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Photo of forest fire
Earth
Oct 1, 2019
At any given time, there is a fire burning somewhere on Earth. As the climate warms, it has directly affected the way fires occur, with longer fire seasons and more extreme fires that are harder to suppress. With a fleet of satellites orbiting Earth, NASA has a unique perspective to keep an eye on... Read More
Earth
Sep 13, 2019
In the Davis Mountains of far west Texas, at the University of Texas McDonald Observatory, astronomers spend their nights peering at the stars through some of the world’s most powerful telescopes. Soon they’ll be adding a more down-to-Earth job. Within sight of the giant domes, NASA is installing a... Read More
Potsdam Gravity Potato
Solar System, Planets of Our Solar System, Sky Watching
Sep 9, 2019
It is an ice giant, a planet of monster storms, and a recluse rarely seen. However on the night of September 9 the planet Neptune will be at opposition, the yearly event where Earth passes directly between Neptune and our Sun. Sky watchers and astronomers will take the opportunity to observe this... Read More
Eye on Neptune Poster
Mars
Sep 3, 2019
NASA invites U.S. students to submit essays to name NASA's next Mars rover. Kindergarten through 12th grade students have until Nov. 1, 2019 to submit their name.
Name the Mars 2020 Rover
Universe
Aug 15, 2019
Researchers supported in part by the Exobiology Program element of the NASA Astrobiology Program have recently featured in an article from The Atlantic. Their work focuses on the self assembly of fatty acid membranes on the early Earth, a process that could have led to the precursors... Read More
Did Amino Acids Stabilize Prebiotic Membranes?
Universe
Aug 13, 2019
"Black holes" is one of the most highly searched terms about our universe. There’s a fascination with the idea of a region of space having a gravitational pull so strong, nothing can escape its deadly grasp, not even a sliver of light. Well, not quite. In fact, much of what we think we know about... Read More
Shedding Light on Black Holes Poster
ISS
Jul 30, 2019
Most likely, you’re aware of 3D printing, which allows you to design and produce one-of-a-kind pieces for a variety of purposes. But what if you could use that same technology to manufacture biological materials, like new tissue or blood vessels? Welcome to the world of 3D biomanufacturing, a... Read More
Biomanufacturing Aboard the ISS Poster
Solar System, Planets of Our Solar System
Jul 26, 2019
At the close of the last century, a comet, captured into orbit around a planet, traveled too close and was shredded by its gravity into multiple pieces, some as large as a half a mile (1 km) long. Those fragments would plunge into the the planet’s atmosphere in a series of impacts. Would the... Read More
The Lasting Impacts of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 Poster
Jul 12, 2019
As the Apollo 11 mission lifted off on the Saturn V rocket, propelling humanity to the surface of the Moon for the very first time, members of the launch firing team inside Launch Control Center watched through a window.
JoAnn Morgan
Solar System
Jul 8, 2019
Scientists have unlocked clues about the earliest forms of life on Earth by studying fossils found across our planet. Similarly, we’re now learning more about the earliest formation of our solar system from a different kind of fossil – a Kuiper Belt Object (KBO) known as 2014 MU69.   
Fly By of MU69 Poster
Universe
Jul 3, 2019
Imagine slow-motion fireworks that started exploding 170 years ago and are still continuing. This type of firework is not launched into Earth's atmosphere, but rather into space by a doomed super-massive star, called Eta Carinae, the largest member of a double-star system.
Hubble image of Eta Carinae
Earth
Jul 2, 2019
NASA’s Earth Science Research and Analysis (R&A) pro- gram’s Earth Surface and Interior (ESI) focus area sup- ports research and analysis of solid-Earth processes from crust to the core. This includes research on how the solid Earth interacts with the storage, movement, and trans- port of... Read More
Photograph taken by Justin Brandt, USGS, of the National Geodetic Survey vertical control bench mark H1235 RESET in Merced Country, California.
Jun 25, 2019
The first episode of #NASAScienceLive explores how science conducted on the lunar surface in the past informs current missions studying the Moon and future plans to send science, robots and humans to our nearest celestial neighbor.
Watch NASA Science Live
Earth
Jun 25, 2019
Unlike some of its perpetually active neighbors on the Kamchatka Peninsula, Raikoke Volcano on the Kuril Islands rarely erupts. The small, oval-shaped island most recently exploded in 1924 and in 1778. The dormant period ended around 4:00 a.m. local time on June 22, 2019, when... Read More
Raikoke Erupts
Earth
Jun 21, 2019
On May 29, 2006, hot mud and gas began gushing from a rice field near a gas exploration well in East Java. More than a decade later, the Lusi mud flow continues on the Indonesian island. (The name is a combination of lumpur, the Indonesian word for mud, and Sidoarjo, the location of the flow). Over... Read More
A Muddy Mess in Indonesia