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NASA’s Next-Generation Asteroid Impact Monitoring System Goes Online

To date, nearly 28,000 near-Earth asteroids (NEAs) have been found by survey telescopes that continually scan the night sky, adding new discoveries at a rate of about 3,000 per year. But as larger and more advanced survey telescopes turbocharge the search over the next few years, a rapid uptick in discoveries is expected. In anticipation of this increase, NASA astronomers have developed a…
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NASA Turns to the Cloud for Help With Next-Generation Earth Missions

The cutting-edge Earth science satellites launching in the next couple of years will give more detailed views of our planet than ever before. We’ll be able to track small-scale ocean features like coastal currents that move nutrients vital to marine food webs, monitor how much fresh water flows through lakes and rivers, and spot movement in Earth’s surface of less than half an inch (a…
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Solar Electric Propulsion Makes NASA’s Psyche Spacecraft Go

When it comes time for NASA’s Psyche spacecraft to power itself through deep space, it’ll be more brain than brawn that does the work. Once the stuff of science fiction, the efficient and quiet power of electric propulsion will provide the force that propels the Psyche…
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Take a 3D Spin on Mars and Track NASA’s Perseverance Rover

It’s the next best thing to being on Mars: Two online interactive experiences let you check out Jezero Crater – the landing site and exploration locale for NASA’s Perseverance rover – without leaving our planet. One new experience, called “Explore with…
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Justin Simon Shepherds Perseverance Through First Phase of Martian Rock Sampling

The evening of Aug. 1 felt a lot like a birthday to NASA planetary scientist Justin Simon. On that night, Simon attended a virtual watch party for researchers preparing to use NASA’s Mars 2020 Perseverance rover to conduct the first detailed study of a candidate rock target for drilling and collecting a sample. Ready to unwrap presents, Simon and his fellow researchers anxiously refreshed their…
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NASA’s Perseverance Plans Next Sample Attempt

In its search for signs of ancient microbial life on Mars, NASA’s Perseverance rover is once again preparing to collect the first of many rock core samples that could eventually be brought to Earth for further study. This week, a tool on the rover’s 7-foot-long…
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One Year Out: NASA’s Psyche Mission Moves Closer to Launch

With NASA’s Psyche mission now less than a year from launch, anticipation is building. By next spring, the fully assembled spacecraft will ship from the agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida for a launch…
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How NASA’s Deep Space Network Supports the Agency’s Missions

The DSN will enable NASA to track and communicate with Artemis I while working to provide coverage across dozens of other missions throughout the solar system. Over 50 years ago, NASA captured the world’s imagination and inspired generations with the Apollo 11 Moon landing. NASA’s then-young Deep Space Network (DSN) was crucial to tracking and communicating with that mission, as it will…
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