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Montana Students Pick Winning Names for Moon Craft

Tuesday, January 17, 2012 | 11:35 am

Using a precision formation-flying technique, the twin GRAIL spacecraft will map the moon’s gravity field, as depicted in this artist’s rendering. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech Twin NASA spacecraft that achieved orbit around the moon New Year’s Eve and New Ye... More »

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JPL Radar Treks to Great White North to Study Snow

Thursday, January 12, 2012 | 5:45 pm

NASA’s DC-8 airborne science laboratory soars over the Pinnacles near Mount Whitney, Calif., during a checkout flight in the winter of 1998. The aircraft will validate several specialized instruments, including a JPL airborne radar, for the future Global Preci... More »

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Cassini Testing Part of Its Radio System

Thursday, January 12, 2012 | 4:45 pm

Artist concept of Cassini spacecraft. Image credit: NASA/JPL Engineers with NASA’s Cassini mission are conducting diagnostic testing on a part of the spacecraft’s radio system after its signal was not detected on Earth during a tracking pass in late December. ... More »

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NASA and Students to Announce Names for Moon Probes

Thursday, January 12, 2012 | 1:45 pm

Artist concept of GRAIL mission. Grail will fly twin spacecraft in tandem orbits around the moon to measure its gravity field in unprecedented detail. Image credit: NASA/JPL NASA will host a news conference at 10 a.m. PST (1 p.m. EST), on Tuesday, Jan. 17, to ... More »

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Noted Caltech Professor Harold Zirin, 82, Passes Away

Thursday, January 12, 2012 | 11:05 am

Harold Zirin, a leading figure in solar astronomy and professor of astrophysics, emeritus, at Caltech, passed away on January 3. He was 82. Zirin was a pioneer in nearly all areas of solar astronomy, including solar radio astronomy. In particular, he made sign... More »

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Spacecraft Completes Biggest Maneuver

Wednesday, January 11, 2012 | 7:00 pm

Artist’s concept illustrations show (left) the Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft during its voyage from Earth to Mars and (right) the mission’s rover, Curiosity, working on Mars after landing. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech › Larger view  NASA’s Mars Scienc... More »

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Mars Science Lab Maneuver Begins

Wednesday, January 11, 2012 | 4:45 pm

This is an artist’s concept of NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft during its cruise phase between launch and final approach to Mars. The spacecraft includes a disc-shaped cruise stage (on the left) attached to the aeroshell. The spacecraft’s rover (Curi... More »

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Study Shows Our Galaxy Has at Least 100 Billion Planets

Wednesday, January 11, 2012 | 2:45 pm

This artist’s illustration gives an impression of how common planets are around the stars in the Milky Way galaxy. The planets, their orbits, and their host stars are all vastly magnified compared to their real separations. A six- year search that surveyed mil... More »

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NASA’s Kepler Mission Finds Three Smallest Exoplanets

Wednesday, January 11, 2012 | 12:15 pm

This artist’s concept depicts an itsy bitsy planetary system — so compact, in fact, that it’s more like Jupiter and its moons than a star and its planets. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech Astronomers using data from NASA’s Kepler mission have discovered the thre... More »