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Sun
Feb 24, 2021
NASA’s Parker Solar Probe captured stunning views of Venus during its close flyby of the planet in July 2020.
Solar System
Feb 24, 2021
NASA’s Mars 2020 Perseverance rover got its first high-definition look around its new home in Jezero Crater on Feb. 21, after rotating its mast, or “head,” 360 degrees, allowing the rover’s Mastcam-Z instrument to capture its first panorama after touching down on the Red Planet on Feb 18.
Sun
Feb 23, 2021
Researchers with NASA’s Super Soaker mission, a small suborbital rocket launched in Alaska, created an artificial ice cloud to study how water vapor affects the upper atmosphere.
Solar System, Mars
Feb 23, 2021
The largest, most advanced rover NASA has sent to another world touched down on Mars Thursday, after a 203-day journey traversing 293 million miles (472 million kilometers). Confirmation of the successful touchdown was announced in mission control at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern... Read More
Artist rendition of Mars Rover Perseverance on the surface of Mars
Universe
Feb 22, 2021
Astronomers now have evidence from two X-ray telescopes (Chandra and NuSTAR) for a key component of a famous supernova remnant. This latest study shows that a "pulsar wind nebula" created by such a neutron star may be present.
Solar System
Feb 22, 2021
New video from NASA’s Mars 2020 Perseverance rover chronicles major milestones during the final minutes of its entry, descent, and landing (EDL) on the Red Planet on Feb. 18 as the spacecraft plummeted, parachuted, and rocketed toward the surface of Mars.
Solar System
Feb 22, 2021
On Feb. 22, 1906, German astrophotographer Max Wolf helped reshape our understanding of the solar system. He discovered the first of a small body of asteroids trapped in Jupiter's orbit. No spacecraft has ever been to this population of small bodies, called the Trojan asteroids. The Lucy... Read More
Universe
Feb 22, 2021
For only the second time, astronomers have linked an elusive particle called a high-energy neutrino to an object outside our galaxy. Using ground- and space-based facilities, including NASA’s Neil Gehrels Swift Observatory, they traced the neutrino to a black hole tearing apart a star, a rare... Read More
Space Experiments
Feb 22, 2021
Microbes Survive Balloon Ride to Mars-Like Habitat in the Sky
Solar System
Feb 19, 2021
The technology demonstration has phoned home from where it is attached to the belly of NASA’s Perseverance rover.
Sun
Feb 19, 2021
For the first time, a NASA mission has made multi-height measurements of the solar chromosphere’s magnetic field. The observations extend our measurement capability into a region of the Sun that has so far eluded scientific grasp.
Solar System
Feb 19, 2021
Less than a day after NASA’s Mars 2020 Perseverance rover successfully landed on the surface of Mars, engineers and scientists at the agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California were hard at work, awaiting the next transmissions from Perseverance.
Space Experiments, Space Biology, Physical Sciences
Feb 19, 2021
On Feb. 20, 2021, Northrop Grumman will launch its Cygnus cargo spacecraft aboard an Antares rocket to deliver several tons of cargo and supplies to the International Space Station for its 15th resupply mission (CRS-15). Included in these bulky supplies will be a handful of items that weigh no more... Read More
Photo of protein crystals growing in a petri dish.
Solar System
Feb 18, 2021
The largest, most advanced rover NASA has sent to another world touched down on Mars Thursday, after a 203-day journey traversing 293 million miles (472 million kilometers).