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2015-02-24 16:22:24

WASHINGTON, Feb. 24, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) will host a briefing at noon EST (9 a.m.

Dawn Ceres
2015-02-17 10:51:21

Craters and mysterious bright spots are beginning to pop out in the latest images of Ceres from NASA's Dawn spacecraft. These images, taken Feb. 12 at a distance of 52,000 miles (83,000 kilometers) from the dwarf planet, pose intriguing questions for the science team to explore as the spacecraft nears its destination.

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2015-02-11 13:09:22

Scientists at NASA found that fluffy ice on comet surfaces crystallize as the comet travels and heats up, while the interior stays very cold, creating a fried ice cream effect.

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2015-01-24 08:30:26

Finding the next earth just got one step easier. A new NASA instrument designed to study dust in the so-called habitable zone around a star may help future missions centered around capturing images of planets similar to Earth.

2015-01-22 23:02:10

A special issue of the journal Science, to be published Jan. 23, 2015, reveals details about the shape, evolution and lifespan of comet 67P-Churyumov/Gerasimenko.

kepler
2014-12-18 16:00:24

The discovery was made when astronomers and engineers devised an ingenious way to repurpose Kepler for the K2 mission and continue its search of the cosmos for other worlds.

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2014-11-18 03:30:38

Images from NASA’s Dawn Mission have been used to create a series of high-resolution geological maps of the large asteroid Vesta, revealing the variety of surface features in unprecedented detail.

InSight Mars lander in clean room
2014-11-17 13:51:35

NASA's InSight mission has begun the assembly, test and launch operations (ATLO) phase of its development, on track for a March 2016 launch to Mars.

rosetta selfie
2014-11-10 08:35:43

With the Rosetta orbiter and Philae lander set to make history on November 12 by attempting to land on Comet 67P, researchers from The Open University have compiled a timeline of previous comet-related missions.


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2004-10-19 04:45:44

NEAR-Shoemaker Mission -- The Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous - Shoemaker (NEAR Shoemaker), renamed after its launch in honor of Gene Shoemaker, is an unmanned spacecraft designed to study the near-Earth asteroid Eros from close orbit over a period of a year. The primary scientific objectives of NEAR were to return data on the bulk properties, composition, mineralogy, morphology, internal mass distribution and magnetic field of Eros. Secondary objectives include studies of regolith...

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Word of the Day
marcescent
  • Withering but not falling off, as a blossom that persists on a twig after flowering.
The word 'marcescent' comes from a Latin word meaning 'to wither'.
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