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NASA’s Juno Probes the Depths of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot

NASA’s Juno Probes the Depths of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot

This animation simulates the motion of clouds in Jupiter’s Great Red Spot. The animation was made by applying a wind movement model to a mosaic of JunoCam images. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Gerald Eichstadt/Justin Cowart › Full image and caption › Full image and caption”/> Data collected by NASA’s Juno spacecraft during its first pass over Jupiter’s […]

Next Mars Rover Will Have 23 ‘Eyes’

Next Mars Rover Will Have 23 ‘Eyes’

A selection of the 23 cameras on NASA’s 2020 Mars rover. Many are improved versions of the cameras on the Curiosity rover, with a few new additions as well. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech › Full image and caption › Full image and caption”/> When NASA’s Mars Pathfinder touched down in 1997, it had five cameras: two […]

Dawn Finds Possible Ancient Ocean Remnants at Ceres

Dawn Finds Possible Ancient Ocean Remnants at Ceres

This animation shows dwarf planet Ceres as seen by NASA’s Dawn. The map overlaid at right gives scientists hints about Ceres’ internal structure from gravity measurements. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA › Full image and caption › Full image and caption”/> Minerals containing water are widespread on Ceres, suggesting the dwarf planet may have had a global […]

NASA Damage Map Aids California Wildfire Response

NASA Damage Map Aids California Wildfire Response

The image at top is part of a larger map of damage (red and yellow squares) from the northern California wildfires. This section of the map shows Santa Rosa, California. The full map covers the entire area outlined in red at bottom.

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 […]

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 […]

Astronomers Find Planet Hotter Than Most Stars

Astronomers Find Planet Hotter Than Most Stars

This artist’s concept shows planet KELT-9b orbiting its host star, KELT-9. It is the hottest gas giant planet discovered so far. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech › Full image and caption › Full image and caption”/> A newly discovered Jupiter-like world is so hot, it’s being vaporized by its own star. With a dayside temperature of more than […]

Curiosity Peels Back Layers on Ancient Martian Lake

Curiosity Peels Back Layers on Ancient Martian Lake

This evenly layered rock imaged in 2014 by the Mastcam on NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover shows a pattern typical of a lake-floor sedimentary deposit near where flowing water entered a lake. Shallow and deep parts of an ancient Martian lake left different clues in mudstone formed from lakebed deposits. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS › Full image […]

Cassini Finds Saturn Moon May Have Tipped Over

Cassini Finds Saturn Moon May Have Tipped Over

Cassini researchers have found evidence the active south polar region of Enceladus — the fractured terrain seen here at bottom — may have originally been closer to the icy moon’s equator. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ Space Science Institute › Full image and caption › Full image and caption”/> Saturn’s icy, ocean-bearing moon Enceladus may have tipped over […]

Collapsing Star Gives Birth to a Black Hole

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, but instead implodes to form a black hole. Image credit: NASA/ESA/P. Jeffries (STScI) › Full image and caption › Full image and caption”/> Astronomers have watched as a massive, dying star was likely reborn as […]

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