• artist concept of Odyssey

    Mars Orbiter Repositioned to Phone Home Mars Landing

    07.24.12 - NASA's Mars Odyssey spacecraft has successfully adjusted its orbital location to be in a better position to provide prompt confirmation of the August landing of the Curiosity rover.

  • Multiple scattered photos of aurora.

    A Taste of Solar Maximum

    07.23.12 - On July 14, 2012 a CME crashed into Earth's magnetic field and triggered the most sustained display of auroras in years, giving the world a taste of things to come when Solar Max arrives in 2013.

  • Hi C has captured the highest resolution images ever taken of the corona of the sun in the extreme ultraviolet wavelength.

    NASA Telescope Captures Sharpest Images of Sun's Corona

    07.20.12 - NASA's High Resolution Coronal Imager satellite, or Hi-C, has captured the highest-resolution ultraviolet images ever taken of the sun's corona.

  • Image captured by SDO on July 19, 2012 of M7.7 class solar flare.

    Sun Sends Out Mid-Level Solar Flare

    07.19.12 - The sun emitted a mid-level solar flare (M7.7) on July 19, 2012, beginning at 1:13 AM EDT and peaking at 1:58 AM.

  • A cloud forms as this F/A-18 Hornet aircraft speeds up to supersonic speed.

    Heliophysics Nugget: Riding the Plasma Wave

    07.17.12 - Data from the WAVES instrument on NASA's Wind mission provide evidence for a type of plasma wave moving faster than theory predicted it could move. This suggests that a different process may be driving the waves.

  • On the left is the image shows the region on the sun that Viall analyzed. The image on the right uses specific colors to describe whether certain areas on the sun cooled or heated over a 12-hour period on June 19, 2010.

    Colorful Science Sheds Light on Solar Heating

    07.19.12 - Nicki Viall creates images of the sun reminiscent of Van Gogh, with broad strokes of bright color splashed on a yellow background. The color of each pixel contains information about the history of heating on the sun.

  • The area where NASA's Curiosity rover will land on Aug. 5 PDT (Aug. 6 EDT) has a geological diversity that scientists are eager to investigate, as seen in this false-color map based on data from NASA's Mars Odyssey orbiter

    NASA's Car-Sized Rover Nears Daring Landing on Mars

    07.16.12 - NASA's most advanced planetary rover is on course for an early August landing beside a Martian mountain to begin two years of unprecedented scientific detective work.

  • Interactive games featuring NASA's Mars rover Curiosity

    Follow Your Curiosity: Some New Ways to Explore Mars

    07.16.12 - A "virtual rover experience" and a body-action video game are among the options for public participation in NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission.

  • Graphic of the Van Allen Radiation Belts that surround Earth.

    Electric Atmosphere: Plasma Is Next NASA Science Target

    07.18.12 - Two giant donuts of radiation surround Earth, trapped in a region known as the Van Allen Radiation Belts. NASA's RBSP mission will study the material, called plasma, in this mysterious region.

  • artist concept of Odyssey

    Orbiter Enters, Then Exits, Standby Safe Mode

    07.13.12 - NASA's Mars Odyssey orbiter experienced about 21 hours in a reduced-activity precautionary status ending at about 10 a.m. PDT (1 p.m. EDT) on Thursday, July 12.