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The Challenge is On: NASA-WPI 2014 Robot Prize Competition Registration Open

NASA photo from 2012 Sample Return Robot Challenge. Photo Credit: NASA

In pursuit of new technological solutions for America’s space program and our nation’s future, NASA and the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Worcester, Mass., have opened registration for the $1.5 million 2014 Sample Return Robot prize competition.

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Gravity Controls Enigmatic Moon's Geysers

These images from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft show how the pull of the planet affects the amount of material ejected by geysers on Saturn’s moon Enceladus. It turns out that the moon launches more spray when it is farther away from Saturn. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona/Cornell/SSI

Saturn’s 314-mile-wide icy moon Enceladus has been teasing [...]

NASA's 2020 Mars Rover Begins to Take Shape

NASA image of proposed 2020 Mars rover.

NASA detailed its plans for the next robotic mission to Mars on Tuesday, July 9 during a conference held in Washington, D.C. This mission will use a robot similar to the successful Mars Science Laboratory rover Curiosity which touched down on the surface of Mars almost one [...]

Mars Rover Opportunity Halfway to Next Destination

The Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity is halfway to its next destination, Solander Point. Photo Credit: NASA / JPL

Since August 2011, NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity has been exploring the rim of a 14-mile-wide crater called Endeavour that is geologically very distinct from anything the robot craft had previously encountered. Ancient rocks and clay [...]

NASA Probe Gets Clos​e-Up Views of Large ​Hurricane on Saturn​

The spinning vortex of Saturn’s north polar storm resembles a deep red rose of giant proportions surrounded by green foliage in this false-color image from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SSI

WASHINGTON — NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has provided scientists the first close-up, visible-light views of a behemoth hurricane swirling around Saturn’s north pole.

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NASA Announces Challenges for the 2013 International Space Apps Challenge

Image Credit: NASA

WASHINGTON — NASA and over 150 partner organizations worldwide will be hosting the International Space Apps Challenge on April 20-21, 2013. The International Space Apps Challenge is a technology development event during which citizens from around the world work together to solve challenges relevant to improving life on Earth and in space.

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Google Lunar X Prize: Who To Watch

Image Credit: GLXP

This week in Santiago, Chile, 20 out of 23 Google Lunar X Prize Teams (GLXP) are meeting for an annual summit to better gauge which teams are moving forward with their mission.

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Curiosity Update: SAM Sniffs Martian Air

Video Courtesy of JPL News 

The Mars Science Laboratory rover “Curiosity” has been actively studying the surface of Mars using the rover’s Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instrument. SAM has been studying the Martian atmosphere for signs of life on the Red Planet. 

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