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Revealing the Physics of the Sun with Parker Solar Probe

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Nearly a year and a half into its mission, Parker Solar Probe has returned gigabytes of data on…
Investigating water ice, space weathering on the Moon

November 13, 2019

When humans go back to the Moon — and NASA plans to return by 2024 — they’re going…
ICON’s mission to the ionosphere begins with beautiful fall launch

October 11, 2019

NASA launched the Ionospheric Connection, or ICON, mission, putting into orbit a satellite built largely at UC Berkeley’s…
NASA Selects Proposals to Advance Understanding of Space Weather

September 4, 2019

NASA has selected three proposals for concept studies of missions that could help us better understand the dynamic…
One Year, 2 Trips Around Sun for NASA’s Parker Solar Probe

August 13, 2019

Since NASA’s Parker Solar Probe launched on Aug. 12, 2018, Earth has made a single trip around the…
Analyzing gravity waves at the edge of space

July 30, 2019

NASA is funding the Atmospheric Waves Experiment (AWE) to analyze gravity (or “buoyancy”) waves in a region of…
NASA Scientists Find Sun’s History Buried in Moon’s Crust

June 18, 2019

The Sun is why we’re here. It’s also why Martians or Venusians are not. When the Sun was…
NASA Selects Mission to Study Space Weather from Space Station

February 26, 2019

NASA has selected a new mission that will help scientists understand and, ultimately, forecast the vast space weather…
In Solar System’s Symphony, Earth’s Magnetic Field Drops the Beat

February 13, 2019

Space isn’t silent. In fact, an entire orchestra of instruments fills our near-Earth environment with eerie sounds. Scientists…
Preparing for Discovery With NASA’s Parker Solar Probe

December 13, 2018

Weeks after Parker Solar Probe made the closest-ever approach to a star, the science data from the first…
Satellites to study space weather built by students

September 11, 2018

UCLA aims to be one of the few universities to ever complete such a sophisticated space science mission…
Parker Solar Probe and the Birth of the Solar Wind

July 31, 2018

This summer, humanity embarks on its first mission to touch the Sun: A spacecraft will be launched into…
NASA’s Fermi Traces Source of Cosmic Neutrino to Monster Black Hole

July 13, 2018

For the first time ever, scientists using NASA’s Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope have found the source of a…
Chandra Scouts Nearest Star System for Possible Hazards

June 8, 2018

In humanity’s search for life outside our Solar System, one of the best places scientists have considered is…
NASA Selects Mission to Study Solar Wind Boundary of Outer Solar System

June 2, 2018

NASA has selected a science mission planned for launch in 2024 that will sample, analyze, and map particles…
The Case of the Relativistic Particles Solved with NASA Missions

May 30, 2018

Encircling Earth are two enormous rings — called the Van Allen radiation belts — of highly energized ions…
3 NASA Satellites Recreate Solar Eruption in 3-D

March 10, 2018

The more solar observatories, the merrier: Scientists have developed new models to see how shocks associated with coronal…
Powerful Flare from Star Proxima Centauri Detected with ALMA

February 27, 2018

Puts habitability of nearby system into question Space weather emitted by Proxima Centauri, the star closest to our…
NASA’s SDO Reveals How Magnetic Cage on the Sun Stopped Solar Eruption

February 25, 2018

A dramatic magnetic power struggle at the Sun’s surface lies at the heart of solar eruptions, new research…
Pulsating Aurora Mysteries Uncovered with Help from NASA’s THEMIS Mission

February 21, 2018

Sometimes on a dark night near the poles, the sky pulses a diffuse glow of green, purple and…
Lagrange L5: Where no mission has gone before

February 5, 2018

Living near a star is risky business, and positioning a spacecraft near the Sun is a very good…
Above and Beyond: NASA’s Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission Surpasses Expectations Flying to New Heights in 2017

January 13, 2018

In the cold vacuum of space, four satellites travel through the darkness, cruising around Earth at speeds up…
Two Heads Are Better than One: ICON & GOLD Teaming Up To Explore Earth’s Interface to Space

January 6, 2018

Like Earth, space has weather. Except instead of swirling winds and downpours of precipitation, space weather is defined…
Spanning Disciplines in the Search for Life Beyond Earth

December 14, 2017

The search for life beyond Earth is riding a surge of creativity and innovation. Following a gold rush…
NASA Detects Solar Flare Pulses at Sun and Earth

November 18, 2017

When our Sun erupts with giant explosions — such as bursts of radiation called solar flares — we…
Taking a Spin on Plasma Space Tornadoes with NASA Observations

November 17, 2017

Interplanetary space is hardly tranquil. High-energy charged particles from the Sun, as well as from beyond our solar…
September 2017’s Intense Solar Activity Viewed From Space

October 29, 2017

September 2017 saw a spate of solar activity, with the Sun emitting 27 M-class and four X-class flares…
Solar Eruptions Could Electrify Martian Moons

October 19, 2017

Powerful solar eruptions could electrically charge areas of the Martian moon Phobos to hundreds of volts, presenting a…
NASA’s Van Allen Probes Survive Extreme Radiation Five Years On

September 2, 2017

Most satellites, not designed to withstand high levels of particle radiation, wouldn’t last a day in the Van…
ESA’s Proba-3 will create artificial solar eclipses

August 18, 2017

Astrophysicists are joining sightseers in watching Monday’s total solar eclipse across North America but, in the decade to…
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