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NASA Rover Curiosity to Resume Search Soon

This May 11, 2016, self-portrait of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows the vehicle at the "Okoruso" drilling site on lower Mount Sharp's "Naukluft Plateau." The scene is a mosaic of multiple images taken with the arm-mounted Mars Hands Lens Imager (MAHLI). Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

The JPL team operating NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover is confident to return the rover to full activity following a precautionary stand-down since July 2, 2016. Ground controllers are communicating with Curiosity, which they said is stable though it put itself into safe mode suddenly, ceasing most activities other than keeping itself healthy and following a prescribed sequence for resuming communications. ...

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Earth’s Constant ‘Second Moon’ Spotted

A small asteroid, designated 2016 HO3, has been discovered in our solar system that keeps constant companionship with Earth like the moon and astronomers say that it will remain so for centuries to come. It is 38 times farther than the moon. As it orbits the sun like Earth, it also appears to circle around Earth as well but too ...

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Best-Ever Images of Saturn Moon Enceladus Oceans Sent by Cassini on Fly-by Now

NASA's Cassini spacecraft zoomed by Saturn's icy moon Enceladus on Oct. 14, 2015, capturing this stunning image of the moon's north pole. A companion view from the wide-angle camera (PIA20010) shows a zoomed out view of the same region for context. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft during its fly-by Saturn has sent the best-ever images of the northern extremes of Saturn’s icy, ocean-bearing moon Enceladus, which were taken on Oct. 14. The fly-by covered 1,142 miles (1,839 kilometers) above the moon’s surface. The fly-by encounter will lasto next several days and more images will be sent, said NASA. Earlier, scientists believed that the ...

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NASA Monitoring Mars Orbit After Averting Jan 2015 Incident

US space agency NASA has beefed up the process of monitoring the orbit paths of its own MAVEN, India’s Mangalyaan, European Mars Express, its own old redundant spacecrafts which are orbiting Mars to avoid collision after a January 2015 incident. On Jan. 3, 2015, it was found that two weeks later, MAVEN and MRO (both NASA missions) could come within ...

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NASA Ponders Budget Missions to Mars, but Delayed till 2039

Taking cue from ISRO’s most economical Mars Orbiting Mission, with a bidget cut of $300 million on anvil, NASA scientists have proposed a new step-wise approach to send humans to Mars saving on money and making it much efficient. While scientists are exploring resources within to minimize the budget, Hoppy Price, John Baker, and Firouz Naden from Jet Propulsion Laboratory, ...

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Saturn’s moon Enceladus stunning lights similar to curtain eruptions seen on Earth: Scientists

New research proposes the possibility that icy eruptions on the surface of Saturn’s moon Enceladus could be in the form of broad, curtain-like eruptions, rather than discrete jets. Based on data obtained from NASA’s Cassini mission, the researchers say these eruptions from Saturn’s moon Enceladus might be diffuse curtains rather than discrete jets. Though they appear to be individual jets ...

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4 Men Saved in Nepal Quake Caught Beneath Debris, Thanks to NASA Device FINDER

Four men trapped under as much as 10 feet of bricks, mud and other debris have been rescued in Nepal thanks to a new search-and-rescue technology developed in partnership by NASA in partnership with other agencies. The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) have ...

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NASA Curiosity Rover Images Show Traces of Flowing Water, Minerals on Mars

NASA’s Curiosity rover on Mars surface has taken pictures of two-tone mineral veins at a site called “Garden City”. The view from the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover shows a network of two-tone mineral veins. The veins combine light and dark material measuring up to about 2.5 inches (6 centimeters) above the surrounding rock, and their widths range ...

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NASA Asteroid Tracking Data of NEOWISE Opened to Public

NASA has opened data with millions of images of celestial objects, including asteroids, observed by NASA’s Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) spacecraft for the public use. The data consists of millions of infrared images and billions of infrared measurements of asteroids, stars, galaxies and quasars spans data obtained between December 13, 2013, and December 13, 2014. “One of ...

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Pi Day March 14 Challenge: How NASA Scientists Celebrate the Number?

For maths wizards, the number pi, the ratio of circumference to diameter of a circle, is a sort of celebration every year on March 14, or 3/14 and NASA/JPL scientists and engineers use pi frequently in their calculations. Those who like numbers, would love March 14, 2015 because when written as a numerical date, it’s 3/14/15, corresponding to the first ...

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Another Quadruple Massive Planet with 4 Stars Discovered

A new planet with 3 stars clustered together in a four-star system was found 136 light years away from Earth, called 30 Ari as it is in the constellation Aries. The planet was known before, but was thought to have only 3 stars, not 4 stars. This is the second such a four-starred system has been found after the first four-star ...

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Curiosity Rover Hit by Short-Circuit on Mars Telegraph Peak, NASA Halts its Work for Now

Curiosity rover engaged in drilling the surface of the Mars for minerals and methane gas traces has encountered a typical earth-like problem that is shor-circuit, forcing NASA engineers to halt its work temporarily. The engineers said they are analyzing the nature of the transient short circuit, which the vehicle followed as per the program and halted its arm to drill the ...

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Just 29000 Miles Away, Ceres Bright Spots in Photos Puzzle Researchers

As NASA’s DAWN spacecraft began to spiral towards the dwarf planet Ceres, what remains puzzlesome for scientists was a bright spot that stands out in the middle from an apparent crater. The latest images from Dawn, taken on Feb.19, nearly 29,000 miles (46,000 kilometers) away from Ceres, reveal that the bright spot seen in the images lies close to yet another bright ...

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NASA satellites reveal Tropical Cyclone ‘Lam’ strengthening

NASA’s Aqua satellite saw powerful, cold, high thunderstorms circling the center of strengthening Tropical Cyclone Lam as it appeared to cover most of the northern half of Australia’s Gulf of Carpentaria. On Feb. 17 at 04:47 UTC, when NASA’s Aqua satellite passed over Lam, the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) aboard captured infrared data on the storm. The infrared data measured ...

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