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Nix Hydra
2015-02-18 16:41:21

Exactly 85 years after Clyde Tombaugh’s historic discovery of Pluto, the NASA spacecraft set to encounter the icy dwarf planet this summer is providing its first views of the small moons orbiting Pluto.

Patroclus-Menoetius
2014-11-14 03:05:39

When the double asteroid Patroclus-Menoetius passed directly in front of a star on the night of Oct. 20, a team of volunteer astronomers across the U.S. was waiting.

Kuiper Belt object
2014-10-16 05:54:06

Three new Kuiper Belt objects that could possibly be visited by the New Horizons spacecraft have been uncovered by the Hubble Space Telescope.

Ganymede and Jupiter
2014-07-09 05:38:47

Jupiter's moon Ganymede, the largest satellite in our solar system, has two types of terrain on the surface: highly cratered dark regions comprising nearly 40 percent of the surface, with the rest being lightly grooved in intricate patterns.

Hubble Finds Europa Water Vapor
2013-12-12 13:10:28

The Hubble Space Telescope has detected evidence of water vapor eruption from the surface of Jupiter's moon Europa.

2013-04-19 14:16:25

A team of geoscientists from Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) using newly available remote-sensing technology has achieved unprecedented detail in quantifying subtle, long-period changes in the water levels of shallow lakes and ponds in hard-to-reach Arctic wetlands.

Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Detects Hydrogen, Mercury From Twin GRAIL Impacts
2013-03-27 12:00:36

Using instruments on board the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), NASA officials were able to detect mercury and hydrogen in the gas plumes that arose following the impact of the twin Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) spacecraft last December, the US space agency announced on Tuesday.

2012-10-24 11:54:14

Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) has received funding from NASA to build a miniature, portable solar observatory for developing and testing innovative instrumentation in suborbital flight.

Bake Sales, Car Washes To Benefit NASA
2012-06-09 05:26:32

With NASA facing a possible $300 million cut to its planetary science program, universities across the country are going to the extreme in order to help out the US space program -- including holding car washes, bake sales, and shoe-shine events.


Word of the Day
upstander
  • A person who stands up for something, as contrasted to a bystander who remains inactive.
  • One of the upright handlebars on a traditional Inuit sled.
The word 'upstander' in the first sense here is a play on the word 'bystander' and the idea of 'standing up' for something.