Planetary Science Stories

Emily Costello, Christopher Fowler, Peter James, Kelly Miller, Laura Rodriguez

NASA Recognizes 5 Early Career Planetary Scientists

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NASA has selected five early-career scientists for its 2023 Planetary Science Early Career Award (ECA) based on their demonstrated leadership, involvement in the planetary science community, and potential for future impact. The ECA program supports exceptional early-career scientists who play…

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A tiled collection of logos for Zooniverse projects. Each logo consists of a square containing two concentric circles formed of thick lines plus a diagonal slash. The colors, textures, backgrounds (and sometimes foregrounds) of each logo are customized for each project. For example, a project about penguins features photographs of penguins in its logo.

NASA Partner Zooniverse Receives White House Open Science Award

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Congrats to NASA partner Zooniverse for being named winners in the White House’s Year of Open Science Recognition Challenge! The White House Office of Science & Technology Policy (OSTP) designated 2023 as the year of Open Science, and invited innovators to submit stories of how…

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Water-ice (blue) and dust (red) in the atmosphere of Mars above the cratered Martian surface as viewed from orbit by the THEMIS camera (false-color composite image).

Major Martian Milestones

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There’s good news from NASA’s Cloudspotting on Mars project! That’s the project that invites you to help identify exotic clouds high in the Martian atmosphere. Congratulations to the Cloudspotting on Mars team and all the volunteers who have helped spot Martian clouds!

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NASA SCoPE PI, Meenakshi Wadhwa, inducted to National Academy of Sciences

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On April 26, 2024, the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) welcomed a new cohort of outstanding members into its ranks, including Principal Investigator (PI) Meenakshi Wadhwa of NASA SCoPE – the NASA Science Mission Directorate Community of Practice for Education.…

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NASA Grant Brings Students at Underserved Institutions to the Stars

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At the agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, interns from Cal State LA are learning key skills studying the origins of life. What does wastewater management in Los Angeles have to do with the search for life on Mars? Eduardo Martinez certainly…

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Pushing the Limits of Sub-Kilowatt Electric Propulsion Technology to Enable Planetary Exploration and Commercial Mission Concepts

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NASA has developed an advanced propulsion technology to facilitate future planetary exploration missions using small spacecraft. Not only will this technology enable new types of planetary science missions, one of NASA’s commercial partners is already preparing to use it for…

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Artist’s concept of Dragonfly soaring over the dunes of Saturn’s moon Titan.

NASA’s Dragonfly Rotorcraft Mission to Saturn’s Moon Titan Confirmed

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NASA has confirmed its Dragonfly rotorcraft mission to Saturn’s organic-rich moon Titan. The decision allows the mission to progress to completion of final design, followed by the construction and testing of the entire spacecraft and science instruments. “Dragonfly is a…

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Infiniscope and Eclipse Soundscapes Collaboration Reaches 1,766 Middle School Students

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Arizona State University’s (ASU) Center for Education Through Exploration, in collaboration with Eclipse Soundscapes, a NASA Citizen Science initiative based at Advanced Research in Inclusion & STEAM Accessibility (ARISA) Lab, came together to empower a cohort of enthusiastic science educators…

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NASA SCoPE Supports Science Activation Projects and Events for 2024 Eclipse

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The NASA SCoPE (Science Mission Directorate Community of Practice for Education) project aims to facilitate connections between NASA science subject matter experts (SMEs) and educational outreach opportunities aligned with the goals of NASA Science Activation (SciAct) teams. With the 2024…

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NASA’s LRO Finds Photo Op as It Zips Past SKorea’s Danuri Moon Orbiter

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Editor’s Note: This feature was updated on April 9, 2024, to correct the velocity difference between spacecraft to 11,500 kilometers per hour. NASA’s LRO (Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter), which has been circling and studying the Moon for 15 years, captured several…

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