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  • LRO Observes Final Lunar Eclipse of the Year

    LRO Observes Final Lunar Eclipse of the Year

    Dec. 9, 2011

    Orbiting 31 miles above the lunar surface, NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) spacecraft will get a front-row seat to the total lunar eclipse on Dec. 10, 2011.

  • New Tool for Touring Mars Using Detailed Images

    New Tool for Touring Mars Using Detailed Images

    Dec. 8, 2011

    An improved tool debuts today for viewing channels, dunes, boulders and other features revealed in the huge image files from the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.

  • Ten Successful Years of Mapping the Middle Atmosphere

    Ten Successful Years of Mapping the Middle Atmosphere

    Dec. 8, 2011

    TIMED were designed to provide a comprehensive overview of the composition of this mesosphere and lower thermosphere/ionosphere (MLTI) region of Earth's atmosphere, and to watch how it changes over time.

  • SuperEarths Made of Diamond

    SuperEarths Made of Diamond

    Dec. 7, 2011

    A new study suggests that terrestrial planets containing up to 50 percent diamond could exist in the Milky Way.

  • Oxygen's Stops and Starts

    Oxygen's Stops and Starts

    Dec. 7, 2011

    Based on studies of rock cores, geoscientists have determined that oxygen did not appear in Earth's atmosphere in a single event.

  • New DAWN Visuals Show Vesta's 'Color Palette'

    New DAWN Visuals Show Vesta's 'Color Palette'

    Dec. 6, 2011

    New color data from NASA's Dawn mission give scientists an inside look at the chemical composition of giant asteroid Vesta.

  • 'Merging Tsunami' Doubled Japan Destruction

    'Merging Tsunami' Doubled Japan Destruction

    Dec. 6, 2011

    NASA and university researchers have discovered the tsunami generated by the magnitude 9.0 quake off northeastern Japan in March 2011 was a long-hypothesized "merging tsunami".

  • Voyager Hits New Region at Solar System Edge

    Voyager Hits New Region at Solar System Edge

    Dec. 6, 2011

    Voyager 1 spacecraft has entered a new region between our solar system and interstellar space, which scientists are calling the stagnation region.

  • Buried Ice on Mars

    Buried Ice on Mars

    Dec. 5, 2011

    Radar probing of the Phlegra Montes region on Mars suggests large volumes of ice water sit below the surface.

  • 18 New Planets Discovered Orbiting Massive Stars

    18 New Planets Discovered Orbiting Massive Stars

    Dec. 5, 2011

    Astronomers have announced the discovery of 18 new extrasolar planets.