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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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Cassini Begins Epic Final Year at Saturn

After more than 12 years studying Saturn, its rings and moons, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has entered the final year of its epic voyage. The conclusion of the historic scientific odyssey is planned for September 2017, but not before the spacecraft completes a daring two-part endgame. Beginning on November 30, Cassini’s orbit will send the spacecraft Read More

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Europa’s Ocean May Have An Earthlike Chemical Balance

A new NASA study modeling conditions in the ocean of Jupiter’s moon Europa suggests that the necessary balance of chemical energy for life could exist there, even if the moon lacks volcanic hydrothermal activity. Europa is strongly believed to hide a deep ocean of salty liquid water beneath its icy shell. Whether the Jovian moon 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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NASA Mars Rover Moves Onward After ‘Marias Pass’ Studies

NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover is driving toward the southwest after departing a region where for several weeks it investigated a geological contact zone and rocks that are unexpectedly high in silica and hydrogen content. The hydrogen indicates water bound to minerals in the ground. In this “Marias Pass” region, Curiosity successfully used its drill to Read More

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NASA to Celebrate MESSENGER Mission Prior to Surface Impact of Mercury

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. After more than 10 years in space, the highly successful mission will come to an end when it is expected Read More

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Launch Begins MMS Mission in Spectacular Fashion

Four octagonal disc-shaped spacecraft are flying in a loose formation above Earth following a brilliant, thundering launch from Florida that lit up the Cape Canaveral region for miles late Thursday night. The spacecraft make up the Magnetospheric MultiScale mission which is set to decipher interactions within magnetic fields that cause tremendous amounts of energy to Read More

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On Pluto’s Doorstep, NASA’s New Horizons Spacecraft Awakens for Encounter

After a voyage of nearly nine years and three billion miles —the farthest any space mission has ever traveled to reach its primary target – NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft came out of hibernation today for its long-awaited 2015 encounter with the Pluto system.Operators at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Md., confirmed Read More

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NASA’s New Orion Spacecraft Completes First Spaceflight Test

NASA marked a major milestone Friday as the Orion spacecraft completed its first voyage to space, traveling farther than any spacecraft designed for astronauts has been in more than 40 years. “Today’s flight test of Orion is a huge step for NASA and a really critical part of our work to pioneer deep space on Read More