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  • 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.

  • Earth's Early Atmosphere

    Earth's Early Atmosphere

    Dec. 2, 2011

    Scientists have reconstructed the atmospheric conditions of the early Earth by studying the oldest minerals on our planet.

  • That Sparkle in Cassini's Eye

    That Sparkle in Cassini's Eye

    Dec. 2, 2011

    NASA's Cassini spacecraft obtains the first-ever synthetic aperture radar images of Saturn's moon Enceladus.

  • Magnetic Pole Reversal Happens

    Magnetic Pole Reversal Happens

    Dec. 1, 2011

    Earth's magnetic field has flipped its polarity many times over the millennia -- but this causes no dramatic effects, and will not lead to problems in 2012.

  • Grace Helps Monitor U.S. Drought

    Grace Helps Monitor U.S. Drought

    Dec. 1, 2011

    The twin Grace satellites, which JPL developed and manages for NASA, detect small changes in Earth's gravity field caused primarily by the redistribution of water on and beneath the land surface.

  • Earth's Lightning Waves Leak into Space

    Earth's Lightning Waves Leak into Space

    Nov. 30, 2011

    Lightning bursts create electromagnetic waves that circle around Earth creating a low frequency wave called Schumann resonance.

  • Growing Knowledge in Space

    Growing Knowledge in Space

    Nov. 30, 2011

    Plants are critical in supporting life on Earth, and with help from an experiment that flew onboard space shuttle Discovery's STS-131 mission, they also could transform living in space.

  • Fermi Reveals A Cosmic-ray Cocoon

    Fermi Reveals A Cosmic-ray Cocoon

    Nov. 30, 2011

    The constellation Cygnus hosts one of our galaxy's richest-known stellar construction zones.

  • ChemCam to Shine a Light on Mars Habitability

    ChemCam to Shine a Light on Mars Habitability

    Nov. 29, 2011

    The Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) on its way and researchers are preparing for the data it's instruments will return from Mars. Among MSL's instruments is ChemCam, which will use lasers to remotely analyze the elemental composition of Mars's surface.