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This artist's illustration shows a giant cloud of hydrogen streaming off a warm, Neptune-sized planet just 97 light-years from Earth. The exoplanet is tiny compared to its star, a red dwarf named GJ 3470. The star's intense radiation is heating the hydrogen in the planet's upper atmosphere to a point where it escapes into space. The alien world is losing hydrogen at a rate 100 times faster than a previously observed warm Neptune whose atmosphere is also evaporating away. Credits: NASA, ESA, and D. Player (STScI)

In Search of Missing Worlds, Hubble Finds a Fast Evaporating Exoplanet

In Search of Missing Worlds, Hubble Finds a Fast Evaporating Exoplanet Exoplanet Is Shrinking as Atmosphere Leaks Off In nabbing exoplanets that are precariously close to their stars, astronomers have discovered a shortage of one type of alien world. It’s a predicted class of Neptune-sized world that orbits just a…

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Clouds over American Samoa from NASA’s Atmospheric Tomography mission in 2016. Credit: NASA

Greenhouse Gas ‘Detergent’ Recycles Itself in Atmosphere: NASA Study

Greenhouse Gas ‘Detergent’ Recycles Itself in Atmosphere: NASA Study A simple molecule in the atmosphere that acts as a “detergent” to breakdown methane and other greenhouse gases has been found to recycle itself to maintain a steady global presence in the face of rising emissions, according to new NASA research.…

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Illustration of ICON spacecraft. Credits: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center/Mary Pat Hrybyk-Keith

NASA Postpones ICON to Explore Boundary Between Earth and Space

NASA Postpones ICON to Explore Boundary Between Earth and Space Today’s launch attempt of our #NASAICON mission is postponed due to off-nominal data observed on the #PegasusXL rocket during the captive carry flight. The team will investigate the issue & evaluate the next launch attempt. For updates, visit https://t.co/uKTQkywHZF pic.twitter.com/nE05PKzNGT…

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High Altitude Venus Operational Concept – (HAVOC).

NASA wants to send humans to Venus – here’s why that’s a brilliant idea

NASA wants to send humans to Venus – here’s why that’s a brilliant idea There are plans to cause HAVOC on Venus. Gareth Dorrian, Nottingham Trent University and Ian Whittaker, Nottingham Trent University Popular science fiction of the early 20th century depicted Venus as some kind of wonderland of pleasantly…

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Artist's concept of a dust storm on Titan. Credits: IPGP/Labex UnivEarthS/University Paris Diderot – C. Epitalon & S. Rodriguez

Dust Storms on Titan Spotted for the First Time

Dust Storms on Titan Spotted for the First Time Data from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has revealed what appear to be giant dust storms in equatorial regions of Saturn’s moon Titan. The discovery, described in a paper published on Sept. 24 in Nature Geoscience, makes Titan the third Solar System body,…

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The colorful cloud belts dominate Jupiter’s southern hemisphere in this image captured by NASA’s Juno spacecraft. NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Kevin M. Gill

Jupiter’s magnetic fields may stop its wind bands from going deep into the gas giant

Jupiter’s magnetic fields may stop its wind bands from going deep into the gas giant The colorful cloud belts dominate Jupiter’s southern hemisphere in this image captured by NASA’s Juno spacecraft. NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Kevin M. Gill Navid Constantinou, Australian National University One of the most striking features of Jupiter – a gaseous…

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NASA’s Cassini spacecraft captures Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, passes in front of the planet and its rings. NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

Capturing the shadow of Saturn’s moon Titan from right here on Earth

Capturing the shadow of Saturn’s moon Titan from right here on Earth NASA’s Cassini spacecraft captures Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, passes in front of the planet and its rings. NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute David Coward, University of Western Australia Titan is Saturn’s largest moon, and it is more like a planet…

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The Pacific Ocean teems with phytoplankton along the West Coast of the United States, as captured by the MODIS instrument on NASA’s Aqua satellite. Satellites can track phytoplankton blooms, which occur when these plant-like organisms receive optimal amounts of sunlight and nutrients. Phytoplankton play an important role in removing atmospheric carbon dioxide. Credits: NASA

NASA, NSF Plunge Into Ocean ‘Twilight Zone’ to Explore Ecosystem Carbon Flow

NASA, NSF Plunge Into Ocean ‘Twilight Zone’ to Explore Ecosystem Carbon Flow A large multidisciplinary team of scientists, equipped with advanced underwater robotics and an array of analytical instrumentation, will set sail for the northeastern Pacific Ocean this August. The team’s mission for NASA and the National Science Foundation (NSF)…

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View two decades of planetary change through imagery like this one at NASA's Worldview. Credit: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center

20 Years of Earth Data Now at Your Fingertips

20 Years of Earth Data Now at Your Fingertips Powerful Earth-observing instruments aboard NASA’s Terra and Aqua satellites, launched in 1999 and 2002, respectively, have observed nearly two decades of planetary change. Now, for the first time, all that imagery — from the first operational image to imagery acquired today…

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Artist's concept of a near-Earth object. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Tiny Asteroid Discovered Saturday Disintegrates Hours Later Over Southern Africa

Tiny Asteroid Discovered Saturday Disintegrates Hours Later Over Southern Africa A boulder-sized asteroid designated 2018 LA was discovered Saturday morning, June 2, and was determined to be on a collision course with Earth, with impact just hours away. Because it was very faint, the asteroid was estimated to be only…

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NASA’s latest carbon-observing space mission is the Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2, which is making unprecedented global measurements of carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere. Credits: NASA

NASA Invested in Cracking Earth’s Carbon Puzzle

NASA Invested in Cracking Earth’s Carbon Puzzle It’s a scientific conundrum with huge implications for our future: How will our planet react to the increasing levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere? That seemingly simple question is particularly tricky because carbon – an essential building block for life on Earth…

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Engineers Raquel Rodriguez Monje and Fabien Nicaise discuss placement of the DopplerScatt radar instrument on the NASA B200 before its final installation onto the aircraft’s fuselage. Credits: NASA Photo / Ken Ulbrich

New Technology Doubles Scientists’ View of Ocean-Air Interactions

New Technology Doubles Scientists’ View of Ocean-Air Interactions NASA scientists are hard at work trying to unlock mysteries of our planet’s ocean surface currents and winds using a new Earth science radar instrument called DopplerScatt. Ocean currents and winds form a never-ending feedback loop: winds blow over the ocean’s surface,…

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ACT-America science flights cover large areas and sniff out carbon dioxide in both stormy and fair weather. Credits: NASA/David C. Bowman

Springing Back into the Hunt for Greenhouse Gases

Springing Back into the Hunt for Greenhouse Gases April showers bring May … carbon dioxide? Ok, so that’s not quite how the old adage goes, but for a team of researchers from NASA and academia, it’s close to the truth. The researchers are part of a study to understand with…

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False-color image of ozone concentrations above Antarctica on Oct. 2, 2015. NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

Is Earth’s ozone layer still at risk? 5 questions answered

Is Earth’s ozone layer still at risk? 5 questions answered False-color image of ozone concentrations above Antarctica on Oct. 2, 2015. NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center A.R. (Ravi) Ravishankara, Colorado State University Editor’s note: Curbing damage to Earth’s protective ozone layer is widely viewed as one of the most important successes…

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