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Solar System, Mars
Oct 28, 2021
How did the Perseverance Mars rover pick its exact landing spot? Believe it or not, the rover made the decision on precisely where to land just moments before it touched down. How?!
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Universe
Oct 28, 2021
A hypnotizing vortex? A peek into a witch's cauldron? A giant space-spider web? In reality, it's a look at the red giant star CW Leonis as photographed by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope — just in time for celebrating Halloween with creepy celestial sights.
Universe
Oct 28, 2021
NASA will hold a virtual media briefing 11 a.m. EDT Tuesday, Nov. 2, to discuss the engineering of the James Webb Space Telescope, the world’s largest and most powerful space science telescope.
Solar System
Oct 27, 2021
NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft made history by returning the first close-up images of Pluto and its moons.
Universe
Oct 27, 2021
A new study shows how the chemicals in an exoplanet’s atmosphere can, in some cases, reveal whether or not the temperature on its surface is too hot for liquid water.
Universe
Oct 27, 2021
NASA scientists are encouraging the scientific community to establish a new framework that provides context for findings related to the search for life.
Earth
Oct 27, 2021
The 2021 Antarctic ozone hole reached its maximum area on Oct. 7 and ranks 13th-largest since 1979, scientists from NASA and NOAA reported today. This year’s hole developed similarly to last year's: A colder than usual Southern Hemisphere winter led to a deep, larger-than-average ozone hole... Read More
Space Experiments, Space Biology
Oct 25, 2021
Multi-Agency Research Initiative Could Lead to Improved Medical Treatments and Support Deep-Space Exploration
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Universe
Oct 25, 2021
Signs of a planet transiting a star outside of the Milky Way galaxy may have been detected for the first time. This intriguing result, using NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory, opens up a new window to search for exoplanets at greater distances than ever before.
Sun
Oct 25, 2021
A joint NASA-U.S. Naval Research Laboratory experiment dedicated to studying the origins of solar energetic particles — the Sun’s most powerful form of radiation — is ready for launch. UVSC, or Ultraviolet Spectro-Coronagraph, Pathfinder will hitch a ride to space aboard STPSat-6.
Universe
Oct 21, 2021
Like a witness to a violent death, NASA's Hubble Space Telescope recently gave astronomers an unprecedented, comprehensive view of the first moments of a star's cataclysmic demise.
Solar System
Oct 21, 2021
Scientists thought Bennu's surface was like a sandy beach, abundant in fine sand and pebbles, which would have been perfect for collecting samples. But when NASA's OSIRIS-REx mission arrived at Bennu in late 2018, the mission saw a surface covered in boulders.
Solar System
Oct 21, 2021
There are no known threats to Earth, but NASA asteroid expert Dr. Kelly Fast says it’s important to find the asteroids before they find us. That’s why NASA’s Planetary Defense Coordination Office keeps its eyes on the skies. This November, we're launching the Double Asteroid Redirection Test, or... Read More
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