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  • Curiosity Nears Daring Landing on Mars

    Curiosity Nears Daring Landing on Mars

    July 16, 2012

    As Curiosity nears the Red Planet for a daring landing on August 5th, NASA has released a suite of video games and virtual experiences for members of the general public who wish to follow the massive rover across the sands of Mars.

  • Fifth Moon Discovered Around Pluto

    Fifth Moon Discovered Around Pluto

    July 13, 2012

    While scanning the Pluto system for possible hazards to the approaching New Horizons spacecraft, astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope have discovered a fifth moon orbiting the dwarf planet.

  • A Good Reason to Wake Up at Dawn

    A Good Reason to Wake Up at Dawn

    July 3, 2012

    The brightest planets in the solar system are converging for a beautiful sunrise sky show that begins on the 4th of July.

  • Hidden Portals in Earth's Magnetic Field

    June 29, 2012

    A NASA-sponsored researcher at the University of Iowa has developed a way for spacecraft to hunt down hidden magnetic portals in the vicinity of Earth. These portals link the magnetic field of our planet to that of the sun.

  • Titan's Underground Ocean

    Titan's Underground Ocean

    June 28, 2012

    Saturn's giant moon Titan appears to have an underground ocean of liquid water, according to a newly-released analysis of data from NASA's Cassini probe.

  • Stellar Flare Blasts Exoplanet

    Stellar Flare Blasts Exoplanet

    June 28, 2012

    Working in tandem, NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and Swift satellite have caught a distant star blasting one of its own planets with a powerful stellar flare. The eruption stripped thousands of tons of material from the planet's atmosphere.

  • Voyager 1 at the Final Frontier

    Voyager 1 at the Final Frontier

    June 22, 2012

    At the edge of the solar system, Voyager 1 is reporting a sharp increase in cosmic rays that could herald the spacecraft's long-awaited entry into interstellar space.

  • A "DisasterCam" for the ISS

    A "DisasterCam" for the ISS

    June 20, 2012

    A prototype camera to be installed on the International Space Station this summer could help scientists and emergency personnel monitor disasters unfolding on the Earth below.

  • Evidence Mounts for Ice in Shackleton Crater

    Evidence Mounts for Ice in Shackleton Crater

    June 20, 2012

    According to data from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), ice may make up as much as 22 percent of the surface material in Shackleton crater at the moon's south pole.

  • Why Won't the Supernova Explode?

    Why Won't the Supernova Explode?

    June 15, 2012

    A question has been troubling astronomers: Why won't the supernova explode? Although real stars blow up, the best computer models of dying stars do not result in much of a bang. NASA has launched a new observatory named "NuSTAR" to seek out the missing physics of stellar explosions.