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DSCOVR's EPIC website goes live: Daily views of our planet, 1.5 million km away

On October 19, 2015, NASA launched its new website with daily images of full sunlit side of the Earth taken by Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR), positioned around 1.5 million km (~1 million miles) from our planet. DSCOVR was launched on February 11, 2015 and...

October 19, 2015

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ISRO's first image taken by their newly launched Astrosat space observatory

On October 15, 2015, Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) released the first images taken by Astrosat, its recently launched Multi-wavelength Space Observatory. Astrosat was launched into a 650 km (404 miles) orbit on September 28, 2015 by ISRO's Polar...

October 16, 2015

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NASA offers Venture Class Launch Services contracts for CubeSat satellites

NASA has awarded three contracts amounting to $17.15 million USD for dedicated CubeSat (smallsat) launches as part of its Venture Class Launch Services (VCLS) initiative on October 14, 2015. These initial CubeSat launches are expected to demonstrate the usability of...

October 15, 2015

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New maps of Jupiter reveal the Great Red Spot continues to shrink

NASA's scientists have produced new maps of Jupiter from images collected by the Hubble Space Telescope. Newly composed maps are the first in a series of yearly images of the Solar System's outer planets, designed to keep track of how these giant worlds...

October 15, 2015

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Blue hazes and small regions of water ice found on Pluto

The first color images of Pluto's atmospheric hazes, provided last week by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft show the hazes scatter blue light, NASA announced on October 8, 2015. New Horizons has also detected small, exposed regions of water ice on Pluto, using...

October 09, 2015

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Rosetta gathers data from the south pole of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko

Several months after the arrival at Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko (67P/C-G) in August 2014, the Rosetta spacecraft has finally managed to observe and characterize comet's southern polar regions. The only instrument that was able to study this dark region of...

October 02, 2015

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New maps uncover amazing geological features on Ceres

A series of new images of Ceres have been provided by NASA's Dawn spacecraft, showing the geological features of the dwarf planet in amazing, unprecedented details. A new colored topographic map shows numerous recently approved names for various geological...

October 01, 2015

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Asteroid Impact Mission (AIM): Deflecting asteroids to protect Earth

Our planet is constantly bombarded by small asteroids that try to penetrate its protective atmosphere. The vast majority don't get through, but larger asteroids could pose a threat. Understanding better the surface and internal structure of asteroids is crucial...

October 01, 2015

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Amazing new collection of high-resolution Pluto images opens a new page in its future research

A new collection of high-resolution images of Pluto, collected by NASA's New Horizon, has revealed the minor planet's surface in amazing, previously unseen topographic and compositional details. The collected data has opened new horizons in the future research o

September 25, 2015

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New research reveals a global ocean beneath Saturn's moon Enceladus

Scientists have discovered a global ocean underneath the icy crust of Enceladus, the geologically active Saturn's moon. The discovery has been made by using data from NASA's Cassini mission, NASA announced on September 15, 2015.Researchers have come to this conc

September 17, 2015

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Earth's gravity significantly impacts the Moon's faults orientation

New data obtained by NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) spacecraft show Earth's gravity has made a visible impact on the orientation of faults in the Moon's surface, NASA announced on September 15, 2015. LRO was launched on June 18, 2009 and has so fa

September 15, 2015

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SOHO discovers its 3000th comet

The Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) detected its 3000th comet on September 13, 2015. The newest discovery confirmed SOHO's reputation for being the greatest comet finder in the history so far.SOHO is a joint project of the European Space Agency and NASA on

September 15, 2015

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Bright spots on Ceres imaged in striking new detail

NASA's Dawn spacecraft has provided new views of the dwarf planet Ceres, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) announced on September 9, 2015. The brightest spots and the closest-yet view of Occator crater has given scientists a deeper insight into these unusua

September 10, 2015

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LADEE spacecraft confirms Moon's exosphere contains neon

Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) spacecraft for the first time confirmed the long-speculated assumption, the Moon's atmosphere might contain neon, a gas known for it's intense glow, and commonly used in electric signs on Earth, NASA reporte

August 18, 2015

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Fascinating world of Ceres with its mysterious bright spots and a pyramid-shaped mountain

Dwarf planet Ceres continues to fascinate scientists with it’s pyramid like mountain and bright spots on its surface. NASA’s Dawn spacecraft, the first probe to reach this dwarf planet on March 6, 2015, continues to return images and other data of this

August 10, 2015

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A group of mysterious asteroids that could explain the origin of NEOs discovered

Lying near the asteroid rich abyss between Mars and Jupiter high above our Solar System, a unique family of space rocks called Euphrosyne asteroids just got discovered by the scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).The Euphrosynes are distributed at the

August 05, 2015

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Unusual red arcs spotted on the surface of Saturn's icy moon Tethys

New enhanced-color images from NASA's Cassini spacecradr revealed unexplained arc-shaped, reddish streaks on the surface of Saturn's icy moon Tethys. The red arcs are narrow, curved lines on the moon's surface, and are among the most unusual color features o

July 31, 2015