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Construction to Begin on NASA Spacecraft for 2018 Asteroid Visit

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 Planetary Scientists Get New Observation Platform

Planetary scientists make preparations to send a telescope high into the stratosphere by balloon to observe Jupiter and other bodies during a 24-hour flight.

Countdown Begins for NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Asteroid Mission

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx asteroid sample return mission began its countdown on December 9 at 7:43 p.m. EST, marking 999 days remaining until the opening of the mission’s launch window in September 2016.

NASA Highlights Mars, Ozone Hole, and the Sun at American Geophysical Union

NASA researchers will present new findings on a wide range of Earth and space science topics next week at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU).

Hubble Traces Subtle Signals of Water on Hazy Worlds

Using the powerful­ eye of NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, two teams of scientists have found faint signatures of water in the atmospheres of five distant planets.

Cassini Finds Ingredient of Household Plastic in Space

NASA's Cassini spacecraft detected propylene, a chemical used in consumer plastics, on Saturn's moon Titan -- the first definitive detection of this ingredient on any moon or planet, other than Earth.

Long-Stressed Moon Europa Likely Off-Kilter at One Time

A new interpretation of distinctive cracks lining the icy face of Europa indicate that this moon of Jupiter probably spun around a tilted axis sometime in its history.

Software to Help Amateur Astronomers Detect Alien Worlds

A new computer program will let amateur astronomers detect exoplanets by observing stars near our solar system and recording faint dips in their brightness.

New NASA Mission to Help Us Learn How to Mine Asteroids

NASA's OSIRIS-REx mission is developing technologies to explore asteroids or mine the vast sources of scarce material that they offer.

Science Outreach Reaches In

Some 60 scientists, researchers, interns and outreach personnel manned stations for the annual Science Jamboree at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., on July 16.

NASA's Asteroid Sample Return Mission Moves into Development

OSIRIS-REx, NASA’s first mission to sample an asteroid, is moving ahead into development and testing in preparation for its launch in 2016.

New NASA Satellite Takes the Salton Sea's Temperature

An image from an instrument aboard NASA's Landsat Data Continuity Mission or LDCM satellite may look like a typical black-and-white image of a dramatic landscape, but it tells a story of temperature

For NASA to Build TIRS on Schedule, Every Day Counted

From the very beginning it was a looming ticking countdown clock to get the Thermal Infrared Sensor (TIRS) instrument ready for the Landsat Data Continuity Mission launch.

Ice Cloud Heralds Fall at Titan's South Pole

A new ice cloud seen at Titan's south pole by Cassini's Composite Infrared Spectrometer is the latest sign that the change of seasons is setting off radical changes in this moon's atmosphere.

A Closer Look at LDCM's First Scene

Turning on new satellite instruments is like opening new eyes. This week, the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) released its first images of Earth.

'Hot Spots' Ride a Merry-Go-Round on Jupiter

Images from NASA's Cassini spacecraft reveal new evidence that Jupiter's mysterious hot spots glide up and down on Rossby waves in the atmosphere like carousel horses on a merry-go-round.

Titan Gets a Dune "Makeover"

Titan may look a lot younger than it really is because its craters are getting erased, according to the first quantitative estimate of how much Titan's weather affects the surface.

Abrupt Turn in Titan's Atmosphere Finally Seen by Cassini

For nearly 20 years, models have predicted circulation changes in Titan's atmosphere, but thanks to Cassini's Composite Infrared Spectrometer (CIRS), built at Goddard, scientists have now observed this change directly.

Cassini Finds a Video Gamers' Paradise at Saturn

Using an infrared instrument built at Goddard, scientists with NASA's Cassini mission have spotted a second Pac-Man-shaped feature in the Saturn system, this time on the moon Tethys.

NASA Spacecraft Sees Huge Burp at Saturn After Large Storm

In the aftermath of a massive storm on Saturn, data from the CIRS instrument on NASA's Cassini spacecraft reveal record-setting disturbances in the planet's upper atmosphere, including an unprecedented temperature change and a mysterious increase in the amount of ethylene.

NASA Research Estimates How Long Titan's Chemical Factory Has Been in Business

Saturn's giant moon Titan hides inside a thick, smoggy atmosphere that cranks out methane and other hydrocarbons like a factory. New NASA-funded research estimates how long this chemical factory has been operating.

Cassini Sees Saturn Stressing out Enceladus

Direct observations linking the tidal pull of Saturn to jets on the moon Enceladus are among the highlights discussed at the 2012 Lunar and Planetary Science Conference.

Cassini Spies Wave Rattling Jet Stream on Jupiter

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.

The Many Moods of Titan

The CIRS instrument on NASA's Cassini spacecraft records the temperature record of Titan, just one highlight of the shifting environment at Saturn's intriguing moon Titan.

TIRS Delivered for Earth-Observing Satellite

The Thermal Infrared Sensor (TIRS; Dennis Reuter, Instrument Scientist) for NASA's Landsat Data Continuity Mission was delivered to Orbital Sciences Corp.
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