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Dawn Longs to be Closer to Asteroid Vesta

Dawn Longs to be Closer to Asteroid Vesta
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By Marc Rayman As NASA’s Dawn spacecraft investigates its first target, the giant asteroid Vesta, Marc Rayman, Dawn’s chief engineer, shares a monthly update on the mission’s progress. This image, one of the first obtained by NASA’s Dawn spacecraft in its low altitude mapping orbit, shows part of the rim of a fresh crater on […]

Viewing Times and Tips for Saturday Morning’s Lunar Eclipse

Viewing Times and Tips for Saturday Morning’s Lunar Eclipse

By Steve Edberg The last lunar eclipse until 2014 will grace the sky on Saturday, Dec. 10. Steve Edberg, an astronomer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, shares the best viewing times and tips. For more lunar eclipse resources and to join NASA/JPL’s “I’m There: Lunar Eclipse” event, visit http://1.usa.gov/uBfAI8. Keith Burns submitted this winning photo […]

Getting the Lowdown on Asteroid Vesta

Getting the Lowdown on Asteroid Vesta

By Marc Rayman As NASA’s Dawn spacecraft investigates its first target, the giant asteroid Vesta, Marc Rayman, Dawn’s chief engineer, shares a monthly update on the mission’s progress. This 3-D video incorporates images from the framing camera instrument aboard NASA’s Dawn spacecraft from July to August 2011. The images were obtained as Dawn approached Vesta […]

Mission Control to Mars: Launching the Next Mars Rover

Mission Control to Mars: Launching the Next Mars Rover

By Rob Manning In the wee morning hours of Nov. 26, 2011, scientists and engineers gathered in the mission control room at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory to help launch the next Mars rover, Curiosity. The mission’s chief engineer, Rob Manning, shares the developing story from the control room as tensions and excitement for a mission […]

Slice of History: Advanced Ocean Technology Development Platform

Slice of History: Advanced Ocean Technology Development Platform

By Julie Cooper Each month in “Slice of History” we feature a historical photo from the JPL Archives. See more historical photos and explore the JPL Archives at https://beacon.jpl.nasa.gov/. Advanced Ocean Technology Development Platform — Photograph Number P-23298B The Advanced Ocean Technology Development Platform (AOTDP) was developed at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in the late […]

Asteroid Vesta, All in the Details

Asteroid Vesta, All in the Details

By Marc Rayman As NASA’s Dawn spacecraft investigates its first target, the giant asteroid Vesta, Marc Rayman, Dawn’s chief engineer, shares a monthly update on the mission’s progress. NASA’s Dawn spacecraft obtained this image with its framing camera on September 20, 2011. This image was taken through the camera’s clear filter. The distance to the […]

Slice of History: Freeway Tunnel Simulator

Slice of History: Freeway Tunnel Simulator

By Julie Cooper Each month in “Slice of History” we feature a historical photo from the JPL Archives. See more historical photos and explore the JPL Archives at https://beacon.jpl.nasa.gov/. Freeway Tunnel Simulator — Photograph Number P-20673A In October 1978, this photo was taken of a freeway tunnel simulator, which was used to study the air […]

The Giant Asteroid, Up Close and Personal

The Giant Asteroid, Up Close and Personal

By Marc Rayman As NASA’s Dawn spacecraft investigates its first target, the giant asteroid Vesta, Marc Rayman, Dawn’s chief engineer, shares a monthly update on the mission’s progress. This image obtained by the framing camera on NASA’s Dawn spacecraft shows the south pole of the giant asteroid Vesta. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA › Full image and […]

Slice of History: Cookie Cutter Missile Propellant

Slice of History: Cookie Cutter Missile Propellant

By Julie Cooper Each month in “Slice of History” we feature a historical photo from the JPL Archives. See more historical photos and explore the JPL Archives at https://beacon.jpl.nasa.gov/. Cookie Cutter Missile Propellant — Photograph Number 381-490 The ORDCIT Project at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory was a research and development program about long-range jet propelled […]

In a State of Flux

In a State of Flux

By Amber Jenkins This post was written for My Big Fat Planet, a blog hosted by Amber Jenkins on NASA’s Global Climate Change site. COLD SNAP: Petermann Glacier, Greenland. Left: June 26, 2010. Right: August 13, 2010. An iceberg more than four times the size of Manhattan broke off the Petermann Glacier (the curved, nearly […]