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Riding the Slingshot to Bennu Poster
Solar System
Sep 21, 2017
We’re all familiar with vehicles that move by using wind, solar energy, gas, or electricity. But occasionally, vehicles are able to use the most efficient and powerful force of all. Gravity.  
Sep 20, 2017
Thanks to astronomer Edwin Hubble and others, scientists have known since 1929 that our universe is expanding. Its current rate of expansion is called Hubble’s Constant (H0).  There are two leading ways to measure H0, and for fifteen years, they more or less agreed with one another. Not anymore,... Read More
Hubble’s Contentious Constant Poster
Sep 20, 2017
Small satellites provide a cheap, responsive alternative to larger, more expensive satellites. As demand grows, engineers must adapt these “nanosatellites” to provide greater data returns. NASA, in collaboration with educational partners, targets 2021 for the launch of an innovative CubeSat that... Read More
Illustration of small satellite deployment into orbit
Solar System
Sep 12, 2017
When the Cassini orbiter plunges into the atmosphere of Saturn on Sept. 15, a group of NASA scientists based in Greenbelt, Maryland, will be among those waiting for the spacecraft’s last long-distance ping.
Image of Cassini with Saturn in the background
Sep 12, 2017
What if the terabytes of global environmental data streaming down every day from NASA’s fleet of Earth-orbiting satellites for researchers studying the intricacies of our planet could be harnessed to aid the people that are hit by major natural disasters whenever and wherever they occur?
Photo of a city damaged by an earthquake
Solar System
Sep 8, 2017
This set of magnified, cropped images shows NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft (highlighted in red) as it approaches Earth for its Sept. 22 Earth Gravity Assist.
Magnified image of OSIRIS-REx spacecraft (circled) approaching Earth
Sep 7, 2017
Satellite imagery from NASA's Aqua satellite and NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite have provided different data on the still Category 5 Hurricane Irma as it headed for the Turks and Caicos Islands.  
Satellite image of Hurrincane Irma
Aug 30, 2017
NASA analyzed the soil moisture in southeastern Texas before and after Harvey made landfall and found the ground was already somewhat saturated.
Aug 30, 2017
NASA's Cassini spacecraft is 18 days from its mission-ending dive into the atmosphere of Saturn. Its fateful plunge on Sept. 15 is a foregone conclusion -- an April 22 gravitational kick from Saturn's moon Titan placed the two-and-a-half ton vehicle on its path for impending destruction.
Aug 28, 2017
Tropical Storm Harvey's center of circulation did not move much during the day on Sunday, Aug. 27 and NASA's infrared data identified powerful storms within Harvey that had the capability to produce heavy rain.
Satellite image showing Hurricane Harvey over Texas
Aug 24, 2017
Now that the Aug. 21 total solar eclipse across America is over, you may be wondering: Can I reuse or recycle my eclipse glasses?
Sun, Sky Watching, Eclipses
Aug 18, 2017
On August 21, 2017, the shadow of the Moon will sweep across the U.S. landscape, transforming day to twilight. In the surreal gloaming of an eclipse, the temperature drops, birds go silent, crickets begin to chirp, and blossoms start to close. As this scene plays out across a 70-mile wide path of... Read More
The 2017 Total Solar Eclipse Poster
Sun, Sky Watching, Eclipses
Aug 16, 2017
Cloud cover? Cannot travel? Don’t fear! Watch the total solar eclipse online!
Photo of moon eclipsing sun
Solar System, Planets of Our Solar System
Aug 15, 2017
NASA’s Cassini mission will come to a spectacular close on September 15, 2017 at 5:07 a.m. PDT after almost two decades in space since its launch in 1997. The spacecraft has been orbiting Saturn and studying that system for 13 years. It’s now checking off items from a daring bucket list as it makes... Read More
Cassini's Grand Finale Poster
Universe, ISS
Aug 11, 2017
A new experiment set for an Aug. 14 launch to the International Space Station will provide an unprecedented look at a rain of particles from deep space, called cosmic rays, that constantly showers our planet.
From its new vantage point on the International Space Station's Japanese Experiment Module - Exposed Facility, the Cosmic Ray Energetics and Mass (ISS-CREAM) mission, shown in the inset illustration, will study cosmic rays to determine their sources and acceleration mechanisms.