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Water on Mars Left With Atmosphere, Shows Rover Water on Mars Left With Atmosphere, Shows Rover
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It’s been nearly one year since Mars rover Curiosity landed on Mars in August 2012. During that year, the rover has analyzed soil, drilled rock samples to determine whether conditions on Mars could have ever been conducive to life. Now, …

Comet ISON Could Put On a Great Light Show Comet ISON Could Put On a Great Light Show

In November of 2013, the universe is throwing a “dirty snowball” right within sight of our Earth. And it could end up being a spectacular sight. Comet ISON, named after the International Scientific Optical Network, a Russian program that discovered …

Mars Rover Curiosity Hits a 1 Kilometer Milestone Mars Rover Curiosity Hits a 1 Kilometer Milestone

Last week, NASA revealed that Mars rover Curiosity has traveled more than 325 feet (99 meters) along its 5-mile (8 kilometer) trek to the base of a Martian mountain named Mount Sharp. This week the agency announced that the rover’s …

Spacewalk Cut Short by Wardrobe Malfunction Spacewalk Cut Short by Wardrobe Malfunction

Early this morning, European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Luca Parmitano and NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy exited the International Space Station to conduct assembly and maintenance on the spacecraft. The spacewalk was scheduled to last around 6.5 hours and was being …

Neptune’s 14th Moon Was Discovered on July 1st Neptune’s 14th Moon Was Discovered on July 1st

Neptune is the 8th planet from the sun at nearly 2.8 million miles, or 30 times as far away as earth, and makes a rotation around the sun every 165 years. It was the first planet to be located through …

New Neptune Moon Found by Hubble Space Telescope New Neptune Moon Found by Hubble Space Telescope
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NASA this week revealed that a new moon has been spotted orbiting the furthest planet from the sun, Neptune. The moon, the 14th known to be orbiting Neptune, has been labeled S/2004 N 1. The small rock is the smallest …

Mars Rover Curiosity Drives 135 More Feet Mars Rover Curiosity Drives 135 More Feet
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Last week, Mars rover Curiosity began a months-long journey to the base of a Martian mountain named Mount Sharp. This week, NASA revealed that the rover has driven 135 feet (41 meters) closer to its destination. Combined with the 59 …

Hubble Telescope Spots a Blue Planet Hubble Telescope Spots a Blue Planet

Astronomers have been finding and cataloging exoplanets for years now, but NASA this week announced that the Hubble Space Telescope has helped determined the color of a planet orbiting a star 63 light-years from our solar system. The planet, HD …

Solar System “Tail” Mapped by NASA’s IBEX Solar System “Tail” Mapped by NASA’s IBEX
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NASA today announced that its Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX) has mapped the structure of our solar system’s “tail.” The tail, called the heliotail, is shaped like a four-leaf clover, much like the tails seen around other nearby stars. “By examining …

NASA Previews 2020 Mars Rover Mission NASA Previews 2020 Mars Rover Mission
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NASA’s Mars 2020 Science Definition Team this week released its recommendations for a rover the agency plans to send to the red planet by 2020. The announcement of the 2020 rover mission came in December 2012. The team of 19 …

Mars Rover Curiosity Begins Months-Long Journey Mars Rover Curiosity Begins Months-Long Journey
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One month ago, Mars rover Curiosity began preparing for a 5-mile drive by shifting into a distance-driving mode. Today, NASA announced that the first small steps in that long journey have begun. The rover finished investigating an outcrop named “Shaler” …

Mars Rover Opportunity Crosses Botany Bay Mars Rover Opportunity Crosses Botany Bay

NASA today provided an update not on Mars rover Curiosity, but its elder rover Opportunity. The rover is part of the Mars Exploration Rover Project, which sent two rovers, Opportunity and Spirit, to Mars in 2004. Opportunity is the only …

NASA Shuts Down Galaxy Explorer Telescope NASA Shuts Down Galaxy Explorer Telescope

Just over ten years after its launch, NASA this afternoon decommissioned its Galaxy Evolution Explorer spacecraft. The satellite will no longer be used for science missions, but will remain in orbit for 65 years before burning up in Earth’s atmosphere. …

NASA Launches IRIS to Study Sun’s Atmosphere NASA Launches IRIS to Study Sun’s Atmosphere

After being delayed for one day over a power outage at Vandenberg Air Force Base, NASA‘s Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) spacecraft was successfully launched on Thursday evening. The satellite will help researchers on Earth study the sun‘s lower atmosphere. …

Voyager 1 Still Not Quite Out of the Solar System Voyager 1 Still Not Quite Out of the Solar System

Back in December, NASA announced that the Voyager 1 probe had entered a new region at the edge of our solar system. The region was described as a “magnetic highway,” where charged particles can pass into and out of interstellar …

NASA Ion Engine Completes 48K Hours of Successful Testing NASA Ion Engine Completes 48K Hours of Successful Testing

NASA this week announced that its advanced ion propulsion has completed 48,000 hours (five and a half years) of successful testing. This makes it the longest-tested space propulsion system in NASA history. The NASA Evolutionary Xenon Thruster (NEXT) Project has …

NASA Has Now Found 10,000 Near-Earth Objects NASA Has Now Found 10,000 Near-Earth Objects

NASA this week announced that it has now discovered more than 10,000 near-Earth objects – asteroids that could pass close to Earth in the future. The agency also bragged that 98% of all near-Earth objects have been uncovered by NASA …

The ‘Supermoon’ Explained by NASA The ‘Supermoon’ Explained by NASA

This weekend’s full moon sparked curiosity and plenty of social media speculation. The “supermoon,” as it’s dubbed, appeared as a larger full moon, pleasing amateur astronomers and photographers alike. Though there are plenty of photos of the moon to be …

Cassini to Take Another Photo of Earth From Saturn Cassini to Take Another Photo of Earth From Saturn

One of the most famous images taken by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft is of Saturn as it eclipses the Sun. With the gas giant bathed in shadow, a tiny speck called Earth can be seen in the photo. This week, NASA …

Billion-Pixel Panorama of Mars Released by NASA Billion-Pixel Panorama of Mars Released by NASA

During its 10 months on the red planet, Mars rover Curiosity has taken hundreds of high-quality photographs of the Martian landscape. Now, NASA has released a photo of Mars sporting over 1 billion pixels. The panorama is pieced together from …

NASA Issues ‘Grand Challenge’ to Combat Killer Asteroids NASA Issues ‘Grand Challenge’ to Combat Killer Asteroids
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NASA and astronomers around the world have been tracking asteroids for decades now. Though asteroids seem to be constantly be giving the Earth a close miss, no ‘doomsday’ asteroids have yet been found. That doesn’t mean they aren’t out there, …