Cassini Probe Beams Back Images of Saturn’s Atmosphere

NASA’s Cassini space probe has beamed back the first close up views of Saturn’s atmosphere. The images show the gas giant’s northern hemisphere, which is home to a hexagon-shaped jet stream. The current phase of Cassini’s mission, called Ring-Grazing Orbits, began November
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Science & Technology Watch a Comet Plunge Toward the Sun at 2 Million KPH

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A comet is seen hurtling toward the sun at over 2 million kilometers per hour.

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NASA Research Could Save Commercial Airlines Billions in New Era of Aviation

The nation’s airlines could realize more than $250 billion dollars in savings in the near future thanks to green-related technologies developed and refined by NASA’s aeronautics researchers during the past six years. These new technologies, developed under the purview of NASA’s Environmentally Responsible Aviation (ERA) project, could cut airline fuel use (more...)

Orion Travels Far, Returns Safely to Earth in 1st Test Flight

Orion, NASA’s new spacecraft built to carry humans beyond Earth’s orbit, launched on its first test flight early December 5. After traveling farther than any vehicle built for humans has gone in more than 40 years, it successfully splashed down in the Pacific Ocean. Shown above is the view back toward (more...)

Rosetta Watches Comet Fire Its Jets

In a montage of four new photos of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, a region of jet activity can be seen at the neck of the comet. These jets, originating from several locations, are a product of ices sublimating and gases escaping from inside the nucleus. The images were captured by the (more...)

NASA’s RapidScat Keeps Watchful Eye on Ocean Storms

On September 20, NASA launched an Earth science mission that is a hit with researchers and forecasters of hurricanes and other tropical cyclones. Designed and built at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, and lodged on the exterior of the International Space Station, the ISS-RapidScat scatterometer measures surface wind (more...)

NASA Widens Its 2014 Hurricane Research Mission

During the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season, NASA is redoubling its efforts to probe the inner workings of hurricanes and tropical storms with two unmanned Global Hawk aircraft flying over storms and two new space-based missions. Collecting and sharing the data help protect the United States and (more...)

Space Telescope Sees Shocking Behavior by Speedy Star

Roguish runaway stars can have a big impact on their surroundings as they plunge through the Milky Way. Their high-speed encounters shock the galaxy, creating arcs, as seen in this newly released image from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope. In this case, the speedster star is known as Kappa (more...)

NASA Data Find Some Hope for Water in Aral Sea Basin

new study using data from NASA satellite missions finds that although the long-term water picture for the Aral Sea watershed in Central Asia remains bleak, short-term prospects are better than previously thought. NASA reported the study’s findings in a February 14 news release. The Aral Sea, once the fourth-largest (more...)

NASA Satellite Eyes Sochi Olympic Sites

It’s not often that the Winter Olympic Games come with an ocean view, but that’s what we are getting this year at the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia. Sochi is the warmest city ever to host the Winter Games, which officially run February 7–23. Two images of (more...)

NASA Picks Physics Experiments for Space Station

NASA will fund seven proposals to conduct physics research using the agency’s new microgravity laboratory, which is scheduled to launch to the International Space Station in 2016. NASA’s Cold Atom Laboratory will provide an opportunity to study ultra-cold quantum gases in the microgravity environment of the space (more...)

Herschel Telescope Detects Water on Dwarf Planet Ceres

Scientists using the Herschel space observatory have made the first definitive detection of water vapor on the largest object in the asteroid belt, Ceres. Plumes of water vapor are thought to shoot up periodically from Ceres when portions of its icy surface warm slightly. Ceres is classified as (more...)

Dead Star and Distant Black Holes Dazzle in X-Rays

Two new views from NASA’s Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, showcase the telescope’s talent for spying objects near and far. One image shows the energized remains of a dead star, a structure nicknamed the “Hand of God” after its resemblance to a hand (above). Another (more...)

Space Station Gets New Life as International Collaboration Grows

By Charlene Porter, Staff Writer The Obama administration announced January 8 that it will support a four-year extension of operations at the International Space Station (ISS) and urged its international partners in the enterprise to do likewise. In their joint announcement of the extension, Assistant to the President (more...)

NASA’s Kepler Provides Insights on Enigmatic Planets

More than three-quarters of the planet candidates discovered by NASA’s Kepler spacecraft have sizes ranging from that of Earth to that of Neptune, which is nearly four times as big as Earth. Such planets dominate the galactic census but are not represented in our own solar (more...)

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