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Riding the Slingshot to Bennu Poster
Solar System
Sep 21, 2017
Gravity’s pull is being used to help propel a small spacecraft known as OSIRIS-REx to a near-Earth asteroid called Bennu.
Solar System
Jul 25, 2013
New research from NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office identifies the Perseids as the "fireball champion" of annual meteor showers. This year's Perseid display peaks on August 12th and 13th.
ScienceCasts: Perseid Fireballs
Jul 23, 2013
July 23, 2013:  Color and black-and-white images of Earth taken by two NASA interplanetary spacecraft on July 19 show our planet and its moon as bright beacons from millions of miles away in space.
Earth, Sun, Solar System
Jul 22, 2013
July 22, 2013:  One of the most shocking discoveries of the past 10 years is how much the landscape of Saturn's moon Titan resembles Earth.  Like our own blue planet, the surface of Titan is dotted with lakes and seas; it has river channels, islands, mud, rain clouds... Read More
Solar System
Jul 19, 2013
Saturn's giant moon Titan is dotted with hydrocarbon lakes and seas that bear an uncanny resemblance to bodies of water on Earth. Strangely, though, Titan's lakes and seas have no waves.
ScienceCasts: The Mystery of the Missing Waves on Titan
Jul 17, 2013
July 17, 2013:  Consider it the first interplanetary photobomb. On July 19th, NASA's Cassini spacecraft will photograph Earth through the rings of Saturn--and NASA wants you to jump into the shot.
Solar System
Jul 15, 2013
July 15, 2013:  NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has discovered a new moon orbiting the distant blue-green planet Neptune, the 14th known to be circling the giant planet.
Jul 15, 2013
July 15, 2013:  High above our planet in the realm of satellites and space stations, the familiar rules of Earth do not apply. The midday sky is as black as night. There is no up and no down. Dropped objects do not fall, and hot air does not rise.  Of all... Read More
Jul 12, 2013
Drinking coffee in space is surprisingly tricky. Physicists researching the strange behavior of fluids onboard the International Space Station have invented a zero-g coffee cup to make the morning "cuppa Joe" a little easier to swallow.
ScienceCasts: The Zero Gravity Coffee Cup
Universe, Solar System
Jul 11, 2013
July 11, 2013:  Astronomers working with NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have deduced the actual color of a planet orbiting another star 63 light-years away. The planet is HD 189733b, one of the closest exoplanets that can be seen crossing the face of its star, and... Read More
Sun, Solar System
Jul 10, 2013
July 10, 2013:  Like a comet, the solar system has a tail. NASA's Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX) has for the first time mapped out the structure of this tail, which is shaped like a four-leaf clover. Scientists describe the tail, called the heliotail,... Read More
Solar System
Jul 1, 2013
July 1, 2013:  When NASA's Mars rover Opportunity blasted off from Cape Canaveral in 2003, many onlookers expected a relatively short mission.  Landing on Mars is risky business. The Red Planet has a long history of destroying spacecraft that attempt to visit it.... Read More
Solar System
Jun 27, 2013
When Opportunity left Earth in 2003, many observers expected the rover to survive no more than a few months on the hostile surface of Mars. 10 years later, Opportunity is still going strong and could be poised to make its biggest discoveries yet at a place named Solander Point.
ScienceCasts: Opporunity's Improbable Anniversary
Universe, Earth, Sun
Jun 27, 2013
June 27, 2013:  Three new papers published in today's issue of Science suggest that Voyager 1, now more than 18 billion kilometers from the sun, is closer to becoming the first human-made object to reach interstellar space.
Universe, Solar System
Jun 25, 2013
June 25, 2013:  More than 10,000 asteroids and comets that can pass near Earth have now been discovered. The 10,000th near-Earth object, asteroid 2013 MZ5, was first detected on the night of June 18, 2013, by the Pan-STARRS-1 telescope, located on the summit of the... Read More