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NASA's Mars Helicopter Completes Flight Tests

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The first helicopter to fly on Mars had its first flight on Earth.

Europa Clipper High-Gain Antenna Undergoes Testing

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The indoor Experimental Test Range at NASA's Langley Research Center is putting a Europa Clipper antenna prototype through its paces, before the mission to Jupiter's moon.

Satellites Image Mozambique Flooding After Cyclone

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Multiple satellites captured imagery of post-cyclone flooding in Mozambique.

More Than a Carbon Copy: OCO-3 on the Space Station

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OCO-3 will bring a new vantage point, new techniques and new technologies to NASA's carbon dioxide observations.

Curiosity Captured Two Solar Eclipses on Mars

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Observing the Martian moons Phobos and Deimos crossing in front of the Sun helps scientists better understand their orbits.

NASA Garners 7 Webby Award Nominations

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Nominees include four JPL projects: the solar system and climate websites, InSight social media, and a 360-degree Earth video. Public voting closes April 18, 2019.

Jupiter's Atmosphere Heats up under Solar Wind

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Auroras at Jupiter's poles are heating the atmosphere, and it's a rapid response to solar wind.

Black Hole Image Makes History

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The first-ever image of a black hole's shadow has been revealed. NASA telescopes helped characterize the black hole's environment.

NASA's Dawn Mission Honored by Space Foundation

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The historic mission is the 2019 winner of the John L. "Jack" Swigert, Jr., Award for Space Exploration.

NASA Invests in Potentially Revolutionary Tech Concepts

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New technology that could support missions to the surface of Venus is one of many concepts chosen for the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts program.

NEOWISE Celebrates Five Years of Asteroid Data

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The five years of data from NASA's NEOWISE mission have significantly advanced knowledge of asteroids and comets in the solar system, as well as of stars and galaxies beyond.

Curiosity Tastes First Sample in 'Clay-Bearing Unit'

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This new region on Mars might reveal more about the role of water on Mount Sharp.

10 Things You Should Know About Planetary Defense

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Near-Earth objects (NEOs) are asteroids and comets that orbit the Sun like the planets, but their orbits can bring them within 30 million miles of Earth's orbit.

NASA's Cassini Reveals Surprises with Titan's Lakes

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During the spacecraft's last look at Titan, scientists gathered data that reveal what fills the moon's northern lakes - and how deep they are.

NASA Invites You to 'Picture Earth' for Earth Day

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Our magnificent planet is always ready for its close-up. For Earth Day, NASA wants to see your take.

Things Are Stacking up for NASA's Mars 2020 Spacecraft

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As the July 2020 launch date inches closer, the next spacecraft headed to the Red Planet is assembled for more testing.

NASA's InSight Detects First Likely 'Quake' on Mars

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While their causes are still unknown, one of three shaking events looks a lot like the quakes detected on the Moon by the Apollo missions.

NASA Social Media and Websites Win Webby Awards

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NASA's social media presence, the InSight mission social media accounts, NASA.gov and SolarSystem.NASA.gov will be honored at the 2019 Webby Awards - "the Oscars of the Internet."

The Giant Galaxy Around the Giant Black Hole

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Shockwaves in space, created by a supermassive black hole that recently had its first close-up, are visible in this image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.

NASA, FEMA, International Partners Plan Asteroid Impact Exercise

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Next week, NASA will participate in a "tabletop exercise" that will play out a realistic - but fictional - scenario of an asteroid on an impact trajectory with Earth.

NASA's AIRS Images Cyclone Kenneth over Mozambique

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The Atmospheric Infrared Sounder, aboard the Aqua satellite, captures the powerful storm just before landfall over the African nation.

OCO-3 Ready to Extend NASA's Study of Carbon

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Headed soon for the space station, the Orbiting Carbon Observatory 3 will observe near-global measurements of carbon dioxide over land and sea.

Scientists Planning Now for Asteroid Flyby a Decade Away

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On April 13, 2029, asteroid Apophis will cruise harmlessly by Earth at distance of about 19,000 miles (31,000 kilometers). Scientists are already planning observations and science opportunities for the event.

InSight Captures Sunrise and Sunset on Mars

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InSight joins the rest of NASA's Red Planet surface missions, all of which have photographed either the start or end of a Martian day.

Data with Flippers? Studying the Ocean from a Seal's POV

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A JPL visiting scientist is using an unexpected source of information about small-scale ocean features around Antarctica.

NASA's AIRS Images Cyclone Fani Before Landfall

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The Atmospheric Infrared Sounder, aboard the Aqua satellite, captured Tropical Cyclone Fani in the Bay of Bengal.

For InSight, Dust Cleanings Will Yield New Science

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Wind can be crucial to clearing dust from spacecraft solar panels on Mars. With InSight's meteorological sensors, scientists get their first measurements of wind and dust interacting "live" on the...

NASA's GRACE: What We've Learned from Water in Motion

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A paper brings together new and existing summaries of the major results of NASA's GRACE mission, showcasing the breadth of topics the mission has illuminated.