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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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Solar System
Oct 18, 2021
Two microphones aboard the six-wheeled spacecraft add a new dimension to the way scientists and engineers explore the Red Planet.
Solar System
Oct 15, 2021
NASA’s Perseverance rover captures a geologic feature with details that offer clues to the area’s mysterious past.
Solar System, Mars
Oct 14, 2021
Did Mars ever look like Earth? We think it did! Ancient Mars may have been wetter and warmer — similar to our home planet. So what happened? Scientists like Dr. Becky McCauley Rench are trying to find out. Keep up with our Martian exploration efforts: www.nasa.gov/Mars.
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Solar System
Oct 14, 2021
NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope observations of Jupiter’s icy moon Europa have revealed the presence of persistent water vapor – but, mysteriously, only in one hemisphere.
Solar System
Oct 12, 2021
The public is invited to participate in several of NASA’s virtual activities in celebration of International Observe the Moon Night on Saturday, Oct. 16.
Solar System
Oct 12, 2021
NASA, along with the European Space Agency, is developing a campaign to return the Martian samples to Earth.
Solar System
Oct 12, 2021
Dynamic Radioisotope Power Systems may enable lunar science payloads to survive and thrive during the harsh lunar night.
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Solar System
Oct 6, 2021
What are some skywatching highlights in October 2021? See several groupings of the Moon, planets, and stars at sunrise and sunset. Then get to know two bright stars that are part of a special group: along with a handful of others, they take turns with Polaris as North Star over thousands of years.... Read More
Solar System
Oct 6, 2021
At the Space Laser Assembly Cleanroom at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, the Laser and Electro-Optics Branch is building lasers for NASA’s Dragonfly mission to Titan and the European Space Agency’s Laser Interferometer Space Antenna, which will measure waves in space-time caused by massive... Read More
Solar System
Oct 4, 2021
Media accreditation is open for the upcoming launch of NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) mission, an evaluation of technologies for preventing a hazardous asteroid from striking Earth.
Solar System
Oct 4, 2021
What are the Trojan asteroids? These mysterious space rocks have been gravitationally trapped in Jupiter’s orbit around the Sun for billions of years and hold clues to the formation of our solar system.
Solar System, Mars
Oct 1, 2021
Is there oxygen on Mars? Technically yes, but it’s nothing like the amount we have on Earth. So breathing is out of the question. However, there IS a lot of carbon dioxide (CO2) on Mars. Now a new technology — MOXIE — has proven that we can convert Martian CO2 into oxygen for use by future... Read More
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Solar System
Oct 1, 2021
Dangling from a crane inside one of the high bays at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Laurel, Maryland, the Light Italian CubeSat for Imaging Asteroids, or LICIACube, was ready for installation on NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) spacecraft.