News and Features - NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory

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01/16/2018 02:01 PM
Cassini Finds Saturn Moon Has 'Sea Level' Like Earth

Vast Ligeia Mare in False Color

Saturn's moon Titan may be nearly a billion miles away from Earth, but a recently published paper based on data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft reveals a new way this distant world and our own are eerily similar.




01/16/2018 02:01 PM
Sneak Peek of JPL Missions and Activities

Solar arrays on NASA's InSight lander

The year 2017 marked several milestones in science, technology and flight projects for NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California.




01/11/2018 02:01 PM
Steep Slopes on Mars Reveal Structure of Buried Ice

Pit on Mars

Researchers using NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) have found eight sites where thick deposits of ice beneath Mars' surface are exposed in faces of eroding slopes.




01/11/2018 02:01 PM
Multi-planet System Found Through Crowdsourcing

This artist concept shows K2-138

A system of at least five exoplanets has been discovered by citizen scientists through a project called Exoplanet Explorers.




01/11/2018 02:01 PM
NASA's Great Observatories Team Up to Find Magnified and Stretched Image of Distant Galaxy

Hubble Space Telescope image

An intensive survey by NASA's Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes has yielded the farthest galaxy yet seen in an image stretched and amplified by gravitational lensing.




01/11/2018 02:01 PM
NASA Space Telescopes Provide a 3-D Journey Through the Orion Nebula

This image showcases both the visible and infrared visualizations of the Orion Nebula

Data from NASA's Spitzer and Hubble space telescopes were combined to make a three-dimensional, fly-through view of the picturesque Orion Nebula.




01/11/2018 02:01 PM
GeoCarb: A New View of Carbon Over the Americas

Artist's illustration of a concept for NASA's GeoCarb mission

A new NASA Earth satellite mission may transform our understanding of the global carbon cycle by mapping key carbon gases from a new vantage point: geostationary orbit.




01/04/2018 02:01 PM
NASA Sees First Direct Proof of Ozone Hole Recovery

Antarctic ozone hole

For the first time, direct satellite observations of the ozone hole have shown that ozone-destroying chlorine levels are declining, resulting in less ozone depletion.




01/03/2018 02:01 PM
Lightening Up Soybean Leaves May Boost Food Supply

Lighter and darker soybeans used in the research

Lightening the color of soybean leaves may increase the growth and yield of this major world food crop.




01/02/2018 02:01 PM
NASA-led Study Solves a Methane Puzzle

Map of the world from space highlighting burn areas.

A new calculation of methane emissions from global fires resolves what looked like irreconcilable differences in explaining the recent methane increase.




12/22/2017 02:12 PM
Arecibo Radar Returns with Asteroid Phaethon Images

Radar images of near-Earth asteroid 3200 Phaethon

Months after Hurricane Maria, the Arecibo Observatory Planetary Radar has resumed normal operations, providing high-resolution images of the asteroid 3200 Phaethon Earth flyby.




12/21/2017 02:12 PM
Wet Winters May Not Dampen Small Wildfires

Dried grass

A wet winter corresponds to more small wildfires in the following fire season, not fewer, as is commonly assumed.




12/20/2017 02:12 PM
NASA Chooses New Frontiers Mission Finalists

Artist's illustration of our solar system

NASA selects a comet sample return mission and a drone-like rotorcraft that would explore potential landing sites on Saturn's largest moon, Titan.




12/20/2017 02:12 PM
Prototype Space Sensors Take Test Ride on NASA ER-2

The view from NASA's ER-2

Scientists have completed flight tests of prototype potential satellite sensors probing basic science questions about aerosols, clouds, air quality and global ocean ecosystems




12/14/2017 02:12 PM
Artificial Intelligence, NASA Data Used to Discover Eighth Planet Circling Distant Star

Artist's concept of Kepler-90 system

Our solar system now is tied for most number of planets around a single star, with the discovery of an eighth planet circling a Sun-like star 2,545 light years from Earth.




12/13/2017 02:12 PM
Next-Generation GRACE Satellites Arrive at Launch Site

A crate containing one of the twin Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Follow-On (GRACE-FO) satellites

A pair of U.S./German Earth research satellites with some very big shoes to fill is now at California 's Vandenberg Air Force Base to begin final preparations for launch.




12/13/2017 02:12 PM
Mars Mission Sheds Light on Habitability of Distant Planets

This illustration depicts charged particles from a solar storm

How long might a Mars-like planet of a red-dwarf star be habitable? It's a complex question but one that NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution mission can help answer.




12/13/2017 02:12 PM
Sierras Lost Water Weight, Grew Taller During Drought

Sierra Nevada range

Loss of water from Sierra Nevada rocks caused the California mountains to rise almost an inch during the recent drought.




12/12/2017 02:12 PM
Bright Areas on Ceres Suggest Geologic Activity

Bright areas of Occator Crater

Scientists have a better sense of how bright areas on Ceres formed and changed over time -- processes indicative of an active, evolving world.




12/11/2017 02:12 PM
NASA's Juno Probes the Depths of Jupiter's Great Red Spot

animation simulates the motion of clouds in Jupiter's Great Red Spot

Data collected by NASA's Juno spacecraft during its first pass over Jupiter's Great Red Spot in July 2017 indicate that this iconic feature penetrates well below the clouds.




12/08/2017 02:12 PM
NASA Airborne Science Team Surveys California Fires

Ventura coastline is barely visible under a plume of smoke

NASA scientists are using a high-altitude aircraft and sophisticated JPL imaging spectrometer to study environmental impacts from Southern California's devastating wildfires.




12/07/2017 02:12 PM
JPL Deploys a CubeSat for Astronomy

JPL CubeSat named ASTERIA

A training program allowed early-career engineers to test an innovative design.




12/06/2017 02:12 PM
NASA Mars Rover Team's Tilted Winter Strategy Works

Perseverance Valley on Mars

NASA's Mars rover Opportunity has passed the shortest-daylight weeks of the Martian year with its solar panels in clean condition for a potential dust-storm season in 2018.




12/06/2017 02:12 PM
Found: Most Distant Black Hole

Artist's concept shows the most distant supermassive black hole ever discovered

Scientists have uncovered a rare relic from the early universe: the farthest known supermassive black hole.




12/01/2017 02:12 PM
JPL Invention Challenge: Students, Pros, Wiffle Balls

Team Golden Tulip

Students from as far away as Tanzania and Ethiopia joined JPL professionals in the annual Invention Challenge.




12/01/2017 02:12 PM
The Voyagers in Popular Culture

Each Voyager spacecraft carries a copy of the Golden Record

The Voyagers have been featured in many movies, TV shows and songs during the course of their epic 40-year journeys.




12/01/2017 02:12 PM
Voyager 1 Fires Up Thrusters After 37 Years

An artist concept depicting one of the twin Voyager spacecraft.

The Voyager team is able to use a set of four backup thrusters, dormant since 1980, for orienting the spacecraft.




11/30/2017 02:11 PM
Take the Driver's Seat on Sea Level Science

A simulation by VESL of Columbia Glacier, Alaska

Anyone with a computer can take the driver's seat using this new NASA model of sea level rise and ice sheet melt.




11/29/2017 02:11 PM
Exoplanet Has Smothering Stratosphere Without Water

Artist's illustration of a hot Jupiter

The massive exoplanet WASP-18b seems to have a smothering stratosphere loaded with carbon monoxide and devoid of water.




11/28/2017 02:11 PM
NASA Builds its Next Mars Rover Mission

Artist's rendition depicts NASA's Mars 2020 rover

The 2020 mission's hardware is coming together at JPL.




11/28/2017 02:11 PM
NASA Finds VA Metro Area Is Sinking Unevenly

Motorists crossing a flooded street

The Hampton Roads metropolitan area is sinking at highly uneven rates, with a few spots subsiding 7 to 10 times faster than the area average.




11/21/2017 02:11 PM
Drone Race: Human Versus Artificial Intelligence

JPL engineers recently finished developing three drones

Artificial intelligence could soon match the skills of professional drone pilots.




11/21/2017 02:11 PM
Cassini Image Mosaic: A Farewell to Saturn

Saturn

A bevy of color images was assembled to produce the mission's final end-to-end look at the planet and its rings.




11/20/2017 02:11 PM
NASA Links Port-City Sea Levels to Regional Ice Melt

The contribution of melting ice in Greenland

A new NASA tool that links changes in sea level in 293 global port cities to specific regions of melting land ice may help coastal planners prepare for future rising seas.




11/20/2017 02:11 PM
Solar System's First Interstellar Visitor Dazzles Scientists

Artist's concept of interstellar asteroid 1I/2017 U1

New data reveal first detected interstellar object to be a rocky, and up to one-quarter mile (400 meters) long and highly-elongated-perhaps 10 times as long as it is wide.




11/20/2017 02:11 PM
Recurring Martian Streaks: Flowing Sand, Not Water?

Inner slope of a Martian crater

Seasonal dark streaks on Mars that previously were described as possible signs of flowing water have steep slopes that are better matches to dry flow processes.




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.