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Mars Rover Curiosity Records Phobos Eclipse Mars Rover Curiosity Records Phobos Eclipse

For over one month now, Mars rover Curiosity has been cruising along the surface of Mars on its way to a Martian mountain named Mount Sharp. The rover’s journey will take several months, and it has been setting driving records …

Saturn’s Moon Titan May Have Solid Ice Shell Saturn’s Moon Titan May Have Solid Ice Shell

Saturn’s Moon Titan has consistently been one of the most fascinating objects in our solar system. In just the past two years, astronomers have found large bodies of water on the moon, seen the satellite’s weather form a seasonal vortex, …

NASA Continues To Test That 3D Printed Rocket Injector NASA Continues To Test That 3D Printed Rocket Injector

Earlier this month, NASA impressed the lot of us with a test firing of a 3D printed rocket injector. The test went swimmingly and compelled the agency to take it up a notch in future tests. NASA’s latest test saw …

Mars Rover Curiosity Still Cruising Along Mars Rover Curiosity Still Cruising Along
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Not much has been seen about Mars rover Curiosity since the rover’s one-year anniversary (Earth year, that is) was celebrated by NASA early this month. That could be because Curiosity is currently cruising along on a months long journey across …

Spitzer Telescope Now a Decade Old Spitzer Telescope Now a Decade Old

Sunday marks the ten-year anniversary of the launch of NASA‘s Spitzer Space Telescope. NASA today commemorated the milestone by taking a look back at all the discoveries Spitzer has been integral in this past decade. “I always knew Spitzer would …

NASA Reactivates WISE in Search For Deadly Asteroids NASA Reactivates WISE in Search For Deadly Asteroids
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NASA‘s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) space telescope ran out of coolant in the fall of 2010. Though the telescope was used for a few more months (the NEOWISE mission), it was officially retired from service in February 2011. Now, …

Voyager Spacecraft Actually Has Left the Solar System, Argues New Study Voyager Spacecraft Actually Has Left the Solar System, Argues New Study

For over six months now, scientists have holding their breath, waiting for confirmation that the Voyager 1 spacecraft has left the solar system. In December 2012 NASA announced that the probe had entered a new region of space they dubbed …

Kepler Space Telescope Broken, NASA Gives Up on Restoration Kepler Space Telescope Broken, NASA Gives Up on Restoration

Sometimes the best physicists, engineers, and mathematicians in the world can’t save a failing satellite. NASA announced today that it has given up attempts to restore the malfunctioning Kepler Space Telescope. One of the Kepler’s four reaction wheels failed back …

NASA Reveals Its Zero Gravity 3D Printer NASA Reveals Its Zero Gravity 3D Printer
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It’s no secret that NASA wants to take 3D printers into space. The technology would be immensely useful to the men and women on the International Space Station as they would be able to quickly repair components with plastic replacements. …

NASA’s Juno Hits Halfway Point on Journey to Jupiter NASA’s Juno Hits Halfway Point on Journey to Jupiter

Just over two years ago, NASA launched the Juno spacecraft on a mission to Jupiter. The probe’s journey to our solar system’s largest planet will take almost five years, and NASA today announced that the spacecraft has officially hit the …

Smallest Planet Yet Spotted Around Sun-Like Star Smallest Planet Yet Spotted Around Sun-Like Star
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Astronomers this week announced they have directly imaged the smallest planet yet found around a sun-like star. The planet, GJ 504b, is about four times the mass of Jupiter. It orbits its star at around 43 times the distance from …

NASA Made A Working 3D Printed Rocket Injector NASA Made A Working 3D Printed Rocket Injector
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NASA has a vested interest in 3D printing. It’s already investigating food-based 3D printers, and the idea of building satellites in space with the technology. Now it’s working on 3D printed rocket parts. Over the summer, NASA has been testing …

Curiosity Rover Sings Itself the Loneliest Happy Birthday in History Curiosity Rover Sings Itself the Loneliest Happy Birthday in History

This week, NASA celebrated the one year anniversary of the Mars Curiosity Rover’s landing on the planet. And they did it with a song, played in an alien land, heard by no one. Or was it? To celebrate one year …

NASA Celebrates Curiosity’s One Year Anniversary NASA Celebrates Curiosity’s One Year Anniversary
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NASA today celebrated the one year (Earth year) anniversary of Mars rover Curiosity’s landing on Mars. The rover’s landing was a technical feat for the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) team at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), who celebrated with plenty …

NASA Mars Mission Being Prepped For Launch NASA Mars Mission Being Prepped For Launch

As NASA‘s Mars rover Curiosity celebrates its first year (Earth year) on Mars, the agency is now looking toward the future of Mars exploration. NASA today announced that its Mars Atmosphere and Volatiles Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft has now arrived at …

Mars Rover Curiosity Rolls Toward Its First Anniversary Mars Rover Curiosity Rolls Toward Its First Anniversary

On August 6, 2012, Mars rover Curiosity landed on the red planet, in a site called Gale Crater. The event was cause for immediate celebration for those who had worked for years to send the rover to Mars, but researchers …

Mars Rover Curiosity’s First Year in First-Person Mars Rover Curiosity’s First Year in First-Person

Next week will mark the one-year (Earth year) anniversary of Mars rover Curiosity’s Mars landing. The rover has performed admirably, and all of its instruments have been successfully tested on the surface of the red planet. It has also, in …

NASA Reviews Asteroid Capture Mission Ideas NASA Reviews Asteroid Capture Mission Ideas

Back in June, NASA issued a “Grand Challenge” to catalogue all of the near-Earth asteroids that could potentially threaten life on the planet. As part of the initiative, NASA began soliciting ideas on how to locate, redirect, and explore these …

NASA Names Ellen Stofan New Chief Scientist NASA Names Ellen Stofan New Chief Scientist

NASA today announced that Ellen Stofan will be NASA’s next chief scientist. Starting August 25, Stofan will be NASA Administrator Charles Bolden’s “principal advisor” on NASA science programs and “science-related strategic planning and investments.” Stofan is a geologist who has …

Most “Centaurs” Are Comets, Say Astronomers Most “Centaurs” Are Comets, Say Astronomers

For years, the small objects orbiting the Sun between Jupiter and Neptune have remained a mystery to astronomers. Dubbed “centaurs,” researchers were unsure what exactly the objects were. Now, new observations using NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) have determined …

Mars Rover Curiosity Sets One-Day Driving Record Mars Rover Curiosity Sets One-Day Driving Record
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Mars rover Curiosity is currently on a months-long journey to a Martian mountain named Mount Sharp. The rover has shifted into a distance driving mode and is now roving further than ever along its planned five-mile journey. This week, NASA …