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MAVEN Ultraviolet Image of Comet Siding Spring’s Hydrogen Coma

10.23.2014
NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft captured an ultraviolet image of hydrogen surrounding comet Siding Spring. The cloud was about a half degree across, comparable in size to Earth’s moon as seen from Earth.

NASA-led Study Sees Titan Glowing at Dusk and Dawn

10.22.2014
New maps of Saturn’s moon Titan reveal large patches of two trace gases shining brightly near the north pole, on the dusk side of the moon, and near the south pole, on the dawn side.

LRO Finds Widespread Evidence of Young Lunar Volcanism

10.12.2014
Scores of distinctive rock deposits seen by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter provide strong evidence the moon’s volcanic activity slowed gradually instead of stopping abruptly a billion years ago.

Electric Sparks May Alter Evolution of Lunar Soil

08.21.2014
Severe solar storms could generate enough electric charge in the top layer of the lunar surface to crack moon dust and may have changed the very nature of the moon's polar soil.

3-D Study of Comets Reveals Chemical Factory at Work

08.11.2014
A NASA-led team of scientists has created detailed 3-D maps of the atmospheres surrounding comets, identifying several gases and mapping their spread at the highest resolution ever achieved.

Canada Contributes to NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Mission

07.22.2014
The Canadian Space Agency announced that it will furnish a sophisticated laser-based mapping system, designed to create unprecedented 3-D maps of asteroid Bennu, for NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission.

Lunar Pits Could Shelter Astronauts, Reveal Details of How 'Man in the Moon' Formed

07.22.2014
New observations from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter reveal more than 200 steep-walled lunar pits, some of which might lead to caves that future astronauts could explore and use for shelter.

A New Look at the Apollo 11 Landing Site

07.22.2014
In honor of the 45th anniversary of Apollo 11’s touchdown on the moon, NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter offers a fresh perspective on the historic landing site.

Soaring Over the Moon’s Mt. Hadley

06.18.2014
NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter captured an oblique view of the Apollo 15 landing site, nestled between the moon’s towering Apennine mountains and the valley of Hadley Rille.

LRO's 'Moon as Art' Collection Revealed

06.18.2014
The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter celebrated its fifth anniversary in space with the “Moon as Art” contest. The results are in, and the winner is an image of Tycho crater’s central peak.

NASA Missions Let Scientists See Moon’s Dancing Tide From Orbit

05.29.2014
Scientists combined observations from NASA’s LRO and GRAIL missions to check out the moon’s lopsided shape and how it changes under Earth’s sway – a response not seen from orbit before.

NASA, Sky-Watchers to Look for May Camelopardalids Meteor Shower

05.23.2014
The new Camelopardalids meteor shower may light up the sky in the early morning hours of May 24, 2014. Goddard scientists Stefanie Milam and Amy Simon discussed the event in TV interviews on May 23.

Voting Begins for LRO’s ‘Moon as Art’ Contest

05.23.2014
To help NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter celebrate five years in orbit, the public is invited to vote for the cover image for a special “Moon as Art” collection. Voting closes June 6, 2014.

LRO View of Earth

05.07.2014
Only rarely do opportunities arise for LRO's instruments to capture views of Earth.

Vitamin B3, Perhaps Delivered to Ancient Earth by Meteorites

04.17.2014
Goddard's Astrobiology Analytical Laboratory found the vitamin, which can form non-biologically, in multiple meteorites. The presence of water seemed to affect the amount of compound detected.

Construction to Begin on NASA Spacecraft for 2018 Asteroid Visit

04.10.2014
The OSIRIS-REx team has been given the go-ahead to begin building the spacecraft, flight instruments and ground system, and launch support facilities.

NASA's LRO Mission and North America to Experience Total Lunar Eclipse

04.08.2014
During the April 15 eclipse, the moon will be shadowed by Earth, and the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter’s instruments will take a nap.

NASA Releases First Interactive Mosaic of Lunar North Pole

03.18.2014
Using cameras on NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, scientists created an interactive 950-gigabyte mosaic of the moon from 60 degrees north to the pole, with a resolution of 2 meters per pixel.

New Technique Could Search Space Dust for Life's Ingredients

02.03.2014
Scientists at Goddard's Astrobiology Analytical Laboratory inspected tiny meteorite samples to look for the components of life. The method is also suitable for micrometeorites and interplanetary dust.

NASA's LRO Snaps a Picture of LADEE Spacecraft

01.29.2014
With precise timing, the camera aboard NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter was able to snap a picture of NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer as both spacecraft orbit the moon.

NASA Invites Public to Send Names on an Asteroid Mission and Beyond

01.15.2014
NASA invites people to submit their names to the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft , and to receive updates on the location of their names from the 2016 launch until the asteroid samples return to Earth.

Internet Radio Provides Musical Space-Weather Reports from NASA's LRO Mission

01.09.2014
The latest tool for checking space weather is an internet radio station fed by data from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO).

NASA Releases New Earthrise Simulation Video

12.20.2013
NASA has issued a new visualization of the events leading to one of the iconic photographs of the 20th century: Earth rising over the moon, as captured by the crew of the Apollo 8 mission.

'Earthrise' A New Visualization - 45th Anniversary of Apollo 8 Viewing Earth from Space

12.20.2013
It was 45 years ago, on December 24, 1968 when Apollo 8 astronauts captured 'Earthrise' – the first color photograph of Earth taken by a person in lunar orbit.

NASA | Earthrise: The 45th Anniversary

12.20.2013
In December of 1968, the crew of Apollo 8 became the first people to leave our home planet and travel to another body in space.
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