Space Exploration

NASA Completes MESSENGER Mission with Expected Impact on Mercury's Surface

NASA: Breaking News - Thu, 2015-04-30 16:19
A NASA planetary exploration mission came to a planned, but nonetheless dramatic, end Thursday when it slammed into Mercury’s surface at about 8,750 mph and created a new crater on the planet’s surface.
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NASA’s New Horizons Detects Surface Features, Possible Polar Cap on Pluto

NASA: Universe News - Wed, 2015-04-29 16:14
For the first time, images from NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft are revealing bright and dark regions on the surface of faraway Pluto – the primary target of the New Horizons close flyby in mid-July.
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NASA’s New Horizons Detects Surface Features, Possible Polar Cap on Pluto

NASA: Solar System Exploration News - Wed, 2015-04-29 16:14
For the first time, images from NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft are revealing bright and dark regions on the surface of faraway Pluto – the primary target of the New Horizons close flyby in mid-July.
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NASA's NuSTAR Captures Possible 'Screams' from Zombie Stars

NASA: Universe News - Wed, 2015-04-29 13:01
Peering into the heart of the Milky Way galaxy, NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) has spotted a mysterious glow of high-energy X-rays that, according to scientists, could be the "howls" of dead stars as they feed on stellar companions.
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NASA Unveils Celestial Fireworks as Official Image for Hubble 25th Anniversary

NASA: Universe News - Thu, 2015-04-23 09:01
The brilliant tapestry of young stars flaring to life resemble a glittering fireworks display in the 25th anniversary NASA Hubble Space Telescope image, released to commemorate a quarter century of exploring the solar system and beyond since its launch on April 24, 1990.
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NASA Spacecraft Achieves Unprecedented Success Studying Mercury

NASA: Solar System Exploration News - Thu, 2015-04-16 13:52
After extraordinary science findings and technological innovations, a NASA spacecraft launched in 2004 to study Mercury will impact the planet’s surface, most likely on April 30, after it runs out of propellant.
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NASA’s New Horizons Spacecraft Nears Historic July 14 Encounter with Pluto

NASA: Solar System Exploration News - Tue, 2015-04-14 13:13
NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft is three months from returning to humanity the first-ever close up images and scientific observations of distant Pluto and its system of large and small moons.
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NASA to Celebrate MESSENGER Mission Prior to Surface Impact of Mercury

NASA: Solar System Exploration News - Mon, 2015-04-13 18:36
NASA will hold a media and public event at 1 p.m. EDT on Thursday, April 16, to share scientific findings and technical accomplishments of the agency’s MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging (MESSENGER) spacecraft.
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Curiosity Sniffs Out History of Martian Atmosphere

NASA: Solar System Exploration News - Tue, 2015-03-31 11:09
NASA's Curiosity rover is using a new experiment to better understand the history of the Martian atmosphere by analyzing xenon.
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NASA’s Hubble, Chandra Find Clues that May Help Identify Dark Matter

NASA: Universe News - Thu, 2015-03-26 05:44
Using observations from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and Chandra X-ray Observatory, astronomers have found that dark matter does not slow down when colliding with itself, meaning it interacts with itself less than previously thought. Researchers say this finding narrows down the options for what this mysterious substance might be.
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NASA's Opportunity Mars Rover Finishes Marathon, Clocks in at Just Over 11 Years

NASA: Solar System Exploration News - Tue, 2015-03-24 02:17
There was no tape draped across a finish line, but NASA is celebrating a win. The agency’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity completed its first Red Planet marathon Tuesday -- 26.2 miles (42.195 kilometers) – with a finish time of roughly 11 years and two months.
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NASA’s SOFIA Finds Missing Link Between Supernovae and Planet Formation

NASA: Universe News - Thu, 2015-03-19 12:19
Using NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA), an international scientific team discovered that supernovae are capable of producing a substantial amount of the material from which planets like Earth can form.
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NASA Spacecraft Detects Aurora and Mysterious Dust Cloud around Mars

NASA: Solar System Exploration News - Wed, 2015-03-18 12:19
NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft has observed two unexpected phenomena in the Martian atmosphere: an unexplained high-altitude dust cloud and aurora that reaches deep into the Martian atmosphere.
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New Desktop Application Has Potential to Increase Asteroid Detection, Now Available to Public

NASA: Solar System Exploration News - Sun, 2015-03-15 12:19
A software application based on an algorithm created by a NASA challenge has the potential to increase the number of new asteroid discoveries by amateur astronomers.
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