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  1. 12 Years Later, Scientists Remember Epic Landing on Saturn Moon TitanRead the original story w/Photo

    Friday Jan 13 |

    As NASA's Saturn-orbiting Cassini spacecraft begins its final eight months of operation, scientists are looking back at one of the mission's most dramatic moments: the landing of the piggyback Huygens probe on the huge moon Titan. Huygens touched down on Titan's frigid surface on Jan. 14, 2005, three weeks after separating from the Cassini mothership.


  2. NASA Unveils 2 New Missions to Study Truly Strange AsteroidsRead the original story w/Photo

    Wednesday Jan 4 |

    The space agency has selected projects called Lucy and Psyche via its Discovery Program, which funds highly focused space missions to destinations throughout the solar system. The Lucy project will investigate the Trojan asteroids, which share an orbit with Jupiter, while Psyche will journey to the asteroid belt to study a huge, metallic asteroid named 16 Psyche that resides there.


  3. You've Never Seen Saturn's Weird Hexagon Storm Like ThisRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 7, 2016 |

    NASA's Cassini probe has beamed home the first close-up images of Saturn from the new phase of its venerable mission, and they're a doozy. The photos - which you can check out in this video set to pulse-pounding music - show Saturn's northern hemisphere in spectacular detail, and provide multiple views of the huge, bizarre hexagonal storm that swirls around the planet's north pole.


  4. Saturn's Rings Dwarf Tiny Moon Mimas in Stunning NASA PhotoRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 2, 2016 |

    As Cassini nears the end of its mission, it continues to beam data back to Earth, including this image of Saturn, its rings and the tiny moon Mimas. The craft's wide-angle camera captured the image of the sunlit rings on July 21, 2016.


  5. NASA's Pluto Probe Beams Back Final Data from Historic FlybyRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 28, 2016 |

    NASA's New Horizons spacecraft has finally finished beaming home all of the data it gathered during its historic July 2015 flyby of Pluto. The last piece of flyby data reached mission control at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland, early Tuesday morning , NASA officials said.


  6. Clouds on Pluto? Dwarf Planet's Weather Gets WeirderRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 19, 2016 |

    Scientists from NASA's New Horizons mission have identified some cloud candidates in the atmosphere of Pluto, using images taken by the New Horizons Long Range Reconnaissance Imager and Multispectral Visible Imaging Camera, during the spacecraft's July 2015 flight through the Pluto system. None of the features can be confirmed as clouds with stereo imaging, but the scientists say they are suggestive of possible, rare condensation clouds.


  7. Seeing Red: Pluto Probe's Next Target Has a Bloody HueRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 18, 2016 |

    The tiny, faraway object that NASA's New Horizons spacecraft will fly by in 2019 is even redder than Pluto, new observations by the Hubble Space Telescope suggest. The New Horizons team used Hubble to study 11 objects in the Kuiper Belt, the realm of frigid bodies beyond Neptune's orbit whose most famous resident is Pluto.


  8. Blue Origin's Sweet Spot: An Untapped Suborbital Market for Private SpaceflightRead the original story w/Photo

    Aug 12, 2016 |

    With multiple flights of its New Shepard vehicle under its belt, Blue Origin is appraising the research market for scientific and technological experiments that can be lofted to suborbital space. Blue Origin is run by billionaire founder Jeff Bezos , who has adopted the motto "Gradatim Ferociter" - Latin for "step by step, ferociously" - for the Washington-based company.


  9. Ice Volcanoes May Have Erased Craters on Dwarf Planet CeresRead the original story w/Photo

    Jul 26, 2016 |

    Ice volcanoes on Ceres might help solve the mystery of why large craters seem to be missing on the dwarf planet's surface , a new study shows. With a diameter of about 585 miles , Ceres is largest member of the asteroid belt located between Mars and Jupiter.


  10. 'Land' on Pluto's Icy Plains in This Amazing New NASA VideoRead the original story w/Photo

    Jul 15, 2016 |

    A new video takes viewers on a ride nearly down to the dwarf planet's surface , stopping just above the rippled "shoreline" of the vast nitrogen-ice plain known as Sputnik Planum. But this is no computer-generated experience.


  11. Pluto Flyby Turns One! New Horizons Mission Celebrates AnniversaryRead the original story w/Photo

    Jul 14, 2016 |

    Astronomers hadn't been able to get a good look at Pluto since its discovery in 1930; even NASA's superpowerful Hubble Space Telescope could only resolve the distant dwarf planet into a blur of pixels. But that all changed on July 14, 2015, when New Horizons performed history's first-ever flyby of Pluto , zooming within just 7,800 miles of the frigid world's surface.


  12. It's Official! NASA Pluto Probe to Fly by Another Object in 2019Read the original story w/Photo

    Jul 1, 2016 |

    Artist's illustration of the New Horizons spacecraft flying by the Kuiper Belt object 2014 MU69 on Jan. 1, 2019. NASA has approved a mission extension for New Horizons, which performed the first-ever flyby of Pluto in July 2015.


  13. Target Mars: Red Planet in World's CrosshairsRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 28, 2016 |

    A number of different public and private organizations - from NASA, to the European Space Agency , to Elon Musk's ambitious company SpaceX - plan to launch missions to Mars in the near future. Some of these projects will probe the Red Planet's structure and composition, while others will hunt for signs of life.


  14. One-Week Countdown Begins for Juno Mission's Daring Arrival at JupiterRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 27, 2016 |

    NASA's Juno probe is only one week away from its arrival at Jupiter, where it will execute a daring maneuver in order to get closer to the giant planet than any other spacecraft in history. Getting up-close and personal with Jupiter is a serious challenge for space probes, because the Jovian giant is surrounded by a belt of very intense radiation that can quickly fry most spacecraft electronics.


  15. NASA's Juno Probe in Home Stretch of Journey to JupiterRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 16, 2016 |

    The $1.1 billion Juno probe, which launched in August 2011 on a mission to investigate Jupiter's structure, composition and formation history, is scheduled to begin orbiting the gas giant on July 4 . "We're just a couple of weeks from arriving at Jupiter," Juno principal investigator Scott Bolton, of the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colorado, said during a news conference today .


  16. Amazing Pluto Shines in Best Close-Up Views YetRead the original story w/Photo

    May 31, 2016 |

    The images, which feature a resolution of about 260 feet per pixel, were captured by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft during its epic flyby of Pluto on July 14, 2015. Mission team members have stitched the photos into a high-resolution mosaic and used them to create a stunning new video of Pluto that highlights the dwarf planet's towering water-ice mountains and nitrogen glaciers, among other exotic features.


  17. Red Planet Heats Up: Ice Age Ending on MarsRead the original story w/Photo

    May 26, 2016 |

    The north polar ice cap of Mars is seen in this mosaic view, which scientists made by combining data from the European Mars Express spacecraft and NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. The spiral features help scientists understand how ice ages on Mars work.


  18. Pluto's Moon Hydra Sheathed in Ultraclean Water IceRead the original story w/Photo

    May 10, 2016 |

    Pluto's outermost moon, Hydra, was named for a legendary Greek water monster, and it's living up to its name: New data show that the little moon is almost entirely covered in "nearly pristine" water ice, NASA officials say. The new data from the New Horizons spacecraft, collected during its July 2015 flyby of Pluto , suggest that the planet's icy shell is cleaner than the ice found on Pluto's other moons.


  19. Makemake: Discovery, Orbit & CharacteristicsRead the original story w/Photo

    May 2, 2016 |

    Makemake is a dwarf planet in the outer solar system. It was the fourth body identified as a dwarf planet, and was one of the bodies that caused Pluto to lose its status as a planet.


  20. Distant Dwarf Planet Makemake Has Its Own MoonRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 26, 2016 |

    Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have discovered a moon orbiting Makemake , which is the second-brightest object in the distant Kuiper Belt beyond Neptune. The newfound satellite - the first ever spotted around Makemake - is 1,300 times fainter than the dwarf planet and is thought to be about 100 miles in diameter, researchers said.


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