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  • Voyager team receives award

    NASA's Voyager Receives ‘Breakthrough Award’

    10.08.12 - With two spacecraft on the cusp of interstellar space, NASA's Voyager mission is honored by Popular Mechanics.

  • During an eclipse, lack of heat from the sun causes the window in front of SDO’s HMI to change shape resulting in a blurry image (left). The right half shows HMI data at its usual high resolution

    Getting NASA's SDO into Focus

    10.05.12 - From Sept. 6 to Sept. 29, 2012, NASA's Solar Dynamic Observatory moved into its semi-annual eclipse season. It takes a little work to re-focus right after the eclipse.

  • SDO captured this eruption on Oct 4, 2012.

    Red Hot Solar Ballet

    10.04.12 - NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured this minor eruption on the sun on Oct 4, 2012 as it rises and falls with the grace and polished movement of a ballet dancer.

  • RBSP spacecraft with EMFISIS instruments labeled.

    New 'Chorus' Recording By RBSP's EMFISIS Instrument

    09.13.12 - Radio waves, recorded by RBSP's EMFISIS instrument, are at frequencies that are audible to the human ear and are emitted by the energetic particles in the Earth’s magnetosphere.

  • RBSP Mission Operations Center at Johns Hopkins APL

    Hours After Launch, RBSP Takes First Science Steps

    09.12.12 - Immediately after launch, RBSP entered a 60-day commissioning phase of operations, where all of the spacecrafts’ systems and instruments are activated, monitored, and made ready for the two-year primary science mission.

  • Photo of the RBSP's REPT instrument prior to installation on spacecraft B.

    New RBSP Instrument Telemetry Provides 'Textbook' Excitement

    09.12.12 - Just three days after launch, live data of the particles in the Van Allen radiation belts from the two RBSP spacecraft, provides full science data right out of the box.

  • SDO is eclipsed by Earth twice annually. This image is from Sept. 6, 2012.

    SDO Enters Its Semiannual Eclipse Season

    09.06.12 - Twice a year, for three weeks near the equinox, SDO moves into its eclipse season -- a time when Earth blocks its view of the sun for a period of time each day

  • This image shows the first of four Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission spacecraft just moments after the flight instruments were integrated.

    Mission to Study Magnetic Explosions Passes Review

    09.05.12 - On August 31, 2012, NASA's MMS mission proved it was ready for its next steps by passing a Systems Integration Review, which deems a mission ready to integrate instruments onto the spacecraft.

  • As part of a celebration of 35 years of flight for NASA's Voyager spacecraft, a crowd of engineers and scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory

    Cheers, Voyager: 35 Years of Exploration

    09.05.12 - Thirty-five years ago today, NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft launched on its mission of exploration. JPL hosted a birthday party in its honor.

  • RBSP launches successfully at 4:05am EDT.

    RBSP Launches - Twin Probes in Orbit

    08.30.12 - NASA's Radiation Belt Storm Probes are flying in Earth orbit after a successful liftoff this morning. The spacecraft are now at home in the Van Allen belts.

  • ACE's orbits at L1, between the sun and Earth, and serves as warning beacon for space weather activity.

    ACE, Workhorse Of NASA's Heliophysics Fleet, Is 15

    08.29.12 - ACE is a crucial component of NASA's heliophysics fleet, providing warning of incoming space weather. In 15 years, it has also helped map the ingredients and drivers of the vast sea of flowing particles surrounding Earth.

  • Technicians prepare the RBSP spacecraft for encapsulation in the payload fairing

    Twin Probes to Study Radiation Belts

    08.20.12 - Radiation Belt Storm Probes will study Earth's ever-changing radiation belts in greater detail than ever before.

  • An artist's rendition of what Geotail looks like in space.

    Geotail: 20 Years in Space

    07.27.12 - On July 24, 1992, a joint JAXA/NASA mission launched, becoming the vanguard for a set of coordinated missions to study Earth's magnetic environs.

  • Members of NASA's Hi-C team prepare to recover the telescope at White Sands Missile Range following the sounding rocket's successful launch on July 11, 2012.

    High Resolution Coronal Imager (Hi-C)

    A telescope launched July 11, 2012 aboard a NASA sounding rocket, is the next-generation suborbital space telescope designed to capture the highest-resolution images ever taken of the million-degree solar corona.

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  • SUMI undergoes testing.

    SUMI - Solar Ultraviolet Magnetograph Investigation

    On July 5, 2012, NASA launched a sounding rocket mission called the Solar Ultraviolet Magnetograph Investigation or SUMI, to study the intricate, constantly changing magnetic fields on the sun in a hard-to-observe area of the sun's low atmosphere called the chromosphere.