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NASA Solves a Drizzle Riddle

Tue, 07/25/2017 - 14:07

Drizzle over land

What makes clouds drizzle? A new study overturns a common assumption about raindrop size.



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Large, Distant Comets More Common Than Previously Thought

Tue, 07/25/2017 - 14:07

Illustration shows how scientists used data from NASA's WISE spacecraft

NASA's WISE spacecraft, scanning the entire sky at infrared wavelengths, has delivered new insights about distant cometary wanderers.



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A Final Farewell to LISA Pathfinder

Mon, 07/24/2017 - 14:07

Artist's concept of the European Space Agency's LISA Pathfinder spacecraft

The spacecraft was steady as they come. That has big implications for future science.



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Saturn Surprises As Cassini Continues its Grand Finale

Mon, 07/24/2017 - 14:07

Cassini

As NASA's Cassini spacecraft makes its unprecedented series of weekly dives between Saturn and its rings, scientists are finding -- so far -- that the planet's magnetic field has no discernable tilt.



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From Mars Rover: Panorama Above 'Perseverance Valley'

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 14:07

Panorama Above 'Perseverance Valley' on Mars

NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity recorded a panoramic view before entering the upper end of a fluid-carved valley that descends the inner slope of a crater's rim.



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New Study Shows the Amazon Makes Its Own Rainy Season

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 02:00

The Amazon rainforest.

New research finds the southern Amazon rainforest triggers its own rainy season. The finding highlights the close connection between the rainforest ecosystem and climate.



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For Moratorium on Sending Commands to Mars, Blame the Sun

Fri, 07/14/2017 - 14:07

Geometry of Mars Solar Conjunction

This month, movements of the planets will put Mars almost directly behind the sun, from Earth's perspective, causing curtailed communications between Earth and Mars.



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NASA's Juno Spacecraft Spots Jupiter's Great Red Spot

Wed, 07/12/2017 - 14:07

Close-up of Jupiter's Great Red Spot

Images of Jupiter's Great Red Spot reveal a tangle of dark, veinous clouds weaving their way through a massive crimson oval.



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Curiosity Mars Rover Begins Study of Ridge Destination

Tue, 07/11/2017 - 14:07

View Toward 'Vera Rubin Ridge' on Mount Sharp, Mars

The car-size NASA rover on a Martian mountain, Curiosity, has begun its long-anticipated study of an iron-bearing ridge forming a distinctive layer on the mountain's slope.



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Hidden Stars May Make Planets Appear Smaller

Tue, 07/11/2017 - 14:07

This cartoon explains why the reported sizes of some exoplanets may need to be revised in cases where there is a second star in the system.

In the search for planets similar to our own, an important point of comparison is the planet's density.



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NASA's Juno Spacecraft Completes Flyby over Jupiter's Great Red Spot

Tue, 07/11/2017 - 14:07

Juno Over Jupiter's South Pole (Illustration)

This science pass offered front-row seats to the planet's most iconic feature, the Great Red Spot.



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NASA's Juno Spacecraft to Fly Over Jupiter's Great Red Spot July 10

Fri, 06/30/2017 - 14:06

True color mosaic of Jupiter

NASA's Juno spacecraft will fly directly over Jupiter's Great Red Spot, the gas giant's iconic, 10,000-mile-wide storm, on July 10, providing the closest-ever view of it.



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Veteran Ocean Satellite to Assume Added Role

Fri, 06/30/2017 - 14:06

Illustration of the U.S./European Ocean Surface Topography Mission (OSTM)/Jason-2 satellite

A veteran oceanography satellite that has expanded our knowledge of global sea level, ocean currents and climate will take on an added role: improving maps of the sea floor.



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Earth-based Views of Jupiter to Enhance Juno Flyby

Fri, 06/30/2017 - 14:06

Animation of Jupiter

Telescopes in Hawaii have obtained new images of Jupiter and its Great Red Spot, which will assist the first-ever close-up study of the Great Red Spot, planned for July 10.



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How a Speck of Light Becomes an Asteroid

Fri, 06/30/2017 - 14:06

Sky Survey Detected This Small Asteroid

June 30 is International Asteroid Day. Have you ever wondered how asteroids are discovered? Here's the story.



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An Algorithm Helps Protect Mars Curiosity's Wheels

Thu, 06/29/2017 - 14:06

Traction control testing

A new software program reduces wear and tear on the Curiosity Mars rover wheels.



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Sleuthing for Seismic Answers in the Sooner State

Thu, 06/29/2017 - 14:06

Radar measurements of Pawnee quake deformation based on before/after satellite data analysis.

A NASA-led study examines the geology of last September's magnitude 5.8 earthquake in Pawnee, Oklahoma, the strongest ever measured by instruments in state history.



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NASA Celebrates International Asteroid Day with Special Broadcast

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 14:06

Artist's concept of a near-Earth object.

NASA will mark International Asteroid Day Friday, June 30, with a special program on NASA TV and online featuring the agency's work to find and study near-Earth objects.



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NASA Keeps a Close Eye on Tiny Stowaways

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 14:06

International Space Station

Cleanliness on the International Space Station is a priority.



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Lightning Sparking More Boreal Forest Fires

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 14:06

A lightning-caused wildfire burns in Alberta, Canada.

A new study finds lightning storms were the main driver of recent massive fire years in Alaska and northern Canada, with the storms likely to migrate north as climate warms.



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