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Demonstration Proves Nuclear Fission System Can Provide Space Exploration Power

Demonstration Proves Nuclear Fission System Can Provide Space Exploration Power

NASA and the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) have successfully demonstrated a new nuclear reactor power system that could enable long-duration crewed missions to the Moon, Mars and destinations beyond.  NASA announced the results of the demonstration, called the Kilopower Reactor Using Stirling Technology (KRUSTY) experiment,during a news conference Wednesday at its Glenn Research […]

Bright Areas on Ceres Suggest Geologic Activity

Bright Areas on Ceres Suggest Geologic Activity

The bright areas of Occator Crater — Cerealia Facula in the center and Vinalia Faculae to the side — are examples of bright material found on crater floors on Ceres. This is a simulated perspective view.

Trump tells NASA to send Americans to Moon

Trump tells NASA to send Americans to Moon

US President Donald Trump directed NASA on Monday to send Americans to the Moon for the first time in decades, a move he said would help prepare for a future Mars trip. “This time we will not only …

Voyager 1 Fires Up Thrusters After 37

Voyager 1 Fires Up Thrusters After 37

The Voyager team is able to use a set of four backup thrusters, dormant since 1980. They are located on the back side of the spacecraft in this orientation. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech › Full image and caption › Full image and caption”/> If you tried to start a car that’s been sitting in a garage for […]

NASA’s Cassini Spacecraft Ends Its Historic Exploration of Saturn

NASA’s Cassini Spacecraft Ends Its Historic Exploration of Saturn

Cassini program manager at JPL, Earl Maize, left, and spacecraft operations team manager for the Cassini mission at Saturn, Julie Webster embrace after the Cassini spacecraft plunged into Saturn, Friday, Sept. 15, 2017 at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. Photo Credit: NASA/Joel Kowsky › Full image and caption › Full image and caption”/> […]

Jupiter’s Aurora Presents a Powerful Mystery

Jupiter’s Aurora Presents a Powerful Mystery

This is a reconstructed view of Jupiter’s northern lights through the filters of the Juno Ultraviolet Imaging Spectrograph instrument on Dec. 11, 2016, as the Juno spacecraft approached Jupiter, passed over its poles, and plunged towards the equator. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Bertrand Bonfond › Full image and caption › Full image and caption”/> Scientists on NASA’s […]

Intelligent alien life hunters pick up 15 high-energy bursts far across the universe

Intelligent alien life hunters pick up 15 high-energy bursts far across the universe

Instruments at the Green Bank Telescope in West Virginia identified 15 mysterious high-energy radio signals which are still unattributed. Brief but intense radio pulses have been recorded emanating from FRB 121102, a dwarf galaxy some 3 billion years away. Scientists working at Breakthrough Listen – a $100 million effort to search for alien signals – […]

NASA Selects Proposals to Study Galaxies, Stars, Planets

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. Image credit: NASA › Larger view › Larger view”/> NASA has selected six astrophysics Explorers Program proposals for concept studies. The proposed missions would study gamma-ray and X-ray emissions from clusters of […]

A Final Farewell to LISA Pathfinder

A Final Farewell to LISA Pathfinder

An artist’s concept of the European Space Agency’s LISA Pathfinder spacecraft, designed to pave the way for a mission detecting gravitational waves. NASA/JPL developed a thruster system on board. › Larger view › Larger view”/> With the push of a button, final commands for the European Space Agency’s LISA Pathfinder mission were beamed to space […]

Jupiter now officially has 69 moons. There are likely more to be confirmed

Jupiter now officially has 69 moons. There are likely more to be confirmed

Credit: NASA. It’s amazing how astronomers are still discussing the possibility of finding a new planet in the solar system in 2017. Compared to that, finding new moons shouldn’t be all that surprising, especially around Jupiter which is some 630 million miles away from Earth. In fact, the environment around Jupiter, a planet 317 times […]

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