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OSIRIS-REx has successfully placed its sample collector head – filled with dust and debris from asteroid Bennu – into the Sample Return Capsule.
OSIRIS-REx is Working to Store Sample of Asteroid Bennu
When scientists downlinked data from Parker Solar Probe's sixth orbit, there was a surprise waiting for them: a sungrazing comet.
Two Views of a Sungrazing Comet
The next full Moon will be on the morning of Halloween, Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020, The Moon will appear full for about three days, making this a full Moon weekend.
October 2020 - Part II: The Next Full Moon is a Halloween Hunter's Moon and "Micro" Moon
A new study of Greenland's shrinking ice sheet reveals that many of the island's glaciers are not only retreating but are also undergoing other physical changes.
Greenland's Retreating Glaciers Could Impact Local Ecology
Perseverance has about 146 million miles (235 million kilometers) left to reach its destination.
NASA's Perseverance Rover Is Midway to Mars
New results from NASA's Juno mission suggest that either "sprites" or "elves" could be dancing in the upper atmosphere of Jupiter.
Juno Data Indicates 'Sprites' or 'Elves' Frolic in Jupiter's Atmosphere
NASA scientists have identified a molecule in Titan’s atmosphere that has never been detected in any other atmosphere.
NASA Scientists Discover ‘Weird' Molecule in Titan's Atmosphere
NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission is ready to perform an early stow on Tuesday, Oct. 27, of the large sample it collected from the surface of asteroid Bennu.
NASA's OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft Goes for Early Stow of Asteroid Sample
With Halloween just around the corner, NASA has released its latest Galaxy of Horrors posters.
New NASA Posters Feature Cosmic Frights for Halloween
NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) has confirmed, for the first time, water on the sunlit surface of the Moon.
NASA's SOFIA Discovers Water on Sunlit Surface of Moon
This illustration shows Jezero Crater — the landing site of the Mars 2020 Perseverance rover — as it may have looked billions of years ago.
Jezero Crater Was a Lake in Mars' Ancient Past
OSIRIS-REx mission team confirmed the spacecraft has collected more than enough material to meet one of its main mission requirements – acquiring at least 2 ounces (60 grams) of the asteroid’s surface material.
OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft Collects Significant Amount of Asteroid