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  • Orbiter Images NASA's Martian Landscape Additions

    Orbiter Images NASA's Martian Landscape Additions

    Aug. 8, 2012

    Late Monday night, an image from the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera aboard NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter captured the Curiosity rover and the components that helped it survive its seven-minute ordeal from space to its present location in Mars' Gale Crater.

  • Cassini Shows Why Jet Streams Cross-Cut Saturn

    Cassini Shows Why Jet Streams Cross-Cut Saturn

    June 26, 2012

    Turbulent jet streams, regions where winds blow faster than in other places, churn east and west across Saturn. Scientists have been trying to understand for years the mechanism that drives these wavy structures in Saturn's atmosphere and the source from which the jets derive their energy.

  • Study Finds Ancient Warming Greened Antarctica

    Study Finds Ancient Warming Greened Antarctica

    June 18, 2012

    A new university-led study with NASA participation finds ancient Antarctica was much warmer and wetter than previously suspected. The climate was suitable to support substantial vegetation -- including stunted trees -- along the edges of the frozen continent.

  • Compact Blue Dwarf Can’t Hide from Hubble

    Compact Blue Dwarf Can’t Hide from Hubble

    June 18, 2012

    The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has captured this view of the dwarf galaxy UGC 5497, which looks a bit like salt sprinkled on black velvet in this image.

  • NASA's Juno Spacecraft Images Big Dipper

    NASA's Juno Spacecraft Images Big Dipper

    May 15, 2012

    In England it is known as the "Plough," in Germany the "Great Cart," and in Malaysia the "Seven Ploughs." Since humanity first turned its eyes skyward, the seven northern hemisphere stars that compose the "Big Dipper" have been a welcome and familiar introduction to the heavens.

  • Mojave Desert Tests Prepare for NASA Mars Roving

    Mojave Desert Tests Prepare for NASA Mars Roving

    May 15, 2012

    Team members of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission took a test rover to Dumont Dunes in California's Mojave Desert this week to improve knowledge of the best way to operate a similar rover, Curiosity, currently flying to Mars for an August landing.

  • NASA to Hold News Conference on Dawn Mission Results

    NASA to Hold News Conference on Dawn Mission Results

    May 8, 2012

    NASA will host a news conference on Thursday, May 10, at 11 a.m. PDT (2 p.m. EDT) to present a new analysis of the giant asteroid Vesta using data from the agency's Dawn spacecraft.

  • Hubble to Use Moon as Mirror to See Venus Transit

    Hubble to Use Moon as Mirror to See Venus Transit

    May 8, 2012

    This mottled landscape showing the impact crater Tycho is among the most violent-looking places on our moon. Astronomers didn't aim NASA's Hubble Space Telescope to study Tycho, however. The image was taken in preparation to observe the transit of Venus across the sun's face on June 5-6.

  • Paydirt at 8-Year-Old Mars Rover's 'New Landing Site'

    Paydirt at 8-Year-Old Mars Rover's 'New Landing Site'

    May 4, 2012

    A report in the May 4 edition of the journal Science details discoveries Opportunity made in its first four months at the rim of Endeavour Crater, including key findings reported at a geophysics conference in late 2011.

  • Catch a Glimpse of Halley's Comet Debris -- Eta Aquarid Meteor Shower

    Catch a Glimpse of Halley's Comet Debris -- Eta Aquarid Meteor Shower

    May 4, 2012

    Each spring as Earth passes through the debris trail from Halley's Comet (1P/Halley), the cosmic bits burn up in our atmosphere and result in the annual Eta Aquarid meteor shower. This year the peak will occur on the night of May 5 and into the morning of May 6, with meteor rates of about 40-60 meteors per hour under ideal conditions.