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Traveling to the Sun: Why Won’t Parker Solar Probe Melt?

07.19.2018
This summer, NASA's Parker Solar Probe will launch to travel closer to the Sun, deeper into the solar atmosphere, than any mission before it. Cutting-edge technology and engineering will help it beat the heat.

Discovering Structure in the Outer Corona

07.18.2018
Using advanced algorithms and data-cleaning techniques, scientists discovered never-before-detected, fine-grained structures in the outer corona — the Sun’s million-degree atmosphere — by analyzing images taken by NASA’s STEREO spacecraft.

Cutting-Edge Heat Shield Installed on NASA’s Parker Solar Probe

07.05.2018
When you're designing a mission to touch the Sun, one key question comes to mind: How will you stop it from overheating? Parker Solar Probe's heat shield is a big part of the answer, and it was installed on June 27, 2018.

As Solar Wind Blows, Our Heliosphere Balloons

06.06.2018
What happens when the solar wind suddenly starts to blow significantly harder?

Study Shows How Earth Slows the Solar Wind to a Gentle Breeze

05.31.2018
NASA satellite data reveals electron-scale energy transformation at the leading edge of Earth’s magnetic field.

NASA Scientist to Discuss ‘The Upper Atmosphere: Where Space Weather Meets Earth Weather’ at Library of Congress Lecture

05.31.2018
The public is invited to a free talk called ' The Upper Atmosphere: Where Space Weather Meets Earth Weather,' with Dr. Sarah Jones in the Pickford Theater, third floor, Madison Building, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., on June 7 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. EDT.

More Than 1.1 Million Names Installed on NASA’s Parker Solar Probe

05.21.2018
On May 18, 2018, a memory card containing over a million names submitted by the public was installed onto NASA's Parker Solar Probe spacecraft before its historic journey to the Sun.

New Views of Sun: 2 Missions Will Go Closer to Our Star Than Ever Before

05.16.2018
NASA's Parker Solar Probe and ESA's Solar Orbiter will take us closer to the Sun than we've ever been before. If Earth were scaled down to sit at one end of a gridiron football field, with the Sun at the other end, Parker Solar Probe would make it to the 4-yard line. Solar Orbiter would reach the 27, both beating a 1970s record held by Helios B.

NASA Spacecraft Discovers New Magnetic Process in Turbulent Space

05.09.2018
Explorations in Earth's space environment by NASA's Magnetospheric Multiscale spacecraft have discovered a surprising new magnetic event in turbulent plasma.

NASA’s New Dellingr Spacecraft Baselined for Pathfinding CubeSat Mission to Van Allen Belts

05.01.2018
A new CubeSat mission — GTOSat — will do more than monitor the environmentally forbidding radiation belts that encircle Earth.

Old Data, New Tricks: Fresh Results from NASA’s Galileo Spacecraft 20 Years On

04.30.2018
Newly analyzed data from the Galileo spacecraft's flybys of one of Jupiter's moons two decades ago is yielding fresh insights: The magnetic field around the moon Ganymede makes it unlike any other in the solar system.

2020 Decadal Survey Missions: At a Glance

04.24.2018
Any telescope that reaches the launch pad in the 2030s likely will look much different than the concepts four teams are currently studying to inform the 2020 Decadal Survey for Astrophysics, but the studies do offer a roadmap.

NASA Teams Study the Agency’s Future in Astrophysics; Tackle Formidable Technology Challenges

04.24.2018
As in past decades, the agency won’t make that decision in a vacuum or without understanding the technical obstacles, which are formidable.

Do-It-Yourself Science: Because We Are All Explorers

04.11.2018
In the mornings, Sylvia Beer sits at the desktop computer in her living room with a cup of coffee and looks for ridges on Mars.

New Exoplanet Collaboration Hosts Meeting to Explore Molecular Seeds of Life

04.09.2018
The Sellers Exoplanet Environments Collaboration (SEEC) hosts its first annual symposium April 9-13. Researchers will discuss how our knowledge of the early solar system can help the hunt for life on other worlds.

NASA’s Mission to Touch the Sun Arrives in the Sunshine State

04.06.2018
NASA’s Parker Solar Probe has arrived in Florida to begin final preparations for its launch to the Sun, scheduled for July 31, 2018.

NASA Powers on New Instrument Staring at the Sun

03.15.2018
NASA has powered on its latest space payload to continue long-term measurements of the Sun's incoming energy.

Mystery of Purple Lights in Sky Solved With Help From Citizen Scientists

03.14.2018
Citizen scientists, satellites and researchers solve the mystery of new purple lights in the sky. The lights, called STEVE, provide scientists insight into Earth's magnetic field.

3 NASA Satellites Recreate Solar Eruption in 3-D

03.09.2018
Scientists have developed a model that simulates how shocks following coronal mass ejections, or CMEs, propagate from the Sun — an effort made possible only by combining data from three different NASA satellites.

Public Invited to Come Aboard NASA’s First Mission to Touch the Sun

03.06.2018
NASA's Parker Solar Probe mission will launch in summer 2018 to travel closer to the Sun than any spacecraft before it, facing brutal heat and radiation conditions. And you can send your name along for the ride.

Latest Updates from NASA on IMAGE Recovery

03.06.2018
Late on March 4, 2018, personnel at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab in Laurel, Maryland, reported detecting IMAGE’s signal for the first time after losing contact on Feb. 24. However the signal was too weak to lock on to.

NASA Joins International Science Team in Exploring Auroral Cusp from Norway

02.27.2018
North of Norway, the magnetic bubble surrounding Earth dips inward, allowing space particles to funnel in toward the planet. An international team will spend two years investigating the physics of heating and charged particle precipitation in this region, one of the few places on Earth with easy access to the electrically charged solar wind.

NASA’s SDO Reveals How Magnetic Cage on the Sun Stopped Solar Eruption

02.23.2018
A dramatic magnetic power struggle at the Sun's surface lies at the heart of solar eruptions, new research using NASA data shows.

Pulsating Aurora Mysteries Uncovered with Help from NASA’s THEMIS Mission

02.20.2018
The precise mechanism driving pulsating auroras, long unknown, has now been identified with help from NASA's THEMIS mission.

Eclipse Season Starts for NASA’s SDO

02.13.2018
On Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018, NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, or SDO, saw a total solar eclipse in space when Earth crossed its view of the Sun. Also known as a transit, Earth’s passage was brief, lasting from 2:10 a.m. to 2:41 a.m. EST and covering the entire face of the Sun.
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