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  • NASA Expands Podcast Selections with New Science Series
    15 November 2017, 7:49 pm
    “Gravity Assist,” a new NASA weekly podcast series, launches Wednesday on NASA.gov and the SoundCloud and iTunes audio platforms.
  • NASA’s MAVEN Mission Finds Mars Has a Twisted Tail
    19 October 2017, 8:15 pm
    Mars has an invisible magnetic “tail” that is twisted by interaction with the solar wind, according to new research using data from NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft.
  • Solar Eruptions Could Electrify Martian Moons
    18 October 2017, 6:00 pm
    Powerful solar eruptions could electrically charge areas of the Martian moon Phobos to hundreds of volts, presenting a complex electrical environment that could possibly affect sensitive electronics carried by future robotic explorers, according to a new NASA study.
  • NASA Missions Catch First Light from a Gravitational-Wave Event
    16 October 2017, 3:36 pm
    For the first time, NASA scientists have detected light tied to a gravitational-wave event, thanks to two merging neutron stars in the galaxy NGC 4993, located about 130 million light-years from Earth in the constellation Hydra.
  • Media Invited to View NASA Spacecraft That Will Touch Our Sun
    20 September 2017, 7:16 pm
    NASA’s Parker Solar Probe will be humanity’s first-ever mission to explore the Sun’s outer atmosphere. Media are invited to see the spacecraft and learn about the mission from noon to 2 p.m. EDT Monday, Sept. 25, at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Laurel, Maryland, where the probe is being built.
  • NASA’s Cassini Spacecraft Ends Its Historic Exploration of Saturn
    15 September 2017, 2:00 pm
    A thrilling epoch in the exploration of our solar system came to a close today, as NASA's Cassini spacecraft made a fateful plunge into the atmosphere of Saturn, ending its 13-year tour of the ringed planet.
  • NASA Announces Cassini End-of-Mission Media Activities
    24 August 2017, 9:52 pm
    On Sept. 15, NASA's Cassini spacecraft will complete its remarkable story of exploration with an intentional plunge into Saturn's atmosphere, ending its mission after nearly 20 years in space.
  • NASA Selects Proposals to Study Galaxies, Stars, Planets
    9 August 2017, 9:28 pm
    NASA has selected six astrophysics Explorers Program proposals for concept studies. The proposed missions would study gamma-ray and X-ray emissions from clusters of galaxies and neutron star systems, as well as infrared emissions from galaxies in the early universe and atmospheres of exoplanets, which are planets outside of our solar system.
  • Cassini to Begin Final Five Orbits Around Saturn
    9 August 2017, 7:23 pm
    NASA's Cassini spacecraft will enter new territory in its final mission phase, the Grand Finale, as it prepares to embark on a set of ultra-close passes through Saturn’s upper atmosphere with its final five orbits around the planet.
  • NASA Recommends Safety Tips to View the August Solar Eclipse
    2 August 2017, 2:10 pm
    More than 300 million people in the United States potentially could directly view the Aug. 21 total solar eclipse, and NASA wants everyone who will witness this celestial phenomenon to do so safely.

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