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Next Launch SMAP on a Delta II 7320 rocket from Vandenberg AFB, CA
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31 Jan 15 14:20:42 GMT
31 Jan 15 6:20:42 PST
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Mars Science Treasure Dead Ahead as Opportunity Celebrates 11th Year Alive Roving Martian Mountain

11 Years on Mars! New mountain top view from NASA’s Opportunity rover taken on the day of her 11th anniversary exploring the Red Planet on Sol 3911, Jan. 24, 2015, since Martian touchdown on Jan. 24, 2004. The view from atop Cape Tribulation was taken just after departing the summit and shows the down […]

Water on Vesta? Gullies Suggest Wet Debris Flows in the Past, Study Finds

Image of curved gullies and fan-shaped deposits in Cornelia crater on Vesta. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA

The Dawn spacecraft is now very close to the dwarf planet Ceres, but there are some interesting new findings from its previous visit to the asteroid Vesta. Curved gullies on its surface suggest that small amounts of water may […]

Cool New Technology Will Allow Scientists to Work Virtually on Mars in 3-D

A screen view from OnSight, showing how scientists can meet together in a virtual 3-D simulation on the Martian surface. Such technology will allow scientists to better study features of interest and plan rover or lander activities. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

The rover and lander missions on Mars have been cool enough with their high-tech […]

Dawn’s Greatest Glimpse Yet of Ceres Hints at Startling Revelations Soon to Come

GIF animation of Ceres images taken by Dawn spacecraft on Jan. 13, 2015. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA/PSI

We’ve wondered about Ceres‘ nature and true identity for over two centuries, ever since it was discovered on New Year’s Day, 1801, by Giuseppe Piazzi of Italy. It’s been alternately classified as a planet, asteroid, and more recently as […]

NASA Undecided on Asteroid Redirect Mission Concept as Near-Earth Asteroid Approaches for Flyby

This graphic depicts the passage of asteroid 2004 BL86, which will come no closer than about three times the distance from Earth to the moon on Jan. 26, 2015. Due to its orbit around the sun, the asteroid is currently only visible by astronomers with large telescopes who are located in the southern hemisphere. But by Jan. 26, the space rock's changing position will make it visible to those in the northern hemisphere. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

This graphic depicts the passage of asteroid 2004 BL86, which will come no closer than about three times the distance from Earth to the Moon on Jan. 26, 2015. Due to its orbit around the Sun, the asteroid is currently only visible by astronomers with large telescopes who are located in the southern hemisphere. […]

‘Long Lost' British Beagle 2 Mars Lander Found Intact by NASA Mars Orbiter

Beagle 2 Lander Observed by Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter This annotated image from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows a bright feature interpreted as the United Kingdom’s Beagle 2 Lander, which was never heard from after its expected Dec. 25, 2003, landing. The image was taken by the orbiter’s HiRISE camera on Dec. 15, 2014. Credit: […]

NASA’s Upcoming SMAP Mission Critical to Understanding Earth’s Soil Moisture Influence on Weather and Climate

NASA's Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) mission will produce high-resolution global maps of soil moisture to track water availability around our planet and guide policy decisions.

Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

NASA’s Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) mission will produce high-resolution global maps of soil moisture to track water availability around our planet and guide policy decisions. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Five new earth science missions launched in the last 12 months will wrap up with liftoff of NASA’s Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) mission at the […]

Opportunity Tops Martian Mountain! Milestone Achievement 11 Years After Touchdown Reveals Stunning Vista

Stunning new mountain top vista from NASA’s Opportunity rover after reaching summit of Cape Tribulation in January 2015 nearly 11 years after Martian touchdown. Panoramic scene shows vast expanse of Endeavour Crater from highest mountain rover will ever climb. See crater rim expanding out from center and rover solar panels at right and wheel tracks […]

NASA’s Revolutionary Dawn Spacecraft Begins Final Approach Phase to Dwarf Planet Ceres

This artist’s concept shows NASA’s Dawn spacecraft heading toward the dwarf planet Ceres. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech See below Dawn’s 1st resolved image of Ceres!

After a seven-year trek, and at the dawn of a new year, NASA’s revolutionary Dawn spacecraft has begun the final approach phase to dwarf planet Ceres for an unprecedented examination of […]

NASA JPL Gecko-Inspired Gripping Technology Performs Tests in Microgravity

A grappling tool developed by researchers at NASA JPL uses switchable adhesives to grapple non-cooperative objects in microgravity. Photo Credit: NASA

More than 500,000 pieces of space debris orbit Earth, traveling at speeds up to 175,000 mph. A small piece of space debris traveling at these velocities could significantly damage a spacecraft or a […]