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Saturday, November 21, 2020

The U.S.-European Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite lifts off aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in central California on Nov. 21, 2020

Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich, the world's latest sea level satellite, is in orbit and ready to begin taking critical ocean measurements for the next five-and-a-half years.

Thursday, November 19, 2020

This illustration shows the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket's nose cone, with the Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite inside, shortly before launch

The newest satellite to monitor global sea level is ready for its journey into space. Here's what to expect.

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

The Blue Ring Nebula consists of two expanding cones of gas ejected into space by a stellar merger. Invisible to the human eye, it is shown here as blue

The Blue Ring Nebula, which perplexed scientists for over a decade, appears to be the youngest known example of two stars merged into one.

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

In this annotated illustration, the location of the Perseverance rover's entry, descent, and landing microphone is shown

The first to be rigged with microphones, the agency's latest Mars rover picked up the subtle sounds of its own inner workings during interplanetary flight.

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

The sign, as seen from a distance, on JPL'S Spacecraft Assembly Facility

A giant version of NASA's classic red, white, and blue logo now proudly adorns a building that has played a central role in space-exploration history.

Friday, November 13, 2020

NASA's Perseverance Mars rover has two wind sensors just below its mast, or 'head'.

Sensors on NASA's Perseverance will help prepare for future human exploration by taking weather measurements and studying dust particles.

Friday, November 13, 2020

This illustration of Jupiter's icy moon Europa depicts a cryovolcanic eruption in which brine from within the icy shell could blast into space

Scientists have theorized on the origin of the water plumes possibly erupting from Jupiter's moon Europa. Recent research adds a new potential source to the mix.

Friday, November 13, 2020

In this illustration, the Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich spacecraft - the world's latest sea-level satellite - is in space with its deployable solar panels extended

The U.S.-European collaboration aims to measure sea level and will launch from the California coast in late November.

Friday, November 13, 2020

Echo Park Lake with Downtown Los Angeles skyline in the background

A new study tracing the sources of carbon dioxide, the most significant human-generated greenhouse gas, reveals the unexpectedly large influence of vegetation in urban environments.

Thursday, November 12, 2020

NASA's Curiosity Mars rover took this selfie at a location nicknamed

The Mars rover has drilled three samples of rock in this clay-enriched region since first arriving in July.