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NASA Selects Potential Kuiper Belt Target for New Horizons

August 29, 2015

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NASA Selects Potential Kuiper Belt Flyby Target for New Horizons

NASA scientists have selected the small Kuiper Belt object (KBO) known as 2014 MU69 as the next potential destination for the New Horizons mission. 2014 MU69 orbits nearly a billion miles beyond Pluto. This remote KBO was one of two identified as potential destinations and the one recommended to NASA by the New Horizons team. […]

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NASA Continues to Research Greenland Ice Sheet Melt and Sea Level Rise

August 28, 2015

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Scientists Measure Meltwater on the Surface of the Greenland Ice Sheet

Scientists gather field data on the Greenland Ice Sheet to help verify climate models that are used to estimate future sea level rise and to incorporate the measurements into computer models that will create a simulation of the melt water runoff processes operating on the ice sheet. On Greenland’s ice sheet, a vast icy landscape […]

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Hubble Reveals That Markarian 231 is Powered by a Double Black Hole

August 28, 2015

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Hubble RevealsThat Mrk 231 is Powered by a Double Black Hole

Using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, a team of astronomers discovered that Markarian 231 is powered by two central black holes furiously whirling about each other. Markarian 231 is the nearest galaxy to Earth that hosts a quasar, located 581 million light-years away. The finding suggests that quasars—the brilliant cores of active galaxies – may commonly […]

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NASA’s Oceans Melting Greenland Mission Maps Greenland’s Coastline

August 26, 2015

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OMG Mission Maps Greenland's Coastline

NASA’s Oceans Melting Greenland mission is making the first high-resolution maps of the complete Greenland coast and continental shelf, helping scientists to better understand ice melt and its impact on the environment. This summer, a refitted fishing boat is mapping the seafloor around Greenland as the first step in a six-year research program to document […]

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NASA’s Dawn Spacecraft Delivers Sharper Images Ceres

August 25, 2015

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Dawn Zooms in on Ceres

New images from NASA’s Dawn Spacecraft reveal the small world’s features in unprecedented detail, including Ceres’ tall, conical mountain, crater formation features and narrow, braided fractures. “Dawn is performing flawlessly in this new orbit as it conducts its ambitious exploration. The spacecraft’s view is now three times as sharp as in its previous mapping orbit, […]

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Newly Released Hubble Image of Globular Cluster NGC 1783

August 24, 2015

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New Hubble Image of Globular Cluster NGC 1783

This newly released Hubble image shows globular cluster NGC 1783, which is about 160,000 light-years from Earth. Shown here in a new image taken with the Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS) on board the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, is the globular cluster NGC 1783. This is one of the biggest globular clusters in the Large […]

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New Digital Calendar Celebrates 12th Anniversary of the Spitzer Space Telescope

August 21, 2015

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NASA Calendar Helps Celebrate the 12th Anniversary of NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope

NASA has released a new digital calendar to celebrate the 12th anniversary of the Spitzer Space Telescope. The calendar showcases some of the mission’s most notable discoveries and popular cosmic images. The digital calendar is online at: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/images/spitzer/20150820/Spitzer12thAnniversaryCalendar.pdf The calendar follows the life of the mission, with each month highlighting top infrared images and discoveries […]

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NASA’s Cassini Spacecraft Views Dione for the Last Time

August 21, 2015

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Cassini Spacecraft Views Dione for the Last Time

NASA’s Cassini Spacecraft has captured new images of Saturn’s moon Dione during its last close approach to the small, icy world. Two of the new images show the surface of Dione at the best resolution ever. Cassini passed 295 miles (474 kilometers) above Dione’s surface at 11:33 a.m. PDT (2:33 p.m. EDT) on August 17. […]

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NASA Dismisses Rumor, States “There is No Asteroid Threatening Earth”

August 20, 2015

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NASA Puts Rumor to Rest: "There is No Asteroid Threatening Earth"

In an effort to dispel rumors of an impending asteroid impact on Earth, NASA has stated, “There is no scientific basis — not one shred of evidence — that an asteroid or any other celestial object will impact Earth on those dates.” Numerous recent blogs and web postings are erroneously claiming that an asteroid will […]

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California Valley Land Continues to Sink

August 20, 2015

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California Drought Causing Valley Land to Sink

California farmers have been forced to pump large amounts of groundwater in response to the historic drought, causing the land to sink and putting nearby infrastructure at risk. The California Department of Water Resources today released a new NASA report showing land in the San Joaquin Valley is sinking faster than ever before, nearly 2 […]

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NASA’s Curiosity Rover Finishes ‘Marias Pass’ Studies, Headed to Mount Sharp

August 20, 2015

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NASA Mars Rover Moves Onward

The Curiosity Mars rover has finished activities in Marias Pass and is headed onward up Mount Sharp. NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover is driving toward the southwest after departing a region where for several weeks it investigated a geological contact zone and rocks that are unexpectedly high in silica and hydrogen content. The hydrogen indicates water […]

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Astronaut Scott Kelly Views Aurora’s Colorful Veil Over Earth

August 18, 2015

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NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly Views Aurora's Colorful Veil Over Earth

NASA astronaut Scott Kelly shares his view of an aurora trailing a colorful veil over Earth. NASA astronaut Scott Kelly (@StationCDRKelly) shared this photograph on social media, taken from the International Space Station on August 15, 2015. Kelly wrote, “#Aurora trailing a colorful veil over Earth this morning. Good morning from @space_station! #YearInSpace” The dancing […]

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NASA Spacecraft Confirms Existence of Neon in Lunar Atmosphere

August 17, 2015

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LADEE Spacecraft Reveals Neon in Lunar Atmosphere

NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) spacecraft has confirmed the existence of neon in the lunar atmosphere. “The presence of neon in the exosphere of the moon has been a subject of speculation since the Apollo missions, but no credible detections were made,” said Mehdi Benna of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in […]

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Hubble Image of the Week: A Cosmic Couple

August 17, 2015

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Hubble Image of Star Hen 2-427 and Nebula M1-67

This newly released Hubble image shows star Hen 2-427 and nebula M1-67. Here we see the spectacular cosmic pairing of the star Hen 2-427 (more commonly known as WR 124) and the nebula M1-67 which surrounds it. Both objects, captured here by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope are found in the constellation of Sagittarius and […]

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Cassini Spacecraft Will Make Last Close Flyby of Dione in August

August 14, 2015

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Cassini to Make Last Close Flyby of Saturn Moon Dione

NASA’s Cassini Spacecraft will make its final close flyby of Saturn’s moon Dione on August 17. Cassini’s closest approach, within 295 miles (474 kilometers) of Dione’s surface, will occur at 11:33 a.m. PDT (2:33 p.m. EDT). Mission controllers expect fresh images to begin arriving on Earth within a couple of days following the encounter. Cassini […]

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NASA’s Orion Spacecraft Begins Critical Design Review

August 13, 2015

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Orion Spacecraft Begins Critical Design Review Milestone

NASA’s Orion Spacecraft began its critical design review last week, a major program milestone that will ensure the spacecraft’s design is ready for its deep space missions atop NASA’s Space Launch System rocket. Orion, which successfully flew about 3,600 miles into space last year during an uncrewed flight test, is being developed to send astronauts […]

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Ten Years and Counting, Mars Orbiter Still Going Strong

August 12, 2015

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Mars Orbiter Still Going Strong One Decade Later

It’s been ten years since the launch of NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and its work is far from over. The Mars Orbiter has revealed the Red Planet’s diversity and activity, returning more data about Mars every week than all six other missions currently active there. The workhorse orbiter now plays a key role in NASA’s […]

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NASA TV Will Broadcast Perseid Meteor Shower Program

August 11, 2015

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NASA to Host Perseid Meteor Shower Program

NASA TV will host a program for this week’s Perseid meteor shower, which is expected to be one of the best in years. NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, will broadcast a live program about this year’s Perseid meteor shower from 10 p.m. EDT Wednesday, August 12 to 2 a.m. Thursday, August 13. […]

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