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Saturn’s ‘Watercolor’ Swirls

From NASA: Saturn’s north polar region displays its beautiful bands and swirls, which somewhat resemble the brushwork in a watercolor painting. Each latitudinal band represents air flowing at different speeds, and clouds at different heights, compared to neighboring bands. Where they meet and flow past each other, the bands’ interactions produce many eddies and swirls. Read More

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NASA’s Juno Mission Exits Safe Mode, Performs Trim Maneuver

Mission Status Report NASA’s Juno spacecraft at Jupiter has left safe mode and has successfully completed a minor burn of its thruster engines in preparation for its next close flyby of Jupiter. Mission controllers commanded Juno to exit safe mode Monday, Oct. 24, with confirmation of safe mode exit received on the ground at 10:05 Read More

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Pluto ‘Paints’ its Largest Moon Red

In June 2015, when the cameras on NASA’s approaching New Horizons spacecraft first spotted the large reddish polar region on Pluto’s largest moon, Charon, mission scientists knew two things: they’d never seen anything like it elsewhere in our solar system, and they couldn’t wait to get the story behind it. Over the past year, after Read More

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NASA Plant Researchers Explore Question of Deep-Space Food Crops

NASA plant physiologist Ray Wheeler, Ph.D., and fictional astronaut Mark Watney from the movie “The Martian” have something in common — they are both botanists. But that’s where the similarities end. While Watney is a movie character who gets stranded on Mars, Wheeler is the lead for Advanced Life Support Research activities in the Exploration Read More

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Save a NASA Mobile Observatory!

Donate Here! The Center for Planetary Science , a 501.c.3 Non-Profit Organization, needs YOUR help to save and restore a rare NASA artifact! The Contraves Cinetheodolite Tracking System was used by NASA and the U.S. Air Force for rocketry experiments. Of the 32 built – only 2 have survived! This specific dome was stationed at Cape Canaveral and Read More

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Prof. Paris to Host Mars 3D Google Hangout Lecture

Get your 3-D glasses ready and take a journey to Mars! Join Prof. Antonio Paris for this fun (and educational) event as he takes you to Mars through the eyes of HiRISE and Curiosity Rover. Topics will include crater formation, volcanism, ancient water flow, and lava tubes on Mars. Note you will need a pair of Read More

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New Online Exploring Tools Bring NASA’s Journey to Mars to New Generation

On the three-year anniversary of the Mars landing of NASA’s Curiosity rover, NASA is unveiling two new online tools that open the mysterious terrain of the Red Planet to a new generation of explorers, inviting the public to help with its journey to Mars. Mars Trek is a free, web-based application that provides high-quality, detailed Read More

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Hubble View of a Nitrogen-Rich Nebula

This NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image shows a planetary nebula named NGC 6153, located about 4,000 light-years away in the southern constellation of Scorpius (The Scorpion). The faint blue haze across the frame shows what remains of a star like the sun after it has depleted most of its fuel. When this happens, the outer Read More

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NASA Selects Prof. Paris for the Search for Habitable Planets Expedition 2015

The Mars Space Flight Facility, School of Earth and Space Exploration has selected Professor Antonio Paris to participate in the 2015 Search for Habitable Planets Environment Expedition. The week-long field trip, held in Arizona, will center on habitable planets beyond Earth, astrobiology, and planetary geology. The NASA team will conduct field research at the Grand Canyon, Read More

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NASA Spacecraft Achieves Unprecedented Success Studying Mercury

fter 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. NASA’s MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging (MESSENGER) spacecraft will impact the planet at more than 8,750 miles per hour (3.91 kilometers Read More