A self-portrait by NASA's Curiosity rover taken on Sol 2082 (June 15, 2018). A Martian dust storm has reduced sunlight and visibility at the rover's location in Gale Crater. A drill hole can be seen in the rock to the left of the rover at a target site called "Duluth." Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

Martian Dust Storm Grows Global: Curiosity Captures Photos of Thickening Haze

Martian Dust Storm Grows Global: Curiosity Captures Photos of Thickening Haze A storm of tiny dust particles has engulfed much of Mars over the last…

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Image from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows a fierce dust storm is kicking up on Mars, with rovers on the surface indicated as icons. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

NASA Encounters the Perfect Storm for Science

NASA Encounters the Perfect Storm for Science One of the thickest dust storms ever observed on Mars has been spreading for the past week and…

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This global map of Mars shows a growing dust storm as of June 6, 2018. The map was produced by the Mars Color Imager (MARCI) camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft. The blue dot indicates the approximate location of Opportunity. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

Opportunity Hunkers Down During Dust Storm

Opportunity Hunkers Down During Dust Storm NASA Mars Exploration Rover Status Report Updated at 4:30 p.m. PDT on June 10, 2018 NASA engineers received a…

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Image of dunes of methane ice on Pluto. Upper left: mountainous region adjacent to a plain. Lower right: patterns of dune. Credit: NASA

Icy Dunes on Pluto Reveal a Diverse and Dynamic Dwarf Planet

Icy Dunes on Pluto Reveal a Diverse and Dynamic Dwarf Planet Newly discovered dunes on Pluto tell us the dwarf planet’s geology and atmosphere is…

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A new study involving long-term monitoring of Alpha Centauri by NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory indicates that any planets orbiting the two brightest stars are likely not being pummeled by large amounts of X-ray radiation from their host stars. This is important for the viability of life in the nearest star system outside the Solar System. Chandra data from May 2nd, 2017 are seen in the pull-out, which is shown in context of a visible-light image taken from the ground of the Alpha Centauri system and its surroundings. Alpha Centauri is a triple star system located just over four light years, or about 25 trillion miles, from Earth. While this is a large distance in terrestrial terms, it is three times closer than the next nearest Sun-like star. Credits: Optical: Zdenek Bardon; X-ray: NASA/CXC/Univ. of Colorado/T. Ayres et al.

Chandra Scouts Nearest Star System for Possible Hazards

Chandra Scouts Nearest Star System for Possible Hazards In humanity’s search for life outside our Solar System, one of the best places scientists have considered…

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During its continued mission, NASA’s Juno spacecraft will maintain its 53-day polar orbit around Jupiter. At its closest, Juno passes within 3,000 miles (5,000 kilometers) of Jupiter’s cloud tops once during each 53-day orbit. At the high end of each orbit, Juno is about 5 million miles (8-million kilometers) from the planet – which is just beyond the orbit of the Jovian moon Themisto. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech

NASA Re-plans Juno’s Jupiter Mission

NASA Re-plans Juno’s Jupiter Mission NASA has approved an update to Juno’s science operations until July 2021. This provides for an additional 41 months in…

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This low-angle self-portrait of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows the vehicle at the site from which it reached down to drill into a rock target called "Buckskin" on lower Mount Sharp. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

NASA Finds Ancient Organic Material, Mysterious Methane on Mars

NASA Finds Ancient Organic Material, Mysterious Methane on Mars NASA’s Curiosity rover has found new evidence preserved in rocks on Mars that suggests the planet…

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The hunt for life on Mars: new findings on rock ‘chimneys’ could hold key to success

The hunt for life on Mars: new findings on rock ‘chimneys’ could hold key to success Alexander Brasier, University of Aberdeen; David Wacey, University of…

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The Curiosity rover on Mars has been busy. NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

Rover detects ancient organic material on Mars – and it could be trace of past life

Rover detects ancient organic material on Mars – and it could be trace of past life The Curiosity rover on Mars has been busy. NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS…

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This artist’s concept of lightning distribution in Jupiter’s northern hemisphere incorporates a JunoCam image with artistic embellishments. Data from NASA’s Juno mission indicates that most of the lightning activity on Jupiter is near its poles. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/JunoCam

Juno Solves 39-Year Old Mystery of Jupiter Lightning

Juno Solves 39-Year Old Mystery of Jupiter Lightning Ever since NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft flew past Jupiter in March, 1979, scientists have wondered about the…

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An illustration depicting the layers of the heliosphere. Credits: NASA/IBEX/Adler Planetarium

As Solar Wind Blows, Our Heliosphere Balloons

As Solar Wind Blows, Our Heliosphere Balloons What happens when the solar wind suddenly starts to blow significantly harder? According to two recent studies, the…

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