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Thursday, November 12, 2020

This animation shows the orbit of 2020 SO that was captured by Earth's gravity on Nov. 8, 2020

In 1966, NASA launched Surveyor 2 to the Moon. Now its rocket booster has apparently returned to near-Earth space.



Tuesday, November 10, 2020

The parachute for the Mars 2020 Perseverance rover mission is tested in a wind tunnel at NASA's Ames Research Center in California's Silicon Valley

Mark your calendars: The agency's latest rover has only about 8,640,000 seconds to go before it touches down on the Red Planet, becoming history's next Mars car.



Tuesday, November 10, 2020

This illustration shows a concept of how the NASA Mars Ascent Vehicle, carrying tubes containing rock and soil samples, could be launched from the surface of Mars

A report, released Tuesday, concludes that the agency is well positioned for its ambitious plan to bring samples back from the Red Planet for further study on Earth.



Monday, November 9, 2020

This illustration of Jupiter's moon Europa shows how the icy surface may glow on its nightside, the side facing away from the Sun

New lab experiments re-create the environment of Europa and find that the icy moon shines, even on its nightside. The effect is more than just a cool visual.



Thursday, November 5, 2020

NASA scientists traverse Antarctica's icy landscape, towing scientific instruments and cold-weather gear with them

A warming climate is taking its toll on Greenland and Antarctica glaciers, melting them from above and below the surface. The more they melt, the higher sea levels rise.



Thursday, November 5, 2020

The Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite is encapsulated in a protective nosecone at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California

The newest addition to a long line of ocean-monitoring satellites is ready to head into space.



Wednesday, November 4, 2020

A powerful X-ray burst erupts from a magnetar - a supermagnetized version of a stellar remnant known as a neutron star - in this illustration

This is the first time one of these mysterious, repeating radio burst has been identified in our own galaxy, and the first identification of an object that caused one.



Monday, November 2, 2020

Crews conduct critical upgrades and repairs to the 70-meter-wide (230-foot-wide) radio antenna Deep Space Station 43 in Canberra, Australia

The only radio antenna that can command the 43-year-old spacecraft has been offline since March as it gets new hardware, but work is on track to wrap up in February.



Thursday, October 29, 2020

This composite image shows an infrared view of Saturn's moon Titan from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, captured in 2015

New research on nine craters of Saturn's largest moon provides more details about how weathering affects the evolution of the surface - and what lies beneath.



Thursday, October 29, 2020

The Earth rises above the lunar horizon in this telephoto view taken from the Apollo 8 spacecraft

Season three covers not just how our planet's volcanoes, earthquakes, oceans, rivers, atmosphere, and climate work, but how they are all interconnected.