News Articles for 2012

The Curiosity Explorer Badge available on Foursquare

December 27, 2012

NASA Encourages Public to Explore Its Curiosity with New Rover-Themed Badge on Foursquare

NASA and the mobile application Foursquare have teamed up to help the public unlock its scientific curiosity with a new rover-themed Curiosity Explorer badge.

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JPL's Education Office has released a six-part video series that walks students

December 20, 2012

Science Fair Projects Demystified in JPL Education Videos

Just in time for science fair season, the JPL Education Office has released a video series designed help teachers, students and parents craft a science fair project.

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1 Million Downloads Caption text

December 20, 2012

One Million Downloads for JPL Space Images App

Space Images, the mobile image application from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory that puts visuals direct from space missions at users' fingertips, has reached 1 million downloads.

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Majestic Saturn, in the Infrared

December 20, 2012

Cassini Instrument Learns New Tricks

NASA's Cassini spacecraft is using its visual and infrared mapping spectrometer for more than looking at hydrocarbons on Saturn's moon Titan and dirt in Saturn's rings.

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Citizens Capture Cosmic Clouds

December 19, 2012

Armchair Science: Bag and Tag Glowing Galactic Clouds

Citizen scientists are invited to help astronomers by tagging clouds and holes in cosmic images from the Spitzer and Herschel space telescopes.

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Looking Back at Entry Into 'Yellowknife Bay'

December 18, 2012

Curiosity Rover Explores 'Yellowknife Bay'

The NASA Mars rover Curiosity this week is driving within a shallow depression called "Yellowknife Bay," providing information to help researchers choose a rock to drill.

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Massive Star Makes Waves

December 18, 2012

Shot Away from its Companion, Giant Star Makes Waves

A runaway star can be seen charging through the dust in an infrared portrait from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.

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A Splendor Seldom Seen

December 18, 2012

From Cassini for the Holidays: A Splendor Seldom Seen

Just in time for the holidays, NASA's Cassini spacecraft, in orbit around Saturn for more than eight years, has delivered another glorious view of the planet Saturn and its rings.

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The final flight path for NASA's twin GRAIL mission spacecraft to impact the moon on Dec. 17.

December 17, 2012

NASA's GRAIL Lunar Impact Site Named for Astronaut Sally Ride

NASA has named the site where twin agency spacecraft impacted the moon Monday in honor of the late astronaut Sally K. Ride, who was America's first woman in space.

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An artist's depiction of the GRAIL twins (Ebb and Flow) in lunar orbit.

December 17, 2012

NASA GRAIL Twins Complete Their Moon Impact

Engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory have received confirmation that the twin GRAIL spacecraft have completed their planned impact into the moon.

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As the GRAIL twins (Ebb and Flow) fly over areas of greater and lesser gravity at 3,600 mph

December 14, 2012

Rocket Burn Sets Stage for Dynamic Moon Duos' Lunar Impact

The lunar twins of NASA's Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) mission have each completed a rocket burn that has sealed their fate.

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Last Flight for GRAIL's Twin Spacecraft

December 14, 2012

NASA to Provide Commentary as Grail Moon Mission Ends

NASA will provide live commentary of the scheduled lunar surface impacts of its twin Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) spacecraft beginning at 2 p.m. PST (5 p.m. EST) Monday, Dec. 17.

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Radar imagery of asteroid Toutatis taken by NASA's Goldstone Solar System Radar on Dec. 12 and 13, 2012.

December 14, 2012

Asteroid Toutatis Slowly Tumbles by Earth

Scientists have generated a series of radar data images of a three-mile-long (4.8-kilometer) asteroid that made its closest approach to Earth on Dec. 12, 2012.

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Last Flight for GRAIL's Twin Spacecraft

December 13, 2012

NASA Probes Prepare for Mission-Ending Moon Impact

Twin NASA spacecraft that spent this year studying the moon's internal structure and composition are being prepared for a controlled descent and impact on the moon on Dec. 17.

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On Dec. 14, 1962, NASA's Mariner 2 spacecraft sailed close to Venus

December 12, 2012

NASA Celebrates 50 Years of Planetary Exploration

Fifty years ago, NASA's Mariner 2 spacecraft sailed close to the planet Venus, marking the first time any spacecraft had ever successfully made a close-up study of another planet.

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Titan's Nile-Like River Valley

December 12, 2012

Cassini Spots Mini Nile River on Saturn Moon

Scientists with NASA's Cassini mission have spotted what appears to be a miniature, extraterrestrial likeness of the Nile River.

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Curiosity Self-Portrait, Wide View

December 11, 2012

Mars Rover Self-Portrait Shoot Uses Arm Choreography

A self-portrait of the NASA Mars Rover Curiosity stitches together dozens of images by the camera at the end of the rover's arm.

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Layered Martian Outcrop 'Shaler' in 'Glenelg' Area

December 11, 2012

Curiosity Rover Nearing Yellowknife Bay

The NASA Mars rover Curiosity drove 63 feet (19 meters) northeastward Monday, Dec. 10, approaching an area called "Yellowknife Bay," where researchers will choose a rock to drill.

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Artist concept of GRAIL mission. Grail will fly twin spacecraft in tandem orbits around the moon to measure its gravity field in unprecedented detail.

December 10, 2012

NASA hosts Dec. 13 Telecon on Twin Probes' Mission-Ending Moon Impact

NASA hosts a media teleconference at 10:30 a.m. PST (1:30 p.m. EST) Thurs., Dec. 13, to provide an overview of events leading up to twin spacecraft to impact the moon's surface.

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Students compete in the 2012 Invention Challenge at JPL.

December 7, 2012

Students' Toss Wins Top Honors at JPL Competition

Monroe Magnet Middle School, Inglewood, Calif., claimed victory at the annual Invention Challenge, held today at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.

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Sinuous Gullies in Cornelia Crater

December 6, 2012

What is Creating Gullies on Vesta?

Something is forming intriguing gullies on the giant asteroid Vesta. Scientists with NASA's Dawn mission are trying to figure out what could be creating these features.

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WISE Finds a Galactic Metropolis

December 6, 2012

Little Telescope Spies Gigantic Galaxy Clusters

NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, is helping to find the rarest and largest of galaxy groupings in the universe.

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Impact Scars from MSL Cruise Stage and Two Balance Weights

December 5, 2012

Orbiter Spies Where Rover's Cruise Stage Hit Mars

Pictures from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter show scars on the surface of the Red Planet where discarded pieces of the Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft hit the ground.

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GRAIL's Gravity Tour of the Moon

December 5, 2012

NASA's GRAIL Creates Most Accurate Moon Gravity Map

Twin NASA probes orbiting Earth's moon have generated the highest resolution gravity field map of any celestial body.

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Evidence suggests flowing water formed the rivers and gullies on the Mars surface

December 4, 2012

New NASA Mars Rover to Launch in 2020

NASA has announced plans for a robust multi-year Mars program, including a new robotic science rover set to launch in 2020.

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Opportunity Rover's Fall 2012 Walkabout

December 4, 2012

NASA Opportunity Rover Finishes Walkabout on Mars Crater Rim

The latest work assignment for NASA's long-lived Mars rover Opportunity is a further examination of an area where the robot just completed a walkabout.

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Lake Vida, one of the most remote lakes in Antarctica.

December 3, 2012

Scientists Find Ancient Microbes in Antarctic Lake

Scientists from NASA and other institutions have found bacteria beneath the icy surface of a remote Antarctic lake, expanding our knowledge of life in extreme environments.

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This still image and set of animations show NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft exploring a new region in our solar system called the 'magnetic highway.'

December 3, 2012

NASA Voyager 1 Encounters New Region in Deep Space

NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft has entered a new region at the far reaches of our solar system that scientists feel is the final area the spacecraft has to cross before reaching interstellar space.

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This is a view of the third (left) and fourth (right) trenches made by the 1.6-inch-wide (4-centimeter-wide) scoop on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity in October 2012.

December 3, 2012

NASA Mars Rover Fully Analyzes First Soil Samples

NASA's Mars Curiosity rover has used its full array of instruments to analyze Martian soil for the first time, and found a complex chemistry within the Martian soil.

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Artist's concept of NASA's Voyager spacecraft. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

November 29, 2012

NASA to Host Dec. 3 Teleconference About Voyager Mission

NASA will host a media teleconference at 11 a.m. PST (2 p.m. EST) on Monday, Dec. 3, to discuss the latest findings and travels of NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft.

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Mercury's North Polar Region Acquired By The Arecibo Observatory

November 29, 2012

NASA Spacecraft Finds New Mercury Water Ice Evidence

NASA's MESSENGER mission finds compelling support for the hypothesis of abundant water ice and other frozen volatile materials in Mercury's permanently shadowed polar craters.

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This artist's concept features NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover

November 29, 2012

Update Set in San Francisco About Curiosity Mars Rover

The next news conference about the NASA Mars rover Curiosity will be held at 9 a.m. Monday, Dec. 3, in San Francisco at the Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU).

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The midnight sun casts a golden glow on an iceberg and its reflection in Disko Bay

November 29, 2012

Ice Sheet Loss at Both Poles Increasing, Study Finds

An international team of experts has combined satellite and aircraft data to produce the most comprehensive assessment to date of ice sheet losses in Greenland and Antarctica.

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Peering into the Storm

November 28, 2012

Swirling Storms on Saturn

NASA's Cassini spots roiling storm clouds and a swirling vortex at Saturn's north pole.

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Titan's Changing Seasons

November 28, 2012

NASA's Cassini Sees Abrupt Turn in Titan's Atmosphere

Data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft tie a shift in seasonal sunlight to a wholesale reversal, at unexpected altitudes, in the circulation of the atmosphere of Titan.

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Hurricane Sandy as seen by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS)

November 28, 2012

NASA Study Could Improve Hurricane Strength Forecasts

Forecasters could be able to predict how intense tropical cyclones like Hurricane Sandy will be by analyzing relative-humidity levels within their large-scale environments.

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A Vast Disk of Comets

November 27, 2012

Herschel Serves up Solar Systems with Extra Comets

Astronomers have discovered vast comet belts surrounding two nearby planetary systems known to host only Earth-to-Neptune-mass worlds.

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Regional Dust Storm Weakening, Nov. 25, 2012

November 27, 2012

Regional Dust Storm Dissipating

A regional dust storm on Mars, tracked from orbit since Nov. 10, appears to be abating rather than going global.

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Nine Views of Asteroid PA8

November 26, 2012

Nine Radar Images of Asteroid 2007 PA8

Images of asteroid 2007 PA8 have been generated with data collected by NASA's Goldstone Solar System Radar.

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Panoramic View From 'Rocknest' Position of Curiosity Mars Rover

November 26, 2012

One Year After Launch, Curiosity Rover Busy on Mars

NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Mission launched a year ago today, putting the rover Curiosity on its way to Gale Crater, where it has been working for 16 weeks.

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Pac-Man-like features on Saturn's moons Tethys and Mimas

November 26, 2012

Cassini Finds a Video Gamers' Paradise at Saturn

NASA's Cassini spacecraft spots another 'Pac-Man'-shaped feature, this time on Saturn's moon Tethys.

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Martian Dust Storm, Nov. 18, 2012

November 21, 2012

Spacecraft Monitoring Martian Dust Storm

A Martian dust storm that NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has been tracking since last week has also produced atmospheric changes detectable by rovers on Mars.

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Bridging Cities of Galaxies

November 20, 2012

Planck Spots Colossal Intergalactic Bridge

The Planck space telescope has made the first conclusive detection of a bridge of hot gas connecting a pair of galaxy clusters across 10 million light-years of intergalactic space.

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Post-Drive View on Curiosity's Sol 102

November 20, 2012

Curiosity Rover Preparing for Thanksgiving Activities

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity completed a touch-and-go inspection of one rock on Sunday, Nov. 18, then pivoted and, on the same day, drove toward a Thanksgiving overlook location.

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A new NASA study finds that global sea level, which dipped sharply in 2010-11 due to a strong La Nina event

November 19, 2012

What Goes Down Must Come Back Up

In 2010-11, global sea level fell nearly a quarter inch. But, when it comes to long-term sea level, what comes down must eventually come back up.

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Five Bites Into Mars

November 15, 2012

NASA Rover Providing New Weather and Radiation Data About Mars

Observations of wind patterns and natural radiation patterns on Mars by NASA's Curiosity rover are helping scientists better understand the environment on the Red Planet's surface.

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In this image, astronomers use NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and a cosmic  zoom lens to uncover the farthest known galaxy in the universe.

November 15, 2012

NASA Observatories Find Most Distant Galaxy Candidate

By combining the power of NASA's Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes and one of nature's own natural "zoom lenses" in space, astronomers have set a new record.

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Artist's concept of NASA's Kepler space telescope. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

November 14, 2012

NASA's Kepler Wraps Prime Mission, Begins Extension

NASA's exoplanet-hunting Kepler Space Telescope has completed its mission and is starting an extended mission.

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An Exploded Star's Remains and Its Murky Environment

November 14, 2012

Life and Death in a Star-Forming Cloud

New stars can be seen bubbling up around the remains of a dramatic stellar explosion in this new portrait from two space telescopes.

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This artist's concept features NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover

November 13, 2012

NASA Hosts Nov. 15 Telecon About Mars Rover Progress

NASA will host a media teleconference at 11 a.m. PST (2 p.m. EST) on Thursday, Nov. 15, to provide an update about the Curiosity rover's mission to Mars' Gale Crater.

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Inlet Covers for Sample Analysis at Mars

November 13, 2012

Rover's 'SAM' Lab Instrument Suite Tastes Soil

A pinch of fine sand and dust became the first solid Martian sample deposited into the biggest instrument on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity: the Sample Analysis at Mars, or SAM.

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View of Sheldon Glacier with Mount Barre in the background

November 12, 2012

NASA Study Examines Antarctic Sea Ice Increases

While Arctic sea ice cover is declining dramatically under the effects of climate change, Antarctic sea ice cover has increased in recent years. A new study examines why.

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Odyssey over Mars' South Pole

November 12, 2012

Long-Lived Orbiter Resumes Work With Fresh Equipment

The NASA Mars Odyssey orbiter has resumed duty after switching to a set of redundant equipment that had not be used since before the spacecraft's 2001 launch.

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A new interactive timeline of NASA's Cassini mission at Saturn

November 9, 2012

A Scroll Through Memory Lane With Cassini

A new, interactive version of a timeline of NASA's Cassini mission to Saturn is now available online.

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Extreme dry conditions in North Africa as illustrated in an AIRS data map

November 8, 2012

Climate Likely to Be on Hotter Side of Projections

A new NASA-funded study finds future warming of Earth's climate is likely to be on the high side of current projections.

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High-Resolution Self-Portrait by Curiosity Rover Arm Camera

November 6, 2012

Curiosity Team Switches Back to Earth Time

After three months working on "Mars time," the team operating NASA Mars rover Curiosity has switched to more regular hours, as planned.

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This composite image of asteroid 2007 PA8 was obtained using data taken by NASA's 230-foot-wide (70-meter) Deep Space Network antenna at Goldstone

November 5, 2012

NASA Radar Images Asteroid 2007 PA8

Scientists working with NASA's 230-foot-wide (70-meter) Deep Space Network antenna at Goldstone, Calif., have obtained several radar images depicting near-Earth asteroid 2007 PA8.

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Comet 168P-Hergenrother was imaged by the NOAO/Gemini telescope on Nov. 2, 2011 at about 6 a.m. UTC.

November 2, 2012

Scientists Monitor Comet Breakup

Comet 168P/Hergenrother is breaking up, right before our very eyes.

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Shooting Lasers

November 2, 2012

NASA Rover Finds Clues to Changes in Mars' Atmosphere

NASA's car-sized rover, Curiosity, has taken significant steps toward understanding how Mars may have lost much of its original atmosphere.

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NASA's Mars Odyssey spacecraft passes above Mars' south pole in this artist's concept.

November 1, 2012

Mars Longevity Champ Switching Computers

NASA's Mars Odyssey orbiter, already the longest-working spacecraft ever sent to Mars, will switch equipment next week that has not been used since before launch in 2001.

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Global map depicting the percentage that vegetation growth is limited by available soil nutrients

November 1, 2012

NASA Maps How Nutrients Affect Plant Productivity

A new analysis led by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory has estimated how much the growth of plants worldwide is limited by the amount of nutrients available in their soil.

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This illustration shows three possible scenarios for the evolution of asteroid belts.

November 1, 2012

Asteroid Belts at Just the Right Place are Friendly to Life

Solar systems with life-bearing planets may be rare if they are dependent on the presence of asteroid belts of just the right mass, according to a new study.

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Glowing Titan

October 31, 2012

Cassini Halloween Treat: Titan Glows in the Dark

NASA's Cassini spacecraft sees dim, unexplained light diffusing up through the atmosphere of Saturn's largest moon.

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This artist's concept features NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover

October 31, 2012

NASA Hosts Nov. 2 Teleconference About Mars Rover Progress

NASA will host a media teleconference at 10 a.m. PDT (1 p.m. EDT) on Friday, Nov. 2, to provide an update on Curiosity's studies of the Martian atmosphere.

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Canuleia, Up Close

October 31, 2012

Dawn Sees 'Young' Surface on Giant Asteroid

Like a Hollywood starlet constantly retouching her makeup, the giant asteroid Vesta is constantly stirring its outermost layer to present a young face.

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This graphic shows results of the first analysis of Martian soil by the Chemistry and Mineralogy (CheMin) experiment on NASA's Curiosity rover.

October 30, 2012

NASA Rover's First Soil Studies Help Fingerprint Martian Minerals

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has completed initial experiments showing the mineralogy of Martian soil is similar to weathered basaltic soils of volcanic origin in Hawaii.

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OSCAT Eyes Hurricane Sandy

October 29, 2012

NASA Satellites Watch Hurricane Sandy

NASA satellites are observing extremely dangerous and historic Hurricane Sandy as it moves into the northeastern U.S.

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Rock 'Et-Then' Near Curiosity, Sol 82

October 29, 2012

Continuing Work With Scoops at 'Rocknest'

NASA's Mars Rover Curiosity on Sol 82 (Oct. 29, 2012) photographed diverse rocks in the "Rocknest" area and prepared for overnight soil sample analysis.

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This artist's concept features NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover

October 26, 2012

NASA Oct. 30 Telecon About Mars Curiosity Progress

NASA will host a media teleconference at 11:30 a.m. PDT (2:30 p.m. EDT) on Tuesday, Oct. 30, to provide an update about the Curiosity rover's mission to Mars' Gale Crater.

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NASA UAVSAR image of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, collected June 23, 2010.

October 25, 2012

NASA Radar Penetrates Thick, Thin of Gulf Oil Spill

Researchers at JPL and Caltech have developed a method to use a specialized NASA 3-D imaging radar to characterize the oil in oil spills like the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon spill.

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Scooped Material on Rover's Observation Tray

October 25, 2012

Assessing Drop-Off to Mars Rover's Observation Tray

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity used its Mast Camera (Mastcam) during the mission's 78th sol (Oct. 24, 2012) to view soil material on the rover's observation tray.

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These red, orange and green clouds (false color) in Saturn's northern hemisphere indicate the tail end of a  massive storm

October 25, 2012

NASA's Cassini Sees Burp at Saturn After Large Storm

NASA's Cassini spacecraft has tracked the aftermath of a rare massive storm on Saturn.

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Spitzer Sees Stray Starlight (Artist's Concept)

October 24, 2012

NASA's Spitzer Sees Light of Lonesome Stars

A new study using data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope suggests a cause for the mysterious glow of infrared light seen across the entire sky.

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Pointing X-ray Eyes at our Resident Supermassive Black Hole

October 23, 2012

NASA's NuSTAR Spots Flare From Milky Way's Black Hole

NASA's newest set of X-ray eyes in the sky, the Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR), has caught its first look at the giant black hole parked at the center of our galaxy.

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Laser Hit on Martian Sand Target, Before and After

October 22, 2012

Curiosity Rover Collects Fourth Scoop of Martian Soil

NASA's rover Curiosity shook a scoopful of sand inside its sample-handling mechanism on Sol 75 (Oct. 21, 2012) as the third scrubbing of interior surfaces of the mechanism.

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Tilt maps, epicenter and HAZUS critical infrastructure information from E-DECIDER

October 18, 2012

JPL Scientists Participate in ShakeOut Exercises

Two JPL-developed projects designed to assist in response to earthquake disasters participated in exercises tied to today's Great California ShakeOut quake drill.

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Curiosity's First Three Bites Into Martian Ground

October 18, 2012

Mars Soil Sample Delivered for Analysis Inside Rover

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has ingested its first solid sample into an analytical instrument inside the rover, a capability at the core of the two-year mission.

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In September 1997, powerful Hurricane Linda, shown in this NASA rendering created with data from the NOAA GOES-9 satellite

October 17, 2012

Could a Hurricane Ever Strike Southern California?

California has its share of disasters, like earthquakes, fires and floods. But what are the odds a hurricane could ever strike here? Turns out the concept isn't exactly all wet.

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Global Upheaval at Jupiter

October 17, 2012

Jupiter: Turmoil from Below, Battering from Above

NASA scientists are observing Jupiter's appearance - its clouds, belts, hotspots, fireballs - change in unprecedented ways.

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This artist's concept features NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover

October 16, 2012

NASA to Host Mars Curiosity Rover Teleconference Oct. 18

NASA will host a media teleconference at noon PDT (3 p.m. EDT) on Thursday, Oct. 18, about the latest status of the Curiosity rover's mission to Mars.

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NASA's Cassini spacecraft obtained this image of a feature shaped like a hot cross bun in the northern region of Titan (left) that bears a striking resemblance to a similar feature on Venus (right).

October 16, 2012

What's Baking on Titan?

NASA's Cassini spacecraft spots curious surface features on Saturn's largest moon, including a "hot-cross bun" and outlines of vast southern seas.

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This illustrated timeline features milestones in the journey of NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Scroll up to launch Cassini's voyage.

October 15, 2012

A Long and Winding Road: Cassini Celebrates 15 Years

It's been 3.8 billion miles and a trunk full of memories for NASA's Cassini spacecraft, launched 15 years ago today.

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Artist's concept of a four-star planet

October 15, 2012

Citizens Discover Four-Star Planet with NASA's Kepler

A joint effort of amateur astronomers and scientists has led to the first reported case of a planet orbiting a double star, orbited itself by a second distant pair of stars.

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Bright Particle of Martian Origin in Scoop Hole

October 15, 2012

Rover's Second Scoop Discarded, Third Scoop Commanded

Commands will be sent to Curiosity today instructing the rover to collect a third scoop of soil from the "Rocknest" site of windblown Martian sand and dust.

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Trojan Colors Revealed (Artist's Concept)

October 15, 2012

NASA's WISE Colors in Unknowns on Jupiter Asteroids

Observations from NASA's WISE all-sky survey reveal new clues about Jovian Trojans, mysterious asteroids that orbit in front of and behind Jupiter in its path around the sun.

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Curiosity's Location During First Scooping

October 12, 2012

Curiosity Preparing for Second Scoop

On Sol 65 (Oct. 11, 2012) of the Mars Science Laboratory mission, NASA's Mars rover Curiosity completed several activities in preparation for collecting its second scoop of soil.

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Ready for Battle... Mountain

October 12, 2012

How to Hunt a Space Rock

A team of scientists from JPL needed some space. When a large fireball turned night into day over Battle Mountain, Nev. they knew they had their chance.

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Olivier Guyon, an astronomer at JPL, has been named one of the 2012 MacArthur Fellows

October 11, 2012

JPL 'Genius': NASA Astronomer Named MacArthur Fellow

JPL scientist Olivier Guyon has been named one of the 2012 MacArthur Fellows, a prestigious award popularly known as the "genius grant."

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Target: Jake Matijevic Rock

October 11, 2012

Mars Rock Touched by NASA Curiosity has Surprises

The first Martian rock NASA's Curiosity rover has reached out to touch presents a more varied composition than expected from previous missions.

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Artist concept showing the descent and landing of Huygens.

October 11, 2012

Bounce, Skid, Wobble: How Huygens Landed on Titan

New analysis of data from the Huygens probe shows a complex surface.

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First Scoop by Curiosity, Sol 61 Views

October 10, 2012

Work Resumes with First Scooped Sample

The team operating Curiosity decided on Oct. 9, 2012, to proceed with using the rover's first scoop of Martian material.

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This artist concept features NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover

October 9, 2012

NASA Hosts Teleconference About Mars Rover Progress

NASA will host a media teleconference at 11 a.m. PDT (2 p.m. EDT) on Thursday, Oct. 11, to provide a status update on the Curiosity rover's mission to Mars' Gale Crater.

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Voyager Team Receives Award

October 8, 2012

NASA's Voyager Receives 'Breakthrough Award'

With two spacecraft on the cusp of interstellar space, NASA's Voyager mission is honored by Popular Mechanics.

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Artist's concept of the Deep Impact spacecraft

October 4, 2012

Deep Impact Spacecraft Completes Rocket Burn

NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft completed a firing of its onboard rocket motors earlier today.

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Wheel Scuff Mark at 'Rocknest'

October 4, 2012

NASA Mars Curiosity Rover Prepares to Study Martian Soil

NASA's Curiosity rover is in a position on Mars where scientists and engineers can begin preparing the rover to take its first scoop of soil for analysis.

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The Helix Nebula: Unraveling at the Seams

October 3, 2012

The Helix Nebula: Bigger in Death than Life

What was once a fairly average star, not much different than our sun, can be seen unraveling at the seams in this new image from the Spitzer and GALEX space telescopes.

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Curiosity - Robot Geologist and Chemist in One!

October 3, 2012

NASA's Curiosity Rover Checks In on Mars Using Foursquare

NASA's Curiosity Mars rover checked in on Mars Wednesday using the mobile application Foursquare.

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Climbing the Cosmic Distance Ladder

October 3, 2012

NASA's Infrared Observatory Measures Expansion of Universe

Astronomers using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope have announced the most precise measurement yet of the Hubble constant, or the rate at which our universe is stretching apart.

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This UAVSAR interferogram shows active volcano Mount St. Helens (left) and dormant volcano Mount Adams, both in Washington state.

October 2, 2012

NASA Radar to Study Volcanoes in Alaska, Japan

A NASA's venerable Uninhabited Aerial Vehicle Synthetic Aperture Radar is off to Alaska and Japan to assess volcanic activity in several active volcanoes.

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This artist concept features NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover

October 2, 2012

NASA Hosts Teleconference About Mars Curiosity Rover Progress

NASA will host a media teleconference at 11 a.m. PDT (2 p.m. EDT) on Thursday, Oct. 4, to provide a status update on the Curiosity rover's mission to Mars' Gale Crater.

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Opportunity Eyes Rock Fins on Cape York, Sol 3058

September 28, 2012

Mars Rover Opportunity Working at 'Matijevic Hill'

NASA's Mars rover Opportunity, well into its ninth year on Mars, will work for the next several weeks or months at a site with some of the mission's most intriguing geological features.

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Remnants of Ancient Streambed on Mars

September 27, 2012

NASA Rover Finds Old Streambed on Martian Surface

Scientists are studying the images of stones cemented into a layer of conglomerate rock.

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This full view of the giant asteroid Vesta was taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft

September 26, 2012

Giant Asteroid's Troughs Suggest Stunted Planet

Data from NASA's Dawn spacecraft suggest troughs sculpted around Vesta's middle are likely dropped blocks of terrain bounded by faults.

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A Sierra Nevada forest in Sequoia National Park, Calif.  Forest patterns are correlated to snow depth.

September 26, 2012

Study Examines Forest Vulnerability to Climate Change

Mid-elevation forests between 6,500 to 8,000 feet elevation are most sensitive to climate change, finds a new University of Colorado Boulder-led study co-funded by NASA.

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This artist concept features NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover

September 26, 2012

NASA to Televise Mars Curiosity Rover Science Update Sept. 27

NASA will host a news conference at 11 a.m. PDT (2 p.m. EDT) Thursday, Sept. 27, to present science findings from the Curiosity rover's mission to Mars' Gale Crater.

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Map of Hydrated Minerals on Vesta

September 26, 2012

Dawn: Vesta Got Special Delivery of Hydrated Minerals

Observations by NASA's Dawn mission suggest that hydrated minerals were delivered to Vesta in a radically different way than how they were deposited on the moon.

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This image combines photographs taken by the Mars Hand Lens Imager

September 24, 2012

Curiosity Finishes Close Inspection of Rock Target

NASA's rover Curiosity touched a Martian rock with its robotic arm for the first time on Sept. 22, assessing what chemical elements are in the rock called "Jake Matijevic."

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Endeavor Flies Over JPL

September 20, 2012

Shuttle Endeavour Flyby Brought an Old Friend to JPL

JPL employees, whose space shuttle Endeavour payloads gave us windows to worlds near and far, gazed skyward Sept. 21, 2012 as Endeavour paid the lab a visit before retirement.

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100 Days, 100 Nights in Space

September 20, 2012

NuSTAR Celebrates First 100 Days

Tomorrow, Sept. 21, 2012, will mark 100 days since NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, launched into space from the L-1011 "Stargazer" aircraft.

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Most Spectacularly Preserved Pitted Terrain on Vesta

September 20, 2012

Dawn Sees Hydrated Minerals on Giant Asteroid

NASA's Dawn spacecraft has revealed that the giant asteroid Vesta has its own version of ring around the collar.

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The total ground deformation caused by a simulated magnitude 8.0 earthquake on the San Andreas fault.

September 20, 2012

QuakeSim and NASA Mobile App Win NASA Software Award

NASA software that models the behavior of earthquake faults and NASA's first mobile application are co-winners of NASA's 2012 Software of the Year Award.

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'Jake Matijevic' Contact Target for Curiosity

September 19, 2012

NASA Mars Rover Targets Unusual Rock Enroute to First Destination

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has driven up to a football-size rock that will be the first for the rover's arm to examine.

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A Glimmer From a Dark Cosmic Era

September 19, 2012

NASA Telescopes Spy Ultra-Distant Galaxy

With the combined power of NASA's Spitzer and Hubble space telescopes, astronomers have spotted what could be the most distant galaxy ever seen.

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Ice from the Solar System's Edge

September 18, 2012

Researchers Brew Up Organics on Ice

JPL researchers are creating concoctions of organics, or carbon-bearing molecules, on ice in the lab, then zapping them with lasers.

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This artist concept features NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover

September 18, 2012

JPL to Stream Mars Curiosity Telecon

NASA will host a media teleconference at 11 a.m. PDT (2 p.m. EDT) tomorrow (Wednesday, Sept. 19), to provide a status update on the Curiosity rover's mission to Mars' Gale Crater.

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Juno Main Engine Firing

September 17, 2012

Juno's Two Deep Space Maneuvers are 'Back-To-Back Home Runs'

NASA's Juno spacecraft successfully executed a second Deep Space Maneuver, called DSM-2 last Friday, Sept. 14.

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Puzzling Little Martian Spheres That Don't Taste Like 'Blueberries'

September 14, 2012

NASA Mars Rover Opportunity Reveals Geological Mystery

NASA's long-lived rover Opportunity has returned an image of the Martian surface that is puzzling researchers.

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Starry Starry Skies (Artist's Concept)

September 14, 2012

First Planets Found Around Sun-Like Stars in a Cluster

NASA-funded astronomers have, for the first time, spotted planets orbiting sun-like stars in a crowded cluster of stars.

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Say 'Ahh' on Mars

September 12, 2012

Mars Rover Curiosity Arm Tests Nearly Complete

NASA's Mars Curiosity team has almost finished robotic arm tests in preparation for the rover to touch and examine its first Martian rock.

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This artist concept features NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover

September 11, 2012

JPL to Stream Mars Curiosity Telecon and Lecture

NASA will host a media teleconference at 11 a.m. PDT (2 p.m. EDT) tomorrow (Wednesday, Sept. 12), to provide a status update on the Curiosity rover's mission to Mars' Gale Crater.

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Carbon-Dioxide Snowfall on Mars

September 11, 2012

NASA Observations Point to 'Dry Ice' Snowfall on Mars

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter data have given scientists the clearest evidence yet of carbon-dioxide snowfalls on Mars.

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A hypothetical planet is depicted here moving through the habitable zone and then further out into a long, cold winter.

September 11, 2012

Extreme Life Forms Might be Able to Survive on Eccentric Exoplanets

While the hunt continues for the elusive Earth-like "blue dot," astronomers have discovered a collection of odd exoplanets.

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As NASA's Dawn spacecraft takes off for its next destination

September 11, 2012

Vesta in Dawn's Rear View Mirror

NASA's Dawn mission is releasing two parting views of the giant asteroid Vesta, using some of the last images taken by the spacecraft as it departed Vesta.

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NASA's free

September 10, 2012

NASA's 'Earth Now'App Now Available for Android

One of the top iPhone education apps in the iTunes store is now available for Android.

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Panorama of Curiosity's Belly Check

September 10, 2012

NASA Mars Rover Curiosity's Arm Wields Camera Well

The camera at the end of the robotic arm on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity spent a busy weekend taking photos from several arm positions.

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An unmanned NASA Global Hawk aircraft comes in for a landing at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Va.

September 7, 2012

NASA's Global Hawk Hurricane Mission Kicks Off

NASA has begun its latest hurricane science field campaign by flying an unmanned Global Hawk aircraft over Hurricane Leslie in the Atlantic Ocean during a day-long flight that began in California and ended in Virginia.

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Opportunity Eyes Rock Fins on Cape York, Sol 3058

September 7, 2012

NASA Mars Exploration Rover Team to be Honored

The mission team for NASA's long-lived Mars Exploration Rovers Spirit and Opportunity will be awarded the Haley Space Flight Award.

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Camera on Curiosity's Arm as Seen by Camera on Mast

September 6, 2012

NASA Mars Rover Curiosity Begins Arm-Work Phase

After driving more than a football field's length since landing, NASA's Mars rover Curiosity is spending several days preparing for full use of the tools on its arm.

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Listening to Voyager Tales

September 5, 2012

Cheers, Voyager: 35 Years of Exploration

Thirty-five years ago today, NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft launched on its mission of exploration. JPL hosted a birthday party in its honor.

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A Last Look Back at Vesta

September 5, 2012

Dawn has Departed the Giant Asteroid Vesta

Mission controllers received confirmation today that NASA's Dawn spacecraft has escaped from the gentle gravitational grip of the giant asteroid Vesta.

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Mars Rover Curiosity in Artist's Concept, Close-up

September 5, 2012

NASA to Host Telecon About Curiosity Rover Progress

NASA will host a media teleconference at 10 a.m. PDT (1 p.m. EDT) on Thursday, Sept. 6, to provide a status update on the Curiosity rover's mission to Mars' Gale Crater.

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Salinity Processes in the Upper Ocean Regional Study

September 5, 2012

NASA to Explore Link Between Sea Saltiness, Climate

A NASA-sponsored expedition is set to sail to the North Atlantic's saltiest spot to get a detailed, 3-D picture of how salt content fluctuates in the ocean's upper layers and how these variations are related to shifts in rainfall patterns around the planet.

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Artist concept of GRAIL mission.

August 31, 2012

NASA's GRAIL Moon Twins Begin Extended Mission Science

NASA's twin, lunar-orbiting Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) spacecraft began data collection for the start of the mission's extended operations.

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artist's concept of the Juno spacecraft

August 30, 2012

NASA's Jupiter-Bound Juno Changes its Orbit

NASA's Juno spacecraft performed its first deep-space maneuver in its journey to Jupiter, firing its engine to refine its trajectory for a future Earth gravity assist.

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Artist's concept of Dawn and Vesta

August 30, 2012

NASA's Dawn Prepares for Trek Toward Dwarf Planet

NASA's Dawn spacecraft is on track to become the first probe to orbit and study two distant destinations, to help scientists answer questions about the formation of our solar system.

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AIRS image of Hurricane Isaac

August 29, 2012

A Slow-moving Isaac Brings Flooding to Gulf States

Although now downgraded to a tropical storm, Isaac is still delivering near-hurricane force winds and heavy rains to parts of the Gulf Coast.

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Martian Soil on Curiosity's Wheels After Sol 22 Drive

August 29, 2012

NASA Curiosity Rover Begins Eastbound Trek on Martian Surface

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has set off from its landing vicinity on a trek to a science destination about a quarter mile (400 meters) away, where it may begin using its drill.

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Colorful Colossuses and Changing Hues

August 29, 2012

Saturn and its Largest Moon Reflect Their True Colors

Posing for portraits for NASA's Cassini spacecraft, Saturn and its largest moon, Titan, show spectacular colors in a quartet of images being released today.

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Curiosity Leaves Its Mark

August 29, 2012

Rover Leaves Tracks in Morse Code

A Morse code pattern imprinted in the track marks of NASA's Curiosity will help the rover drive more accurately.

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A Sky Chock-Full of Black Holes

August 29, 2012

NASA's WISE Survey Uncovers Millions of Black Holes

NASA's WISE mission has led to a bonanza of newfound supermassive black holes and extreme galaxies called hot DOGs, or dust-obscured galaxies.

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Color-enhanced image of sea surface heights in the Gulf of Mexico, showing Hurricane Isaac's path through the Gulf and around its warmest waters.

August 28, 2012

Cooler Waters Help Diminish Isaac's Punch

As Hurricane Isaac prepares to come ashore in southeast Louisiana, its skirt around the Gulf of Mexico's warmest waters has helped slow its intensification.

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This data set represents the longest continuous record of global atmospheric ethane levels

August 28, 2012

NASA-Funded Study Helps Untangle Methane Mystery

A new NASA-funded study has largely accounted for the dramatic leveling-off in atmospheric methane levels seen at the end of the 20th century.

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will.i.am tweets after his song is beamed from NASA's Mars rover Curiosity back to Earth

August 28, 2012

Curiosity Rover Plays First Song Transmitted from Another Planet

For the first time in history, a recorded song has been beamed back to Earth from another planet.

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NASA Administrator Charles Bolden

August 27, 2012

First Recorded Voice from Mars

The following statement by NASA Administrator Charles Bolden was returned to Earth via the Mars Curiosity rover.

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Layers at the Base of Mount Sharp

August 27, 2012

NASA Rover Returns Voice and Telephoto Views from Mars

NASA's Mars Curiosity has debuted the first recorded human voice that traveled from Earth to another planet and back.

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Neil Armstrong

August 25, 2012

Astronaut Neil Armstrong 1930-2012

Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon during the 1969 Apollo 11 mission, has died.

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Curiosity rover's Panorama with Mount Sharp

August 24, 2012

NASA Announces Aug. 27 Mars News Conference

NASA will hold a televised news conference at 2 p.m. PDT (5 p.m.EDT), Monday, Aug. 27, at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., about the activities of its Curiosity rover mission on Mars.

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Artist's concept of the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer

August 23, 2012

NASA Event to Discuss Black Holes and Extreme Objects

NASA will host a news teleconference at 10 a.m. PDT (1 p.m. EDT), Wednesday, Aug. 29, to announce new discoveries from its Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE).

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This 360-degree panorama shows evidence of a successful first test drive for NASA's Curiosity rover

August 22, 2012

NASA Mars Rover Begins Driving at Bradbury Landing

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has begun driving from its landing site, which scientists announced today they have named for the late author Ray Bradbury.

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Part of the deck of NASA's Curiosity rover

August 21, 2012

NASA to Hold Televised Curiosity Rover Media Briefing Aug. 22

NASA will hold a televised news conference at 11:30 a.m. PDT (2:30 p.m. EDT) on Wednesday, Aug. 22, at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., to update media on the progress of its Curiosity rover mission on Mars.

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Wiggle in the Gravel

August 21, 2012

NASA's Curiosity Studies Mars Surroundings, Nears Drive

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has been investigating the Martian weather around it and the soil beneath it, as its controllers prepare for the car-size vehicle's first drive on Mars.

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The Entry, Descent and Landing War Room

August 21, 2012

First Words of Safe Landing on Mars - Tango Delta Nominal

The entry, descent and landing of NASA's new Mars rover was full of unknowns - including when was the right time to declare Curiosity safe and sound on the surface.

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Artist's rendition of the formation of rocky bodies in the solar system

August 20, 2012

New Insight on Mars Expected from New NASA Mission

On Aug. 20, NASA announced the selection of InSight, a new Discovery-class mission that will probe Mars at new depths by looking into the deep interior of Mars.

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Curiosity Extends Arm for First Time on Mars

August 20, 2012

Curiosity Stretches its Arm

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity flexed its robotic arm today for the first time since before launch in November 2011.

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Artist rendition of the proposed InSight (Interior exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport) Lander.

August 20, 2012

New NASA Mission to Take First Look Deep Inside Mars

NASA has selected a new mission, set to launch in 2016, that will take the first look into the deep interior of Mars to study its evolution compared with other rocky planets.

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Voyager 2 Launch

August 20, 2012

Voyager at 35: Break on Through to the Other Side

First of the Voyager spacecraft launched 35 years ago today.

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Coronation, the fist target of the Curiosity rover's ChemCam instrument

August 19, 2012

Rover's Laser Instrument Zaps First Martian Rock

Today, NASA's Mars rover Curiosity fired its laser for the first time on Mars, using the beam from a science instrument to interrogate a rock called "Coronation."

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Part of the deck of NASA's Curiosity rover

August 19, 2012

NASA Announces Curiosity Rover Media Events Schedule

NASA will host several media teleconferences and/or news conferences to provide Curiosity rover mission updates in the coming weeks.

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Glenelg Intrigue

August 17, 2012

NASA Curiosity Team Pinpoints Site for First Drive

The scientists and engineers of NASA's Curiosity rover mission have selected the first driving destination for their one-ton, six-wheeled mobile Mars laboratory.

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Aerial view of JPL's main facility near Los Angeles

August 17, 2012

NASA Awards Caltech Five-Year Jet Propulsion Laboratory Contract

NASA has awarded the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena a new five-year contract to manage the agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

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This full-resolution image shows part of the deck of NASA's Curiosity rover taken from one of the rover's Navigation cameras looking toward the back left of the rover.

August 16, 2012

NASA to Host Curiosity Rover Teleconference Aug. 17

NASA will host a media teleconference at 10:30 a.m. PDT (1:30 p.m. EDT), Friday, Aug. 17, to provide a status update on the Curiosity rover's mission to Mars' Gale Crater.

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Curiosity in Exaggerated Color

August 14, 2012

Orbiter Views NASA's New Mars Rover in Color

The first color image taken from orbit showing NASA's rover Curiosity on Mars shows details of the layered bedrock in Gale Crater that the rover is starting to investigate.

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This artist's concept shows NASA's Dawn spacecraft orbiting the giant asteroid Vesta.

August 13, 2012

Dawn Engineers Assess Reaction Wheel

Engineers are working on part of a system that helps the Dawn spacecraft point precisely. The rest of the spacecraft is otherwise healthy.

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A Clear Look at the Rover Deck

August 13, 2012

NASA Hosts Teleconference About Curiosity Rover Progress

NASA will host a media teleconference at 10 a.m. PDT (1 p.m. EDT) on Tuesday, Aug. 14, to provide a status update on the Curiosity rover's mission to Mars' Gale Crater.

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President Barack Obama talks on the phone with NASA's Curiosity Mars rover team

August 13, 2012

NASA Mars Rover Team Hears from President Obama

President Barack Obama called to congratulate members of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover team at the agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. Monday (Aug. 13).

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First Hi-Res Color Mosaic of Curiosity's Mastcam Images

August 11, 2012

Curiosity Sends High-Resolution Color Images from Gale Crater

NASA's Curiosity rover has returned high-resolution color images of its surroundings on Mars that reveal a landscape not unlike portions of the southwestern United States.

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Traces of Landing

August 10, 2012

NASA Curiosity Mars Rover Installing Smarts for Driving

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity will spend its first weekend on Mars transitioning to software better suited for tasks ahead, such as driving and using its strong robotic arm.

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Gale Crater Vista, in Glorious Color

August 9, 2012

NASA's Curiosity Beams Back a Color 360 of Gale Crater

The first images from Curiosity's color Mast Camera, or Mastcam, have been received by scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.

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Artist's concept of Curiosity's entry, descent and landing

August 9, 2012

Timeline of Major Mission Events During Curiosity's Landing

Curiosity's Entry, Descent and Landing team has provided a timeline of critical mission events that occurred on the evening of Aug. 5 PDT (early on Aug. 6 EDT).

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Rover's Self Portrait

August 8, 2012

First 360-Degree Panorama From NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover

Remarkable image sets from NASA's Curiosity rover and Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter are continuing to develop the story of Curiosity's landing and first days on Mars.

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NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Image

August 7, 2012

Orbiter Images NASA's Martian Landscape Additions

Monday night, NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter imaged the Curiosity rover and the components that helped it survive its ordeal from space to its present location on Mars.

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Curiosity's Heat Shield in View

August 6, 2012

New Mars Rover Beams Back Images Showing its Descent

Earlier today, just hours after NASA's Curiosity rover landed on Mars, a select group of images taken by the onboard Mars Descent Imager, or MARDI, were beamed back to Earth.

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NASA's Curiosity rover and its parachute were spotted by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter as Curiosity descended to the surface on Aug. 5 PDT (Aug. 6 EDT).

August 6, 2012

NASA's Curiosity Rover Caught in the Act of Landing

An image from the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera aboard NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter captured the Curiosity rover still connected to its 51-foot-wide (almost 16 meter) parachute as it descended towards its landing site at Gale Crater.

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Curiosity's Early Views of Mars

August 6, 2012

NASA's New Mars Rover Sends Higher-Resolution Image

About two hours after landing on Mars and beaming back its first image, NASA's Curiosity rover transmitted a higher-resolution image of its new Martian home, Gale Crater.

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This is one of the first images taken by NASA's Curiosity rover, which landed on Mars the evening of Aug. 5 PDT (morning of Aug. 6 EDT).

August 5, 2012

NASA Lands Car-Size Rover Beside Martian Mountain

NASA's most advanced Mars rover Curiosity has landed on the Red Planet.

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artist's still shows how NASA's Curiosity rover will communicate with Earth

August 5, 2012

Curiosity Rover Just Hours from Mars Landing

NASA's Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft is healthy and right on course for a landing in several hours that will be one of the most difficult feats of robotic exploration ever attempted.

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JPL's Mission Support Area (MSA), shown in this panorama

August 4, 2012

Explore A Room With a Mars View

New panorama gives viewers an inside look at the room where mission team members will guide NASA's Curiosity rover through its entry, descent and landing on Mars.

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This artist's scoreboard displays a fictional game between Mars and Earth, with Mars in the lead.

August 4, 2012

Mars Tugging on Approaching NASA Rover Curiosity

The gravitational tug of Mars is now pulling NASA's car-size geochemistry laboratory, Curiosity, in for a suspenseful landing in less than 40 hours.

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Seventeen Cameras on Curiosity

August 3, 2012

What to Expect When Curiosity Starts Snapping Pictures

Unlike a group of tourists just arriving on Mars, NASA's Curiosity rover will take a more careful approach to snapping its first images.

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Voyager 2 to Switch to Backup Thruster Set

August 3, 2012

Signs Changing Fast for Voyager at Solar System Edge

The pace of changes quicken at the boundary of interstellar space.

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This artist's concept features NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover, a mobile robot for investigating Mars' past or present ability to sustain microbial life.

August 2, 2012

Newest NASA Mars Mission Connects Past and Future

NASA's newest Mars mission, landing in three days, will draw on support from missions sent to Mars years ago and will contribute to missions envisioned for future decades.

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This artist concept features NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover along with an illustrated astronaut bird.

August 2, 2012

NASA Hosts Social Media Events Across Seven Agency Field Centers

NASA's social media followers at seven field centers will virtually come together at a NASA Social on Friday, Aug. 3, to preview the landing of the the Curiosity rover.

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Illustrating JPL's Mission History

August 1, 2012

JPL Infographics Site Wants You and Your Creativity

A new JPL website is offering up NASA graphics, images and science data, inviting the public to create and share out-of-this-world infographics.

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This artist's concept features NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover, a mobile robot for investigating Mars' past or present ability to sustain microbial life.

July 30, 2012

NASA Announces News Activities for Mars Landing

The public is invited to tune in for a series of news briefings from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., for the upcoming landing of NASA's Curiosity rover on Mars.

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This is an artist's concept of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft during its cruise phase between launch and final approach to Mars.

July 28, 2012

Curiosity Rover on Track for Early August Landing

Eight days before reaching Mars, NASA's Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft performed a flight-path adjustment scheduled more than nine months ago.

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Satellite image and illustration composite showing pollution in Beijing between 2007 and 2008

July 24, 2012

China Olympics Traffic Measures Cut Carbon Emissions

As the world readies for the 2012 London Olympics, a NASA-funded study finds traffic restrictions for the 2008 Beijing Olympics sharply reduced carbon dioxide emissions.

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Artist's concept of NASA's Mars Odyssey spacecraft passing above Mars' south pole

July 24, 2012

Mars Orbiter Repositioned to Phone Home Mars Landing

NASA's Mars Odyssey spacecraft has successfully adjusted its orbital location to be in a better position to provide prompt confirmation of the August landing of the Curiosity rover.

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Greenland's surface ice cover melted over a larger area than had ever been seen before by satellites

July 24, 2012

Satellites see Unprecedented Greenland Ice Sheet Melt

For several days this month, Greenland's surface ice cover melted over a larger area than at any time in more than 30 years of satellite observations.

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Sally Ride, America's first astronaut in space

July 23, 2012

Astronaut-Educator Sally Ride Passes Away

JPL Director Charles Elachi releases a statement on Sally K. Ride, America's first woman in space, who died on Monday, July 23.

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2010 PECASE Recipients

July 23, 2012

President Obama Honors NASA Scientists and Engineers

President Obama has named six NASA individuals, including one from JPL, as recipients of the 2011 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE).

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Mike Ressler is the NASA project scientist for the MIRI instrument that will fly onboard NASA's James Webb Space Telescope.

July 19, 2012

Meet a Face Behind the MIRI

Mike Ressler, the project scientist for the MIRI at JPL, has been involved in building infrared astronomical instruments for 30 years.

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Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SSI

July 18, 2012

Cassini Spots Daytime Lightning on Saturn

Saturn was playing the lightning storm blues. NASA's Cassini spacecraft has captured images of last year's storm on Saturn, the largest storm seen up-close at the planet, with bluish spots in the middle of swirling clouds.

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Exoplanet is Extremely Hot and Incredibly Close (Artist's Concept)

July 18, 2012

Spitzer Finds Possible Exoplanet Smaller Than Earth

Astronomers using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope have detected what they believe is a planet two-thirds the size of Earth.

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The new amplifier consists of a superconducting material (niobium titanium nitride) coiled into a double spiral 16 millimeters in diameter.

July 17, 2012

Researchers Develop New Amp to Study the Universe

Researchers at JPL and Caltech have developed an instrument for exploring the cosmos and the quantum world.

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An artist's view of a Pioneer spacecraft heading into interstellar space.

July 17, 2012

Study Finds Heat is Source of 'Pioneer Anomaly'

Analysis shows the slight, but detectable effect of heat pushing back on NASA's Pioneer 10 and 11 explains unexpected slowing of the spacecraft.

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Artist's concept of the Jason 3 spacecraft

July 16, 2012

NASA Selects Launch Contractor for Jason-3 Mission

NASA has selected Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) of Hawthorne, Calif., to launch the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Jason-3 spacecraft in December 2014.

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Artist's concept of the Soil Moisture Active Passive spacecraft (left) and Orbiting Carbon Observatory (right)

July 16, 2012

NASA Selects Launch Contractor for Three Missions

NASA has selected United Launch Services LLC of Englewood, Colo., to launch the Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP), Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) and Joint Polar Satellite System-1 (JPSS-1) spacecraft.

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Interactive games featuring NASA's Mars rover Curiosity

July 16, 2012

Follow Your Curiosity: Some New Ways to Explore Mars

A "virtual rover experience" and a body-action video game are among the options for public participation in NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission.

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The area where NASA's Curiosity rover will land on Mars Aug. 5, 2012

July 16, 2012

NASA's Car-Sized Rover Nears Daring Landing on Mars

NASA's most advanced planetary rover is on a precise course for an early August landing beside a Martian mountain to begin two years of unprecedented scientific detective work.

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NASA's Mars Odyssey spacecraft passes above Mars' south pole in this artist's concept illustration.

July 13, 2012

Orbiter Enters, Then Exits, Standby Safe Mode

NASA's Mars Odyssey orbiter experienced about 21 hours in a reduced-activity precautionary status ending at about 10 a.m. PDT (1 p.m. EDT) on Thursday, July 12.

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The Mars rover Curiosity is projected in 3-D using a new NASA app for iPad

July 11, 2012

NASA 3-D App Gives Public Ability to Experience Robotic Space Travel

A NASA-created application that brings some of the agency's robotic spacecraft to life in 3-D now is available for free on the iPhone and iPad.

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Artist's concept of the Mars rover Curiosity

July 11, 2012

NASA News Conference to Preview August Mars Rover Landing

NASA will hold a news conference at 10 a.m. PDT (1 p.m. EDT) Monday, July 16, to discuss the upcoming August landing of the most advanced robot ever sent to another world.

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True color image of Titan

July 10, 2012

The Titanian Seasons Turn, Turn, Turn

Images from NASA's Cassini spacecraft show a concentration of high-altitude haze and a vortex materializing at the south pole of Saturn's moon Titan, signs that the seasons are turning on Saturn's largest moon.

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Three Cassini images show a propeller-shaped structure created by an unseen moon in Saturn's A ring

July 9, 2012

Saturn's Rings are Back

NASA's Cassini spacecraft has changed its orbit so it can see Saturn's rings again. How did it do this?

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These two images show HD 157728, a nearby star 1.5 times larger than the sun.

July 9, 2012

New Instrument Sifts Starlight for New Worlds

"Dark holes" around stars will provide astronomers with windows for finding planets.

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This artist's concept illustrates a dusty planet-forming disk

July 5, 2012

The Mysterious Case of the Disappearing Dust

Astronomers have discovered that vast amounts of planetary dust, enough to fill the inner portions of a solar system, have suddenly vanished.

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'Greeley Panorama' from Opportunity's Fifth Martian Winter (False Color)

July 5, 2012

Mars Panorama: Next Best Thing to Being There

A 360-degree view combining 817 separate images displays features that surrounded NASA's Mars rover Opportunity during a four-month winter work campaign.

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NASA's MISR Views Raging Wildfires in Southeastern Montana

July 3, 2012

NASA Scientist: Climate Just One Factor in Wildfires

As America celebrates its independence, 45 active large wildfires are creating unwanted fireworks, especially in the West. JPL Climatologist Bill Patzert answers some of our questions.

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An image taken from one of NASA's two special

July 2, 2012

Two Cameras Offer View of Webb Telescope in Clean Room

A pair of "Webb-cams" provide a view inside a NASA clean room, where the Mid-Infrared instrument is being integrated into the James Webb Space Telescope.

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A Different View of the Flame Nebula

July 2, 2012

The 'Flame' Burns Bright in New WISE Image

A fiery image from NASA's WISE mission shows the Flame nebula "burning" a hole in the cosmic dust.

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The Curiosity rover and its sky crane separate from the back which helped protect both during entry in the Martian atmosphere.

July 2, 2012

Fireworks Over Mars: The Spirit of 76 Pyrotechnics

Seventy-six pyrotechnic devices must fire on time during the descent of Mars Science Laboratory to the Martian surface on August 5.

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NuSTAR's First View of High-Energy X-ray Universe

June 28, 2012

Space Telescope Opens Its X-Ray Eyes

NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, has snapped its first test images of the sizzling high-energy X-ray universe.

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Inside Titan

June 28, 2012

Cassini Finds Likely Subsurface Ocean on Saturn Moon

Data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft have revealed Saturn's moon Titan likely harbors a layer of liquid water under its ice shell.

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NASA's Mars Odyssey spacecraft passes above Mars' south pole in this artist's concept illustration.

June 27, 2012

Longest-Lived Mars Orbiter is Back in Service

NASA's Mars Odyssey orbiter has resumed its science observations and its role as a Mars rover's relay, thanks to a spare part that had been waiting 11 years to be put to use.

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Curiosity - Robot Geologist and Chemist in One!

June 26, 2012

Curiosity Rover on Track for Early August Landing

A maneuver on Tuesday adjusted the flight path of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft for delivering the rover Curiosity to a landing target beside a Martian mountain.

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Galaxy Cluster and Giant Arc

June 26, 2012

Astronomers Spot Rare Arc From Hefty Galaxy Cluster

Seeing is believing, except when you don't believe what you see.

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Strong Jet in False Colors

June 25, 2012

Cassini Shows Why Jet Streams Cross-Cut Saturn

Scientists studying images from NASA's Cassini spacecraft have found that heat from within the planet powers the jet streams.

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Distribution of annual carbon emissions

June 21, 2012

Study Slashes Deforestation Carbon Emission Estimate

A new study with NASA participation cuts, by two-thirds, previous estimates of how much carbon is being emitted into our atmosphere from tropical deforestation.

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Artist's concept of NuSTAR in orbit. NuSTAR has a 33-foot (10-meter) mast that deploys after launch to separate the optics modules (right) from the detectors in the focal plane (left).

June 21, 2012

NuSTAR Mission Status Report: Observatory Unfurls its Unique Mast

NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, has successfully deployed its lengthy mast, giving it the ability to see the highest energy X-rays in our universe.

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An artist's concept of Kepler-36c

June 21, 2012

Astronomers Discover Planetary Odd Couple

NASA's Kepler mission finds odd planetary duo with the closest orbits between two planets ever confirmed.

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NASA's Mars Odyssey spacecraft passes above Mars' south pole in this artist's concept illustration.

June 19, 2012

Orbiter Out of Precautionary 'Safe Mode'

NASA's Mars Odyssey orbiter has been taken out of a protective status called safe mode.

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The Homes of Quasars

June 19, 2012

Most Quasars Live on Snacks, Not Large Meals

Black holes in the early universe needed a few snacks rather than one giant meal to fuel their quasars and help them grow, according to observations from NASA's Spitzer and Hubble space telescopes.

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This artist's rendition created from a photograph of Antarctica shows what Antarctica possibly looked like during the middle Miocene epoch

June 17, 2012

Study Finds Ancient Warming Greened Antarctica

A new study with NASA participation finds ancient Antarctica's climate was much warmer and wetter than previously suspected, supporting substantial vegetation along its edges.

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Orbit and current location of asteroid 2011 AG5

June 15, 2012

NASA Releases Workshop Data and Findings on Asteroid 2011 AG5

Researchers anticipate that asteroid 2011 AG5, discovered in January 2011, will fly safely past and not impact Earth in 2040.

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This artist's concept shows NASA's two Voyager spacecraft exploring a turbulent region of space known as the heliosheath, the outer shell of the bubble of charged particles around our sun.

June 14, 2012

Data From NASA's Voyager 1 Point to Interstellar Future

New data from NASA's Voyager 1 indicate that the spacecraft is drawing ever closer to exiting our solar system and entering interstellar space.

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NASA's Mars Odyssey spacecraft passes above Mars' south pole in this artist's concept illustration.

June 14, 2012

Test of Spare Wheel Puts Orbiter on Path to Recovery

Mission controllers test a spare reaction wheel on NASA's Odyssey for potential use with two other reaction wheels in adjusting and maintaining the spacecraft's orientation.

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This artist's concept shows NASA's Dawn spacecraft orbiting the giant asteroid Vesta.

June 14, 2012

Dawn Easing into its Final Science Orbit

NASA's Dawn spacecraft will begin its final prime science phase at Vesta on June 15.

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The MIRI Cleanroom Huddle: Although it appears that these six contamination control engineers are in a huddle around the James Webb Space Telescope's Mid-Infrared Instrument (or MIRI)

June 14, 2012

First Flight Instrument Delivered for James Webb Space Telescope

The first of four instruments to fly aboard NASA's James Webb Space Telescope (Webb) has been delivered to NASA.

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New Interactive Takes You 'Under the Hood' of NASA's Salt-seeking Aquarius Mission

June 13, 2012

Got Salt? NASA's Salt Mapper Toasts First Birthday

To mark its first birthday, a new interactive feature lets you get up close and personal with NASA's Aquarius mission to study ocean salinity and some of its 'salt sleuths.'

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Saturn's rings lie in the distance as the Cassini spacecraft looks toward Titan

June 13, 2012

Cassini Sees Tropical Lakes on Saturn Moon

NASA's Cassini spacecraft has spied long-standing methane lakes, or puddles, in the "tropics" of Saturn's moon Titan.

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Formation of planets in a protoplanetary disk

June 13, 2012

Small Planets Don't Need 'Heavy Metal' Stars to Form

The formation of small worlds like Earth previously was thought to occur mostly around stars rich in heavy elements such as iron and silicon.

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NASA's NuSTAR and its rocket drop from the carrier

June 13, 2012

NASA's NuSTAR Mission Lifts Off

NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) launched this morning over the central Pacific, beginning its mission to study black holes and other exotic objects.

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The Orbital Science Corporation's 'Stargazer' plane is shown releasing its Pegasus rocket.

June 11, 2012

NuSTAR to Drop From Plane and Rocket Into Space

The rocket carrying NASA's NuSTAR mission has launched from its carrier plane.

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Revised Landing Target for Mars Rover Curiosity

June 11, 2012

NASA Mars Rover Team Aims for Landing Closer to Prime Science Site

NASA has narrowed the target for its most advanced Mars rover, Curiosity, which will land on the Red Planet in August.

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Thermal emission from erupting volcanoes on the jovian moon

June 8, 2012

Mapping Volcanic Heat on Io

A new study reveals information about the pattern of heat coming from volcanoes on the surface of Jupiter's fiery moon Io.

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Artist concept of Odyssey.

June 8, 2012

Orbiter Puts Itself into Standby Safe Mode

NASA's Mars Odyssey orbiter put itself into precautionary standby status June 8 Universal Time, when it detected unexpected characteristics in movement of one reaction wheel.

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The Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator Project will test inflatable decelerators

June 8, 2012

NASA Tests Future Mars Landing Technology

For the first time in decades, NASA is reinventing the type of parachutes being used to land on Mars.

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Highlighting our Tiniest Neighbors

June 8, 2012

WISE Finds Few Brown Dwarfs Close to Home

Astronomers are getting to know the neighbors better. Our sun resides within a spiral arm of our Milky Way galaxy about two-thirds of the way out from the center.

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Curiosity - Robot Geologist and Chemist in One!

June 7, 2012

NASA Hosts Telecon About Rover en Route to Mars Landing

NASA will host a media telecon on June 11 to provide a status update on the Aug. 5 landing of the most advanced rover ever to be sent to Mars.

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Hidden Patterns of Light Revealed by Spitzer

June 7, 2012

NASA's Spitzer Finds First Objects Burned Furiously

The faint, lumpy glow given off by the very first objects in the universe may have been detected with the best precision yet, using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.

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NuSTAR Lands at Kwajalein Atoll

June 7, 2012

NuSTAR Arrives at Island Launch Site

NASA's NuSTAR mission is now at Kwajalein Atoll in the Pacific Ocean, awaiting its June 13 airborne launch.

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Artist concept of Cassini spacecraft. Image credit: NASA/JPL

June 6, 2012

Cassini Plasma Spectrometer Turns Off

The Cassini plasma spectrometer instrument (CAPS) aboard NASA's Cassini spacecraft was turned off between Friday, June 1 and Saturday, June 2, when a circuit breaker tripped off after the instrument experienced some unexpected voltage shifts.

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Artist's concept of NuSTAR in orbit. NuSTAR has a 33-foot (10-meter) mast that deploys after launch to separate the optics modules (right) from the detectors in the focal plane (left).

June 6, 2012

NASA to Host News Teleconference About NuSTAR Launch

NASA will host a news teleconference at noon PDT (3 p.m. EDT) June 11 to discuss the upcoming launch of its Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) observatory, scheduled for no earlier than 8:30 a.m. PDT (11:30 a.m. EDT) June 13.

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These infrared and visible light images have been combined and represented in colors that highlight the nature of the minerals on Vesta's surface

June 6, 2012

Dawn Mission Video Shows Vesta's Coat of Many Colors

A new video from NASA's Dawn mission reveals the dappled, variegated surface of the giant asteroid Vesta.

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Light curve of a planet transiting its star

June 5, 2012

Venus' Transit and the Search for Other Worlds

On June 5 or 6, 2012, depending on your location, catch your final opportunity this century to witness Venus slowly drift across the sun's golden disk.

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This artist concept features NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover along with an illustrated astronaut bird.

June 5, 2012

NASA Invites Social Media Fans to Mars Landing Event

NASA to host a NASA Social for 25 social media fans Aug. 3-5 at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., in anticipation of the Curiosity Mars rover's landing.

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NuSTAR Hitches a Ride on the 'Stargazer'

June 4, 2012

NuSTAR Strapped to its Plane

NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, is strapped to the bottom of the plane that will carry it to launch on June 13.

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NASA's Global Hawk

June 1, 2012

Unmanned NASA Storm Sentinels set for Hurricane Study

NASA is preparing to fly two unmanned aircraft high over hurricanes this summer and fall to study how they form and intensify.

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Artist concept of lightning on Venus. Image credit: ESA

May 31, 2012

Venus, a Planetary Portrait of Inner Beauty

A Venus transit across the face of the sun is a relatively rare event -- occurring in pairs with more than a century separating each pair.

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Jet Blue

May 31, 2012

Enceladus Plume is a New Kind of Plasma Laboratory

Recent findings from NASA's Cassini mission reveal that Saturn's geyser moon Enceladus provides a special laboratory for watching unusual behavior of plasma, or hot ionized gas.

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NuSTAR's Russian Doll-like Mirrors

May 30, 2012

NASA Preparing to Launch its Newest X-Ray Eyes

NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, is being prepared for the final journey to its launch pad on Kwajalein Atoll in the central Pacific Ocean.

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NASA's GRAIL Spacecraft In Science Collection Phase

May 29, 2012

NASA Lunar Spacecraft Complete Prime Mission Ahead of Schedule

NASA's Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) spacecraft downlinked its last lunar gravity data set for its prime mission today.

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1999 RQ36 Shape Model

May 24, 2012

NASA Scientist Figures Way to Weigh Space Rock

A scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., has accurately determined the mass of a nearby asteroid from millions of miles away.

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Artist's concept of NuSTAR in orbit. NuSTAR has a 33-foot (10-meter) mast that deploys after launch to separate the optics modules (right) from the detectors in the focal plane (left).

May 24, 2012

NASA to Hold News Conference About NuSTAR Launch

NASA will hold a news conference on Wednesday, May 30 at 10 a.m. PDT (1 p.m. EDT) to discuss the upcoming launch of the Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR).

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Late Afternoon Shadows at Endeavour Crater on Mars

May 22, 2012

Dark Shadows on Mars: Scene from Durable NASA Rover

Late-afternoon shadows add punch to a false-color vista of Endeavour Crater on Mars from NASA's Opportunity rover.

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Artist's concept showing NASA's NuSTAR mission orbiting Earth.

May 22, 2012

NASA's NuSTAR Gearing up for Launch

Engineers are installing the "nose cone" around NASA's NuSTAR, a black hole hunter. The mission is scheduled to launch no earlier than June 13.

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Possible Disintegrating Planet

May 21, 2012

NASA's Kepler Detects Potential Evaporating Planet

A planet with a tail? NASA's Kepler mission has found evidence for what may be a disintegrating planet.

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Tiny Methone

May 21, 2012

Cassini Spots Tiny Moon, Begins to Tilt Orbit

NASA's Cassini spacecraft beams back closest images of Methone as it approaches Saturn's largest moon, Titan.

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A Star-Bursting Filament

May 17, 2012

Herschel Sees Intergalactic Bridge Aglow With Stars

The Herschel Space Observatory has discovered a giant, galaxy-packed filament ablaze with billions of new stars.

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Simulated, edge-on view of our solar system

May 16, 2012

NASA Survey Counts Potentially Hazardous Asteroids

Observations from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) have led to the best assessment yet of our solar system's population of potentially hazardous asteroids.

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The Galaxy Next Door

May 16, 2012

NASA Lends Galaxy Evolution Explorer to Caltech

NASA is lending the Galaxy Evolution Explorer to the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, where the spacecraft will continue its exploration of the cosmos.

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Annual Open House event with plenty of hands-on activities and opportunities to talk with scientists and engineers

May 15, 2012

JPL Invites all Earthlings to Annual Open House

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., invites the public to its annual Open House on Saturday, June 9, and Sunday, June 10, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Test Rover Aids Preparations in California for Curiosity Rover on Mars

May 11, 2012

Mojave Desert Tests Prepare for NASA Mars Roving

Engineers ran rover-mobility tests on California sand dunes this week in preparation for operating NASA's Curiosity rover after it lands in Mars' Gale Crater.

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Technicians prep the OCO-2 instrument for shipping at JPL.

May 10, 2012

NASA's New Carbon-Counting Instrument Leaves the Nest

NASA's first mission dedicated to studying atmospheric carbon dioxide moves a step closer to reality with the shipment of its JPL-built science instrument.

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NASA's Jupiter-bound Juno spacecraft tested its JunoCam instrument

May 10, 2012

NASA's Juno Spacecraft Images Big Dipper

En route to Jupiter, NASA's Juno mission has snapped a quick photo of a familiar sight in the nighttime sky--the Big Dipper.

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Mineral Diversity at Vesta's South Pole

May 9, 2012

NASA Dawn Mission Reveals Secrets of Large Asteroid

NASA's Dawn spacecraft provides the first orbital analysis of the giant asteroid Vesta, yielding new insights into its creation with terrestrial planets and Earth's moon.

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Looking Back at Greeley Haven After Opportunity's First Drive of 2012

May 9, 2012

Opportunity Rolling Again After Fifth Mars Winter

With its daily supply of solar energy increasing, NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity has driven off the sunward-tilted outcrop, Greeley Haven.

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Advancing Dune in Nili Patera, Mars

May 9, 2012

NASA Spacecraft Detects Changes in Martian Sand Dunes

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has revealed that movement in sand dune fields on the Red Planet occurs on a surprisingly large scale, about the same as in dune fields on Earth.

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This artistically modified image of the local galaxy Arp 220, captured by the Hubble Space Telescope, helps illustrate the Herschel results.

May 9, 2012

Overfed Black Holes Shut Down Galactic Star-Making

The Herschel Space Observatory has shown galaxies with the most powerful, active black holes at their cores produce fewer stars than galaxies with less active black holes.

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How to See a Super Earth

May 8, 2012

NASA's Spitzer Sees the Light of Alien 'Super Earth'

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has detected light emanating from a "super-Earth" planet beyond our solar system for the first time.

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This artist's concept shows NASA's Dawn spacecraft orbiting the giant asteroid Vesta.

May 7, 2012

NASA to Hold News Conference on Dawn Mission Results

NASA will host a news conference on Thursday, May 10, at 11 a.m. PDT (2 p.m. EDT) to present a new analysis of the giant asteroid Vesta using data from the agency's Dawn spacecraft.

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Global Carbon Dioxide Transport from AIRS Data, July 2009

May 3, 2012

A NASA Weather 'Eye in the Sky' Marks 10 Years

With 2,378 spectral eyes measuring our atmosphere, NASA's Atmospheric Infrared Sounder might well be called a "monster" of weather and climate research. On May 4, it turns 10.

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'Homestake' Vein in Color

May 3, 2012

Paydirt at 8-Year-Old Mars Rover's 'New Landing Site'

A crater NASA's Mars rover Opportunity drove for years to reach is paying off with evidence about wet environments older than any recorded at sites the rover has seen before.

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Raw, unprocessed image of Enceladus

May 2, 2012

Cassini, Saturn Moon Photographer

NASA's Cassini spacecraft successfully flies by Saturn's moons Enceladus and Dione.

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Computer-simulated image shows gas from a tidally shredded star

May 2, 2012

Black Hole Caught Red-Handed in a Stellar Homicide

Astronomers have gathered the most direct evidence yet of a supermassive black hole shredding a star that wandered too close.

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Artist concept of Cassini at Saturn. Image credit: NASA/JPL

May 1, 2012

Cassini to Probe Enceladus Gravity, Take Pictures

NASA's Cassini spacecraft will be making a close flyby of Saturn's icy moon Enceladus on May 2.

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Curiosity Touching Down, Artist's Concept

April 27, 2012

100 Days and Counting to NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover Landing

At 10:31 p.m. PDT today, April 27, (1:31 p.m. EDT), NASA's Mars Science Laboratory, carrying the one-ton Curiosity rover, will be within 100 days from the Martian surface.

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The Face of Phoebe

April 26, 2012

Cassini Finds Saturn Moon has Planet-Like Qualities

Data from NASA's Cassini mission reveal Saturn's moon Phoebe has more planet-like qualities than previously thought.

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Dusty Star Stands Out From the Rest

April 26, 2012

NASA's WISE Catches Aging Star Erupting With Dust

Images from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) reveal an old star in the throes of a fiery outburst, spraying the cosmos with dust.

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Aquilia Area in Color

April 24, 2012

Dawn Reveals Secrets of Giant Asteroid Vesta

Findings from Dawn reveal new details about the giant asteroid Vesta, including its varied surface composition, sharp temperature changes and clues to its internal structure.

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Titan and Dione

April 24, 2012

Cassini Investigates Titan's Chemical Factory

Saturn's moon Titan has a thick, smoggy atmosphere that's one of the most complex chemical environments in the solar system. How long has this "factory" been in business?

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The Sombrero Galaxy's Split Personality

April 24, 2012

NASA's Spitzer Finds Galaxy With Split Personality

While some galaxies are rotund and others are slender disks like our spiral Milky Way, new observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope show that the Sombrero galaxy is both.

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A meteor in the sky above Reno, Nevada on April 22, 2012. Image credit: Lisa Warren

April 24, 2012

Fireball Over California/Nevada: How Big Was It?

Scientists have a size estimate for an impressive fireball that was witnessed over California's Central Valley Sunday (4/22).

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Location of the more than 500 real-time GPS monitoring stations in the western United States

April 24, 2012

NASA Tests GPS Monitoring System for Big U.S. Quakes

A research network of Western U.S. GPS stations will be tested to see if it can quickly pinpoint a strong quake's location/size and aid in disaster response/tsunami warning.

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NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., will host the 24th annual High-Tech Conference for Small Business on Tuesday, March 6, and Wednesday, March 7, at the Westin Los Angeles Airport Hotel.

April 24, 2012

JPL to Host Small Business Science Forum, Supplier Fair

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., through its Business Opportunities Office, will host a supplier fair featuring 20 to 25 local and national high-tech small businesses.

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Images from NASA's Cassini spacecraft

April 23, 2012

Cassini Sees Objects Blazing Trails in Saturn Ring

Images from NASA's Cassini spacecraft have revealed strange half-mile-sized objects punching through parts of Saturn's F ring, leaving glittering trails behind.

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A new airborne study with NASA contributions measured surprising levels of the potent greenhouse gas methane

April 22, 2012

Study Finds Surprising Arctic Methane Emission Source

The Arctic region is home to large reservoirs of the potent greenhouse gas methane. A new study with NASA contributions finds the Arctic Ocean may be an important source.

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The retreat of Pedersen Glacier in Alaska. Left: summer 1917. Right: summer 2005.

April 19, 2012

NASA Image Gallery Highlights Earth's Changing Face

Just in time for Earth Day, NASA's Global Climate Change website unveils a new version of its "State of Flux" image gallery, which highlights how our home planet is changing.

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A recent study finds that the lake known as Ontario Lacus on Saturn's moon Titan (left)

April 19, 2012

Cassini Finds Titan Lake is Like a Namibia Mudflat

Scientists with NASA's Cassini mission find that a lake on Saturn's moon Titan most resembles Etosha Pan in Namibia.

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Dawn Orbiting Vesta

April 18, 2012

Dawn Gets Extra Time to Explore Vesta

NASA's Dawn mission has received official confirmation that 40 extra days have been added to its exploration of the giant asteroid Vesta.

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Arc of Enceladus

April 16, 2012

Cassini Successfully Flies over Enceladus

NASA's Cassini spacecraft beams back images of the icy moons Enceladus and Tethys during its course through the Saturn system.

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Iceberg off the coast of Newfoundland, 1984

April 13, 2012

Breaking the Ice on Icebergs

It's been 100 years since the RMS Titanic struck an iceberg in the North Atlantic and sank. JPL scientists demystify these frozen mountains of floating ice.

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NASA's Cassini spacecraft will make a close approach to the south polar region of Saturn's moon Enceladus on April 14, 2012.

April 13, 2012

Cassini to Dip into Enceladus Spray Again

Less than three weeks after its last swoop over the Saturn moon, NASA's Cassini spacecraft returns for an encore.

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This artist's concept shows a 'feeding,' or active, supermassive black hole with a jet streaming outward at nearly the speed of light.

April 12, 2012

NASA's WISE Mission Sees Skies Ablaze With Blazars

Astronomers are hunting a class of supermassive black holes throughout the universe called blazars thanks to data collected by NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer.

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Comet Storm around Fomalhaut

April 12, 2012

Herschel Spots Comet Massacre Around Nearby Star

New data from the Herschel Space Observatory suggest comets are constantly smashing together around the star Fomalhaut.

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This artist's concept features NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover next to its landing site at Gale Crater.

April 11, 2012

Live Public Talk: Mars Science Laboratory Landing Site

Join us in person at JPL, or virtually via the Internet, on April 12 for a public talk about Gale Crater, landing site of NASA's next Mars rover.

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The device 'swooshing' into a satellite is the vacuum tube

April 10, 2012

NASA to Fly Atomic Clock to Improve Space Navigation

NASA's Deep Space Atomic Clock will improve the way we conduct deep-space navigation by enabling a spacecraft to calculate its own timing and navigation data in real time.

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This is an animation of ocean surface currents from June 2005 to December 2007 from NASA satellites.

April 9, 2012

NASA Views Our Perpetually Moving Ocean

The swirling flows of tens of thousands of ocean currents are captured in a new NASA scientific visualization created with the help of JPL satellite and model data.

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From left to right, artist's concepts of the Spitzer, Kepler and Planck space telescopes.

April 5, 2012

NASA Extends Spitzer, Planck, Kepler Missions

NASA is extending three missions affiliated with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., as a result of the 2012 Senior Review of Astrophysics Missions.

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Centaurus A All Prettied Up in Infrared and X-Rays

April 4, 2012

Dark Heart of a Cosmic Collision

The cataclysmic history of a giant galaxy is on display in a new image that combines infrared and X-ray observations.

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Mars' Stringbean Twister

April 4, 2012

12-Mile-High Martian Dust Devil Caught In Act

A Martian dust devil roughly 12 miles high (20 kilometers) was captured whirling its way along the Amazonis Planitia region of Northern Mars on March 14.

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The Beginning of the End of Star Formation

April 3, 2012

Cosmic 'Leaf Blower' Robs Galaxy of Star-Making Fuel

Supernova explosions and the jets of a monstrous black hole are scattering a galaxy's star-making gas like a cosmic leaf blower.

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The Sagan Fellowship program, named after the late Carl Sagan, supports talented young scientists in their mission to explore the unknown.

April 2, 2012

NASA Announces 2012 Carl Sagan Fellows

NASA has announced the 2012 Sagan Exoplanet Fellowships, a program designed to encourage new talent in the area of exoplanet research.

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NASA's SOFIA telescope and the FORCAST instrument captured this color-composite image of the planetary nebula Minkowski 2-9 (M2-9)

March 29, 2012

NASA's SOFIA Captures Image of Dying, Outflowing Star

The last exhalations of a dying star can be seen in a new image from NASA's SOFIA telescope.

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Enceladus Plume

March 28, 2012

Icy Moons through Cassini's Eyes

NASA's Cassini spacecraft successfully flies by Saturnian moons.

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'Mount Sharp' Inside Gale Crater, Mars

March 28, 2012

'Mount Sharp' on Mars Links Geology's Past and Future

A stack of geological chapters in the history book of Mars has attracted NASA's big new rover and takes an informal name from a geologist with early Mars missions.

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As the GRAIL twins (Ebb and Flow) fly over areas of greater and lesser gravity at 3,600 mph

March 27, 2012

Flying Formation - Around the Moon at 3,600 MPH

The act of two or more aircraft flying together in a disciplined, synchronized manner is one of the cornerstones of military aviation, as well as just about any organized air show.

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This is an artist's concept of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft during its cruise phase between launch and final approach to Mars.

March 26, 2012

Mars-Bound NASA Craft Adjusts Path, Tests Instruments

NASA's Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft, halfway to Mars, adjusted its flight path today for delivery of the one-ton rover Curiosity to the surface of Mars in August.

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Highlighting Plumes

March 26, 2012

Cassini to Make Closest Pass Yet over Enceladus South Pole

NASA's Cassini spacecraft will fly about 46 miles (74 kilometers) above the surface of the Saturnian moon Enceladus.

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A new visualization of global groundwater depletion

March 22, 2012

NASA GRACE Data Hit Big Apple on World Water Day

Premiering on New York's Times Square today to mark World Water Day: a new visualization of global groundwater depletion created using data from NASA's GRACE mission.

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NASA's Cassini-Huygens mission to Saturn was awarded the 2012 National Air

March 22, 2012

Cassini Mission Receives Air and Space Museum Award

The Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum has bestowed its highest group honor, the Trophy for Current Achievement, on NASA's Cassini mission to Saturn.

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An improved version of NASA's popular

March 22, 2012

NASA's 'Eyes on the Earth' Gets Sharper Vision

NASA's Webby Award-winning Global Climate Change website has introduced a new version of its "Eyes on the Earth" interactive virtual reality visualization.

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MoonKAM Looks Homeward

March 22, 2012

NASA GRAIL Returns First Student-Selected Moon Images

One of two NASA spacecraft orbiting the moon has beamed back the first student-requested pictures of the lunar surface from its onboard camera.

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Bright Rays from Canuleia Crater

March 21, 2012

Dawn Sees New Surface Features on Giant Asteroid

NASA's Dawn spacecraft has revealed unexpected details on the surface of the giant asteroid Vesta.

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Student-controlled robots compete at the FIRST Robotics Competition by shooting foam basketballs into hoops.

March 19, 2012

Students and Robots Take to the Courts in Competition

Student teams from California, Nevada, Brazil and Chile competed in the 21st annual Los Angeles regional FIRST competition this past weekend.

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NASA's new, free 'Earth-Now' iPhone app

March 19, 2012

NASA's New 'Earth-Now' App: Your World, Unplugged

A free, new iPhone app from NASA literally puts the whole world in the palm of your hands.

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These images, based on ones obtained by NASA's Cassini spacecraft

March 19, 2012

Cassini Sees Saturn Stressing out Enceladus

Direct observations linking the tidal pull of Saturn to jets on Enceladus are among highlights of NASA's Cassini mission discussed at the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference.

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Artist concept of Cassini spacecraft. Image credit: NASA/JPL

March 19, 2012

Cassini Plasma Spectrometer Resumes Operations

Cassini mission managers have received confirmation that the plasma spectrometer instrument was successfully turned on.

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GRACE - A Decade of Amazing Science

March 16, 2012

At 10, GRACE Continues Defying, and Defining, Gravity

A decade after launch, NASA's GRACE space twins continue their orbital waltz, producing amazing science.

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Artist's concept of NuSTAR in orbit.

March 16, 2012

Launch of NASA's NuSTAR Mission Postponed

The planned launch of NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) mission has been postponed after a March 15 launch status meeting.

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Quasar lenses imaged by the Hubble Space Telescope

March 15, 2012

Astronomers Find Cosmic Lenses with Feeding Black Holes

Observations from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope reveal several galaxies containing feeding black holes, called quasars, which are distorting the appearance of galaxies behind them.

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2011 FIRST Robotics competition

March 15, 2012

Student-designed Robots Take on March Madness

Sixty-six high school teams will take their robots to the courts this weekend to compete in the 21st season of the Los Angeles regional FIRST Robotics Competition.

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This is a mosaic of the images covering the entire sky as observed by the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE), part of its All-Sky Data Release

March 14, 2012

NASA Releases New WISE Mission Catalog of Entire Infrared Sky

NASA unveiled a new atlas and catalog of the entire infrared sky today showing more than a half billion stars, galaxies and other objects captured by the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) mission.

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Saturn

March 14, 2012

Cassini Garners Top Honor From Air and Space Museum

NASA's Cassini mission to Saturn, managed by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., has received the top group honor from the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum - the Trophy for Current Achievement. Representatives for Cassini will receive the trophy on March 21 at a black-tie dinner in Washington, D.C.

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Following the path of one of Jupiter's jet streams

March 12, 2012

Cassini Spies Wave Rattling Jet Stream on Jupiter

New movies of Jupiter are the first to catch an invisible wave shaking up one of the giant planet's jet streams, an interaction that also takes place in Earth's atmosphere.

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Portrait of Rhea

March 12, 2012

Cassini Captures New Images of Icy Moon

Saturn's moon Rhea appears in glorious detail in new images obtained by NASA's Cassini spacecraft

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Artist's concept of NuSTAR on orbit. NuSTAR has a 10-m (30') mast that deploys after launch to separate the optics modules (right) from the detectors in the focal plane (left).

March 12, 2012

NASA March 13 NuSTAR Media Briefing Postponed

The Tuesday, March 13, media briefing to discuss the upcoming launch of the Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) has been postponed.

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Artist's concept of NuSTAR on orbit. NuSTAR has a 10-m (30') mast that deploys after launch to separate the optics modules (right) from the detectors in the focal plane (left).

March 8, 2012

NASA to Hold Media Briefing About Upcoming NuSTAR Mission

NASA will hold a media briefing at 9 a.m. PDT (12 p.m. EDT) on Tuesday, March 13, to discuss the upcoming launch of an innovative X-ray telescope called NuSTAR.

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Roger Hunter (left) Kepler project manager, and Jim Fanson (middle)

March 8, 2012

NASA's Kepler Mission Wins Aviation Week Award

NASA's Kepler mission has been named the winner of the 2012 Aviation Week Laureate Award in the Space category.

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Artist's collage for Women's History Month

March 7, 2012

JPL Celebrates Women in Space Exploration

In honor of Women's History Month, JPL is hosting an event on March 8 to recognize the success of women in science and engineering.

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The Serpent Dust Devil of Mars

March 7, 2012

NASA Mars Orbiter Catches Twister in Action

A towering dust devil casts a serpentine shadow over the Martian surface in a new image from the high-resolution camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.

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A team of volunteers from the general public has pored over observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope

March 7, 2012

Citizen Scientists Reveal a Bubbly Milky Way

Volunteers are helping astronomers find star-blown bubbles throughout our Milky Way galaxy.

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Using a precision formation-flying technique, the twin GRAIL spacecraft will map the moon's gravity field, as depicted in this artist's rendering.

March 7, 2012

NASA's Twin GRAIL Spacecraft Begin Collecting Lunar Data

NASA's GRAIL twins have begun their science collection phase in lunar orbit.

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The winning high school team, Santa Monica High School with their coach, Ingo Gaida (far right).

March 6, 2012

Santa Monica High Tops Regional Ocean Sciences Bowl

For the second straight year, Santa Monica High School beat longtime rival Arcadia High School to retain its title of Regional Ocean Sciences Bowl champions.

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An Orbital Sciences technician completes final checks of NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array

March 2, 2012

Engineers Tuck NuSTAR in its Nose Cone

NuSTAR is being encapsulated in its rocket nose cone, or fairing, which will protect it during launch, scheduled for no earlier than March 21.

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Students who participated in NASA's National Community College and Aerospace Scholars program in 2011 planned simulated Mars rover missions.

March 2, 2012

Community College Scholars Selected to Design Rovers

Community college students team up with NASA for a chance to design robotic rovers through the National Community College Aerospace Scholars program.

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This view highlights tectonic faults and craters on Dione, an icy world that has undoubtedly experienced geologic activity since its formation.

March 2, 2012

Cassini Detects Hint of Fresh Air at Dione

NASA's Cassini spacecraft has "sniffed" molecular oxygen ions around Saturn's icy moon Dione, confirming the presence of a tenuous atmosphere.

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Bromine explosion on March 13, 2008 across the western Northwest Territories in Canada

March 1, 2012

NASA Finds Sea Ice Driving Arctic Air Pollutants

A NASA-led study finds Arctic sea ice loss may be intensifying release of bromine into the atmosphere, depleting ground-level ozone and depositing toxic mercury in the Arctic.

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Tenth Anniversary Image from Camera on NASA Mars Orbiter

February 29, 2012

Camera on NASA Mars Odyssey Tops Decade of Discovery

NASA's Mars Odyssey, the longest-working spacecraft ever sent to Mars, has now been sending home images for 10 years.

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Orion nebula

February 29, 2012

Young Stars Flicker Amidst Clouds of Gas and Dust

Astronomers have spotted young stars in the Orion nebula changing right before their eyes, thanks to the European Space Agency's Herschel Space Observatory and NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.

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The orbit of asteroid 2011 AG5 carries it beyond the orbit of Mars and as close to the sun as halfway between Earth and Venus.

February 28, 2012

Asteroid 2011 AG5 - A Reality Check

Asteroid 2011 AG5 has been receiving a lot of attention lately because of a very unlikely scenario which would place it on an Earth-interception course 28 years from now.

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Artist rendition of the proposed InSight (Interior exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport) Lander.

February 28, 2012

Proposed Mars Mission Has New Name

Proposed Discovery mission concept by JPL to investigate the formation and evolution of terrestrial planets by studying the deep interior of Mars now has a new name, InSight.

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NASA's Next-Generation Satellite Laser Ranging system

February 23, 2012

NASA Pinning Down Where 'Here' is Better Than Ever

NASA is helping lead a global effort to upgrade systems used to determine a terrestrial reference frame for Earth and improve the accuracy of Earth observations from space.

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Snapshots of Titan's North Polar Cloud

February 23, 2012

The Many Moods of Titan

Recent data collected by NASA's Cassini spacecraft show a shifting, Earth-like environment at Saturn's moon Titan.

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Building a Buckyball Particle in Space

February 22, 2012

NASA's Spitzer Finds Solid Buckyballs in Space

Astronomers using data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope have, for the first time, discovered buckyballs in a solid form in space.

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This image of clouds over the southern Indian Ocean was acquired on July 23, 2007

February 21, 2012

NASA Satellite Finds Earth's Clouds are Getting Lower

A new university study using data from NASA's Terra spacecraft finds Earth's clouds got about one percent lower on average during the first decade of the 2000s.

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Artist's concept of NuSTAR on orbit. NuSTAR has a 10-m (30') mast that deploys after launch to separate the optics modules (right) from the detectors in the focal plane (left).

February 17, 2012

NuSTAR Mated to its Rocket

Mating of NASA's NuSTAR observatory to its Pegasus rocket is underway.

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Global map of forest height produced from NASA's ICESAT/GLAS, MODIS and TRMM sensors.

February 17, 2012

NASA Map Sees Earth's Trees in a New Light

A NASA-led science team has created an accurate, high-resolution map of the height of Earth's forests.

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A large, miles-long crack was plainly  visible across the ice shelf on the Pine Island Glacier

February 14, 2012

NASA Aircraft to Trek Globe in 2012 for Earth Studies

With missions scheduled throughout the year, 2012 is shaping up to be an extraordinary time for NASA's Airborne Science Program and JPL Earth system science research.

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CubeSat Artist Rendering and NASA's M-Cubed/COVE

February 14, 2012

JPL and Caltech CubeSat Proposals Move Forward

NASA selects 33 small satellites - including two from JPL in partnership with Caltech - to fly as auxiliary payloads aboard rockets planned to launch in 2013 and 2014.

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NASA Engineers and Technicians transporting the SCAN Testbed

February 13, 2012

Advanced Communications Testbed for Space Station

An orbiting laboratory will soon provide new and improved ways for future space travelers to communicate.

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All-sky image of molecular gas and three molecular cloud complexes seen by Planck

February 13, 2012

Planck All-Sky Images Show Cold Gas and Strange Haze

New images from the Planck mission show previously undiscovered islands of star formation and a mysterious haze of microwave emissions in our Milky Way galaxy.

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This five-foot-high (1.5-meter-high) surface rupture, called a scarp, formed in just seconds along the Borrego fault during the magnitude 7.2

February 9, 2012

3-D Map Study Shows Before-After of 2010 Mexico Quake

A new partially NASA-supported study of the April 2010 major quake near the California-Mexico border gives the most comprehensive before-and-after picture yet of a quake zone.

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This artist concept features NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover

February 9, 2012

Spacecraft Computer Issue Resolved

Engineers have found the root cause of a computer reset that occurred two months ago on NASA's Mars Science Laboratory and have determined how to correct it.

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Spirit Lander and Bonneville Crater in Color

February 8, 2012

New Views Show Old NASA Mars Landers

New color images from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter show the agency's 2008 Phoenix Mars Lander and the lander that carried its rover Spirit to Mars in 2004.

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NASA's GRACE Takes Stock of Earth's Melting Land Ice

February 8, 2012

NASA Mission Takes Stock of Earth's Melting Land Ice

A new comprehensive University of Colorado-led study used gravity data from NASA's Grace mission to calculate how much Earth's melting land ice is adding to global sea level.

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The Galaxy Evolution Explorer was launched on April 28, 2003.

February 7, 2012

NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer in Standby Mode

NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer was placed in standby mode today as engineers prepare to end mission operations, nearly nine years after the telescope's launch.

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NASA's Mars rover Curiosity with an inset of an instrument located at the end of it's robotic arm.

February 7, 2012

Mars-Bound NASA Rover Carries Coin for Camera Checkup

At least one object in photos NASA's Curiosity rover will transmit from Mars later this year will look familiar to all Americans: a Lincoln penny sent as a camera reference.

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NASA's Juno spacecraft passes in front of Jupiter in this artist's depiction.

February 2, 2012

NASA's Juno Spacecraft Refines its Path to Jupiter

NASA's solar-powered Juno spacecraft successfully refined its flight path Wednesday with the mission's first trajectory correction maneuver.

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South pole of the far side of the moon as seen from the GRAIL mission's Ebb spacecraft.

February 1, 2012

NASA Mission Returns First Video From Moon's Far Side

A camera aboard one of NASA's twin Gravity Recovery And Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) lunar spacecraft has returned its first unique view of the far side of the moon.

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High-Tech  Conference for Small Business

January 30, 2012

JPL to Host High-Tech Small Business Conference

JPL will host the 24th annual High-Tech Conference for Small Business on Tuesday, March 6, and Wednesday, March 7, at the Westin Los Angeles Airport Hotel.

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Scientist Graeme Stephens at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory is also an artist. This work is entitled 'Cumuls Congestus'

January 27, 2012

NASA Study Solves Case of Earth's 'Missing Energy'

Inconsistencies between satellite observations of Earth's heat and measurements of ocean heating led NASA scientists to reexamine the data to solve the puzzle.

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Mars Science Laboratory Spacecraft During Cruise, Artist's Concept

January 27, 2012

Mars-Bound Instrument Detects Solar Burst's Effects

This week's solar storm is giving a NASA Mars-bound spacecraft a chance to gauge how such events would affect radiation exposure of future astronauts flying to Mars.

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NASA's NuSTAR spacecraft, enclosed in an environmentally controlled shipping container, is delivered by tractor-trailer to processing facility 1555 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

January 27, 2012

NuSTAR Spacecraft Arrives in California

NASA's NuSTAR mission has arrived at Vandenberg Air Force Base in central California, where it will be mated to its Pegasus rocket.

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This artist's concept shows an overhead view of the orbital position of the planets in systems with multiple transiting planets discovered by NASA's Kepler mission.

January 26, 2012

NASA's Kepler Announces 11 New Planetary Systems

NASA's Kepler mission has discovered 11 new planetary systems with a combined total of 26 planets. The mission has discovered more than 60 planets and thousands of candidates.

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Sand dunes trapped in an impact crater in Noachis Terra on Mars

January 25, 2012

Photo from NASA Mars Orbiter Shows Wind's Handiwork

Martian dunes and sand ripples of mixed shapes and sizes form a striking pattern in a recent image from the high-resolution camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.

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The south pole of the giant asteroid Vesta

January 25, 2012

Vesta Likely Cold and Dark Enough for Ice

Roughly half of the giant asteroid Vesta is expected to be so cold, with so little sunlight, that water ice could have survived there for billions of years.

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NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, mission is seen here being lowered into its shipping container at Orbital Sciences Corporation in Dulles, Va.

January 25, 2012

NASA's NuSTAR Ships to Vandenberg for March 14 Launch

NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, has been shipped to Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., to be mated to its Pegasus launch vehicle.

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Opportunity's Eighth Anniversary View From 'Greeley Haven'

January 24, 2012

Durable NASA Rover Beginning Ninth Year of Mars Work

On the eighth anniversary of starting to explore Mars, NASA's rover Opportunity remains busy with new investigations.

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Data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft show that the sizes and patterns of dunes on Saturn's moon Titan vary as a function of altitude and latitude.

January 23, 2012

Cassini Sees the Two Faces of Titan's Dunes

A new analysis of radar data reveals patterns tied to altitude and latitude.

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The latest image of sea surface heights in the Pacific Ocean from  NASA's Jason-2 satellite

January 18, 2012

NASA Sees Repeating La Niña Hitting its Peak

La Niña is peaking, increasing the odds of more stormy winter and spring weather in the Pacific Northwest, with dry conditions in the southwestern and southern United States.

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This Herschel image of the Eagle nebula shows the self-emission of the intensely cold nebula's gas and dust as never seen before.

January 18, 2012

Revisiting the 'Pillars of Creation'

The famous "Pillars of Creation" are seen in a new light by the Herschel Space Observatory.

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Artist's concept of NASA's Voyager spacecraft.

January 17, 2012

Voyager Instrument Cooling After Heater Turned off

The heater shut-off is a step in the careful management of diminishing electrical power.

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This is an artist's concept of the Planck spacecraft.

January 17, 2012

Planck Telescope Warms up as Planned

One of Planck's two instruments has warmed up as expected, completing its survey of the early universe.

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Using a precision formation-flying technique, the twin GRAIL spacecraft will map the moon's gravity field, as depicted in this artist's rendering.

January 17, 2012

Montana Students Pick Winning Names for Moon Craft

Twin NASA spacecraft that achieved orbit around the moon New Year's Eve and New Year's Day have new names, thanks to elementary students in Bozeman, Mont.

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NASA's DC-8 airborne science laboratory soars over the Pinnacles near Mount Whitney, Calif., during a checkout flight in the  winter of 1998.

January 12, 2012

JPL Radar Treks to Great White North to Study Snow

Measuring snow from space - it's a challenge NASA's Global Precipitation Measurement mission will tackle.

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Artist concept of Cassini spacecraft. Image credit: NASA/JPL

January 12, 2012

Cassini Testing Part of Its Radio System

The spacecraft has been communicating with Earth using an auxiliary oscillator.

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Artist concept of GRAIL mission.

January 12, 2012

NASA and Students to Announce Names for Moon Probes

NASA will host a news conference at 10 a.m. PST (1 p.m. EST), on Jan. 17, to announce the names selected from a nationwide student contest for the twin GRAIL spacecraft.

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Artist's concept illustrations show (left) the Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft during its voyage from Earth to Mars and (right)

January 11, 2012

Spacecraft Completes Biggest Maneuver

NASA's Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft successfully refined its flight path Wednesday with the biggest maneuver planned for the mission's journey between Earth and Mars.

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This artist's illustration gives an impression of how common planets are  around the stars in the Milky Way galaxy.

January 11, 2012

Study Shows Our Galaxy Has at Least 100 Billion Planets

Our Milky Way galaxy contains, on average, a minimum of one planet for every star, according to a new statistical study.

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Artist's concept depicts an itsy bitsy planetary system

January 11, 2012

NASA's Kepler Mission Finds Three Smallest Exoplanets

Astronomers using data from NASA's Kepler mission have discovered the three smallest planets yet detected orbiting a star beyond our sun.

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This enormous section of the Milky Way galaxy is a mosaic of images from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE.

January 10, 2012

Stars Pop Onto the Scene in New WISE Image

A new, large mosaic from NASA's Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) showcases a vast stretch of cosmic clouds bubbling with new star birth.

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A bubbling cauldron of star birth is highlighted in this new image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.

January 10, 2012

Before They Were Stars: New Image Shows Space Nursery

The stars we see today weren't always as serene as they appear, floating alone in the dark of night.

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Dusty Space Cloud

January 10, 2012

Herschel and Spitzer See Nearby Galaxies' Stardust

The cold dust that builds blazing stars is revealed in new images that combine observations from the Herschel Space Observatory and NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.

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Color-enhanced UAVSAR interferogram images of Hawaii's Kilauea volcano

January 9, 2012

NASA Radar to Study Hawaii's Most Active Volcano

A JPL-developed airborne radar has returned to the home of Pele, the Hawaiian volcano goddess, to continue a study of one of Earth's most active volcanoes.

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Mars Science Laboratory Spacecraft During Cruise, Artist's Concept

January 6, 2012

Mars Science Lab Maneuver Begins

NASA's Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft has begun firing thruster engines for the first and largest flight-path adjustment of the trip from Earth to Mars.

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Approaching 'Greeley Haven' on Endeavour Rim

January 5, 2012

'Greeley Haven' is Winter Workplace for Mars Rover

Researchers plan to keep NASA's Opportunity rover busy through Martian winter at a sun-facing site, "Greeley Haven," where a study of the planet's core has begun.

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Increasing freshwater on the U.S. and Canadian side of the Arctic from 2005 to 2008 is balanced by decreasing freshwater on the Russian side, so that on average the Arctic did not have more freshwater

January 4, 2012

NASA Finds Russian Runoff Freshening Canadian Arctic

A NASA study allays concerns melting Arctic sea ice could be increasing Arctic freshwater enough to impact the global 'ocean conveyor belt' that redistributes Earth's heat.

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Artist concept of GRAIL-B

January 1, 2012

NASA's Twin Grail Spacecraft Reunite in Lunar Orbit

The second of NASA's two Gravity Recovery And Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) spacecraft has successfully completed its planned main engine burn and is now in lunar orbit.

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