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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Olympic Truce Wall Unites Athletes In The Name of Peace

The symbolic Olympic Truce Wall opened on February 4 in the Coastal Olympic Village. According to the tradition of the Olympic Movement, the Olympic Truce Wall is installed in the Olympic Villages a few days before the opening of the Games in order to let the competitors (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...)

Dawn Confirms, Adds to Telescope Studies of Asteroids

Tantalized by images from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and ground-based data, scientists thought the giant asteroid Vesta deserved a closer look. They got a chance to do that in 2011 and 2012, when NASA’s Dawn spacecraft orbited the giant asteroid, and they were able to check (more...)

Opportunity Explores New Martian Landscape

The Mars rover Curiosity has become an international celebrity since landing on the planet in August 2012. In the meantime, the senior NASA rover on the Martian surface, Opportunity, is quietly preparing to tuck in for its fifth winter on the Red Planet. Opportunity is studying an area (more...)

NASA Marks First Anniversary of Curiosity Mars Landing

By Charlene Porter Staff Writer One year since landing on Mars, the rover Curiosity and the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) on board have answered the big question the craft was sent there to investigate: Have Martian environmental conditions ever been conducive to life? Yes, is Curiosity’s answer. What (more...)

Obama and Russian President Putin After Their Meeting

REMARKS BY PRESIDENT OBAMA AND PRESIDENT PUTIN OF RUSSIA AFTER BILATERAL MEETING Lough Erne Resort Lough Erne, Northern Ireland PRESIDENT PUTIN: (As interpreted.) I’ve had detailed talks with the President of the United States on almost all the matters. We began with economy and we had detailed discussions. We’ve agreed to launch new (more...)

Aging Opportunity Still Delivers New Findings from Mars

A pioneering craft in planetary science soon will celebrate its 10th anniversary. The rover Opportunity roams the surface of Mars alone, but its creators on Earth remain enthralled with what the craft discovers. Opportunity left Earth in 2003 and landed on Mars for what was planned (more...)

Climate Change Is Challenge “of Life and Death Proportions”

Secretary of State John Kerry said climate change is “a principal challenge to all of us of life and death proportions” that cannot be solved by any single nation. “It’s not just an environmental issue and it’s not just an economic issue. It is a security issue, a (more...)

Scientists Find More “Rain” than Expected on Saturn

A new study tracks the “rain” of charged water particles into the atmosphere of Saturn and finds there is more of it and it falls across larger areas of the planet than previously thought. The study, whose observations were funded by NASA and whose analysis was (more...)

NASA Tracks Record-Sized Rock Zooming By Earth

By Charlene Porter Staff Writer An asteroid about the length of an Olympic pool is going to zip past Earth February 15. Amateur astronomers in Eastern Europe, Asia and Australia will be able to see the flyby with a moderately powered telescope. The Near-Earth Object Program at NASA announced the flyby February 7, (more...)

NASA’s Cassini Watches Storm Choke on Its Own Tail

In a new paper that provides the most detail yet about the life and death of a monstrous thunder-and-lightning storm on Saturn, scientists from NASA’s Cassini mission describe how the massive storm churned around the planet until it encountered its own tail and sputtered out. It (more...)

Mars Mission Leads a Year of Space Milestones

By Charlene Porter Staff Writer The U.S. space agency delved into the secrets of other worlds in 2012, developed and tested new technology to reach those worlds and pursued these goals in partnership with space agencies from many other countries. The car-sized rover Curiosity landed on the surface of Mars (more...)

Rover Offers Clues on Mars’ Atmosphere, Past and Present

The rover Curiosity has sent back its first sniff of the Martian atmosphere, and NASA scientists are analyzing what the findings mean about the habitability of the planet at some time in the past. The Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instrument, seen here before the mission launch, took
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Now in Saturn’s Orbit, Cassini Marks 15th Anniversary

By Charlene Porter
Staff Writer
An unmanned spacecraft orbiting Saturn celebrated a solitary anniversary of 15 years in flight October 15, still on the job, sending back data about the ringed planet in our solar system. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) has been managing the Cassini mission since its launch (more...)

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