NASA uses the vantage point of space to better understand our home planet and to provide scientific data and insights that help improve life on Earth. The Climate Action Plan announced today by President Obama is built on solid climate change science that NASA and other federal agencies have championed.
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Preparations for launch of NASA's Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) mission continue at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Launch is now scheduled for Thursday, June 27.
IRIS will show the lowest levels of the sun's atmosphere in more detail than ever before, helping scientists understand how the energy in this area helps power the sun's million-degree corona.
Astronomers have detected the 10,000th near-Earth object, asteroid 2013 MZ5. The asteroid was first detected on the night of June 18, 2013, by the Pan-STARRS-1 telescope on the summit of the Haleakala crater on Maui. Near-Earth objects (NEOs) are asteroids and comets that can approach the Earth's orbital distance to within about 28 million miles. They range in size from as small as a few feet to as large as 25 miles across.
NASA announced Tuesday a Grand Challenge focused on finding all asteroid threats to human populations and knowing what to do about them.
The challenge is a large-scale effort that will use multi-disciplinary collaborations and a variety of partnerships with other government agencies, international partners, industry, academia, and citizen scientists.
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A billion-pixel view from the surface of Mars, from NASA's Mars rover Curiosity, offers armchair explorers a way to examine one part of the Red Planet in great detail.
The first NASA-produced view from the surface of Mars larger than one billion pixels stitches together nearly 900 exposures taken by cameras onboard Curiosity and shows details of the landscape along the rover's route.