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18 Sep 2017 - 10 Things: September 18

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 23:06:33 PST

(image) 18 Sep 2017 - 10 Things: September 18
10 Things: OSIRIS-REx makes a close approach to Earth on its way to the asteroid Bennu.



11 Sep 2017 - 10 Things to Know about Cassini’s Glorious Demise

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 22:11:09 PST

(image) 11 Sep 2017 - 10 Things to Know about Cassini’s Glorious Demise
This week we say goodbye to the amazing Cassini spacecraft after almost 20 years in space. Here are 10 things to know about one of NASA's most ambitious missions to the outer solar system.



6 Sep 2017 - Jupiter’s Auroras Present a Powerful Mystery

Wed, 06 Sep 2017 20:18:26 PST

(image) 6 Sep 2017 - Jupiter’s Auroras Present a Powerful Mystery
Scientists on NASA’s Juno mission have observed massive amounts of energy swirling over Jupiter’s polar regions that contribute to the giant planet’s powerful auroras – only not in ways the researchers expected.



4 Sep 2017 - 10 Things: Sept. 4

Mon, 04 Sep 2017 15:55:12 PST

(image) 4 Sep 2017 - 10 Things: Sept. 4
10 firsts for one of humanity’s proudest flagships: Voyager 1



31 Aug 2017 - What’s Up September 2017

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 23:23:13 PST

(image) 31 Aug 2017 - What’s Up September 2017
Take a late summer road trip along the Milky Way.  Be sure to stop at Saturn!



26 Aug 2017 - 10 Things: August 27

Sat, 26 Aug 2017 16:13:37 PST

(image) 26 Aug 2017 - 10 Things: August 27
Go for Venus! Fifty-five years ago this week the first fully successful mission to explore another planet launched from Cape Canaveral in Florida. Here are 10 things to know about NASA’s Mariner 2.



20 Aug 2017 - 10 Things: Aug 21 Eclipse!

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 18:15:02 PST

(image) 20 Aug 2017 - 10 Things: Aug 21 Eclipse!
The time is upon us: The first total solar eclipse to sweep across the entire U.S. since 1918 is happening today, Aug. 21, 2017.



14 Aug 2017 - 10 Things: August 14

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 16:03:17 PST

(image) 14 Aug 2017 - 10 Things: August 14
10 things to know about Voyager 2 on the 40th anniversary of its launch



9 Aug 2017 - Watch Martian Clouds Scoot, Thanks to NASA's Curiosity

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 22:19:43 PST

(image) 9 Aug 2017 - Watch Martian Clouds Scoot, Thanks to NASA's Curiosity
Wispy, early-season clouds resembling Earth's ice-crystal cirrus clouds move across the Martian sky in some new image sequences from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover.



7 Aug 2017 - 10 Things: August 7

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 15:44:57 PST

(image) 7 Aug 2017 - 10 Things: August 7
10 Things you need to know about the Perseids meteor shower



3 Aug 2017 - What's Up - August 2017

Thu, 03 Aug 2017 20:26:55 PST

(image) 3 Aug 2017 - What's Up - August 2017
The total solar eclipse on Aug. 21, 2017, will trace a narrow path across the nation, though most of the U.S. will see a partial eclipse. Here's what to do before, during and after the eclipse.



2 Aug 2017 - First and Farthest: How the Voyagers Blazed Trails

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 19:32:16 PST

(image) 2 Aug 2017 - First and Farthest: How the Voyagers Blazed Trails
Few missions can match the achievements of NASA's groundbreaking Voyager 1 and 2 spacecraft during their 40 years of exploration. Here's a short list of their major accomplishments to date.



2 Aug 2017 - Two Voyagers Taught Us How to Listen to Space

Wed, 02 Aug 2017 16:05:49 PST

(image) 2 Aug 2017 - Two Voyagers Taught Us How to Listen to Space
As NASA's twin Voyager spacecraft were changing our understanding of the solar system, they also spurred a leap in spacecraft communications.



31 Jul 2017 - NASA’s Voyager at 40: Still Reaching for the Stars

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 19:29:44 PST

(image) 31 Jul 2017 - NASA’s Voyager at 40: Still Reaching for the Stars
Humanity’s farthest and longest-lived spacecraft, Voyager 1 and 2, achieve 40 years of operation and exploration this August and September. Despite their vast distance, they continue to communicate with NASA daily, still probing the final frontier.



31 Jul 2017 - An Earth-like Atmosphere May Not Survive Proxima b’s Orbit

Mon, 31 Jul 2017 18:46:52 PST

(image) 31 Jul 2017 - An Earth-like Atmosphere May Not Survive Proxima b’s Orbit
Proxima b, an Earth-size planet right outside our solar system in the habitable zone of its star, may not be able to keep a grip on its atmosphere, leaving the surface exposed to harmful stellar radiation and reducing its potential for habitability.



31 Jul 2017 - 10 Things: July 31

Mon, 31 Jul 2017 21:28:47 PST

(image) 31 Jul 2017 - 10 Things: July 31
Ten things to know this week: Mars landings



28 Jul 2017 - Asteroid Flyby Will Benefit NASA Detection and Tracking Network

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 18:03:54 PST

(image) 28 Jul 2017 - Asteroid Flyby Will Benefit NASA Detection and Tracking Network
NASA scientists are excited about the upcoming close flyby of a small asteroid



27 Jul 2017 - Eclipse Balloons to Study Effect of Mars-Like Environment on Life

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 01:35:55 PST

(image) 27 Jul 2017 - Eclipse Balloons to Study Effect of Mars-Like Environment on Life
Steps forward in the search for life beyond Earth can be as simple as sending a balloon into the sky.



24 Jul 2017 - Saturn Surprises As Cassini Continues its Grand Finale

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 21:21:04 PST

(image) 24 Jul 2017 - Saturn Surprises As Cassini Continues its Grand Finale
Latest results and images from NASA's Cassini mission to Saturn.



24 Jul 2017 - 10 Things: July 24

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 15:22:35 PST

(image) 24 Jul 2017 - 10 Things: July 24
10 Things you need to know about the Lucy asteroid mission



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

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 22:20:49 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.