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  • See Moon's Evolution, Take a Tour

    See Moon's Evolution, Take a Tour

    March 15, 2012

    In honor of 1,000 days in orbit, the NASA Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) team at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt Md. has released two new videos.

  • Cassini Garners Top Honor From Air and Space Museum

    Cassini Garners Top Honor From Air and Space Museum

    March 15, 2012

    NASA's Cassini mission to Saturn, managed by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., has received the top group honor from the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum – the Trophy for Current Achievement.

  • Cassini Spies Wave Rattling Jet Stream on Jupiter

    Cassini Spies Wave Rattling Jet Stream on Jupiter

    March 14, 2012

    New movies of Jupiter are the first to catch an invisible wave shaking up one of the giant planet's jet streams, an interaction that also takes place in Earth's atmosphere and influences the weather.

  • Big Sunspot Remains Active

    Big Sunspot Remains Active

    March 14, 2012

    On March 13, 2012, the sun erupted with an M7.9-class flare that peaked at 1:41 p.m. EDT. This flare was from the same active region, No. 1429, that has been producing flares and coronal mass ejections all week.

  • NASA's RXTE Captures Thermonuclear Behavior

    NASA's RXTE Captures Thermonuclear Behavior

    March 12, 2012

    A neutron star is the closest thing to a black hole that astronomers can observe directly, crushing half a million times more mass than Earth into a sphere no larger than a city. In October 2010, a neutron star near the center of our galaxy erupted with hundreds of X-ray bursts that were powered by a barrage of thermonuclear explosions on the star's surface. NASA's Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer (RXTE) captured the month-long fusillade in extreme detail. Using this data, an international team of astronomers has been able to bridge a long-standing gap between theory and observation.

  • Sunspot 1429 Not Done Yet

    Sunspot 1429 Not Done Yet

    March 12, 2012

    his image was captured by the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) on March 10, 2012 at 12:29PM EST in the 304 Angstrom wavelength. An active region on the sun, seen above as the bright spot to the right, has been moving across the face of the sun from left to right since March 2, 2012.

  • Apollo 12: Pinpoint Landing on the Ocean of Storms

    Apollo 12: Pinpoint Landing on the Ocean of Storms

    March 7, 2012

    This image shows the remnants of not one, but two missions to the moon. Apollo 12 astronauts Pete Conrad and Alan Bean demonstrated that a precision lunar landing with the Apollo system was possible, enabling all of the targeted landings that followed.

  • Active Region on the Sun Spits Out Three Flares

    Active Region on the Sun Spits Out Three Flares

    March 7, 2012

    On March 2, 2012 a new active region on the sun, region 1429, rotated into view. It has let loose two M-class flares and one X-class so far. The M-class flares erupted on March 2 and on March 4. The third flare, rated an X1, peaked at 10:30 ET on March 4.

  • Comet Quest

    Comet Quest

    March 6, 2012

    We are excited to announce another free NASA iPhone/iPad game created by the Space Place team. Learn about comets and the Rosetta mission while playing the fast-moving, immersive action game “Comet Quest.” It’s like the real Rosetta mission, but with you in control of the spacecraft: First, drop the comet lander carefully onto the nucleus; observe and record gas jets, craters, cracks, and other happenings; dodge and dart around ice chunks flying off the nucleus; and, in your sparetime, communicate with the lander and with Earth. Find it at the Apple app store at http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/comet-quest/id504786625?mt=8&ls=1

  • Engineers Tuck NuSTAR in its Nose Cone

    Engineers Tuck NuSTAR in its Nose Cone

    March 5, 2012