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Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Moves Closer to the Lunar Surface

May 5, 2015

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NASA's LRO Close to the Lunar Surface

NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter is now within 20 kilometers of the lunar South Pole, the closest the spacecraft has ever been to the lunar surface. On Monday, May 4, 2015 flight controllers at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland performed two station keeping burns to change LRO’s orbit. The new orbit allows LRO […]

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NASA’s NExSS Coalition to Search for Life on Distant Worlds

April 22, 2015

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NExSS Coalition to Search for Life on Distant Planets

NASA’s Nexus for Exoplanet System Science, or “NExSS”, coalition brings experts from a variety of scientific fields together for an unprecedented initiative dedicated to the search for life on planets outside our solar system. The Nexus for Exoplanet System Science, or “NExSS”, hopes to better understand the various components of an exoplanet, as well as […]

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Cassini Image Shows Surface Features on Rhea

April 21, 2015

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NASA Takes a Closer Look at the Surface Features of Rhea

Taken this past February, this Cassini image shows surface features on Saturn’s moon Rhea. Surface features on Rhea – mostly impact craters in this image – are thrown into sharp relief thanks to long shadows. Viewing this terrain near the day/night terminator makes it easier to appreciate just how violent Rhea’s geological history has been. […]

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NASA Missions are Finding Water in Surprising Places

April 8, 2015

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NASA is Finding Water in Surprising Places

As NASA scientists explore our solar system and search for new worlds, they are finding water in surprising places. Water is but one piece of our search for habitable planets and life beyond Earth, yet it links many seemingly unrelated worlds in surprising ways. “NASA science activities have provided a wave of amazing findings related […]

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Black Hole ‘Wind’ Influences Evolution of Its Host Galaxy

March 26, 2015

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Astronomers Link Black-Hole Wind to a Galactic Gush of Star-Forming Gas

A newly published study is the first to directly connect a galaxy’s actively ‘feeding’ black hole to features found at much larger physical scales, revealing that it’s responsible for blowing star-forming gas out of the galaxy’s central regions. By combining observations from the Japan-led Suzaku X-ray satellite and the European Space Agency’s infrared Herschel Space […]

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NASA Announces Progress on Asteroid Redirect Mission & Future Expeditions to Deep Space

March 26, 2015

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NASA Announces Next Steps on Journey to Mars and Progress on Asteroid Initiative

In a new press release, NASA details its Asteroid Redirect Mission and reveals that it has increased the detection of near-Earth asteroids by 65 percent since launching its asteroid initiative three years ago. For ARM, a robotic spacecraft will capture a boulder from the surface of a near-Earth asteroid and move it into a stable […]

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Curiosity Finds Evidence of Nitrates on Mars

March 24, 2015

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Curiosity Finds Biologically Useful Nitrogen on Mars

NASA’s Curiosity rover has discovered evidence of nitrates in scooped samples of windblown sand and dust at the “Rocknest” site, providing further evidence that the ingredients needed for life were present on Mars billions of years ago. Nitrogen is essential for all known forms of life, since it is used in the building blocks of […]

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Terra Satellite Sees Shadows of Solar Eclipse in the Arctic Ocean

March 23, 2015

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Terra Satellite Views Shadows of Solar Eclipse

NASA’s Terra satellite captured this view of the clouds in the Arctic Ocean during last week’s total solar eclipse. During the morning of March 20, 2015, a total solar eclipse was visible from parts of Europe, and a partial solar eclipse from northern Africa and northern Asia. NASA’s Terra satellite passed over the Arctic Ocean […]

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NASA Begins Testing Electric Propulsion Technologies

March 17, 2015

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LEAPTech to Demonstrate Electric Propulsion Technologies

Over the next several months, NASA researchers will perform ground testing on the electric propulsion technologies from the Leading Edge Asynchronous Propeller Technology project. The arrival of a unique experimental demonstrator at NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center on February 26 may herald a future in which many aircraft are powered by electric motors. The Leading […]

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NASA Spacecraft Nears Dwarf Planet Ceres

March 3, 2015

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NASA’s Dawn Spacecraft Nears Historic Dwarf Planet Arrival

NASA’s Dawn spacecraft is set to be the first mission to successfully visit a dwarf planet when it enters orbit around Ceres on Friday, March 6. NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has returned new images captured on approach to its historic orbit insertion at the dwarf planet Ceres. “Dawn is about to make history,” said Robert Mase, […]

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Q & A – Why Build the James Webb Space Telescope

February 26, 2015

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Building the James Webb Space Telescope

Paul Geithner (Deputy Project Manager for the James Webb Space Telescope) answers questions about building the James Webb Space Telescope and what it will allow scientists to do. This is the second installment in a four-part series of conversations with Paul Geithner Deputy Project Manager – Technical for the James Webb Space telescope at NASA’s […]

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A Closer Look at the Icy Conditions of Comets

February 11, 2015

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New research from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory used a cryostat instrument, nicknamed “Himalaya,” to study the icy conditions under which comets form. Astronomers tinkering with ice and organics in the lab may have discovered why comets are encased in a hard, outer crust. Using an icebox-like instrument nicknamed Himalaya, the researchers show that fluffy ice […]

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Solar Dynamics Observatory Spots Giant Filament on the Sun

February 11, 2015

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SDO Views Giant Filament on the Sun

This new image from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory shows a giant filament on the Sun. A dark line snaked across the lower half of the sun on February 10, 2015, as seen in this image from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, or SDO. SDO shows colder material as dark and hotter material as light, so the […]

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NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Completes 40,000 Mars Orbits

February 10, 2015

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Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Completes 40,000 Mars Orbits

Launched in 2005, the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has now orbited the Red Planet more than 40,000 times. NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter passed a mission milestone of 40,000 orbits on February 7, 2015, in its ninth year of returning information about the atmosphere, surface and subsurface of Mars, from equatorial to polar latitudes. The mission’s potent […]

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A New Way to Detect the Early Stages of Massive Star Formation

January 28, 2015

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Citizen Scientists Find Mystery Objects in Space

Using data from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope, volunteers discovered a new way to detect the early stages of massive star formation. Sometimes it takes a village to find new and unusual objects in space. Volunteers scanning tens of thousands of starry images from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope, using the Web-based Milky Way Project, recently stumbled […]

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Asteroid 2004 BL86 Has a Small Moon

January 27, 2015

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Asteroid 2004 BL86 and Its Small Moon

As asteroid 2004 BL86 made its way past Earth yesterday, scientists were able to better measure the asteroid’s size, rotation and location and detected a tiny moon orbiting the asteroid. This “movie” of the asteroid was generated from radar data collected on that date by NASA’s Deep Space Network antenna at Goldstone, California. Twenty individual […]

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Research Shows a Significant Increase in the Amount of Water “Pouring” Out of Comet 67P

January 26, 2015

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Rosetta Comet Pouring More Water Into Space

Data from ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft revelas that there has been a significant increase in the amount of water “pouring” out of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, the comet on which the Rosetta mission’s Philae lander touched down in November 2014. There has been a significant increase in the amount of water “pouring” out of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, the comet […]

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