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09/22/2017 01:09 PM
NASA Tech Aids Search Following Mexico Quake

An emergency responder in Mexico City carries an orange case holding a radar instrument called FINDER.

Disaster relief workers in Mexico City who are responding to a 7.1-magnitude earthquake used a suitcase-sized radar instrument than can detect human heartbeats under rubble.

09/22/2017 01:09 PM
Legacy of Herschel Space Observatory

This view of the Cygnus-X star-formation region by Herschel highlights chaotic networks of dust and gas that point to sites of massive star formation.

To celebrate the legacy of ESA's Herschel Space Observatory, which had significant NASA contributions, the European Space Agency (ESA) has designated this week as Herschel Week, highlighting some of the mission's accomplishments.

09/22/2017 01:09 PM
What Looks Good on Paper May Look Good In Space

Some examples of origami designs at JPL. Engineers are exploring this ancient art form to create folding spacecraft.

Origami has taken on new shape at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

09/21/2017 01:09 PM
NASA-Produced Damage Maps May Aid Mexico Quake Response

NASA/JPL-Caltech-produced map of damage in and around Mexico City from the Sept. 19, 2017.

A new NASA-produced map of areas likely damaged by the Sept. 19 magnitude 7.1 Raboso earthquake near Mexico City may help responders and groups supporting response efforts.

09/19/2017 01:09 PM
Wind, Warm Water Revved Up Melting Antarctic Glaciers

A rock outcropping on Fleming Glacier.

The flow speeds of Antarctica's fastest-accelerating glaciers in 2008-2014 likely increased because of warm water blown into their bay by La NiƱa and another climate pattern.

09/15/2017 01:09 PM
NASA's Cassini Spacecraft Ends Its Historic Exploration of Saturn

Celebration in the mission control room

NASA's Cassini spacecraft made a fateful plunge into the atmosphere of Saturn, ending its 13-year tour of the ringed planet.

09/14/2017 01:09 PM
GRACE Mission Making Plans for Final Science Data Collection

Illustration of the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) twin satellites in orbit.

With one of its twin satellites almost out of fuel after 15 years measuring Earth's gravity field, the U.S./German GRACE mission is making plans for a final science collection.

09/13/2017 01:09 PM
NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover Climbing Toward Ridge Top

Martian Ridge Looming Above Curiosity Prior to Ascent

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has begun the steep ascent of an iron-oxide-bearing ridge that's grabbed scientists' attention since before the car-sized rover's 2012 landing.

09/13/2017 01:09 PM
Cassini Spacecraft Makes Its Final Approach to Saturn

Saturn and Enceladus

Cassini has begun transmitting data -- including the final images taken by its imaging cameras -- in advance of its final plunge into Saturn on Sept. 15.

09/11/2017 01:09 PM
Cassini Makes its 'Goodbye Kiss' Flyby of Titan

Cassini made its final, distant flyby of Saturn's moon Titan on Sept. 11, which set the spacecraft on its final dive toward the planet.

NASA's Cassini spacecraft is headed toward its Sept. 15 plunge into Saturn, following a final, distant flyby of the planet's giant moon Titan.

09/07/2017 01:09 PM
After Cassini: Pondering the Saturn Mission's Legacy

Cassini's discoveries are feeding forward into future exploration of the solar system.

As the Cassini spacecraft nears the end of a long journey rich with scientific and technical accomplishments, it is already having a powerful influence on future exploration.

09/07/2017 01:09 PM
NASA/UCI Find Evidence of Sea Level 'Fingerprints'

Sea level rise fingerprints calculated from observations of mass changes in Greenland, Antarctica

For the first time, scientists have detected sea level "fingerprints" -- patterns of variation in global sea level due to changes in water and ice on land -- in GRACE data.

09/06/2017 01:09 PM
Jupiter's Auroras Present a Powerful Mystery

Jupiter's Northern Lights

Juno has observed massive amounts of energy over Jupiter's polar regions that contribute to the giant planet's powerful aurora.

08/31/2017 01:08 PM
Apply to Be a NASA Solar System Ambassador

The Solar System Ambassadors program.

Could you be one of them? If you want to share your passion of space with the public, being a NASA Solar System Ambassador is the perfect platform to do so.

08/30/2017 01:08 PM
NASA Working with Partners to Provide Harvey Response

JPL's Advanced Rapid Imaging and Analysis team created this Flood Proxy Map.

NASA is using its assets and expertise from across the agency, including from JPL, to help respond to Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey.

08/30/2017 01:08 PM
Juno Scientists Prepare for Seventh Science Pass of Jupiter

Jupiter Red 'Monet'

NASA's Juno spacecraft will make its seventh science flyby over Jupiter's mysterious cloud tops this Friday.

08/30/2017 01:08 PM
NASA and Iconic Museum Honor Voyager Spacecraft 40th Anniversary

Voyager 40th Anniversary disco poster

NASA and the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum will celebrate 40 years of the Voyager 1 and 2 spacecraft.

08/29/2017 01:08 PM
Saturn Plunge Nears for Cassini Spacecraft

NASA's Cassini spacecraft is shown heading for the gap between Saturn.

NASA's Cassini spacecraft is 18 days from its mission-ending dive into the atmosphere of Saturn.

08/28/2017 01:08 PM
NASA's Next Mars Mission to Investigate Interior of Red Planet

Artist's Concept of InSight Lander on Mars

Preparation of NASA's next spacecraft to Mars, InSight, has ramped up this summer, on course for launch next May as the first interplanetary launch from California.

08/25/2017 01:08 PM
A Clockwork Rover for Venus

AREE, clockwork rover

Mechanical computers could help explore an extremely unwelcoming planet.

08/25/2017 01:08 PM
NASA Satellite Images Show Evolution of Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey as seen by the AIRS infrared instrument on NASA's Aqua satellite

The rapid intensification of Harvey is depicted in a new set of images from a pair of instruments on NASA's Aqua satellite.

08/25/2017 01:08 PM
Saturn With a Side of Bacon

The Cassini team's breakfast tradition has been going strong since 2006.

Take a peek inside the Cassini team's beloved tradition of Friday breakfast together.

08/24/2017 01:08 PM
NASA Announces Cassini End-of-Mission Media Activities

NASA's Cassini spacecraft is shown during its Sept. 15, 2017

On Sept. 15, NASA's Cassini spacecraft will complete its remarkable story of exploration with an intentional plunge into Saturn's atmosphere, ending its mission after nearly 20 years in space.

08/17/2017 01:08 PM
Q&A: What Happens During a Total Eclipse?

A total solar eclipse

Photos can't do justice to the in-person experience, according to an eclipse-chaser at JPL.

08/17/2017 01:08 PM
An Insider's Guide to Voyager: 1977-2017

In honor of the Voyager 40th anniversary, team members and enthusiasts shared their memories.

From the first detection of active volcanoes outside Earth to the first up-close images of Neptune, the 40-year Odyssey of NASA's Voyager mission is full of unforgettable memories.

08/17/2017 01:08 PM
Large Asteroid to Safely Pass Earth on Sept. 1

Asteroid Florence, a large near-Earth asteroid, will pass safely by Earth on Sept. 1, 2017, at a distance of about 4.4 million miles.

Asteroid Florence, a large near-Earth asteroid, will pass safely by Earth on Sept. 1, 2017, at a distance of about 4.4 million miles.

08/17/2017 01:08 PM
What to Expect When Viewing the Eclipse

This illustration depicts a rare alignment of the Sun and Moon casting a shadow on Earth.

NASA's Eyes on the Eclipse application offers an easy preview of the event for any location.

08/17/2017 01:08 PM
Scientists Improve Brown Dwarf Weather Forecasts

This artist's concept shows a brown dwarf with bands of clouds

Researchers have a new model for explaining how clouds move and change shape in brown dwarfs, using insights from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.

08/16/2017 01:08 PM
NASA-led Mission Studies Storm Intensification

NASA's Global Hawk

A group of NASA and NOAA scientists are teaming up this month on an airborne field campaign to study severe storms in the Northern Hemisphere and what makes them intensify.

08/15/2017 01:08 PM
NASA Awards Contract to Extend Operations of JPL

NASA has awarded a contract to the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in Pasadena, California, to extend operations of the agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, also in Pasadena, through Sept. 30, 2018.

08/14/2017 01:08 PM
Study Finds Drought Recoveries Taking Longer

Global patterns of drought recovery time, in months.

Land ecosystems are taking longer to recover from droughts, and incomplete recovery may become the norm in places, with tree deaths and increased greenhouse gas emissions.

08/11/2017 01:08 PM
NASA Announces Television Coverage for Aug. 21 Solar Eclipse

This illustration depicts a rare alignment of the Sun and Moon casting a shadow on Earth.

NASA TV will carry the Aug. 21 solar eclipse live from unique vantage points on the ground, from aircraft and from spacecraft, including the International Space Station.

08/11/2017 01:08 PM
Cassini Prepares to Say Goodbye to a True Titan

Two Titans

The giant, hazy moon Titan has been essential to Cassini's mission, from the spacecraft's 2004 arrival at Saturn to the very end.

08/11/2017 01:08 PM
TRAPPIST-1 is Older Than Our Solar System

This illustration shows what the TRAPPIST-1 system.

If we want to know more about whether life could survive on a planet outside our solar system, it's important to know the age of its star.

08/10/2017 01:08 PM
NASA Selects Proposals to Study Galaxies, Stars, Planets

NASA is exploring our solar system and beyond to understand the workings of the universe, searching for water and life among the stars.

NASA has selected six astrophysics Explorers Program proposals for concept studies, three of which are managed by JPL.

08/10/2017 01:08 PM
25 Years of Global Sea Level Data, and Counting

Changes in Sea Level

Celebrating four extraordinary oceanography satellites and their 25-year mission to make a measurement fundamental to studying the oceans and climate.

08/09/2017 01:08 PM
Cassini to Begin Final Five Orbits Around Saturn

Artist concept of Cassini at Saturn

NASA's Cassini spacecraft is about to embark on a set of ultra-close passes through Saturn's upper atmosphere with its final five orbits around the planet.

08/09/2017 01:08 PM
Watch Martian Clouds Scoot, Thanks to NASA's Curiosity

Clouds drift across the sky above a Martian horizon

Wispy, early-season clouds resembling Earth's ice-crystal cirrus clouds move across the Martian sky in some new image sequences from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover.

08/07/2017 01:08 PM
Can Poor Air Quality Mask Global Warming's Effects?

Looking through smog in downtown Atlanta from midtown.

In the 1900s, the U.S. warmed everywhere except the Southeast, where warming didn't begin till the 1990s. A study finds air quality improvements may have played a role.

08/04/2017 01:08 PM
New Clues to Universe's Structure Revealed

Map of dark matter made from gravitational lensing measurements of 26 million galaxies in the Dark Energy Survey.

Three JPL scientists are part of the Dark Energy Survey, which is helping to further our understanding of the structure of the universe.

08/02/2017 01:08 PM
NASA Selects Proposals to Study Sun, Space Environment

Heliophysics is the study of how the Sun affects space

NASA has selected nine proposals under its Explorers Program, including one managed by JPL.

08/02/2017 01:08 PM
Five Years Ago and 154 Million Miles Away: Touchdown!

Five years since it landed near Mount Sharp on Mars in August 2017

NASA's Curiosity Mars rover, which landed near Mount Sharp five years ago this week, is examining clues on that mountain about long-ago lakes on Mars.

08/02/2017 01:08 PM
Two Voyagers Taught Us How to Listen to Space

How we learned to talk to space

Over the mission's 40 years, NASA's Voyager spacecraft have paved the way for modern deep space communications.

08/02/2017 01:08 PM
Hubble Detects Exoplanet with Glowing Water Atmosphere

This artist's concept shows hot Jupiter WASP-121b.

Scientists have discovered the strongest evidence to date for a stratosphere on a planet outside our solar system.

07/31/2017 01:07 PM
First and Farthest: How the Voyagers Blazed Trails

Voyager Tour Montage

Few missions can match the achievements of NASA's groundbreaking Voyager 1 and 2 spacecraft during their 40 years of exploration.

07/31/2017 01:07 PM
NASA's Voyager Spacecraft Still Reaching for the Stars After 40 Years

An artist concept depicting one of the twin Voyager spacecraft.

Humanity's farthest and longest-lived spacecraft, Voyager 1 and 2, achieve 40 years of operation and exploration this August and September.

07/28/2017 01:07 PM
Asteroid Flyby Will Benefit NASA Detection and Tracking Network

Animation of asteroid 2012 TC4

Scientists plan to use a small asteroid's close approach to Earth this October to test NASA's network of observatories and scientists who work with planetary defense.

07/27/2017 01:07 PM
Eclipse Balloons to Study Effect of Mars-Like Environment on Life

This picture of Montana was taken from the stratosphere

Microbes carried to the edge of space during the Aug. 21 eclipse will be analyzed by NASA's Ames Research Center and JPL.

07/26/2017 01:07 PM
New Insights into Titan's Complex Chemistry

Natural color image shows Titan's upper atmosphere

Cassini has made a surprising detection of a molecule that is instrumental in producing complex organics within the hazy atmosphere of Saturn's moon Titan.

07/25/2017 01:07 PM
NASA Solves a Drizzle Riddle

Drizzle over land

What makes clouds drizzle? A new study overturns a common assumption about raindrop size.

07/25/2017 01:07 PM
Large, Distant Comets More Common Than Previously Thought

Illustration shows how scientists used data from NASA's WISE spacecraft

NASA's WISE spacecraft, scanning the entire sky at infrared wavelengths, has delivered new insights about distant cometary wanderers.

07/24/2017 01:07 PM
A Final Farewell to LISA Pathfinder

Artist's concept of the European Space Agency's LISA Pathfinder spacecraft

The spacecraft was steady as they come. That has big implications for future science.

07/24/2017 01:07 PM
Saturn Surprises As Cassini Continues its Grand Finale


As NASA's Cassini spacecraft makes its unprecedented series of weekly dives between Saturn and its rings, scientists are finding -- so far -- that the planet's magnetic field has no discernable tilt.

07/20/2017 01:07 PM
From Mars Rover: Panorama Above 'Perseverance Valley'

Panorama Above 'Perseverance Valley' on Mars

NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity recorded a panoramic view before entering the upper end of a fluid-carved valley that descends the inner slope of a crater's rim.

07/17/2017 01:00 AM
New Study Shows the Amazon Makes Its Own Rainy Season

The Amazon rainforest.

New research finds the southern Amazon rainforest triggers its own rainy season. The finding highlights the close connection between the rainforest ecosystem and climate.

07/14/2017 01:07 PM
For Moratorium on Sending Commands to Mars, Blame the Sun

Geometry of Mars Solar Conjunction

This month, movements of the planets will put Mars almost directly behind the sun, from Earth's perspective, causing curtailed communications between Earth and Mars.

07/12/2017 01:07 PM
NASA's Juno Spacecraft Spots Jupiter's Great Red Spot

Close-up of Jupiter's Great Red Spot

Images of Jupiter's Great Red Spot reveal a tangle of dark, veinous clouds weaving their way through a massive crimson oval.

07/11/2017 01:07 PM
Curiosity Mars Rover Begins Study of Ridge Destination

View Toward 'Vera Rubin Ridge' on Mount Sharp, Mars

The car-size NASA rover on a Martian mountain, Curiosity, has begun its long-anticipated study of an iron-bearing ridge forming a distinctive layer on the mountain's slope.

07/11/2017 01:07 PM
Hidden Stars May Make Planets Appear Smaller

This cartoon explains why the reported sizes of some exoplanets may need to be revised in cases where there is a second star in the system.

In the search for planets similar to our own, an important point of comparison is the planet's density.

07/11/2017 01:07 PM
NASA's Juno Spacecraft Completes Flyby over Jupiter's Great Red Spot

Juno Over Jupiter's South Pole (Illustration)

This science pass offered front-row seats to the planet's most iconic feature, the Great Red Spot.

06/30/2017 01:06 PM
NASA's Juno Spacecraft to Fly Over Jupiter's Great Red Spot July 10

True color mosaic of Jupiter

NASA's Juno spacecraft will fly directly over Jupiter's Great Red Spot, the gas giant's iconic, 10,000-mile-wide storm, on July 10, providing the closest-ever view of it.

06/30/2017 01:06 PM
Veteran Ocean Satellite to Assume Added Role

Illustration of the U.S./European Ocean Surface Topography Mission (OSTM)/Jason-2 satellite

A veteran oceanography satellite that has expanded our knowledge of global sea level, ocean currents and climate will take on an added role: improving maps of the sea floor.

06/30/2017 01:06 PM
Earth-based Views of Jupiter to Enhance Juno Flyby

Animation of Jupiter

Telescopes in Hawaii have obtained new images of Jupiter and its Great Red Spot, which will assist the first-ever close-up study of the Great Red Spot, planned for July 10.

06/30/2017 01:06 PM
How a Speck of Light Becomes an Asteroid

Sky Survey Detected This Small Asteroid

June 30 is International Asteroid Day. Have you ever wondered how asteroids are discovered? Here's the story.

06/29/2017 01:06 PM
An Algorithm Helps Protect Mars Curiosity's Wheels

Traction control testing

A new software program reduces wear and tear on the Curiosity Mars rover wheels.

06/29/2017 01:06 PM
Sleuthing for Seismic Answers in the Sooner State

Radar measurements of Pawnee quake deformation based on before/after satellite data analysis.

A NASA-led study examines the geology of last September's magnitude 5.8 earthquake in Pawnee, Oklahoma, the strongest ever measured by instruments in state history.

06/27/2017 01:06 PM
NASA Celebrates International Asteroid Day with Special Broadcast

Artist's concept of a near-Earth object.

NASA will mark International Asteroid Day Friday, June 30, with a special program on NASA TV and online featuring the agency's work to find and study near-Earth objects.

06/27/2017 01:06 PM
NASA Keeps a Close Eye on Tiny Stowaways

International Space Station

Cleanliness on the International Space Station is a priority.

06/26/2017 01:06 PM
Lightning Sparking More Boreal Forest Fires

A lightning-caused wildfire burns in Alberta, Canada.

A new study finds lightning storms were the main driver of recent massive fire years in Alaska and northern Canada, with the storms likely to migrate north as climate warms.

06/23/2017 01:06 PM
Mars Rover Opportunity on Walkabout Near Rim

Enhanced-color scene during the mission's

NASA's senior Mars rover, Opportunity, is examining rocks at the edge of Endeavour Crater for signs that they may have been either transported by a flood or eroded in place by wind.

06/22/2017 01:06 PM
Witness Cassini's Finale at Saturn Live from JPL

Cassini Project Manager Earl Maize

NASA invites social media users to apply for access to Cassini end-of-mission events at JPL, culminating with the spacecraft's entry into Saturn's atmosphere early Sept. 15.

06/22/2017 01:06 PM
Why No One Under 20 Has Experienced a Day Without NASA at Mars

Panorama from Mars Pathfinder, showing Sojourner

As the Mars Pathfinder spacecraft approached its destination on July 4, 1997, no NASA mission had successfully reached the Red Planet in more than 20 years.

06/21/2017 01:06 PM
Laser-targeting A.I. Yields More Mars Science

A.I. laser targeting

The software has had a successful first year on NASA's Curiosity rover and is planned for the Mars 2020 mission.

06/21/2017 01:06 PM
A.I. Will Prepare Robots for the Unknown

AI imaging an Icelandic volcano

JPL experts outline how autonomy can free robotic explorers to make discoveries.

06/20/2017 01:06 PM
NASA Completes Study of Future 'Ice Giant' Mission Concepts

Uranus and Neptune

NASA has released a study of potential future missions to Uranus and Neptune -- part of a series of NASA studies in support of the next Planetary Science Decadal Survey.

06/20/2017 01:06 PM
Video: Developing Landing Tech for Space

COBALT landing technology

NASA technology aims for more precise interplanetary landings.

06/20/2017 01:06 PM
NASA Mars Orbiter Views Rover Climbing Mount Sharp

Curiosity Rover on Mount Sharp, Seen from Mars Orbit

Using the most powerful telescope ever sent to Mars, NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter caught a view of the Curiosity rover this month amid rocky mountainside terrain.

06/19/2017 01:06 PM
NASA Releases Kepler Survey Catalog with Hundreds of New Planet Candidates

Artist's concept depicts an itsy bitsy planetary system

NASA's Kepler space telescope team releases a catalog of planet candidates that includes 219 new candidates. Ten are near-Earth size and orbit in their star's habitable zone.

06/16/2017 01:06 PM
Martian Crater Provides Reminder of Apollo Moonwalk

Mars Rover Opportunity's View of 'Orion Crater'

NASA's Mars rover Opportunity passed near a crater this spring during the 45th anniversary of Apollo 16's trip to Earth's moon, prompting a connection between two missions.

06/13/2017 01:06 PM
NuSTAR's First Five Years in Space

This artist's concept shows NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) spacecraft on orbit.

To celebrate the fifth anniversary of NASA's NuSTAR space mission, the mission's lead scientist, Fiona Harrison of Caltech, talks about some of her favorite images.

06/09/2017 01:06 PM
NASA Data Suggest Future May Be Rainier Than Expected

Tropical rainfall may increase more than previously thought as the climate warms.

Global climate models may underestimate the amount of rain that will fall in the tropics as our planet continues to warm.

06/09/2017 01:06 PM
NASA Finds Evidence of Diverse Environments in Curiosity Samples

Key Locations Studied at 'Pahrump Hills' on Mars

NASA has found diverse minerals in rocks examined by the Curiosity rover on lower Mount Sharp, Mars. These suggest that wet environmental conditions there changed over time.

06/08/2017 01:06 PM
The Art of Exoplanets

This artist's concept by Robert Hurt and Tim Pyle shows what the TRAPPIST-1 planetary system may look like.

How do you visualize distant worlds that you can't see? A team of artists uses scientific data to imagine exoplanets and other astrophysical phenomena.

06/07/2017 01:06 PM
New Clues to Boomerang Nebula Mystery

This composite image shows the Boomerang Nebula, a pre-planetary nebula produced by a dying star.

An ancient, red giant star in the throes of a frigid death has produced the coldest known object in the cosmos: the Boomerang Nebula.

06/06/2017 01:06 PM
Flares May Threaten Planet Habitability Near Red Dwarfs

This illustration shows a red dwarf star orbited by a hypothetical exoplanet.

Data from the GALEX spacecraft suggest that planets around cool dwarf stars may be subjected to intense flares.

06/05/2017 01:06 PM
Astronomers Find Planet Hotter Than Most Stars

This artist's concept shows planet KELT-9b orbiting its host star, KELT-9.

A newly discovered Jupiter-like world is so hot, it's being vaporized by its own star.

06/05/2017 01:06 PM
NASA's Asteroid-Hunting Spacecraft a Discovery Machine

This movie shows the progression of NASA's Near-Earth Object Wide-field Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) investigation.

NASA's Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) mission has released its third year of survey data of asteroid and comet discoveries.

06/01/2017 01:06 PM
Curiosity Peels Back Layers on Ancient Martian Lake

Sedimentary Signs of a Martian Lakebed (Shallow Part)

A long-lasting lake on ancient Mars provided stable environmental conditions that differed from one part of the lake to another, NASA's Curiosity rover mission has found.

06/01/2017 01:06 PM
Where Ocean Meets Sky: New NASA Radar Gets a Tryout

2010 photo of a shoreline in Bay Jimmy, Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana

A novel JPL instrument offers a simultaneous view of ocean currents and winds from multiple directions.

05/31/2017 01:05 PM
New Light on the Future of a Key Antarctic Glacier

Thwaites Glacier. Credit: NASA/James Yungel

Thwaites Glacier is melting rapidly but not as fast as earlier research predicted, according to a new NASA study using a more realistic computer model.

05/30/2017 01:05 PM
Cassini Finds Saturn Moon May Have Tipped Over

Cassini researchers have found evidence the active south polar region of Enceladus.

Saturn's icy, ocean-bearing moon Enceladus may have tipped over in the distant past, according to recent research from NASA's Cassini mission.

05/30/2017 01:05 PM
High-Silica 'Halos' Shed Light on Wet Ancient Mars

Discolored Fracture Zones in Martian Sandstone

Pale "halos" around fractures in bedrock analyzed by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover contain copious silica, indicating that ancient Mars had liquid water for a long time.

05/25/2017 01:05 PM
Collapsing Star Gives Birth to a Black Hole

This illustration shows the final stages in the life of a supermassive star that fails to explode as a supernova.

Astronomers have watched as a massive, dying star was likely reborn as a black hole.

05/25/2017 01:05 PM
NASA Discovers a New Mode of Ice Loss in Greenland

Rink Glacier in western Greenland, with a meltwater lake visible center.

A NASA study finds during Greenland's two hottest summers on record, ice in Rink Glacier didn't just melt faster, it slid through the glacier's interior in a gigantic wave.

05/25/2017 01:05 PM
A Whole New Jupiter: First Science Results from NASA's Juno Mission

This image shows Jupiter's south pole, as seen by NASA's Juno spacecraft from an altitude of 32,000 miles (52,000 kilometers).

Early results from NASA's Juno mission to Jupiter portray the largest planet in our solar system as a complex, gigantic, turbulent world.

05/24/2017 01:05 PM
Cassini Looks on as Solstice Arrives at Saturn

Saturn's Hexagon as Summer Solstice Approaches

NASA's veteran Cassini spacecraft has reached a new milestone as of today: Saturnian solstice.

05/24/2017 01:05 PM
NASA Moves Up Launch of Psyche Mission to a Metal Asteroid

Artist's concept of the Psyche spacecraft, which will conduct a direct exploration of an asteroid thought to be a stripped planetary core.

Psyche, NASA's mission to a unique metal asteroid, has moved up one year, with launch in the summer of 2022, and a planned arrival at the main belt asteroid in 2026.

05/22/2017 01:05 PM
NASA to Discuss FY2018 Budget Proposal, Provide Virtual Tours of Centers

NASA logo

NASA will hold a series of events Tuesday, May 23, highlighting the agency's Fiscal Year 2018 budget proposal.

05/22/2017 01:05 PM
NASA to Discuss First Science Results from Juno Jupiter Mission

This illustration depicts NASA's Juno spacecraft approaching Jupiter

Scientists from NASA's Juno mission to Jupiter will discuss their first in-depth science results in a media telecon at 11 a.m. PDT (2 p.m. EDT) Thursday, May 25.

05/22/2017 01:05 PM
Astronomers Confirm Orbital Details of TRAPPIST-1h

Artist's concept shows TRAPPIST-1h

Astronomers used NASA's Kepler space telescope to confirm the orbital period of the outermost TRAPPIST-1 planet.