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.

08/16/2018 01:08 PM
Six Things About Opportunity's Recovery Efforts

Side-by-side movies shows how dust has enveloped the Red Planet

The global dust storm on Mars could soon let in enough sunlight for the Opportunity rover to recharge.

08/14/2018 01:08 PM
Carbon Monoxide from California Wildfires Drifts East

This animation shows concentrations of carbon monoxide (in orange/red) from California's massive wildfires

New imagery made with AIRS data shows high concentrations of carbon monoxide emitted from California's wildfires (in orange/red) drifting east across the U.S.

08/14/2018 01:08 PM
ASTERIA Wins Small Satellite Mission of the Year Award

Asteria animated gif

The ASTERIA mission has received the Small Satellite Mission of the Year award for demonstrating "a significant improvement in the capability of small satellites."

08/09/2018 01:08 PM
NASA Finds Amazon Drought Leaves Long Legacy of Damage

Line of dead and damaged trees after a surface fire in the Amazon rainforest in western Brazil

A single season of drought in the Amazon rainforest can reduce the forest's carbon dioxide absorption for years after the rains return, according to a new study published in the journal Nature.

08/09/2018 01:08 PM
Water Is Destroyed, Then Reborn in Ultrahot Jupiters

Simulated views of the ultrahot Jupiter WASP-121b

Ultrahot Jupiters are planets with scorching daysides, where water molecules are ripped apart, only to re-form on the planets' nightsides, according to a new study.

08/08/2018 01:08 PM
New Satellite Map Shows Ground Deformation During Indonesian Quake

Scientists with NASA/Caltech's Advanced Rapid Imaging and Analysis project (ARIA) used new satellite data to produce a map of ground deformation on the resort island of Lombok, Indonesia

New satellite-based map shows ground deformation in Lombok, Indonesia, following a deadly August 5 earthquake.

08/03/2018 01:08 PM
New Study: The Arctic Carbon Cycle is Speeding Up

2017 image of Qikiqtaruk-Herschel Island Territorial Park in the Yukon

A new NASA-led study shows that the carbon cycle in the Arctic is speeding up.

08/02/2018 01:08 PM
Meet the People Behind NASA's InSight Mars Lander

Troy Hudson, Ravi Prakash and Marleen Sundgaard

A series of NASA videos highlight scientists and engineers leading the next mission to Mars.

08/02/2018 01:08 PM
The Fading Ghost of a Long-Dead Star

Thin, red veins of energized gas mark the location of the supernova remnant HBH3

Thin, red veins of energized gas mark the location of one of the larger supernova remnants in the Milky Way galaxy in this image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.

08/02/2018 01:08 PM
NASA's 'Space Botanist' Observes California, Nevada Wildfires

Three wildfires burning in the western US

ECOSTRESS has captured new imagery of three wildfires burning in California and Nevada.

07/31/2018 01:07 PM
NASA's MISR Views Raging Fires in California

Carr Fire (left) and the Ferguson Fire (right)

More than a dozen wildfires are burning in the state of California. NASA's MISR instrument imaged two of them from space.

07/31/2018 01:07 PM
Students Can Now Build Their Own Rover Model

JPL-built Open Source Rover

Students, hobbyists and others can get a taste of what it's like to construct a scaled-down version of a Mars rover with, instructions from JPL's Open Source Rover Project.

07/27/2018 01:07 PM
JPL Helps Educate the World's Future Educators

Pre-service teachers perform the straw rocket demonstration

Education Institute brings students from Minority Serving Institutions to NASA centers for STEM professional development.

07/27/2018 01:07 PM
Space Station Experiment Reaches Ultracold Milestone

Series of graphs

The International Space Station is officially home to the coolest experiment in space: NASA's Cold Atom Laboratory is now producing clouds of ultracold atoms.

07/26/2018 01:07 PM
NASA Satellite Image Shows Lava Flow from Hawaii Volcano

Lava from Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano flowing to the Pacific Ocean

New NASA satellite imagery captures a hot lava flow from fissure 8 of Hawaii's Kilauea volcano.

07/26/2018 01:07 PM
Opportunity Hunkers Down During Dust Storm

This series of images shows simulated views of a darkening Martian sky

It's the beginning of the end for the huge dust storm on Mars. But it could be weeks or months before the Opportunity rover has a chance to recharge its batteries and phone home.

07/25/2018 01:07 PM
Local Winds Play Key Role in Some Megafires

The 2014 King Fire

Drought and overgrown forests are often blamed for major wildfires, but new research shows that localized winds may play a larger role.

07/25/2018 01:07 PM
JPL Interns: 'How I'm Spending My Summer Vacation'

JPL is hosting 700 students this summer

In honor of National Intern Day on July 26, JPL is celebrating the 700 students from around the country who are spending their summer working on space-related projects at the laboratory.

07/25/2018 01:07 PM
JPL's 'Martians' Are Coming to Griffith Observatory

Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles

On July 30, when Mars and Earth are closer than they've been since 2003, JPL scientists and engineers will be at a free public event at Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles.

07/25/2018 01:07 PM
NASA Statement on Possible Subsurface Lake near Martian South Pole


A new paper suggests that liquid water may be sitting under a layer of ice at Mars' south pole.

07/24/2018 01:07 PM
What Looks Like Ceres on Earth?

Left: Hlíðarfjall dome, Iceland. Right: Ahuna Mons on Ceres.

When you see these prominent features of Ceres, you might recognize some of their Earthly cousins.

07/23/2018 01:07 PM
Twenty Years of Tracking Near-Earth Objects

Animation depicts a mapping of the positions of known near-Earth objects

NASA's Center for Near-Earth Object Studies enters its third decade of predicting possible impacts.

07/23/2018 01:07 PM
Radiation Maps of Jupiter's Moon Europa: Key to Future Missions

Artist's concept of radiation from Jupiter

New comprehensive mapping of the radiation pummeling Jupiter's icy moon Europa reveals where scientists should look.

07/23/2018 01:07 PM
NASA's 'Space Botanist' Gathers First Data

ECOSTRESS acquired this image the night of July 9 over Egypt

Days after its successful installation on the International Space Station, ECOSTRESS has collected its first science data on Earth's surface temperature.

07/19/2018 01:07 PM
'Storm Chasers' on Mars Searching for Dusty Secrets

Side-by-side movies shows how dust has enveloped the Red Planet, courtesy of the Mars Color Imager (MARCI) wide-angle camera onboard NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO).

Scientists with NASA's Mars orbiters have been waiting years for an event like the current Mars global dust storm.

07/18/2018 01:07 PM
NASA Online Toolkit: Commercial Use of Satellite Data

Through its constellation of Earth observation satellites, NASA collects petabytes of data each year, including this image of the Chukchi Sea acquired on June 18, 2018.

NASA's Technology Transfer program has created an online resource to promote use of satellite data and the software tools needed to work with it.

07/16/2018 01:07 PM
Dusk for Dawn: Mission of Many Firsts to Gather More Data in Home Stretch

Mosaic of Cerealia Facula in Occator Crater

As NASA's Dawn spacecraft prepares to wrap up its groundbreaking 11-year mission, which has included two successful extended missions at Ceres, it will continue to explore -- collecting images and other data.

07/13/2018 01:07 PM
NASA Juno data indicate another possible volcano on Jupiter moon Io

Location of Io's New Hotspot

Juno's JIRAM instrument points to a new heat source close to the south pole of Io that could indicate a previously undiscovered volcano.

07/12/2018 01:07 PM
Observatories Team Up to Reveal Rare Double Asteroid

Artist's concept of what binary asteroid 2017 YE5 might look like

Three of the world's largest radio telescopes have revealed that a near-Earth asteroid discovered last year is actually two objects, nearly equal in size, orbiting each other.

07/12/2018 01:07 PM
NASA's Cassini Coverage Lands an Emmy Nomination

Artist concept of Cassini at Saturn

The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has nominated NASA/JPL for Outstanding Original Interactive Program for coverage of the Cassini Saturn mission's Grand Finale.

07/09/2018 01:07 PM
Listen: Sound of Electromagnetic Energy Moving Between Saturn, Enceladus

Saturn and Enceladus

New research from NASA's Cassini spacecraft's up-close Grand Finale orbits shows a surprisingly powerful and dynamic interaction of plasma waves moving from Saturn to its rings and its moon Enceladus

07/05/2018 01:07 PM
JPL Shares in Cosmology Prize for Planck Mission

An artist's concept of the Planck spacecraft.

The 2018 Gruber Cosmology Prize has been awarded to the European Space Agency's Planck mission, in which NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory played a major role.

07/03/2018 01:07 PM
Tiny Cameras Snap Pictures of Great Lake

Two images of Lake Superior and the surrounding area

These images of Lake Superior are the first from the CubeSat Multispectral Observation System (CUMULOS), which tests commercial sensors for weather and environmental monitoring.

07/03/2018 01:07 PM
NASA's NuSTAR Mission Proves Superstar Eta Carinae Shoots Cosmic Rays

Eta Carinae's great eruption in the 1840s created the billowing Homunculus Nebula

Data from NASA's NuSTAR space telescope suggests that the massive and luminous star system Eta Carinae is accelerating particles that may reach Earth as cosmic rays.

07/02/2018 01:07 PM
Dawn's Latest Orbit Reveals Dramatic New Views of Occator Crater

Mosaic of a prominent mound located on the western side of Cerealia Facula was obtained by NASA's Dawn spacecraft on June 22, 2018 from an altitude of about 21 miles (34 kilometers).

NASA's Dawn spacecraft reached its lowest-ever and final orbit around dwarf planet Ceres on June 6 and has been returning thousands of stunning images and other data.

07/02/2018 01:07 PM
First Laser Light for GRACE Follow-On

Artist's rendering of the twin spacecraft of the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Follow-On (GRACE-FO) mission

The laser ranging interferometer (LRI) instrument has been successfully switched on aboard the recently launched twin U.S./German Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Follow-On (GRACE-FO) satellites.

06/29/2018 01:06 PM
ECOSTRESS Launches to Space Station on SpaceX Mission

ECOSTRESS, is installed on the International Space Station

A JPL Earth science instrument is among the research heading to the International Space Station following Friday's launch of a NASA-contracted SpaceX Dragon spacecraft.

06/29/2018 01:06 PM
NASA Awards Contract to Continue Operations of JPL

Photo of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory nestled in the Pasadena, CA. hillside.

Caltech is awarded a five-year contract to manage the laboratory for NASA.

06/28/2018 01:06 PM
Dawn's Engines Complete Firing, Science Continues

Artist's concept of NASA Dawn spacecraft

Mission controllers have turned off the industrious ion engines on NASA's Dawn spacecraft for the last time and do not expect to turn them back on again.

06/28/2018 01:06 PM
Four Other Things ECOSTRESS Can See

Fire on a mountain

ECOSTRESS will track heat stress in plants, but heat is a warning sign in other areas, too. Here are four other fields where the super-precise temperature data could help.

06/28/2018 01:06 PM
NASA Uses Earth as Laboratory to Study Distant Worlds

These images show the sunlit side of Earth in 10 different wavelengths of light that fall within the infrared, visible and ultraviolet ranges; the images are representational-color, because not all of these wavelengths are visible to the human eye.

A new study uses Earth as a stand-in for an exoplanet and shows that even with very little light -- as little as one pixel -- it is still possible to measure key characteristics of distant worlds.

06/27/2018 01:06 PM
Complex Organics Bubble up from Enceladus

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

NASA's Cassini spacecraft has revealed complex organic molecules originating from Saturn's icy moon Enceladus, strengthening the idea that this ocean world hosts conditions suitable for life.

06/27/2018 01:06 PM
Our Solar System's First Known Interstellar Object Gets Unexpected Speed Boost

This artist's illustration shows 'Oumuamua racing toward the outskirts of our solar system

'Oumuamua, the first known interstellar object to travel through our solar system, got an unexpected boost in speed and shift in trajectory last year, a new study shows.

06/27/2018 01:06 PM
Chasing 'Oumuamua

'Oumuamua infographic

The interstellar object 'Oumuamua perplexed scientists in October 2017 as it whipped past Earth at an unusually high speed.

06/26/2018 01:06 PM
NASA Mars Mission Adds Southern California Dates

The Mars InSight Roadshow van at San Francisco's Exploratorium

Looking for summer fun? Southern California families have their choice of the beach, movies, museums -- and even NASA's next mission to Mars.

06/25/2018 01:06 PM
Watching Plants' Water Use Is No Sweat for ECOSTRESS

Plants under a hot sun

Just like you, plants need to stay hydrated when it gets hot. ECOSTRESS will look at how plants are using water in a warming world.

06/25/2018 01:06 PM
NASA Asks: Will We Know Life When We See It?

Artist's conception of what life could look like on the surface of a distant planet

Leading researchers in astronomy, biology and geology came together to take stock of the search for life on distant planets and take steps to move related sciences forward.

06/22/2018 01:06 PM
SpaceX CRS-15 Briefings and Events

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket

Launch is targeted no earlier than 2:42 a.m. PDT Friday, June 29, for a resupply mission to the International Space Station, with cargo including ECOSTRESS, developed by JPL.

06/21/2018 01:06 PM
OMG, the Water's Warm! NASA Study Solves Glacier Puzzle

Tracy and Heilprin glaciers in northwest Greenland

A plume of warm water is the reason one of two adjoining glaciers in Greenland is melting almost four times as fast as the other.

06/20/2018 01:06 PM
Federal Government Releases National Near-Earth Object Preparedness Plan


A new multiagency report outlines how the U.S. could become better prepared for near-Earth objects -- asteroids and comets whose orbits come within 30 million miles of Earth -- otherwise known as NEOs.

06/20/2018 01:06 PM
Martian Dust Storm Grows Global; Curiosity Captures Photos of Thickening Haze

A self-portrait taken by NASA's Curiosity rover

A storm of tiny dust particles has engulfed much of Mars over the last two weeks and prompted NASA's Opportunity rover to suspend science operations

06/20/2018 01:06 PM
Prolific Sea-Observing Satellite Turns 10

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

An international oceanography satellite that is tracking the ongoing rise in global sea level marks its 10th year in orbit today.

06/19/2018 01:06 PM
New NASA Mission to Detect Plant Water Use from Space

Corn field

In humans, a fever is a warning sign. The same goes for plants, but it's hard to take their temperatures on a global scale. ECOSTRESS is about to change that.

06/19/2018 01:06 PM
NASA to Host Media Teleconference on National Near-Earth Object Preparedness Report


NASA will host a media teleconference at 10 a.m. PDT (1 p.m. EDT) Wednesday, June 20, to discuss a new report detailing U.S. plans for near-Earth objects (NEOs) that could pose a hazard to Earth.

06/15/2018 01:06 PM
Astronomers See Distant Eruption as Black Hole Destroys Star

An artist's concept of a tidal disruption event

For the first time, astronomers have directly imaged the formation and expansion of a fast-moving jet of material ejected when a supermassive black hole ripped apart a star.

06/13/2018 01:06 PM
Ramp-Up in Antarctic Ice Loss Speeds Sea Level Rise

Adelaide Island, Antarctic Peninsula

Antarctic ice losses have tripled since 2012, raising global sea levels by 0.12 inch (3 millimeters) in that timeframe alone, finds a new NASA/ESA-funded climate assessment.

06/13/2018 01:06 PM
NASA Encounters the Perfect Storm for Science

Fierce dust storm is kicking up on Mars

One of the most intense Martian dust storms ever observed is being studied by a record number of NASA spacecraft.

06/12/2018 01:06 PM
ECOSTRESS Among Science Payloads on Next Space Station Mission

ECOSTRESS instrument

A JPL-built "space thermometer" that will take the temperature of plants is among a new batch of science investigations headed to the International Space Station this month.

06/12/2018 01:06 PM
NASA to Hold Media Teleconference on Martian Dust Storm, Mars Opportunity Rover


NASA will host a media telecon on Wednesday, June 13, about a massive Martian dust storm affecting the Opportunity rover, and how various missions can obtain unique science.

06/11/2018 01:06 PM
GRACE-FO Turns on 'Range Finder,' Sees Mountain Effects

World map with GRACE-FO data

GRACE-FO has completed its first mission phase and demonstrated the performance of the precise ranging system that enables its measurements of how mass migrates around Earth.

06/07/2018 01:06 PM
NASA Finds Ancient Organic Material, Mysterious Methane on Mars

Graphic showing chart

NASA's Curiosity rover has found evidence on Mars with implications for NASA's search for life.

06/06/2018 01:06 PM
NASA Re-plans Juno's Jupiter Mission

Animation of orbits

NASA has approved an update to Juno's science operations until July 2021.

06/06/2018 01:06 PM
NASA to Host Live Discussion on New Mars Science Results

Selfie of the Curiosity rover

Questions are welcome during a live discussion at 11 a.m. PDT (2 p.m. EDT) Thursday, June 7, on new science results from NASA's Mars Curiosity rover.

06/06/2018 01:06 PM
Juno Solves 39-Year Old Mystery of Jupiter Lightning

Artist's concept of lightning distribution in Jupiter's northern hemisphere

NASA's Juno spacecraft finds lightning on Jupiter is same as in Earth in some ways, opposite in others.

06/06/2018 01:06 PM
Warm Water Creeps into Otherwise-Calm Central Pacific

Global maps from Jason-3 data

A patch of high sea level called a Kelvin wave is slowly traveling east along the equator in the Pacific Ocean. This type of wave is often a precursor to an El Niño event.

06/04/2018 01:06 PM
Mars Curiosity's Labs Are Back in Action

Drill bit of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover

NASA's Curiosity rover is analyzing drilled samples on Mars in one of its onboard labs for the first time in more than a year.

06/03/2018 01:06 PM
Tiny Asteroid Discovered Saturday Disintegrates Hours Later Over Southern Africa

Artist's concept of a near-Earth object

Asteroid 2018 LA entered Earth's atmosphere at about 9:44 a.m. PDT (12:44 p.m. EDT, 16:44 UTC), and later disintegrated in the upper atmosphere near Botswana, Africa.

06/01/2018 01:06 PM
NASA CubeSats Steer Toward Mars

An artist's concept of one of NASA's MarCO CubeSats

NASA has achieved a first for the class of tiny spacecraft known as CubeSats, which are opening new access to space.

06/01/2018 01:06 PM
NEOWISE Thermal Data Reveal Surface Properties of Over 100 Asteroids

Asteroid Lutetia

Data from NASA's Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) spacecraft was used to create an in-depth analysis of more than 100 asteroids.

06/01/2018 01:06 PM
NASA Soil Moisture Data Advances Global Crop Forecasts

Data from NASA's Soil Moisture Active Passive satellite

Data from a JPL-managed NASA satellite that measures soil water content is now used by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to monitor croplands and make commodity forecasts.

05/31/2018 01:05 PM
Dawn Mission: New Orbit, New Opportunities


NASA's Dawn spacecraft is maneuvering to its lowest-ever orbit for a close-up examination of the inner solar system's only dwarf planet.

05/31/2018 01:05 PM
NASA Invested in Cracking Earth's Carbon Puzzle

Artist's rendering of NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO)-2, one of five new NASA Earth science missions set to launch in 2014, and one of three managed by JPL

How will Earth react to increasing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere? NASA is a trailblazer in using satellite and airborne sensors to study carbon around our planet.

05/30/2018 01:05 PM
NASA Selects Small Business Technology Awards

Images from NASA

NASA has selected 304 proposals from U.S. small businesses to advance research and technology for future space missions, including 49 managed by JPL.

05/24/2018 01:05 PM
Climate Change May Lead to Bigger Atmospheric Rivers

Series of Storms Battering California Tracked by NASA's AIRS Instrument

A new NASA-led study shows the events are likely to intensify, but become slightly less frequent, across most of the globe by the end of this century.

05/24/2018 01:05 PM
Take a Virtual Trip to a Strange New World with NASA

Exoplanet poster

Take a virtual trip to the imagined surfaces of planets beyond our solar system with NASA's interactive Exoplanet Travel Bureau.

05/23/2018 01:05 PM
Kepler Begins 18th Observing Campaign with a Focus On Star Clusters

Cartoon drawing of What Kepler is Looking at Now

NASA's planet-hunting spacecraft Kepler has begun the 18th observing campaign of its extended mission, K2.

05/23/2018 01:05 PM
InSight Steers Toward Mars

Animation of InSight spacecraft

The spacecraft has completed its first trajectory correction maneuver.

05/23/2018 01:05 PM
Drilling Success: Curiosity is Collecting Mars Rocks

NASA's Curiosity rover successfully drilled a 2-inch-deep hole

Engineers will now test delivering samples to instruments inside NASA's Curiosity Mars rover.

05/22/2018 01:05 PM
Twin Spacecraft Launch to Track Earth's Water Movement

NASA/German Research Centre for Geosciences GRACE Follow-On spacecraft launch onboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket

GRACE Follow-On has launched, and both satellites are communicating with ground stations.

05/21/2018 01:05 PM
Help from Above: NASA Aids Kilauea Disaster Response


NASA is flying over Hawaii's erupting Kilauea volcano with an instrument that can detect topographical changes linked to the new lava flows.

05/21/2018 01:05 PM
NASA Sends New Research on Orbital ATK Mission to Space Station

Orbital ATK Antares rocket

A Cygnus cargo vehicle lifted off this morning for the International Space Station. JPL is involved with four of the onboard science payloads.

05/21/2018 01:05 PM
GRACE-FO Spacecraft Ready to Launch

Artist's rendering of the twin spacecraft of the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Follow-On (GRACE-FO) mission

Twin satellites that will monitor Earth's water cycle are scheduled to launch Tuesday in a unique rideshare arrangement.

05/18/2018 01:05 PM
UPDATE: NASA, Orbital ATK Now Targeting May 21 for Next Resupply Mission to Space Station

Orbital ATK's Cygnus spacecraft launched

The date has moved for the next launch to the International Space Station to Monday, May 21, to support further prelaunch inspections and more favorable weather.

05/18/2018 01:05 PM
Just Five Things About GRACE Follow-On

Artist's illustration of the GRACE-FO satellites in orbit

There are a lot more than five things to say about the GRACE Follow-On mission, but here are a few favorite facts.

05/17/2018 01:05 PM
Small Packages to Test Big Space Technology Advances

The RainCube 6U CubeSat with fully-deployed antenna.

The next International Space Station resupply mission, launching this weekend, will carry three small satellites to test the next generation of Earth-observing technology.

05/17/2018 01:05 PM
NASA's Curiosity Rover Aims to Get Its Rhythm Back

A test of a new percussive drilling technique at NASA's JPL

Rover engineers at JPL will try to restore percussive drilling on Mars this week, part of a larger series of tests that will last through summer.

05/16/2018 01:05 PM
Update: Launch Coverage of Earth-Observing Satellites

Artist's illustration of GRACE-FO

Revised dates have been set for the prelaunch briefing and launch of GRACE-FO, NASA's latest Earth-observing satellite mission.

05/16/2018 01:05 PM
NASA Satellites Reveal Major Shifts in Global Freshwater

Time series showing global freshwater trends

Scientists have combined NASA Earth satellite observations with data on human activities to map locations where freshwater is changing around the globe and to determine why.

05/16/2018 01:05 PM
Science Launching to Space Station Looks Forward and Back

The Cold Atom Lab (CAL)

The Cold Atom Laboratory, from JPL, is one science payload launching to the International Space Station aboard an Orbital ATK Cygnus spacecraft no earlier than May 20.

05/15/2018 01:05 PM
Small Asteroid to Fly Between Earth and Moon Today

Diagram of Asteroid 2010 WC9

Small asteroid to fly between Earth and the Moon today.

05/15/2018 01:05 PM
A Pale Blue Dot, As Seen by a CubeSat

First image captured by one of NASA's Mars Cube One (MarCO) CubeSats

One of NASA's MarCO CubeSats has taken its first image.

05/14/2018 01:05 PM
GRACE-FO Will Help Monitor Droughts

Areas of drought

You may not notice water in the ground under your feet, but it plays an important role in keeping you alive.

05/14/2018 01:05 PM
Old Data Reveal New Evidence of Europa Plumes

Artist's illustration of Jupiter and Europa (in the foreground) with the Galileo spacecraft after its pass through a plume

Scientists re-examining data from an old mission bring new insights to the tantalizing question of whether Jupiter's moon Europa has the ingredients to support life.

05/11/2018 01:05 PM
Mars Helicopter to Fly on NASA's Next Red Planet Rover Mission

Mars Helicopter

NASA is adding a Mars helicopter to the agency's next mission to the Red Planet, Mars 2020.

05/11/2018 01:05 PM
NASA Television to Air Coverage of Earth-Observing Satellite Duo Launch

Technicians inspect the twin GRACE Follow-On satellites

Media are invited to cover the prelaunch briefing and launch of the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Follow-On (GRACE-FO), NASA's latest Earth-observing satellite mission.

05/11/2018 01:05 PM
NASA Hosts Live Discussion about Europa Findings, Potential for Life

The puzzling, fascinating surface of Jupiter's icy moon Europa looms large in this reprocessed color view

NASA will host a Science Chat May 14 about the latest analysis of Jupiter's moon Europa and its status as a promising place in the solar system to search for life.

05/08/2018 01:05 PM
Lasers in Space: Earth Mission Tests New Technology

GRACE-FO artist's concept

The upcoming GRACE-FO mission will test a laser measurement system that could possibly detect changes in the distance between two spacecraft to 100 times narrower than a human hair.

05/07/2018 01:05 PM
NASA Highlights Science on Next Orbital ATK Mission to Space Station

The Orbital ATK Cygnus cargo craft

NASA will host a May 10 media telecon about select science investigations and tech demonstrations on the next Orbital ATK commercial flight to the International Space Station.

05/07/2018 01:05 PM
NASA Satellite Detects Kilauea Fissures

ASTER image acquired May 6 picks up hotspots on the thermal infrared bands - shown in yellow. These hotspots are newly formed fissures and lava flows.

The eruption of Kilauea Volcano on the island of Hawaii triggered a number of gas- and lava-oozing fissures in the East Riff Zone of the volcano.

05/05/2018 01:05 PM
NASA's First Deep-Space CubeSats Say: 'Polo!'

An artist's rendering of the twin Mars Cube One (MarCO) spacecraft

MarCO is a pair of tiny spacecraft that launched with NASA's InSight lander today.