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Apr 20, 2021
PROJECT Solar Cruiser technology demonstration mission SNAPSHOT To enable missions to reach novel and otherwise difficult or impossible destinations for observing the Sun, NASA is developing the 1653 m2 Solar Cruiser solar sail system for flight demonstration in 2025.
Solar System, Mars
Apr 20, 2021
In this video captured by NASA’s Perseverance rover, the agency's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter took the first powered, controlled flight on another planet on April 19, 2021. The rover was parked at “Van Zyl Overlook,” about 211 feet (64.3 meters) away in Mars' Jezero Crater and chronicled the flight... Read More
Photo of surface of Mars
Earth
Apr 19, 2021
From the vantage point of space, NASA’s fleet of Earth-observing satellites investigates connections between ecosystems that are continents apart, or right next door.
Solar System
Apr 19, 2021
On Jan. 9, 2020, NASA’s Lucy mission officially announced that it would be visiting not seven, but eight asteroids. As it turns out, Eurybates, one of the asteroids along Lucy’s path, has a small satellite – officially named Queta.
Earth
Apr 19, 2021
Saharan Dust Forecasts Minimize Health Risks in the Caribbean
Solar System
Apr 19, 2021
Monday, NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter became the first aircraft in history to make a powered, controlled flight on another planet. The Ingenuity team at the agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California confirmed the flight succeeded after receiving data from the helicopter via NASA’... Read More
Universe
Apr 17, 2021
Matter in the hearts of neutron stars – dense remnants of exploded massive stars – takes the most extreme form we can measure. Now, thanks to data from NASA’s NICER, an X-ray telescope on the International Space Station, scientists have discovered that this mysterious matter is less squeezable than... Read More
Space Experiments, Space Biology
Apr 16, 2021
In the Growing Beyond Earth Program teachers and students conduct research similar to how plants are being grown in the Veggie chamber on the International Space Station. Students conduct experiment trials, collect data on different crop types and growing techniques, and report these data in a... Read More
Photo of a young female student watering seeds in a grow box emitting a pink glow (left) and a female astronaut water seeds on the International Space Station in a grow box that is also emitting a pink glow.
Sun
Apr 16, 2021
NASA’s Parker Solar Probe mission has given scientists the first complete look at Venus’ orbital dust ring, a collection of microscopic dust particles that circulates around the Sun along Venus’ orbit.
Universe
Apr 16, 2021
Hubble captured this image of the galaxy cluster Abell 2813 demonstrating spectacularly the concept of gravitational lensing.
Solar System
Apr 15, 2021
Like boot prints on the Moon, NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft left its mark on asteroid Bennu. New images — taken during the spacecraft's final fly-over on April 7 before heading back to Earth — reveal the aftermath of its historic encounter and "TAG" sample collection at the... Read More
Universe
Apr 15, 2021
A pair of orbiting black holes millions of times the Sun’s mass perform a hypnotic dance in a new NASA visualization. The movie traces how the black holes distort and redirect light emanating from the maelstrom of hot gas – called an accretion disk – that surrounds each one.
Space Experiments
Apr 15, 2021
Gateway Instruments to Improve Radiation Detection for Artemis Astronauts