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In a 10-plus-hour marathon, the rover steered, turned and drove in 3-foot (1-meter) increments over small ramps.
NASA's Mars 2020 Rover Completes Its First Drive
NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory has observed a magnetic explosion the likes of which have never been seen before.
NASA's SDO Sees New Kind of Magnetic Explosion on Sun
Researchers have created the first map of wind circulation in the upper atmosphere of a planet besides Earth, using data from NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft.
NASA's MAVEN Maps Winds in the Martian Upper Atmosphere that Mirror the Terrain Below and Gives Clues to Martian Climate
This year, the peak is during the overnight hours of December 13 and into the morning of December 14.
Catch the Geminids Meteor Shower Dec. 13-14
Jupiter's south pole has a new cyclone.
NASA's Juno Navigators Enable Jupiter Cyclone Discovery
After a year scoping out asteroid Bennu’s boulder-scattered surface, the team leading NASA’s first asteroid sample return mission has officially selected a sample collection site.
X Marks the Spot: NASA Selects Site for Asteroid Sample Collection
A type of Martian aurora first identified by NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft in 2016 is actually the most common form of aurora occurring on the Red Planet.
Newfound Martian Aurora Actually the Most Common; Sheds Light on Mars' Changing Climate
Nearly a year and a half into its mission, Parker Solar Probe has returned gigabytes of data on the Sun and its atmosphere.
Revealing the Physics of the Sun with Parker Solar Probe
Everything you need to know about the Ionosphere, the boundary between Earth's lower atmosphere — where we live and breathe — and the vacuum of space.
10 Things to Know About the Ionosphere
They look like twins. But under the hood, the rover currently exploring the Red Planet and the one launching there this summer have distinct science tools and roles to play.
Two Rovers to Roll on Mars Again: Curiosity and Mars 2020
The spacecraft discovered that asteroid Bennu could be active, consistently discharging particles into space.
NASA's OSIRIS-REx Mission Explains Bennu's Mysterious Particle Events
NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission is just days away from selecting the site where the spacecraft will snag a sample from asteroid Bennu.
NASA's OSIRIS-REx in the Midst of Site Selection