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First Asteroid Found Inside Orbit of Venus

2 days ago

A rare asteroid orbiting snugly within the inner confines of our solar system has been discovered by Caltech’s…
Dust ejected from stars such as the Egg Nebula could be the source of presolar silicon carbide grains (inset) found in meteorites. Image credit: NASA, JPL, STSci / Inset: Janaína N. Ávila
Meteorite contains the oldest material on Earth

4 days ago

Stars have life cycles. They’re born when bits of dust and gas floating through space find each other…
Holey Corona! Sun-grazing spacecraft pries solar secrets loose

December 19, 2019

In December 2019 physicists wowed the solar physics world with the first results from NASA’s Parker Solar Probe…
NASA’s Juno Navigators Enable Jupiter Cyclone Discovery

December 13, 2019

upiter’s south pole has a new cyclone. The discovery of the massive Jovian tempest occurred on Nov. 3,…
Revealing the Physics of the Sun with Parker Solar Probe

December 12, 2019

Nearly a year and a half into its mission, Parker Solar Probe has returned gigabytes of data on…
The Return to Venus and What It Means for Earth

December 12, 2019

Sue Smrekar really wants to go back to Venus. In her office at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in…
Two Rovers to Roll on Mars Again: Curiosity and Mars 2020

December 11, 2019

Curiosity won’t be NASA’s only active Mars rover for much longer. Next summer, Mars 2020 will be headed…
NASA’s OSIRIS-REx in the Midst of Site Selection

December 5, 2019

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission is just days away from selecting the site where the spacecraft will snag a sample…
This image shows the Vikram Lander impact point and associated debris field. Green dots indicate spacecraft debris (confirmed or likely). Blue dots locate disturbed soil, likely where small bits of the spacecraft churned up the regolith. "S" indicates debris identified by Shanmuga Subramanian. This portion of the Narrow Angle Camera mosaic was made from images M1328074531L/R and M1328081572L/R acquired Nov. 11. Credits: NASA/Goddard/Arizona State University.
Vikram Lander Found

December 3, 2019

The Chandrayaan 2 Vikram lander was targeted for a highland smooth plain about 600 kilometers from the south pole; unfortunately…
NASA to Present First Findings of Solar Mission in Media Teleconference

December 3, 2019

NASA will announce the first results from the Parker Solar Probe mission, the agency’s revolutionary mission to “touch” the Sun,…
The First Global Geologic Map of Titan Completed

November 20, 2019

The first map showing the global geology of Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, has been completed and fully reveals…
Far, Far Away in the Sky: New Horizons Kuiper Belt Flyby Object Officially Named ‘Arrokoth’

November 13, 2019

In a fitting tribute to the farthest flyby ever conducted by spacecraft, the Kuiper Belt object 2014 MU69…
NASA’s Mars 2020 Will Hunt for Microscopic Fossils

November 13, 2019

Scientists with NASA’s Mars 2020 rover have discovered what may be one of the best places to look…
Voyager 2 Illuminates Boundary of Interstellar Space

November 5, 2019

One year ago, on Nov. 5, 2018, NASA’s Voyager 2 became only the second spacecraft in history to…
New Dwarf Planet in the Solar System Revealed by ESO Telescope

October 29, 2019

As an object in the main asteroid belt, Hygiea satisfies right away three of the four requirements to…
Mars InSight’s Mole Has Partially Backed Out of Its Hole

October 29, 2019

After making progress over the past several weeks digging into the surface of Mars, InSight’s mole has backed…
NASA’s Lucy Mission Clears Critical Milestone

October 22, 2019

NASA’s Lucy mission successfully completed its Critical Design Review on Oct. 18. During this review, Lucy team members…
Orion Suit Equipped to Expect the Unexpected on Artemis Missions

October 16, 2019

When astronauts are hours away from launching on Artemis missions to the Moon, they’ll put on a brightly…
Pressure Runs High at Edge of Solar System

October 12, 2019

Out at the boundary of our solar system, pressure runs high. This pressure, the force plasma, magnetic fields…
Scientists chose basalt, because the surface of the Moon and Mars contains a lot of this kind of rock. Image credit: NASA via Wikimedia, Public Domain
Sun Science has a Bright Future on the Moon

October 4, 2019

here are many reasons NASA is pursuing the Artemis mission to land astronauts on the Moon by 2024: It’s a crucial…
New Organic Compounds Found in Enceladus Ice Grains

October 3, 2019

New kinds of organic compounds, the ingredients of amino acids, have been detected in the plumes bursting from…
NASA’s Juno Prepares to Jump Jupiter’s Shadow

October 2, 2019

Last night, NASA’s Juno mission to Jupiter successfully executed a 10.5-hour propulsive maneuver – extraordinarily long by mission…
NASA’s InSight ‘Hears’ Peculiar Sounds on Mars

October 2, 2019

Put an ear to the ground on Mars and you’ll be rewarded with a symphony of sounds. Granted,…
Get ready for more interstellar objects, Yale astronomers say

September 27, 2019

Gregory Laughlin and Malena Rice weren’t exactly surprised a few weeks ago when they learned that a second interstellar object had…
The Chandrayaan-2 lander, Vikram, attempted a landing Sept. 7 (Sept. 6 in the United States), on a small patch of lunar highland smooth plains between Simpelius N and Manzinus C craters. Vikram had a hard landing and the precise location of the spacecraft in the lunar highlands has yet to be determined. The scene above was captured from a Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) Quickmap fly-around of the targeted landing site image width is about 150 kilometers across the center. Credits: NASA/Goddard/Arizona State University
Obscured in the Lunar Highlands?

September 27, 2019

The lander, Vikram, was scheduled to touch down on Sept. 6 at 4:24 pm Eastern Daylight Time. This event…
Saturn’s Rings Shine in Hubble’s Latest Portrait

September 15, 2019

Saturn is so beautiful that astronomers cannot resist using the Hubble Space Telescope to take yearly snapshots of…
Comet C/2019 Q4 as imaged by the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope on Hawaii's Big Island on Sept. 10, 2019. Credits: Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope
Newly Discovered Comet Is Likely Interstellar Visitor

September 13, 2019

A newly discovered comet has excited the astronomical community this week because it appears to have originated from…
Two Asteroids to Safely Fly by Earth

September 13, 2019

Two relatively medium-sized asteroids will fly safely past Earth overnight Sept. 13-14 (Eastern U.S. time). NASA is tracking…
NASA Goddard Creates CGI Moon Kit as a Form of Visual Storytelling

September 7, 2019

A new NASA out-of-this-world animation allows humanity to experience their closest galactic neighbor as never before through an…
NASA Activates Deep Space Atomic Clock

August 27, 2019

An atomic clock that could pave the way for autonomous deep space travel was successfully activated last week…
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