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29 Oct 14 17:21:00 GMT
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Hazy Sunsets on Titan Provide Clues to Atmospheres on Alien Exoplanets

Artist’s conception of the Cassini spacecraft observing a sunset on Titan. Such studies can also help astronomers understand the atmospheres of exoplanets. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Saturn’s moon Titan is one of the murkiest places in the Solar System; its thick smog-like hydrocarbon haze in the upper atmosphere shrouds the entire moon, much like Venus’ perpetual cloud [...]

Kepler Phase 2: Planet-Hunting Space Telescope's New Mission Proposal Approved

Illustration of how the new K2 mission will work, using solar pressure to help stabilize the telescope. Image Credit: NASA Ames / W. Stenzel

There is some good news for planet-hunters this week: The proposed K2 mission extension for the Kepler Space Telescope has been been approved by NASA. The approval, based on a recommendation from [...]

ISS Astronauts Remotely Control Robot on Earth

The K10 planetary rover that the ISS astronauts controlled. Photo Credit: NASA/Dominic Hart

NASA regularly controls its robot explorers, sent to distant parts of the Solar System, from comfortable offices here on Earth. So it might seem that allowing astronauts in low-Earth orbit to control a robot on the Earth’s surface is not exactly [...]

NASA Imaging Sensor Prepares for Western Wildfire Season

Image Credit: NASA

WASHINGTON — Airborne imaging technology developed at NASA and transferred to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service (USFS) in 2012 is being tested to prepare for this year’s wildfire season in the western United States.

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Kepler Completes Prime Mission

The Kepler Spacecraft has concluded its prime mission and will move on to conduct an additional four-year extended mission. To date, the space-based telescope has discovered 105 confirmed worlds. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

NASA’s Kepler mission marked two major milestones this week as the space telescope scans the heavens for planets like our own. The [...]

Kepler Researchers Release Catalog Of More Than 1000 New Planet Candidates

Artist's concept illustrates Kepler-16b, the first planet known to definitively orbit two stars -- what's called a circumbinary planet. The planet (foreground) was discovered by NASA's Kepler mission. Image Credit: NASA/JPL Caltech/T. Pyle

Artist's concept illustrates Kepler-16b, the first planet known to definitively orbit two stars — what's called a circumbinary planet. The planet (foreground) was discovered by NASA's Kepler mission. Image Credit: NASA/JPL Caltech/T. Pyle

NASA researchers involved with the Kepler mission to discover Earth-like planets orbiting other stars across the Milky Way Galaxy recently released [...]