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New Map of Mars Shows Signs of Ancient Lakes and Quakes

December 15, 2014

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Signs of Ancient Mars Lakes and Quakes Seen in New Map

A new geological map based on NASA images shows signs of ancient lakes and quakes on Mars. This animation simulates a flyover of a portion of a Martian canyon detailed in a geological map produced by the U.S. Geological Survey and based on observations by the HiRISE camera on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. The landforms […]

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New Horizons Spacecraft Awakens for Encounter with Pluto System

December 8, 2014

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New Horizons Spacecraft Awakens for Encounter with Pluto

After nearly nine years and three billion miles, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft has come out of hibernation for its long-awaited 2015 encounter with the Pluto system. Operators at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland, confirmed at 9:53 p.m. (EST) that New Horizons, operating on pre-programmed computer commands, had switched from hibernation […]

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NASA Prepares for Orion Flight Test and the Journey to Mars

December 2, 2014

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NASA Prepares to Send Humans to Mars

NASA scientists are developing the capabilities needed to send humans to an asteroid by 2025 and to Mars by the 2030s. In the not-too-distant future, astronauts destined to be the first people to walk on Mars will leave Earth aboard an Orion spacecraft. Carried aloft by the tremendous power of a Space Launch System rocket, […]

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New NASA Animation Follows Long, Strange Trip of Asteroid Bennu

November 18, 2014

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Asteroid Bennu

This new six minute animated video (below) details NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission, Asteroid Bennu, and the formation of our solar system. Born from the rubble of a violent collision, hurled through space for millions of years and dismembered by the gravity of planets, asteroid Bennu had a tough life in a rough neighborhood: the early solar […]

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NASA Model Provides a New Look at How Carbon Dioxide in the Atmosphere Travels

November 18, 2014

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A Year in the Life of Earth's CO2

This three minute video shows how carbon dioxide in the atmosphere travels around the globe over a 12 month period. An ultra-high-resolution NASA computer model has given scientists a stunning new look at how carbon dioxide in the atmosphere travels around the globe. Plumes of carbon dioxide in the simulation swirl and shift as winds […]

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CIBER Rocket Findings Redefine What Scientists Think of as Galaxies

November 7, 2014

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NASA Rocket Redefines What Astronomers Think of as Galaxies

Observations from the Cosmic Infrared Background Experiment (CIBER) have revealed a surprising surplus of infrared light in the dark space between galaxies, redefining what astronomers think of as galaxies. A NASA sounding rocket experiment has detected a surprising surplus of infrared light in the dark space between galaxies, a diffuse cosmic glow as bright as […]

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Curiosity Rover Provides First Confirmation of a Mineral Mapped from Orbit

November 5, 2014

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Curiosity Provides First Confirmation of a Mineral Mapped from Orbit

A sample of powdered rock extracted by the Curiosity rover’s drill from the “Confidence Hills” target has provided NASA scientists with the first confirmation of a mineral mapped from orbit. “This connects us with the mineral identifications from orbit, which can now help guide our investigations as we climb the slope and test hypotheses derived […]

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NASA Reaching New Heights to Reveal the Unknown Mysteries of Space

November 3, 2014

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Mysteries of Interstellar Space Revealed

Multiple NASA missions are helping to explore the unknown regions of space and search for new insights about the origins of life. The new Paramount film “Interstellar” imagines a future where astronauts must find a new planet suitable for human life after climate change destroys the Earth’s ability to sustain us. Multiple NASA missions are […]

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2014 Antarctic Ozone Hole Comparable to Previous Years

October 31, 2014

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2014 Antarctic Ozone Hole Remains Steady

Scientists from NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reveal that the overall 2014 ozone hole is smaller than the large holes of the 1998–2006 time frame, and is comparable to 2010, 2012, and 2013. The Antarctic ozone hole reached its annual peak size on September 11, according to scientists from NASA and the […]

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NASA Facility Completes Initial Assessment after Orbital Launch Mishap

October 30, 2014

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NASA Completes Initial Assessment after Rocket Explosion

NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility has completed an initial assessment of Wallops Island, but noted that it will take many more weeks to further understand and analyze the full extent of the effects of the event. The Wallops Incident Response Team completed today an initial assessment of Wallops Island, Virginia, following the catastrophic failure of Orbital […]

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Unmanned Orbital Sciences Corp Spacecraft Explodes During Launch

October 29, 2014

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Unmanned NASA Contracted Orbital Sciences Corp Spacecraft Explodes

NASA has released a statement and held a news conference following the explosion during the attempted launch of Orbital Sciences Corp’s Antares rocket and Cygnus cargo spacecraft. The following statement is from William Gerstenmaier, Associate Administrator of NASA’s Human Exploration and Operations Directorate, regarding the mishap that occurred at Pad 0A of the Mid-Atlantic Regional […]

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LRO Spacecraft Captures Image of LADEE’s Lunar Impact Crater

October 29, 2014

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NASA Spacecraft Views LADEE Impact Crater

A new image from NASA’S Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft shows the impact crater on the lunar surface caused by the impact of NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer spacecraft. “The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) team recently developed a new computer tool to search Narrow Angle Camera (NAC) before and after image pairs for […]

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Ultra-Black Nano-Coating Applied to New 3D Solar Coronagraph

October 23, 2014

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New Super Black Carbon Nanotube Coating for 3D Solar Coronagraph

NASA scientists have applied new super-black carbon-nanotube coating to a 3-D component critical for suppressing stray light in a new solar coronagraph. An emerging super-black nanotechnology that is to be tested for the first time this fall on the International Space Station will be applied to a complex, 3-D component critical for suppressing stray light […]

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Hubble Finds Three Potential Kuiper Belt Targets for New Horizons

October 16, 2014

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Hubble Uncovered Three Potential New Horizons Targets

The Hubble Space Telescope has uncovered three potential targets for the New Horizons spacecraft to visit after it flies by Pluto in July 2015. The KBOs were detected through a dedicated Hubble observing program by a New Horizons search team that was awarded telescope time for this purpose. “This has been a very challenging search […]

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Cassini Image of Tethys and Saturn’s Rings

October 15, 2014

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Cassini Image of Tethys and Saturns Rings

Taken this past summer, this Cassini image shows Saturn’s moon Tethys through several of Saturn’s rings. Like a drop of dew hanging on a leaf, Tethys appears to be stuck to the A and F rings from this perspective. Tethys (660 miles, or 1,062 kilometers across), like the ring particles, is composed primarily of ice. […]

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