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NASA Spots Comet Breaking Up in the Inner-Solar System NASA Spots Comet Breaking Up in the Inner-Solar System

Astronomers following the progress of the Hergenrother comet through the inner-solar system are now reporting that the comet is breaking up. Over the past few weeks the comet has been generating “outbursts” of dusty material, and now the object’s nucleus …

Mars Rover Curiosity Reveals Loss of Mars’ Atmosphere Mars Rover Curiosity Reveals Loss of Mars’ Atmosphere

NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity is now helping scientists understand how much of its original atmosphere the red planet may have lost. The data could help researchers predict whether Mars was ever habitable. Using its on-board Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) …

Asteroid Belts Could Determine Earth-Like Potential, Study Suggests Asteroid Belts Could Determine Earth-Like Potential, Study Suggests

A new study shows that planets like Earth could be rare if they depend on asteroid belts of a specific mass range. Researchers suggested that the size and location of a solar system’s asteroid belt could determine whether complex life …

Saturn’s Titan Caught “Glowing in the Dark” by NASA’s Cassini Saturn’s Titan Caught “Glowing in the Dark” by NASA’s Cassini

NASA this week announced that it has photographed Saturn’s moon Titan “glowing in the dark.” The images were taken by the Cassini spacecraft while Titan was behind Saturn, in eclipse from the sun. They show a visible glow emanating from …

Angry Birds and NASA Detail Mars Rover Curiosity’s Mission Angry Birds and NASA Detail Mars Rover Curiosity’s Mission

Anyone who has played Angry Birds Space knows that the game contains a satellite that links to a NASA mobile web page that educates kids on the effects of microgravity and that Angry Birds celebrated the landing of NASA’s Curiosity …

NASA’s Dawn Discovers ‘Young’ Surface on Asteroid NASA’s Dawn Discovers ‘Young’ Surface on Asteroid
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NASA announced today that data from its Dawn probe show the giant asteroid Vesta is constantly “stirring” its surface, presenting a “young” appearance. The type of weathering that occurs on airless bodies, such as the moon, does not alter Vesta’s …

Mars Rover Curiosity’s First Mineralogy Analysis Shows Basaltic-Like Soil Mars Rover Curiosity’s First Mineralogy Analysis Shows Basaltic-Like Soil
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NASA today announced the results of Mars rover Curiosity’s initial analysis of the soil it has been scooping now for weeks. The results show that the Martian soil around the “Rocknest” area resembles weathered basaltic soils of volcanic origin in …

Mars Rover Curiosity Still Scooping Away Mars Rover Curiosity Still Scooping Away
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Mars rover Curiosity continued to sample soil at the dusty “Rocknest” location on Mars this week. The rover has been stationed at the site for nearly one Earth month. The rover this week used its Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) …

NASA Develops a 3-D Imaging Radar For Oil Spills NASA Develops a 3-D Imaging Radar For Oil Spills

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) researchers have developed a method of using a specialized 3-D imaging radar to “characterize” the oil in oil spills. This represents the first time it has been demonstrated that such a radar system can be …

NASA Tracks Saturn’s Atmosphere Following “Massive” Storm NASA Tracks Saturn’s Atmosphere Following “Massive” Storm
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NASA today announced that the aftermath of a rare massive storm on Saturn has caused “record-setting disturbances” in the planet’s upper atmosphere. The disturbances are now coming long after visible signs of the storm, which were first detected in December …

NASA May Have Found the Source of the Sky’s Mysterious Infrared Glow NASA May Have Found the Source of the Sky’s Mysterious Infrared Glow
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NASA today announced that the mystery of the blotchy pattern of infrared light seen across the entire sky may finally be solved. According to a new study published in the journal Nature, the light comes from isolated stars that lie …

NASA Spots Milky Way Black Hole “Flare-Up” NASA Spots Milky Way Black Hole “Flare-Up”
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NASA’s Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) has taken its first images of the giant black hole at the center of our galaxy and caught it in the middle of a “flare-up.” “We got lucky to have captured an outburst from …

Mars Rover Curiosity Takes a Fourth Scoop Mars Rover Curiosity Takes a Fourth Scoop
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NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity took its fourth scoop of Martian soil over the weekend and yesterday was issued commands to place a bit of the sample into the rover’s Chemistry and Mineralogy (CheMin) instrument. Another sieved portion of the scoop …

Mars Rover Curiosity’s Third Scoop Being Analyzed Mars Rover Curiosity’s Third Scoop Being Analyzed
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Earlier this week, NASA announced that Mars rover Curiosity had taken its third scoop of Martian soil. Based on a previously announced plan, the third scoop was to be the first sample analyzed by Curiosity’s on-board equipment. Today NASA announced …

Jupiter’s Atmosphere is Seeing Big Changes Jupiter’s Atmosphere is Seeing Big Changes
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The results of a paper on Jupiter’s atmosphere were released by NASA today, and it appears that big changes are happening for the solar system’s biggest planet. Among the roiling clouds covering Jupiter, belts of the atmosphere are changing color, …

Cassini Finds “Hot Cross Bun” on Titan, Celebrates Its Birthday Cassini Finds “Hot Cross Bun” on Titan, Celebrates Its Birthday

NASA‘s Cassini-Huygens spacecraft celebrated its 15th birthday yesterday and it’s still sending back results from Saturn. The Cassini spacecraft was launched on October 15, 1997 and has logged more than 3.8 billion miles of space travel in the time since. …

Four-Star Planet Discovered by Planet Hunter Volunteers Four-Star Planet Discovered by Planet Hunter Volunteers

Volunteers for the Planet Hunter project have discovered a planet that is part of a four-star system. The planet, named PH1, orbits a pair of stars that is itself orbited by a more distant pair of stars. The Planet Hunter …

Mars Rover Curiosity Takes a Third Scoop of Martian Soil Mars Rover Curiosity Takes a Third Scoop of Martian Soil

NASA has announced that Mars rover Curiosity will take its third scoop of Martian soil sometime today. While this may be the third scoop for the rover, it’s the first one that will be placed into its on-board equipment for …

Jovian Trojan Asteroids’ Secrets Uncovered by NASA’s WISE Jovian Trojan Asteroids’ Secrets Uncovered by NASA’s WISE
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NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) may have been decommissioned last year, but the data it has provided is continuing to reveal clues about our solar system. NASA today announced that researchers using data from WISE have discovered a bit …

Mars Rover Curiosity Finds Surprises on Mars Mars Rover Curiosity Finds Surprises on Mars
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Just after the Mars rover Curiosity completed its first scoop of Martian soil, project leaders halted the testing process when a small piece of unknown junk was found in one of the pictures. It turns out the refuse is harmless, …

SpaceX Dragon Capsule Docks With the International Space Station SpaceX Dragon Capsule Docks With the International Space Station

The Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) Dragon spacecraft successfully docked with the International Space Station (ISS) this morning. The docking represents another as-planned step in what is NASA’s first privatized cargo and resupply mission under its Commercial Resupply Services contract, after …