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Tuesday, July 7, 2020

This artist's concept, updated as of June 2020, depicts NASA's Psyche spacecraft

The mission to explore a metal-rich asteroid is pivoting from planning the details to building real pieces of the spacecraft puzzle.



Tuesday, July 7, 2020

The Zambezi River Delta shown in a Landsat 8 satellite image

The Sentinel-6/Jason-CS satellite mission will add to a long-term sea level dataset that's become the gold standard for climate studies from orbit.



Monday, July 6, 2020



After more than a year in a clay-rich region, Curiosity is making a mile-long journey around some deep sand so that it can explore higher up Mount Sharp.



Monday, July 6, 2020

This collage shows all 15 finalists for the

An overwhelming response to the competition will help advance the design of a mechanical rover concept that could one day explore the hellish surface of Venus.



Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Bighorn Fire north of Tucson, Arizona, on June 29

From the vantage point of the Terra satellite, the instrument can detect the scarred land that the wildfire, burning north of Tucson, is leaving in its wake.



Thursday, June 25, 2020

Artist's concept shows a supermassive black hole

In a first, astronomers may have seen light from the merger of two black holes, providing opportunities to learn about these mysterious dark objects.



Wednesday, June 24, 2020

This animated gif is an artist's concept of the planet AU Mic b and its young parent star

The newly discovered planet's parent star is still encircled by the disk of material from which both objects formed, giving scientists a glimpse at early planet evolution.



Wednesday, June 24, 2020

This computer simulation shows a group of SPARROW robots exploring an icy moon's surface

SPARROW, a steam-powered robotic concept, could one day take giant leaps over some of the most hazardous terrains known (and unknown) in the solar system.



Wednesday, June 24, 2020

A technology demonstration called the Deep Space Atomic Clock

Smart phone apps provide nearly instantaneous navigation on Earth; the Deep Space Atomic Clock could do the same for future robotic and human explorers.



Tuesday, June 23, 2020

In this video clip, an engineer observes as a test of the Mars Helicopter Delivery System

The small craft will seek to prove that powered, controlled flight is possible on another planet. But just getting it onto the surface of Mars will take a whole lot of ingenuity.