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  • Artist's rendition of RBSP in orbit.

    Press Release: First Findings from the Van Allen Probes  →

    11.30.12 - Scientists from NASA’s Van Allen Probes mission will discuss some of their preliminary data at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) 2012 Fall Meeting in San Francisco, Ca. on Tue., Dec. 4 at 8:00 a.m. PST.

  • MMS Observatory 2 following installation of the instrument deck onto the spacecraft structure in the early hours of December 11, 2012.

    Instrument Deck Installed on MMS Observatory #2

    12.13.12 - Installation of the instrument deck is complete on the second of four MMS observatories, which are being assembled at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.

  • U of Miami's Diffuse X-Ray emission from the Local galaxy (DXL) logo.

    DXL Mission Successfully Launches

    12.13.12 - NASA has launched an astrophysics mission to study the Diffuse X-ray emission from the Local galaxy (DXL).

  • Artist's rendition of RBSP in orbit.

    Van Allen Probes Reveal New Dynamics of Radiation Belts

    12.05.12 - Just 96 days since launch, the Van Allen Probes have already provided new insights into the structure and behavior of the radiation belts that surround Earth.

  • Coronagraph image taken by SOHO shows an approaching comet.

    Sungrazing Comets as Solar Probes

    12.05.12 - On Dec. 15, 2011, NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured footage of Comet Lovejoy approaching the sun. The images and data collected by NASA's solar observing fleet can help scientists learn more about the sun itself.

  • Nov. 16, 2012 combined image showing the sun's innermost atmosphere as seen by the SDO, inside a larger CME SOHO image.

    SOHO: Crucial Space Weather Mission Hits 17 Years

    12.04.12 - A joint ESA/NASA mission, SOHO has helped revolutionize our understanding of the sun's interior and complex atmosphere since it launched on Dec. 2, 1995.

  • This still image and set of animations show NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft exploring a new region in our solar system called the

    NASA Voyager 1 Encounters New Region in Deep Space

    12.03.12 - NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft has entered a new region at the far reaches of our solar system that scientists feel is the final area the spacecraft has to cross before reaching interstellar space.

  • Artist concept of NASA's Voyager spacecraft

    NASA to Host Dec. 3 Teleconference About Voyager Mission

    11.30.12 - NASA will host a media teleconference at 11 a.m. PST (2 p.m. EST) on Monday, Dec. 3, to discuss the latest findings and travels of NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft.

  • The Nov. 13, 2012 solar eclipse as seen by Hinode - second pass, partial eclipse.

    Hinode Views Two Solar Eclipses

    11.14.12 - The orbit of Hinode resulted in two eclipses on Nov. 13, 2012, near the time that a total eclipse was visible in Australia.

  • To support ground observations of the solar eclipse on Nov. 13, 2012, Hinode will capture images of the full sun from space for comparison.

    Hinode to Support Ground-based Eclipse Observations

    11.13.12 - On Nov. 13, 2012, parts of Earth will experience a total solar eclipse. The JAXA NASA Hinode mission will coordinate its observations with those from the ground, to produce combined, scientifically interesting data.

  • Artist's rendition of the Van Allen Probes in orbit around Earth.

    Honoring the Origins of Magnetospheric Science

    11.09.12 - On Nov. 9, 2012, NASA announced that to honor the scientist who helped launch the field of magnetospheric science, the Radiation Belt Storm Probes will be renamed the Van Allen Probes.

  • Goddard scientists put the finishing touches on Firestation.

    Firestation: Getting Ready for Launch

    11.05.12 - An experiment to study the effects of lightning flashes on Earth's atmosphere has taken its first steps on its journey to space. The Firestation experiment has undergone numerous tests to make sure it's ready for flight.

  • Artist's depiction of the SAMPEX satellite

    SAMPEX: A Space Weather Warrior

    11.01.12 - NASA's first small explorer, SAMPEX, has studied the zoo of particles and cosmic rays surrounding Earth since 1992. In early Nov., 2012, the spacecraft's orbit will decay enough that SAMPEX will re-enter Earth's atmosphere.

  • Since its launch in 2006, the STEREO spacecraft have drifted further and further apart to gain different views of the sun.

    STEREO Reaches Milestone At Sixth Anniversary

    10.26.12 - On Sept. 1, 2012, the two STEREO spacecraft and Earth were almost exactly equidistant, each with a direct view of a different third of the sun.

  • When the interplanetary magnetic field is oriented westward (dawnward) or eastward (duskward), magnetopause boundary layers at higher latitude become most subject to Kelvin–Helmholtz instabilities.

    Cluster Reveals New Insights Into Solar Wind

    10.24.12 - A new study based on data from ESA's Cluster mission shows that it is easier for the solar wind to penetrate Earth's magnetic environment, the magnetosphere, than had previously been thought.