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Solar System
Oct 28, 2020
NASA's upcoming James Webb Space Telescope will examine an assortment of Kuiper Belt Objects in a series of programs called Guaranteed Time Observations shortly after its launch in 2021.
Solar System
Oct 27, 2020
NASA scientists identified a molecule in Titan’s atmosphere that has never been detected in any other atmosphere.
Solar System
Oct 27, 2020
An instrument on the spacecraft may have detected transient luminous events – bright flashes of light in the gas giant's upper atmosphere.
Solar System
Oct 26, 2020
NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission is ready to perform an early stow on Tuesday, Oct. 27, of the large sample it collected last week from the surface of the asteroid Bennu to protect and return as much of the sample as possible.
Solar System
Oct 21, 2020
Captured on Oct. 20, 2020 during the OSIRIS-REx mission’s Touch-And-Go (TAG) sample collection event, this series of images shows the SamCam imager’s field of view as the NASA spacecraft approaches and touches down on asteroid Bennu’s surface, over 200 million miles (321 million km) away from Earth.
Solar System
Oct 20, 2020
NASA’s Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft unfurled its robotic arm Tuesday, and in a first for the agency, briefly touched an asteroid to collect dust and pebbles from the surface for delivery to Earth in 2023.
Solar System
Oct 19, 2020
Asteroids have been orbiting the sun for thousands of millennia in deep space, standing as ancient storytellers, holding clues about the formation of the solar system.
Solar System
Oct 19, 2020
For hobbyists and makers, 3D printing expands creative possibilities; for specialized engineers, it's also key to next-generation spacecraft design.
Solar System
Oct 16, 2020
Here’s what we already know (and some of what we hope to find out) about this pristine remnant from the early days of our solar system.
Solar System
Oct 14, 2020
NASA will broadcast coverage of a first for the agency as its Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) mission attempts to collect a sample of asteroid Bennu on Tuesday, Oct. 20, at 6:12 p.m. EDT.
Solar System
Oct 14, 2020
A neighboring shield may have helped our planet retain its atmosphere and eventually go on to develop life and habitable conditions.
Solar System
Oct 8, 2020
NASA’s first asteroid sample return mission now knows much more about the material it’ll be collecting in just a few weeks.
Solar System
Oct 8, 2020
The agency's newest rover will use the first ground-penetrating radar instrument on the Martian surface to help search for signs of past microbial life.
Solar System
Sep 28, 2020
Perseverance is one of a few Mars spacecraft carrying laser retroreflectors. The devices could provide new science and safer Mars landings in the future.