News and Features - NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory

JPL's RSS feed brings you the latest press releases, feature stories and slide shows from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. JPL has explored every planet in the solar system with robotic spacecraft.

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.




05/18/2017 01:05 PM
NASA's Juno Spacecraft Completes Fifth Science Pass of Jupiter

This view of Jupiter, taken by the JunoCam imager of NASA's Juno spacecraft, highlights Oval BA -- a massive storm known as the Little Red Spot.

NASA's Juno mission accomplished a close flyby of Jupiter on May 19, successfully completing its fifth science orbit.




05/18/2017 01:05 PM
NASA's CPEX Tackles a Weather Fundamental

Convective storm clouds over Fort Lauderdale, Florida, preceding Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

A field campaign this June has a real shot at improving meteorologists' ability to answer some of the most fundamental weather questions: Where will it rain? When? How much?




05/17/2017 01:05 PM
Scientists Look to Skies to Improve Tsunami Detection

Real-time detection of perturbations of the ionosphere

A team of scientists has developed a new approach to assist in development of timely tsunami detection systems, using measurements of how tsunamis disturb Earth's atmosphere.




05/17/2017 01:05 PM
NASA Asks Scientific Community to Think on Possible Europa Lander Instruments

selection of nine instruments for a future Europa mission

NASA is asking scientists to consider what would be the best instruments to include on a mission to land on Jupiter's icy moon, Europa.




05/17/2017 01:05 PM
Film Premiere - 'To The Rescue'

An astronaut fixes the Hubble telescope during a space walk.

"To the Rescue," chronicling JPL's efforts to save the prestigious, expensive, myopic Hubble Space Telescope, premieres Tuesday evening, May 23 at Caltech. Admission is free on a first-come, first-served basis.




05/16/2017 01:05 PM
Movie Shows Ceres at Opposition from Sun

Movie is made of images taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft

NASA's Dawn spacecraft successfully observed Ceres at opposition on April 29, taking images from a position exactly between the sun and Ceres' surface.




05/15/2017 01:05 PM
Mars Rover Opportunity Begins Study of Valley's Origin

Perseverance Valley

NASA's Mars rover Opportunity has reached the main destination of its current two-year extended mission -- an ancient fluid-carved valley on the inner slope of a crater rim.




05/11/2017 01:05 PM
'Warm Neptune' Has Unexpectedly Primitive Atmosphere

Illustration of the atmosphere of the distant

A study combining observations from NASA's Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes reveals that the distant planet HAT-P-26b has a primitive atmosphere composed almost entirely of hydrogen and helium.




05/10/2017 01:05 PM
Observatories Combine to Crack Open the Crab Nebula

Crab Nebula

Astronomers have produced a highly detailed image of the Crab Nebula by combining data from telescopes spanning nearly the entire breadth of the electromagnetic spectrum.




05/09/2017 01:05 PM
Merging Galaxies Have Enshrouded Black Holes

This illustration compares growing supermassive black holes in two different kinds of galaxies.

Galaxies that are far along in the merging process are completely covered in a cocoon of gas and dust, a study using NuSTAR finds.




05/09/2017 01:05 PM
NASA Delivers Detectors for ESA's Euclid Spacecraft

Artist's concept shows ESA's Euclid spacecraft

Three detector systems for the Euclid mission have been delivered to Europe for the spacecraft's infrared instrument.




05/08/2017 01:05 PM
Alaska Tundra Source of Early-Winter Carbon Emissions

Winter sun setting over the tundra polygons in northern Alaska

Warmer temperatures and thawing soils may be driving an increase in emissions of carbon dioxide from Alaskan tundra to the atmosphere, particularly during the early winter.




05/05/2017 01:05 PM
Is Climate Changing Cloud Heights? Too Soon to Say

Climate change may eventually change global cloud heights.

With 10 years of MISR satellite data, scientists suspected global cloud heights might be getting lower. With 15 years of data, they've found it's too early to say for sure.




05/04/2017 01:05 PM
Dawn Mission Honored by RNASA Foundation

Artist's concept of the Dawn spacecraft orbiting Ceres.

Members of NASA's Dawn mission were honored with awards from the Rotary National Award for Space Achievement (RNASA) Foundation at a banquet in Houston on April 28, 2017.




05/04/2017 01:05 PM
AIRS: 15 Years of Seeing What's in the Air

A visualization of AIRS measurements of water vapor in a storm near Southern California.

The 15-year-old AIRS instrument is an asset for weather forecasters and climate scientists worldwide, providing detailed 3-D maps of the atmosphere's weather-making layer.




05/04/2017 01:05 PM
NASA Rover Samples Active Linear Dune on Mars

Textures Where Curiosity Rover Studied a Martian Dune

As it drives uphill from a band of rippled sand dunes, NASA's Curiosity Mars rover is toting a fistful of dark sand for onboard analysis that will complete its investigation of those dunes.




05/04/2017 01:05 PM
New Tool May Assist US Regional Sea Level Planning

Correlations in U.S. coastal sea level rise between the new sea level indicator tool.

A new tool may help planners and decision makers identify key regions of the U.S. coastline that are vulnerable to regional sea level changes on 10- to 20-year timescales.




05/03/2017 01:05 PM
New Movie Shows Cassini's First Dive over Saturn

Cassini took this movie sequence of images during its first dive between Saturn and its rings on April 26, 2017.

A new movie sequence of images from NASA's Cassini shows the view as the spacecraft swooped over Saturn during its first Grand Finale dive on April 26.




05/01/2017 01:05 PM
Cassini Finds 'The Big Empty' Close to Saturn

Illustration: Cassini flys by Saturn

As Cassini prepares for its second dive between Saturn and its rings, engineers are pleased that data from the mission's April 26 dive show the region is largely dust-free.




04/27/2017 01:04 PM
NASA Spacecraft Dives Between Saturn and Its Rings

Unprocessed image shows features in Saturn's atmosphere

NASA's Cassini spacecraft is back in contact with Earth after its successful first-ever dive through the narrow gap between the planet Saturn and its rings on April 26, 2017.




04/26/2017 01:04 PM
Dawn Observing Ceres; 3rd Reaction Wheel Malfunctions

Artist's rendering shows NASA's Dawn spacecraft

NASA's Dawn spacecraft is preparing to observe Ceres on April 29 from an "opposition" position, directly between the dwarf planet's mysterious Occator Crater and the sun.




04/26/2017 01:04 PM
NASA Study Challenges Long-held Tsunami Formation Theory

Tsunami waves hitting the coast of Minamisoma in Fukushima prefecture, Japan

A new NASA study is challenging a long-held theory that tsunamis form and acquire their energy mostly from vertical movement of the seafloor.




04/26/2017 01:04 PM
NASA Communications Honored with 2017 Webby Awards

Webby awards

NASA's digital communications team will be honored at the 21st Annual Webby Awards on May 16 in New York.




04/26/2017 01:04 PM
'Iceball' Planet Discovered Through Microlensing

Artist's concept shows OGLE-2016-BLG-1195Lb

Scientists have discovered a new planet with the mass of Earth, orbiting its star at the same distance that we orbit our sun.




04/25/2017 01:04 PM
Cassini's First Grand Finale Dive: Milestones

Artist's illustration of Cassini at Saturn

NASA's Cassini spacecraft is set to make its first dive through the narrow gap between Saturn and its rings on April 26, 2017.




04/24/2017 01:04 PM
Cassini Completes Final -- and Fateful -- Titan Flyby



NASA's Cassini spacecraft has had its last close brush with Saturn's hazy moon Titan and is now beginning its final set of 22 orbits around the ringed planet.




04/21/2017 01:04 PM
New Look at 2004's Martian Hole-in-One Site

Landing platform left behind by NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity in 2004

A new observation from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter captures the landing platform the rover Opportunity left behind in Eagle Crater more than 13 years and 27 miles ago.




04/20/2017 01:04 PM
NASA Image Shows Earth Between the Rings of Saturn

NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured this view of planet Earth.

A new image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows planet Earth as a point of light between the icy rings of Saturn.




04/20/2017 01:04 PM
Detecting Life in the Ultra-dry Atacama Desert

Chile's Atacama Desert

JPL tests a portable chemistry lab designed for potential use on other planets.




04/19/2017 01:04 PM
Landslides on Ceres Reflect Ice Content

NASA's Dawn spacecraft has revealed many landslides on Ceres

As NASA's Dawn spacecraft continues exploring Ceres, evidence mounts that the enigmatic dwarf planet retains a significant amount of water ice.




04/19/2017 01:04 PM
NASA's Mars Rover Opportunity Leaves 'Tribulation'

Mars Rover Opportunity's Panorama of 'Rocheport'

NASA's senior Mars rover, Opportunity, is departing "Cape Tribulation," a crater-rim segment it has explored since late 2014, and is heading for "Perseverance Valley."




04/19/2017 01:04 PM
Cassini Heads Toward Final Close Encounter with Titan

Artist's rendering of NASA's Cassini spacecraft

NASA's Cassini spacecraft will make its final close flyby of Saturn's haze-enshrouded moon Titan this weekend.




04/18/2017 01:04 PM
NASA Radar Spots Relatively Large Asteroid Prior to Flyby

Radar Imagery of Asteroid 2014 JO25

Radar images of asteroid 2014 JO25 were obtained early Tuesday morning, with NASA's 70-meter antenna at the Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex in California.




04/18/2017 01:04 PM
'Space Fabric' Links Fashion and Engineering

Space Fabric

3-D printing is inspiring new materials at JPL.




04/18/2017 01:04 PM
Sierra Snowpack Bigger Than Last Four Years Combined: NASA

Snow water equivalent-- the water content of snow -- in the Tuolumne River Basin in 2015 and 2017.

NASA data show that snowpack in the Tuolumne River Basin in California's Sierra Nevada is larger than the last four years of snowpack combined.




04/17/2017 01:04 PM
'Detergent' Molecules May Drive Recent Methane Changes

Rice paddy fields in India. Agriculture is one source of global methane emissions.

A new study suggests that hydroxyl radicals may be behind an unexplained recent increase in Earth's atmospheric methane levels.




04/13/2017 01:04 PM
Cassini Sees 'Flying-Saucer' Moon Atlas Up Close

This unprocessed image of Saturn's moon Atlas was taken on April 12, 2017

Saturn's small moon Atlas looks smooth in early, unprocessed views from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, which made its closest-ever pass on April 12.




04/13/2017 01:04 PM
NASA Missions Provide New Insights into 'Ocean Worlds' in Our Solar System

Artist's rendering shows Cassini diving through the Enceladus plume

Two NASA missions provide new details about icy, ocean-bearing moons of Jupiter and Saturn, further heightening scientific interest of these and other "ocean worlds" in our solar system and beyond.




04/12/2017 01:04 PM
Earth-Sized 'Tatooine' Planets Could Be Habitable

Artist's concept shows a hypothetical planet covered in water around the binary star system

A new study explores potential climates of a planet orbiting two suns.




04/12/2017 01:04 PM
Overpumping Reduces California's Groundwater Storage

Newly-planted almond trees on a San Joaquin Valley farm

A new study finds decades of overpumping groundwater in California's Central Valley have irreversibly altered the aquifer and permanently reduced its ability to store water.




04/10/2017 01:04 PM
NASA News Briefing: Discoveries About Oceans Beyond Earth

Artist's concept of ocean worlds

NASA will discuss new results about ocean worlds in our solar system from the agency's Cassini spacecraft and the Hubble Space Telescope during a news briefing on Thursday, April 13.




04/10/2017 01:04 PM
Solar Storms Can Drain Electrical Charge Above Earth

A solar eruption on Sept. 26, 2014

Solar storms can vacuum electrical charge from upper-atmosphere regions above the Arctic and create regions of excess charge.




04/07/2017 01:04 PM
NASA Invests in 22 Visionary Exploration Concepts

Artist's concept of JPL's AREE rover

JPL provided five of the 22 concepts selected by NASA for further study.




04/06/2017 01:04 PM
For Earth Day, NASA Invites You to #AdoptThePlanet

Adopt the planet Earth Day 2017

NASA invites people worldwide to help us celebrate Earth Day by "adopting" a piece of Earth as seen from space.




04/06/2017 01:04 PM
Asteroid to Fly Safely Past Earth on April 19

Asteroid 2014 JO25

A fairly large asteroid discovered nearly three years ago will safely pass about 1.1 million miles from Earth on April 19. That's about 4.6 times the Earth-moon distance.




04/06/2017 01:04 PM
Ceres' Temporary Atmosphere Linked to Solar Activity

Animation: Water Ice Abundance on Ceres

Solar particles free water molecules from the surface of Ceres, allowing them to escape and create a tenuous atmosphere, according to a new study.




04/05/2017 01:04 PM
NASA Digital Communications Receives Five Webby Award Nominations

Webby People's Voice Awards

NASA's digital presence has earned five nominations for Webby Awards, the premier honor for online communications, from the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences.




04/04/2017 01:04 PM
NASA's Cassini Mission Prepares for 'Grand Finale' at Saturn

This illustration shows Cassini above Saturn's northern hemisphere prior to one of its 22 Grand Finale dives.

NASA's Cassini spacecraft, in orbit around Saturn since 2004, is about to begin the final chapter of its remarkable story.




03/30/2017 01:03 PM
NASA Tests Robotic Ice Tools

A robotic claw

NASA's JPL has been prototyping new technologies for exploring ocean worlds.




03/29/2017 01:03 PM
Prolific Mars Orbiter Completes 50,000 Orbits

Images of Mars

The most data-productive Mars spacecraft passed orbit 50,000 this week, continuing to compile the most sharp-eyed global coverage ever gathered by a camera at the Red Planet.




03/29/2017 01:03 PM
NASA to Preview 'Grand Finale' of Cassini Saturn Mission

Artist's concept of Cassini's orbits

NASA will hold a news conference on Tuesday, April 4, at JPL, to preview the beginning of Cassini's final mission segment (called the Grand Finale), which begins in late April.




03/29/2017 01:03 PM
NASA Announces Astronomy and Astrophysics Fellows for 2017

The 2017 Sagan Fellows Raphaelle Haywood, Benjamin Pope, and Andrew Vanderburg

NASA has selected 28 fellows for its prestigious Einstein, Hubble and Sagan fellowships.




03/28/2017 01:03 PM
Mars Rover Leader Peter Theisinger Receives National Trophy

Peter Theisinger receives national trophy

Peter Theisinger, who led projects that developed multiple NASA rovers that successfully landed on Mars, will receive a National Air and Space Museum Lifetime Achievement Trophy.