• Mars Rover Opportunity Trekking Toward More Layers

    Mars Rover Opportunity Trekking Toward More Layers

    06.07.13 - 
    Approaching its 10th anniversary of leaving Earth, NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity is on the move again, trekking to a new study area still many weeks away.

    The destination, a raised segment of the western rim of Endeavour Crater called "Solander Point," offers Opportunity access to a much taller stack of geological layering than the area where the rover has worked for the past 20 months.

  • Orion Spacecraft Proves Sound Under Pressure

    Orion Spacecraft Proves Sound Under Pressure

    06.06.13 - 
    After a month of being poked, prodded and pressurized in ways that mimicked the stresses of spaceflight, NASA's Orion crew module successfully passed its static loads tests on Wednesday, June 5.

    When Orion launches on Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1), which is targeted for September 2014, it will travel farther from Earth than any spacecraft built for humans in more than 40 years.

  • Radar Movies Show Asteroid 1998 QE2 and Its Moon

    Radar Movies Show Asteroid 1998 QE2 and Its Moon

    06.06.13 - 
    Scientists working with NASA's 230-foot-wide (70-meter) Deep Space Network antenna at Goldstone, Calif., have released a second, longer, more refined movie clip of asteroid 1998 QE2 and its moon. The 55 individual images used in the movie were generated from data collected at Goldstone on June 1, 2013.

    Each of the individual images obtained on June 1, 2013, required about five minutes of data collection by the Goldstone radar.

  • SEAC4RS Targets How Pollution, Storms, Climate Mix

    SEAC4RS Targets How Pollution, Storms, Climate Mix

    06.06.13 - 
    NASA's DC-8 and ER-2 science aircraft will take to the skies over the southern United States this summer to investigate how air pollution and natural emissions, which are pushed high into the atmosphere by large storms, affect atmospheric composition and climate.

    The field campaign draws together coordinated observations from NASA satellites, aircraft and an array of ground sites.

  • 'Einstein' Vehicle Takes Research to Space Station

    'Einstein' Vehicle Takes Research to Space Station

    06.06.13 - 
    The European Space Agency's unmanned Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) 4, named "Albert Einstein" in honor of the theoretical physicist and icon of modern science, is transporting over 1,000 pounds of supplies to the International Space Station.

    Launched on June 5, 2013, ATV-4 will dock with the station on June 15 and deliver equipment to keep science happening in the orbiting laboratory.

  • Stars Don't Obliterate Their Planets (Very Often)

    Stars Don't Obliterate Their Planets (Very Often)

    06.06.13 - 
    Stars have an alluring pull on planets, especially those in a class called hot Jupiters, which are gas giants that form farther from their stars before migrating inward and heating up.

    Now, a new study using data from NASA's Kepler Space Telescope shows that hot Jupiters, despite their close-in orbits, are not regularly consumed by their stars. Instead, the planets remain in fairly stable orbits for billions of years, until the day comes when they may ultimately get eaten.

  • Spitzer Sees Milky Way's Blooming Countryside

    Spitzer Sees Milky Way's Blooming Countryside

    06.05.13 - 
    New views from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope show blooming stars in our Milky Way galaxy's more barren territories, far from its crowded core.

    The images are part of the Galactic Legacy Infrared Mid-Plane Survey Extraordinaire (Glimpse 360) project, which is mapping the celestial topography of our galaxy.

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  • NASA Mission Data Contributes to New Antarctic Map

    NASA Mission Data Contributes to New Antarctic Map

    06.05.13 - 
    Researchers used a new dataset to produce a detailed map of Antarctica from the ice surface down to the bedrock below.

    The product was a result of work led by the British Antarctic Survey, compiling decades of geophysical measurements such as surface elevation measurements from NASA's Ice, Cloud and Land Elevation Satellite, known as ICESat, and ice thickness data collected by Operation IceBridge.

     The Bedrock Beneath

  • Cassini Sees Precursors to Aerosol Haze on Titan

    Cassini Sees Precursors to Aerosol Haze on Titan

    06.06.13 - 
    Scientists working with data from NASA's Cassini mission have confirmed the presence of a population of complex hydrocarbons in the upper atmosphere of Saturn's largest moon, Titan, that later evolve into the components that give the moon a distinctive orange-brown haze.

    The presence of these complex, ringed hydrocarbons explains the origin of the aerosol particles found in the lowest haze layer that blankets Titan's surface.

  • Curiosity Mars Rover Nears Turning Point

    Curiosity Mars Rover Nears Turning Point

    06.05.13 - 
    NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission is approaching its biggest turning point since landing its rover, Curiosity, inside Mars' Gale Crater last summer.

    Curiosity is finishing investigations in an area smaller than a football field where it has been working for six months, and it will soon shift to a distance-driving mode headed for an area about 5 miles (8 kilometers) away, at the base Mount Sharp.

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