News and Features - NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory

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11/17/2017 02:11 PM
New NASA Insights into the Secret Lives of Plants

Kuskokwim River near McGrath, Alaska

Three NASA missions launching in the next two years will look at vegetation across our living planet to investigate the role of plants in Earth's carbon and water cycles.




11/16/2017 02:11 PM
NASA Survey Technique Estimates Congo Forest's Carbon

Sabinyo volcano and thick forest in Virunga National Park

The equivalent of up to three-quarters of the carbon stored in contiguous U.S. forests is locked in the living vegetation of one African country, according to new research.




11/16/2017 02:11 PM
Lava or Not, Exoplanet 55 Cancri e Likely to have Atmosphere

Illustration of super-Earth exoplanet 55 Cancri e

A super-Earth exoplanet thought to sport lava lakes on its hot side, 55 Cancri e, likely also wears an atmosphere with ingredients similar to Earth's, a new study indicates.




11/15/2017 02:11 PM
Our Living Planet Shapes the Search for Life Beyond Earth

Image of Earth and future exoplanet observation

The knowledge and tools NASA has developed to study life on Earth will be a great asset to the study of planets beyond our solar system.




11/14/2017 02:11 PM
NASA's Mars 2020 Mission Performs First Supersonic Parachute Test

58-foot-tall Black Brant IX sounding rocket launches from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility

First flight tests of the mission's supersonic parachute have yielded dramatic video.




11/13/2017 02:11 PM
Listening for Gravitational Waves Using Pulsars

This computer simulation shows the collision of two black holes, which produces gravitational waves.

To explore low-frequency gravitational waves, researchers look to a natural experiment in the sky called a pulsar timing array.




11/09/2017 02:11 PM
Dawn Explores Ceres' Interior Evolution

Pit chains on dwarf planet Ceres called Samhain Catenae

Surface features on Ceres and its interior evolution have a closer relationship than one might think.




11/07/2017 02:11 PM
Hot News from the Antarctic Underground

Illustration of flowing water under the Antarctic ice sheet

A geothermal heat source may help explain why West Antarctica's ice sheet is so unstable.




11/06/2017 02:11 PM
Powering Saturn's Active Ocean Moon

A dramatic plume sprays water ice and vapor from the south polar region of Saturn's moon Enceladus.

A new study finds heat from friction could power hydrothermal activity on Saturn's moon Enceladus for billions of years if the moon has a highly porous core.




11/03/2017 01:11 PM
Astronomers Complete First International Asteroid Tracking Exercise

Asteroid 2012 TC4

An international team of astronomers led by NASA scientists successfully completed the first global exercise using a real asteroid to test global response capabilities.




11/03/2017 01:11 PM
More Than 2.4 Million Names Are Going to Mars

A spacecraft specialist in a clean room where the InSight lander is being tested, affixes a dime-size chip onto the lander deck.

An open call generated overwhelming response from the public.




11/02/2017 01:11 PM
Juno Aces Eighth Science Pass of Jupiter, Names New Project Manager

Juno Over Jupiter's South Pole (Illustration)

NASA's Juno spacecraft completed its eighth science flyby over Jupiter on Tuesday, Oct. 24.




11/01/2017 01:11 PM
Overlooked Treasure: The First Evidence of Exoplanets

Artist concept of an exoplanet and debris disk orbiting a polluted white dwarf. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

The Mount Wilson telescopes were ahead of their time -- in one case, capturing signs of distant worlds that wouldn't be recognized for a century.




11/01/2017 01:11 PM
New Greenland Maps Show More Glaciers at Risk

Side by side maps of Greenland - showing color coded topography of sea level change

New maps of Greenland's seafloor and bedrock show that two to four times as many coastal glaciers are at risk of accelerated melting as previously thought.




11/01/2017 01:11 PM
Martian Ridge Brings Out Rover's Color Talents

image from the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Curiosity rover illustrates how special filters are used to scout terrain.

Color-discerning capabilities that NASA's Curiosity rover has been using on Mars since 2012 are proving particularly helpful on a mountainside ridge the rover is now climbing.




10/31/2017 01:10 PM
NASA Estimates the Global Reach of Atmospheric Rivers

This visualization uses satellite data to show the movement of water vapor and precipitation as an atmospheric river slams into California.

A recent study estimates the global impact of atmospheric rivers on floods and droughts, as well as the number of people affected by these atmospheric phenomena.




10/31/2017 01:10 PM
Next Mars Rover Will Have 23 'Eyes'

Selection of the 23 cameras on NASA's 2020 Mars rover

Over the last 20 years, rover cameras have become smaller, less costly and more numerous.




10/30/2017 01:10 PM
NuSTAR Probes Black Hole Jet Mystery

This artist's concept shows a black hole with an accretion disk.

Scientists have been able to measure the distance that particles in black hole jets travel before they "turn on" and become bright sources of light.




10/27/2017 01:10 PM
Prolific Earth Gravity Satellites End Science Mission

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

After more than 15 productive years in orbit, the U.S./German GRACE (Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment) satellite mission has ended science operations.




10/26/2017 01:10 PM
NASA Center Directors Launch World Series Bragging Rights Duel

JPL baseball fans sported Dodger blue for a quick photo in mission control

The World Series has launched a friendly competition between JPL support of their home team, the L.A. Dodgers, and NASA's Johnson Space Center cheering for the Houston Astros.




10/26/2017 01:10 PM
Small Asteroid or Comet 'Visits' from Beyond the Solar System

A/2017 U1 is most likely of interstellar origin.

A small, recently discovered asteroid -- or perhaps a comet -- appears to have originated from outside the solar system, coming from somewhere else in our galaxy.




10/26/2017 01:10 PM
Dawn Finds Possible Ancient Ocean Remnants at Ceres

This animation shows dwarf planet Ceres as seen by NASA's Dawn.

Ceres' crust as we see it today, with its mixture of ice, salts and hydrated materials, represents most of the dwarf planet's ancient ocean, scientists say.




10/23/2017 01:10 PM
Mars Rover Mission Progresses Toward Resumed Drilling

NASA's Curiosity Mars rover conducted a test on Oct. 17, 2017.

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity team is working to restore Curiosity's sample-drilling capability using new techniques. The latest development is a preparatory test on Mars.




10/19/2017 01:10 PM
Take a Walk on Mars -- in Your Own Living Room

Access Mars allows any member of the public to explore the discoveries of NASA's Curiosity rover.

JPL and Google have collaborated on a free VR experience that lets people "walk" on Mars.




10/19/2017 01:10 PM
Dawn Mission Extended at Ceres

This artist concept shows NASA's Dawn spacecraft above dwarf planet Ceres, as seen in images from the mission.

NASA has authorized a second extension of the Dawn mission at Ceres, the largest object in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.




10/18/2017 01:10 PM
NASA Damage Map Aids California Wildfire Response

NASA Damage Map Aids Northern California Wildfire Response

A NASA team has mapped areas in northern California likely damaged by the recent wildfires, for use in the wildfire response.




10/18/2017 01:10 PM
Deep Space Communications via Faraway Photons

Artist's concept of the Psyche spacecraft

A spacecraft destined to explore a unique asteroid will also test new communication hardware that uses lasers instead of radio waves.




10/16/2017 01:10 PM
NASA Missions Catch First Light from a Gravitational-Wave Event

An artist's impression of gravitational waves generated by binary neutron stars.

For the first time, NASA scientists have detected light tied to a gravitational-wave event.




10/16/2017 01:10 PM
Fresh Findings From Cassini

Saturn looms in the foreground of this mosaic of Cassini images.

New insights from the Saturn spacecraft's exploration are being presented this week at the American Astronomical Society Division for Planetary Science meeting.




10/13/2017 01:10 PM
NASA Seeks Information from Potential Funders for Spitzer

Artist's concept shows NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope

NASA is seeking information from U.S. parties interested in operating the Spitzer Space Telescope with non-NASA funding after March 2019, when NASA financial support ends.




10/12/2017 01:10 PM
New Insights From OCO-2 Showcased in Science

The special collection of OCO-2-based papers includes new detail on varying carbon dioxide emissions

OCO-2 data are revealing subtle ways that carbon links everything on Earth, as demonstrated by a diverse special collection of research papers in the journal Science.




10/12/2017 01:10 PM
NASA Pinpoints Cause of Earth's Recent Record Carbon Dioxide Spike

Diagram of last El Nino

A new NASA study provides space-based evidence Earth's tropical regions were the cause of the largest annual increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide in at least 2,000 years.




10/11/2017 01:10 PM
Giant Exoplanet Hunters: Look for Debris Disks

This artist's rendering shows a large exoplanet causing small bodies to collide in a disk of dust.

A study finds that giant exoplanets that orbit far from their stars are more likely to be found around young stars that have a disk of dust and debris than those without disks.




10/11/2017 01:10 PM
Reconstructing Cassini's Plunge into Saturn

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

Analysis of science data from the spacecraft's final plunge is ongoing, but Cassini engineers already have a clear understanding of how the spacecraft behaved during its dive.




10/10/2017 01:10 PM
NASA Announces Briefing on Carbon Mission Science Results

NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO)-2 (Artist Concept)

NASA will hold a media teleconference at 11 a.m. PDT (2 p.m. EDT) Thursday, Oct. 12, to discuss new research to be published this week on changing global levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.




10/10/2017 01:10 PM
This is a Test: Asteroid Tracking Network Observes Close Approach

This animation depicts the safe flyby of asteroid 2012 TC4 as it passes under Earth on Oct. 12, 2017.

A small space rock is being used by asteroid trackers around the world to test an international warning network.




10/06/2017 01:10 PM
Mars Study Yields Clues to Possible Cradle of Life

Possible Floor of an Ancient Martian Sea

The discovery of evidence for ancient sea-floor hydrothermal deposits on Mars identifies an area on the planet that may offer clues about the origin of life on Earth.




10/04/2017 01:10 PM
Examining Mars' Moon Phobos in a Different Light

This image combines two products from the first pointing at the Martian moon Phobos.

NASA's longest-lived mission to Mars has gained its first look at the Martian moon Phobos, pursuing a deeper understanding by examining it in infrared wavelengths.




10/04/2017 01:10 PM
The Super-Earth that Came Home for Dinner

An artist's illustration of a possible ninth planet in our solar system, hovering at the edge of our solar system.

Evidence is growing for the existence of Planet 9 -- a world perhaps 10 times the mass of Earth and 20 times farther from the Sun than Neptune.




10/04/2017 01:10 PM
Mysterious Dimming of Tabby's Star May Be Caused by Dust

This illustration depicts a hypothetical uneven ring of dust orbiting KIC 8462852, also known as Boyajian's Star or Tabby's Star.

One of the most mysterious stellar objects may be revealing some of its secrets at last.




10/03/2017 01:10 PM
Satellites See Silicon Valley's Quick Drought Recovery

Ground motion in California's Santa Clara Valley from 2011 to 2015.

A space-based study finds underground water reserves in California's Silicon Valley rebounded quickly from the recent drought in response to conservation measures.




10/03/2017 01:10 PM
Congratulations to LIGO Scientists For Nobel Prize in Physics

This computer simulation shows the collision of two black holes, which produces gravitational waves.

The first direct observations of gravitational waves have earned the Nobel Prize in Physics for three key players in the LIGO collaboration.




10/03/2017 01:10 PM
Another Chance to Put Your Name on Mars

NASA's InSight lander will travel to Mars next year.

InSight, NASA's next Mars mission, will include two microchips bearing names from the public.




09/29/2017 01:09 PM
Large Solar Storm Sparks Global Aurora and Doubles Radiation Levels on the Martian Surface

Animation shows the sudden appearance of a bright aurora on Mars

An unexpectedly strong blast from the Sun hit Mars this month, observed by NASA missions in orbit and on the surface.




09/28/2017 01:09 PM
NASA Glenn Tests Thruster Bound for Metal World

Artist's concept of the Psyche spacecraft.

NASA is testing cutting-edge propulsion for upcoming asteroid mission.




09/28/2017 01:09 PM
NASA Damage Map Aids Puerto Rico Hurricane Response

Map of damage in and around San Juan, Puerto Rico (orange inset box) from Hurricane Maria.

A NASA-produced map showing areas of eastern Puerto Rico that were likely damaged by Hurricane Maria has been provided to responding agencies.




09/28/2017 01:09 PM
A Fresh Look at Older Data Yields a Surprise Near the Martian Equator

A new paper suggests hydrogen-possibly water ice-in the Medusa Fossae area of Mars.

Reanalysis of data from a NASA orbiter suggests significant hydration near the Martian equator, a mysterious finding because scientists figure water-ice shouldn't be there.




09/27/2017 01:09 PM
Dawn Mission Celebrates 10 Years in Space

Dawn launched 10 years ago on Sept. 27, 2007.

Ten years ago, NASA's Dawn spacecraft set sail for the two most massive bodies in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter: giant asteroid Vesta and dwarf planet Ceres.




09/27/2017 01:09 PM
Robot Spelunkers Go for a Dip

From L-R: guide Keeton Kroon; Andy Klesh of JPL; and John Leichty of JPL.

Cubesat experts are helping to map out icy, underwater caves.




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.