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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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“Trial By Fire” Video Details Orion Flight Test

October 9, 2014

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Trial By Fire Video Details Orion Flight Test Info

As the flight test of NASA’s Orion spacecraft nears, a new video seven minute video details the spacecraft’s test and the critical systems. Orion: Trial By Fire Orion is in the final stages of preparation for the uncrewed flight test that will take it 3,600 miles above Earth on a 4.5-hour mission to test many […]

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NASA Images Show the Eastern Basin of the South Aral Sea is Completely Dry

October 2, 2014

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NASA Images Show the Eastern Basin of the South Aral Sea is Dry

Images from NASA’s Terra satellite reveal that the eastern basin of the South Aral Sea is completely dry. This is the first time the eastern basin has completely dried in modern times. Summer 2014 marked another milestone for the Aral Sea, the once-extensive lake in Central Asia that has been shrinking markedly since the 1960s. […]

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NASA’s GRAIL Mission Solves a Lunar Mystery Almost as Old as the Moon Itself

October 2, 2014

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Astronomers Solve Lunar Mystery

Using new data obtained by NASA’s GRAIL mission, astronomers discovered that a volcanic plume, not an asteroid, likely created the moon’s largest basin. Early theories suggested the craggy outline of a region of the moon’s surface known as Oceanus Procellarum, or the Ocean of Storms, was caused by an asteroid impact. If this theory had […]

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NASA’s Cold Atom Laboratory to Study Ultra-Cold Quantum Gases

September 29, 2014

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CAL Cools Atoms to Ultracold Temperatures

Researchers will use NASA’s Cold Atom Laboratory to study ultra-cold quantum gases, exploring how atoms interact in microgravity when they have almost no motion due to such cold temperatures. Like dancers in a chorus line, atoms’ movements become synchronized when lowered to extremely cold temperatures. To study this bizarre phenomenon, called a Bose-Einstein condensate, researchers […]

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Possibility of El Niño Event in 2014 is Fading

September 23, 2014

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Prospect of 2014 El Nino

Climatologists believe the latest Kelvin waves are the “last hurrah” for a much-hoped-for El Niño event in 2014. Prospects have been fading for an El Niño event in 2014, but now there’s a glimmer of hope for a very modest comeback. Scientists warn that unless these developing weak-to-modest El Niño conditions strengthen, the drought-stricken American […]

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