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Why NASA's Plans for an Early 2020s Mission to Europa Are Likely to Happen

Europa mission concepts under study by NASA. Image Credit: NASA/JPL

For years scientists and dreamers alike have looked toward Jupiter’s moon Europa with a keen interest, because decades of observations and research of the frozen world (thanks to spacecraft like Galileo and Voyager) have shown us that the Jovian satellite is easily one of [...]

Mars Jelly Doughnut Mystery Solved, and It's Not an Alien or a Doughnut

This before-and-after pair of images of the same patch of ground in front of NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity 13 days apart documents the arrival of a bright rock onto the scene. The rover had completed a short drive just before taking the second image, and one of its wheels likely knocked the rock—dubbed [...]

Mars Odyssey Orbiter Repositioned to Observe Possible Water Processes on Martian Surface

An artist’s concept of NASA’s Mars Odyssey spacecraft orbiting Mars. Image Credit: NASA/JPL

Engineers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, Calif.—in cooperation with Lockheed Martin Space Systems of Denver, Colo.—recently fired up the thrusters on the space agency’s longest-serving Mars explorer in an attempt to study the planet’s surface during Martian dawn. Mars [...]

Happy Birthday, DSN: NASA's Iconic Deep Space Communication Network Turns 50

The 70-meter antenna at Goldstone, Calif., one of the Deep Space Network facilities. The DSN celebrates, this month, its 50th anniversary of history-making operations. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

The history of spaceflight is full of missions that have celebrated important milestones in space during Christmas Eve—from Apollo 8′s manned flight into lunar orbit in 1968 [...]

Curiosity Determines Ancient Lake Was Habitable, While MRO Suggests Water Might Still Flow on Mars

This illustration depicts a concept for the possible extent of an ancient lake inside Gale Crater. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

This week, NASA released some very interesting findings regarding water on Mars, from both the agency’s Curiosity rover and the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO). It has been known for years that Mars did indeed have liquid [...]

MAVEN Begins 490-Million-Mile Journey to Reveal Secrets About Mars' Ancient History

The workhorse ULA Atlas-V rocket thunders into overcast skies with NASA’s $670 million MAVEN mission Monday afternoon, beginning a 10-month, half-billion mile journey to Mars. Photo Credit: AmericaSpace / Alex Menendez (www.instinctfilms.com)

After a decade of work from a team spread across the country, NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft is on its way to Mars, beginning [...]

Cassini Reveals Saturn in Stunning 400,000-Mile-Wide Natural-Color Panoramic Mosaic

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft took this natural-color portrait on July 19, 2013, which is the first image to show Saturn, its moons, and rings, plus Earth, Venus, and Mars, all together. Image and Caption Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SSI

For nearly 10 years NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has been delivering a wealth of valuable science about Saturn, exploring the [...]

NASA's GRAIL Mission Puts a New Face on the Moon

Using a precision formation-flying technique, the twin GRAIL spacecraft mapped the Moon’s gravity field, as depicted in this artist’s rendering. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Scientists, using data from the lunar-orbiting twins of NASA’s Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) mission, are gaining new insight into how the face of the Moon received its rugged good [...]

Carbon Worlds May Be Waterless, Finds NASA Study

This artist’s concept illustrates the fate of two different planets: the one on the left is similar to Earth, made up largely of silicate-based rocks with oceans coating its surface. The one on the right is rich in carbon — and dry. Chances are low that life as we know it, which requires liquid [...]

NASA Rover Confirms Mars Origin of Some Meteorites

This self-portrait of NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity combines 66 exposures taken by the rover’s Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) during the 177th Martian day, or sol, of Curiosity’s work on Mars (Feb. 3, 2013). Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

Examination of the Martian atmosphere by NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover confirms that some meteorites that have dropped [...]