For Moratorium on Sending Commands to Mars, Blame the Sun

July 16, 2017

By Guy Webster (Jet Propulsion Laboratory) and Laurie Cantillo / Dwayne Brown (NASA HQ) This month, movements of the planets will put Mars almost directly behind the sun, from Earth’s perspective, causing curtailed communications between Earth […]




NASA Moves Up Launch of Psyche Mission to a Metal Asteroid

May 24, 2017

By D.C. Agle (Jet Propulsion Laboratory), Karin Valentine (Arizona State University-School of Earth and Space Exploration), Laurie Cantillo (NASA HQ), and Dwayne Brown (NASA HQ) Psyche, NASA’s Discovery Mission to a unique metal asteroid, has been moved […]




“Warm Neptune” Has Unexpectedly Primitive Atmosphere

May 12, 2017

By Elizabeth Zubritsky, NASA A study combining observations from NASA’s Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes reveals that the distant planet HAT-P-26b has a primitive atmosphere composed almost entirely of hydrogen and helium. Located about 437 light […]




NASA Spacecraft Dives Between Saturn and Its Rings

April 27, 2017

By Preston Dyches (Jet Propulsion Laboratory), Dwayne Brown and Laurie Cantillo (NASA HQ) NASA’s Cassini spacecraft is back in contact with Earth after its successful first-ever dive through the narrow gap between the planet Saturn and […]




NASA Invests in 22 Visionary Exploration Concepts

April 10, 2017

By Andrew Good (Jet Propulsion Laboratory) and Gina Anderson (NASA HQ) A mechanical rover inspired by a Dutch artist. A weather balloon that recharges its batteries in the clouds of Venus. These are just two of the […]




JPL Tests Robotics in Ice Caves Near Active Volcano

February 13, 2017

Descent into a Frozen Underworld By Andrew Good, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, jpl.nasa.gov Mt. Erebus is at the end of our world — and offers a portal to another. It’s our planet’s southernmost active volcano, reaching 12,448 […]




NASA’s NuSTAR Finds New Clues to Chameleon Supernova

January 24, 2017

By Elizabeth Landau, Jet Propulsion Laboratory “We’re made of star stuff,” astronomer Carl Sagan famously said. Nuclear reactions that happened in ancient stars generated much of the material that makes up our bodies, our planet and […]




NASA’s NEOWISE Mission Spies One Comet, Maybe Two

December 30, 2016

By DC Agle (Jet Propulsion Laboratory), Laurie Cantillo and Dwayne Brown (NASA Headquarters) NASA’s NEOWISE mission has recently discovered some celestial objects traveling through our neighborhood, including one on the blurry line between asteroid and comet. […]




Sea Robots: From Monterey Bay to Europa

December 5, 2016

By Andrew Good, Jet Propulsion Laboratory If you think operating a robot in space is hard, try doing it in the ocean. Saltwater can corrode your robot and block its radio signals. Kelp forests can tangle […]




Lockheed Martin-built GOES-R Weather Satellite Launched

November 20, 2016

New Weather Satellite for NOAA to Greatly Improve Weather Forecasting and Warnings By Gary Napier, Lockheed Martin NOAA’s GOES-R weather satellite, built by Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT), was successfully launched yesterday at 6:42pm (ET) from […]




NASA Small Satellites Will Take a Fresh Look at Earth

November 8, 2016

By Alan Buis (Jet Propulsion Laboratory) and Steve Cole (NASA HQ) Beginning this month, NASA is launching a suite of six next-generation, Earth-observing small satellite missions to demonstrate innovative new approaches for studying our changing planet. […]




Citizen Scientists Seek South Pole Terrain “Spiders” on Mars

October 21, 2016

By Guy Webster (Jet Propulsion Laboratory), Alan Fischer (Planetary Science Institute), Peter Michaud (Gemini Observatory), and Dwayne Brown and Laurie Cantillo (NASA Headquarters) Ten thousand volunteers viewing images of Martian south polar regions have helped identify targets for closer […]




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