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NASA Selects Mission to Study Space Weather from Space Station

NASA Selects Mission to Study Space Weather from Space Station

NASA has selected a new mission that will help scientists understand and, ultimately, forecast the vast space weather system around our planet. Space weather is important  because it can have profound impacts – affecting technology and astronauts in space, disrupting radio communications and, at its most severe, overwhelming power grids. The new experiment will, for […]

SUMMERS: What Happens Once People Land On Mars?

SUMMERS: What Happens Once People Land On Mars?

Michael Summers | Professor of Planetary Science and Astronomy . NASA robotic missions to Mars have revealed a world with an amazingly complex history, including periods in which it was much warmer, with oceans, volcanoes, and was habitable for many types of simple Earth life. Even now, Mars still has abundant subsurface water and organic […]

Farewell – NASA’s Record-Setting Rover Mission on Mars Comes to an End this Week

Farewell – NASA’s Record-Setting Rover Mission on Mars Comes to an End this Week

One of the most successful and enduring feats of interplanetary exploration, NASA’s Opportunity rover mission is at an end after almost 15 years exploring the surface of Mars and helping lay the groundwork for NASA’s return to the Red Planet. The Opportunity rover stopped communicating with Earth when a severe Mars-wide dust storm blanketed its location in […]

NASA Selects New Mission to Explore Origins of Universe

NASA Selects New Mission to Explore Origins of Universe

NASA has selected a new space mission that will help astronomers understand both how our universe evolved and how common are the ingredients for life in our galaxy’s planetary systems. The Spectro-Photometer for the History of the Universe, Epoch of Reionization and Ices Explorer (SPHEREx) mission is a planned two-year mission funded at $242 million […]

The PI’s Perspective: Share the News—The Farthest Exploration of Worlds in History is Beginning!

The PI’s Perspective: Share the News—The Farthest Exploration of Worlds in History is Beginning!

Spend your New Year’s Eve with NASA, as New Horizons conducts the first close-up exploration of any Kuiper Belt object and the farthest exploration of any worlds in space ever attempted — more than 4 billion miles from Earth and a billion miles beyond Pluto! The New Horizons spacecraft is healthy and is now beginning […]

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”/> […]

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