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NASA InSight Lander Arrives on Martian Surface to Learn What Lies Beneath

NASA InSight Lander Arrives on Martian Surface to Learn What Lies Beneath

Mars has just received its newest robotic resident. NASA’s Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) lander successfully touched down on the Red Planet after an almost seven-month, 300-million-mile (458-million-kilometer) journey from Earth.  InSight’s two-year mission will be to study the deep interior of Mars to learn how all celestial bodies with […]

Bright Areas on Ceres Suggest Geologic Activity

Bright Areas on Ceres Suggest Geologic Activity

The bright areas of Occator Crater — Cerealia Facula in the center and Vinalia Faculae to the side — are examples of bright material found on crater floors on Ceres. This is a simulated perspective view.

Voyager 1 Fires Up Thrusters After 37

Voyager 1 Fires Up Thrusters After 37

The Voyager team is able to use a set of four backup thrusters, dormant since 1980. They are located on the back side of the spacecraft in this orientation. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech › Full image and caption › Full image and caption”/> If you tried to start a car that’s been sitting in a garage for […]

Solar System’s First Interstellar Visitor Dazzles Scientists

Solar System’s First Interstellar Visitor Dazzles Scientists

Artist’s concept of interstellar asteroid 1I/2017 U1 (‘Oumuamua) as it passed through the solar system after its discovery in October 2017. The aspect ratio of up to 10:1 is unlike that of any object seen in our own solar system.

ROCKET DAY- The Fires of Creation

ROCKET DAY- The Fires of Creation

On Saturday, November 18th from 11 am to 5 pm, Simi Valley Historical Society and Museum is hosting a one-of-a-kind event at Strathearn Historical Park: A celebration of the men and women who for 60 years worked in our local Aerospace Industry, creating the American Space Program This onetime event will include “Mission Control” in […]

NASA’s Cassini Spacecraft Ends Its Historic Exploration of Saturn

NASA’s Cassini Spacecraft Ends Its Historic Exploration of Saturn

Cassini program manager at JPL, Earl Maize, left, and spacecraft operations team manager for the Cassini mission at Saturn, Julie Webster embrace after the Cassini spacecraft plunged into Saturn, Friday, Sept. 15, 2017 at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. Photo Credit: NASA/Joel Kowsky › Full image and caption › Full image and caption”/> […]

A Final Farewell to LISA Pathfinder

A Final Farewell to LISA Pathfinder

An artist’s concept of the European Space Agency’s LISA Pathfinder spacecraft, designed to pave the way for a mission detecting gravitational waves. NASA/JPL developed a thruster system on board. › Larger view › Larger view”/> With the push of a button, final commands for the European Space Agency’s LISA Pathfinder mission were beamed to space […]

More surprises on Ceres: astronomers discover an ice volcano

More surprises on Ceres: astronomers discover an ice volcano

  Pictures from NASA’s Dawn spacecraft seem to indicate that the dwarf planet was much more active than we thought. There is probably an ice volcano on Ceres. Image color indicates elevation. Image via NASA. Ceres is the largest body in the asteroid belt – too big to really be an asteroid, but too small […]

Jupiter’s Extended Family? A Billion or More

Jupiter’s Extended Family? A Billion or More

  Our galaxy is home to a bewildering variety of Jupiter-like worlds: hot ones, health cold ones, health giant versions of our own giant, pint-sized pretenders only half as big around. Astronomers say that in our galaxy alone, a billion or more such Jupiter-like worlds could be orbiting stars other than our sun. And we […]

NASA’s Juno Spacecraft Crosses Jupiter/Sun Gravitational Boundary

NASA’s Juno Spacecraft Crosses Jupiter/Sun Gravitational Boundary

Since its launch five years ago, there have been three forces tugging at NASA’s Juno spacecraft as it speeds through the solar system. The sun, Earth and Jupiter have all been influential — a gravitational trifecta of sorts. At times, Earth was close enough to be the frontrunner. More recently, the sun has had the […]

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