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2012-05-29 14:20:04

WASHINGTON, May 29, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A NASA mission to study the moon from crust to core has completed its prime mission earlier than expected. The mission team of NASA's Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) mission, with twin probes named Ebb and Flow, is now preparing for extended science operations starting Aug. 30 and continuing through Dec. 3, 2012. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The GRAIL mission has gathered unprecedented...

2012-05-21 10:20:22

GREENBELT, Md., May 21, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Magnetometers built by scientists and engineers at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. for NASA's Mars Atmosphere And Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) mission have been delivered to the University of California at Berkeley Space Sciences Laboratory for integration into the Particles and Field Package. (Logo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) "The team worked hard and completed delivery of the...

2012-05-10 10:20:22

WASHINGTON, May 10, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Dawn spacecraft has provided researchers with the first orbital analysis of the giant asteroid Vesta, yielding new insights into its creation and relation to the terrestrial planets and Earth's moon. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Vesta now has been revealed as a special fossil of the early solar system with a more varied, diverse surface than originally thought. Scientists have confirmed a...

2012-05-09 06:22:17

WASHINGTON, May 9, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Herschel Space Observatory has shown galaxies with the most powerful, active black holes at their cores produce fewer stars than galaxies with less active black holes. The results are the first to demonstrate black holes suppressed galactic star formation when the universe was less than half its current age. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Herschel is a European Space Agency-led mission with...

2012-05-08 10:20:35

WASHINGTON, May 8, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has detected light emanating from a "super-Earth" planet beyond our solar system for the first time. While the planet is not habitable, the detection is a historic step toward the eventual search for signs of life on other planets. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) "Spitzer has amazed us yet again," said Bill Danchi, Spitzer program scientist at NASA Headquarters in Washington....

2012-05-01 18:20:06

WASHINGTON, May 1, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's website, www.nasa.gov, has won awards in two categories as the best government site in the 16th Annual Webby Awards, the leading international honor for the world's best websites. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The site received its fourth consecutive People's Voice Award, its fifth overall, in a popular vote and for the first time won the judges' Webby Award in the category. "We are honored to...

2012-04-26 10:20:54

WASHINGTON, April 26, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Data from NASA's Cassini mission reveal Saturn's moon Phoebe has more planet-like qualities than previously thought. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO ) Scientists had their first close-up look at Phoebe when Cassini began exploring the Saturn system in 2004. Using data from multiple spacecraft instruments and a computer model of the moon's chemistry, geophysics and geology, scientists found Phoebe...

2012-04-26 10:20:28

WASHINGTON, April 26, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Images from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) reveal an old star in the throes of a fiery outburst and spraying the cosmos with dust. The findings offer a rare, real-time look at the process by which stars like our sun seed the universe with building blocks for other stars, planets and even life. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The star, catalogued as WISE J180956.27-330500.2, was discovered...

2012-04-25 06:20:44

WASHINGTON, April 25, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Findings from NASA's Dawn spacecraft reveal new details about the giant asteroid Vesta, including its varied surface composition, sharp temperature changes and clues to its internal structure. The findings were presented today at the European Geosciences Union meeting in Vienna, Austria and will help scientists better understand the early solar system and processes that dominated its formation. (Logo:...

2012-04-23 14:20:05

WASHINGTON, April 23, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Scientists working with images from NASA's Cassini spacecraft have discovered strange, half-mile-sized objects punching through one of Saturn's rings and leaving glittering trails behind them. The results will be presented tomorrow at the European Geosciences Union meeting in Vienna, Austria. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO ) The penetration occurred in the outermost of Saturn's main rings, called...