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  • Measuring the Radiation on Mars

    Measuring the Radiation on Mars

    Nov. 23, 2011

    Scheduled to launch Nov. 26, 2011, NASA’s next rover mission to Mars includes the SwRI-built Radiation Assessment Detector, one of 10 instruments that will assess past and present habitability of the Red Planet.

  • Habitable Does not Mean 'Earth-Like'

    Habitable Does not Mean 'Earth-Like'

    Nov. 23, 2011

    Although the number of exoplanets discovered is reaching the thousands, few are "Earth-like" in terms of their suitability for life as we know it.

  • Cassini Chronicles the Life and Times of Saturn's Giant Storm

    Cassini Chronicles the Life and Times of Saturn's Giant Storm

    Nov. 22, 2011

    New images and animated movies from NASA's Cassini spacecraft chronicle the birth and evolution of the colossal storm that ravaged the northern face of Saturn for nearly a year.

  • Hubble Finds Stellar Life and Death in a Globular Cluster

    Hubble Finds Stellar Life and Death in a Globular Cluster

    Nov. 22, 2011

    A new NASA Hubble Space Telescope image shows globular cluster NGC 1846, a spherical collection of hundreds of thousands of stars in the outer halo of the Large Magellanic Cloud.

  • How Mars Turned Hostile

    How Mars Turned Hostile

    Nov. 21, 2011

    New NASA Missions to Investigate How Mars Turned Hostile.

  • NASA Develops New Game-Changing Technology

    NASA Develops New Game-Changing Technology

    Nov. 17, 2011

    Two NASA California centers have been selected to develop new space-aged technologies that could be game-changers in the way we look at planets from above and how we safely transport robots or humans through space and bring them safely back to Earth.

  • Galaxies Are the Ultimate Recyclers

    Galaxies Are the Ultimate Recyclers

    Nov. 17, 2011

    New observations by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope are expanding astronomers' understanding of the ways in which galaxies continuously recycle immense volumes of hydrogen gas and heavy elements.

  • NASA Orbiter Catches Mars Sand Dunes in Motion

    NASA Orbiter Catches Mars Sand Dunes in Motion

    Nov. 17, 2011

    Images from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter show sand dunes and ripples moving across the surface of Mars at dozens of locations and shifting up to several yards.

  • LRO Camera Team Releases High Resolution Global Topographic Map of Moon

    LRO Camera Team Releases High Resolution Global Topographic Map of Moon

    Nov. 17, 2011

    The science team that oversees the imaging system on board NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) has released the highest resolution near-global topographic map of the moon ever created.

  • Supervolcanoes: Not a Threat For 2012

    Supervolcanoes: Not a Threat For 2012

    Nov. 16, 2011

    The geological record holds clues that throughout Earth's 4.5-billion-year lifetime massive supervolcanoes have erupted. However, despite the claims of those who fear 2012, there’s no evidence that such a supereruption is imminent.