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  • 101 Geysers on Icy Saturn Moon

    101 Geysers on Icy Saturn Moon

    July 27, 2014

    Scientists using mission data from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft have identified 101 distinct geysers erupting on Saturn’s icy moon Enceladus. Their analysis suggests it is possible for liquid water to reach from the moon’s underground sea all the way to its surface.

  • 10 More Years for the ISS

    10 More Years for the ISS

    Feb. 14, 2014

    With the space station no longer "under construction," the world's most advanced orbital laboratory is open for business. The station has just received a 10-year extension from NASA, giving researchers the time they need to take full advantage of its unique capabilities.

  • 2014 Arctic Sea Ice Minimum Sixth Lowest on Record

    2014 Arctic Sea Ice Minimum Sixth Lowest on Record

    Sept. 22, 2014

    Arctic sea ice coverage hit its annual minimum on Sept. 17, continuing a trend of below-average years. According to the NASA-supported National Snow and Ice Data Center, Arctic sea ice coverage in 2014 is the sixth lowest recorded since 1978.

  • A Breakthrough in Planet Discoveries

    A Breakthrough in Planet Discoveries

    Feb. 26, 2014

    Today, NASA announced a breakthrough addition to the catalog of new planets. Researchers using Kepler have confirmed 715 new worlds, almost quadrupling the number of planets previously confirmed by the planet-hunting spacecraft. Some of the new worlds are similar in size to Earth and orbit in the habitable zone of their parent stars.

  • A Giant Among Earth Satellites

    A Giant Among Earth Satellites

    Sept. 24, 2014

    The launch of ISS-RapidScat onboard SpaceX-4 has kickstarted a new era for the International Space Station as a giant Earth-observing satellite.

  • A Laser Message from Space

    A Laser Message from Space

    June 18, 2014

    In early June, a laser beam lanced out of the night sky over California, heralding a breakthrough in space communications.

  • Amazing New Photo of Rosetta Comet

    Amazing New Photo of Rosetta Comet

    Aug. 2, 2014

    As the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft closes to within 1000 km of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, the Rosetta science team has released a new image and made the first temperature measurements of the comet's core. The temperature data show that 67P is too hot to be covered in ice and must instead have a dark, dusty crust.

  • A New Lifeform Takes Root on the ISS

    A New Lifeform Takes Root on the ISS

    April 26, 2014

    A new life form is taking root on the International Space Station, and its name is "Outregeous." The space-faring lettuce was delivered to the space station by a SpaceX Dragon capsule on April 20th.

  • A New Meteor Shower in May?

    A New Meteor Shower in May?

    May 6, 2014

    Sky watchers in North America could witness a new meteor shower on May 24th when, for the first time, Earth passes through a cloud of dust from periodic comet 209P/LINEAR.

  • Arctic Melt Season Lengthens

    Arctic Melt Season Lengthens

    April 1, 2014

    A new study shows that the length of the melt season for Arctic sea ice is growing by several days each decade. The earlier start is allowing the Arctic Ocean to absorb enough additional solar radiation in some places to melt as much as four feet of the Arctic ice cap's thickness.