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Here’s Looking at You: Spooky Shadow Gives Jupiter a Giant Eye

10.28.2014
In this view, the shadow of the Jovian moon Ganymede swept across the center of the Great Red Spot. This gave Jupiter the uncanny appearance of having a pupil in the center of an "eye"

NASA Identifies Ice Cloud Above Cruising Altitude on Titan

10.24.2014
NASA scientists have identified an unexpected high-altitude methane ice cloud on Saturn's moon Titan that is similar to exotic clouds found far above Earth's poles.

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.

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.

NASA Team Lays Plans to Observe New Worlds

07.23.2014
It can take decades to mature an astrophysics flagship mission from concept to launch pad. Given the long lead times, it’s time to lay plans for a future flagship mission.

Friction from Tides Could Help Distant Earths Survive, and Thrive

07.08.2014
New computer modeling by Goddard scientists shows that friction could be the key to survival for some distant Earth-sized planets traveling in dangerous orbits.

Future of Titan to be Discussed at Library of Congress Lecture

06.20.2014
In a free public lecture on June 26, Goddard scientist Carrie Anderson will discuss possibilities for the future of Saturn’s moon Titan once the Sun expands into a red giant and becomes more luminous.

NASA Experiments Recreate Aromatic Flavors of Titan

06.13.2014
NASA scientists have created a new recipe that captures key flavors of the brownish-orange atmosphere around Saturn’s largest moon, Titan.

Cracks in Pluto's Moon Could Indicate it Once Had an Underground Ocean

06.13.2014
If the icy surface of Pluto's giant moon Charon is cracked, analysis of the fractures could reveal if its interior was warm, perhaps warm enough to have maintained a subterranean ocean of water.

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's Hubble Shows Jupiter's Great Red Spot is Smaller than Ever Measured

05.15.2014
Jupiter's trademark Great Red Spot -- a swirling anti-cyclonic storm larger than Earth -- has shrunk to its smallest size ever measured.

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 Planetary Scientists Get New Observation Platform

02.07.2014
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

12.10.2013
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

12.06.2013
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

12.03.2013
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

09.30.2013
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

09.18.2013
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

09.04.2013
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

08.08.2013
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

07.23.2013
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

05.16.2013
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

04.22.2013
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

04.22.2013
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

04.11.2013
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.
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