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The Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) spacecraft that carried Curiosity succeeded in every step of the most complex landing ever attempted on Mars, to end a 36-week flight and begin a two-year investigation.
A comet bites the dust
This artist's concept illustrates a comet being torn to shreds around G29-3, a so-called dead star, or white dwarf. Source:
A Huge Burp at Saturn
NASA's Cassini spacecraft has tracked the aftermath of a rare massive storm on Saturn. Data show record-setting disturbances in the planet's upper atmosphere long after the storm had ended.
All cracked up
The icy surface of Europa is shown strewn with cracks, ridges, and "chaotic terrain" where ice blocks have jostled on the disrupted surface.
APOD: Astronomy Picture of the Day
Through the Lunar Data Project, readings from the dust detectors on Apollo 14 and 15 are being made available for the first time as a fully calibrated, digital dataset.
Astronomy Picture of the Day
This site presents a different image of our fascinating universe every day, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer.
Aureum Chaos Mars
In the Aureum Chaos region of Mars, bright outcrops and scarps indicate the presence of clay minerals called phyllosilicates, a clue to massive releases of groundwater in the planet's distant past.
The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter's LOLA instrument captured this portrait of the moon's south polar region. It features the Aitken Basin, the largest impact structure on the moon.
New movies of Jupiter are the first to catch an invisible wave shaking up one of the giant planet's jet streams, an interaction that also takes place in Earth's atmosphere.