturn and Jupiter.



1 Jun 2017 - Inspiration Links The Beatles, a Fossil and a NASA Mission

Mon, 05 Jun 2017 21:43:19 PST

(image) 1 Jun 2017 - Inspiration Links The Beatles, a Fossil and a NASA Mission
One of NASA's newsest asteroid missions is named in honor of a classic Beatles tune and a famous fossil.



1 Jun 2017 - Curiosity Peels Back Layers on Ancient Martian Lake

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 00:09:49 PST

(image) 1 Jun 2017 - Curiosity Peels Back Layers on Ancient Martian Lake
A long-lasting lake on ancient Mars provided stable environmental conditions that differed from one part of the lake to another, NASA's Curiosity rover mission has found.



31 May 2017 - NASA Renames Solar Probe Mission to Honor Pioneering Physicist Eugene Parker

Wed, 31 May 2017 17:07:53 PST

(image) 31 May 2017 - NASA Renames Solar Probe Mission to Honor Pioneering Physicist Eugene Parker
NASA's first mission to go to the sun, the Parker Solar Probe, is named after Eugene Parker who first theorized that the sun constantly sends out a flow of particles and energy called the solar wind.



31 May 2017 - NASA Orbiter Finds New Evidence of Frost on Moon's Surface

Wed, 31 May 2017 16:53:47 PST

(image) 31 May 2017 - NASA Orbiter Finds New Evidence of Frost on Moon's Surface
Scientists using data from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO, have identified bright areas in craters near the moon's south pole that are cold enough to have frost present on the surface.



30 May 2017 - High-Silica 'Halos' Shed Light on Wet Ancient Mars

Tue, 30 May 2017 18:47:07 PST

(image) 30 May 2017 - High-Silica 'Halos' Shed Light on Wet Ancient Mars
Pale "halos" around fractures in bedrock analyzed by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover contain copious silica, indicating that ancient Mars had liquid water for a long time.



30 May 2017 - 10 Things: May 29

Tue, 30 May 2017 15:26:57 PST

(image) 30 May 2017 - 10 Things: May 29
This week begins on a waxing crescent moon – a sliver of moon that grows wider as the week progresses. Feels like a good time to wax poetic with some of our favorite moon songs.



26 May 2017 - Camera on NASA's Lunar Orbiter Survived 2014 Meteoroid Hit

Tue, 30 May 2017 19:58:37 PST

(image) 26 May 2017 - Camera on NASA's Lunar Orbiter Survived 2014 Meteoroid Hit
A camera on a NASA lunar orbiter recorded the moment it was struck by a tiny meteoroid.



25 May 2017 - A Whole New Jupiter: First Science Results from NASA's Juno Mission

Thu, 25 May 2017 18:35:10 PST

(image) 25 May 2017 - A Whole New Jupiter: First Science Results from NASA's Juno Mission
Early science results from NASA's Juno mission to Jupiter portray the largest planet in our solar system as a complex, gigantic, turbulent world.



24 May 2017 - Cassini Looks on as Solstice Arrives at Saturn

Wed, 24 May 2017 22:27:26 PST

(image) 24 May 2017 - Cassini Looks on as Solstice Arrives at Saturn
Saturn's solstice -- that is, the longest day of summer in the northern hemisphere and the shortest day of winter in the southern hemisphere -- arrives today for the planet and its moons.



24 May 2017 - NASA Moves Up Launch of Psyche Mission to a Metal Asteroid

Thu, 01 Jun 2017 19:09:03 PST

(image) 24 May 2017 - NASA Moves Up Launch of Psyche Mission to a Metal Asteroid
Psyche, NASA's Discovery Mission to a unique metal asteroid, has been moved up one year with launch in the summer of 2022, and with a planned arrival at the main belt asteroid in 2026 -- four years earlier than the original timeline.



22 May 2017 - 10 Things: May 22

Tue, 23 May 2017 22:35:06 PST

(image) 22 May 2017 - 10 Things: May 22
Ten things you need to know about our solar system: Storm Chaser Edition



18 May 2017 - NASA's Juno Spacecraft Completes Fifth Science Pass of Jupiter

Fri, 19 May 2017 21:56:31 PST

(image) 18 May 2017 - NASA's Juno Spacecraft Completes Fifth Science Pass of Jupiter
NASA's Juno spacecraft will make its fifth science flyby over Jupiter's mysterious cloud tops on Thursday, May 18



17 May 2017 - NASA Asks Scientific Community to Think on Possible Europa Lander Instruments

Wed, 17 May 2017 19:56:03 PST

(image) 17 May 2017 - NASA Asks Scientific Community to Think on Possible Europa Lander Instruments
NASA is asking scientists to consider what would be the best instruments to include on a mission to land on Jupiter’s icy moon, Europa.



16 May 2017 - Movie Shows Ceres at Opposition from Sun

Tue, 16 May 2017 16:11:00 PST

(image) 16 May 2017 - Movie Shows Ceres at Opposition from Sun
NASA's Dawn spacecraft successfully observed Ceres at opposition on April 29, taking images from a position exactly between the sun and Ceres’ surface.



15 May 2017 - 10 Things: May 15

Mon, 15 May 2017 21:08:47 PST

(image) 15 May 2017 - 10 Things: May 15
Ten things you need to know about the solar system this week: Need-to-Know Facts About Jupiter



15 May 2017 - Mars Rover Opportunity Begins Study of Valley's Origin

Mon, 15 May 2017 18:07:48 PST

(image) 15 May 2017 - Mars Rover Opportunity Begins Study of Valley's Origin
NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity has reached the main destination of its current two-year extended mission -- an ancient fluid-carved valley incised on the inner slope of a vast crater's rim.