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The Voyager imaging team asked for the photo to show Earth’s vulnerability — to illustrate how small, fragile and irreplaceable it is on a cosmic scale.
10 Things You Might Not Know About Voyager's Famous 'Pale Blue Dot' Photo
In an effort to bring its vast distances down to Earth, we've shrunk the solar system to the size of a football field.
How Big Is the Solar System?
Mission engineers confirmed at about 2:30 p.m. PST (5:30 p.m. EST) Thursday the spacecraft was placed in safe mode, ceasing all science operations.
Spitzer Space Telescope Ends Mission of Astronomical Discovery
The next full Moon will be just after midnight on Thursday morning, Dec. 12.
December 2019: The Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon
The next full Moon will be on Tuesday morning, Nov. 12, 2019, appearing "opposite" the Sun (in Earth based longitude) at 8:34 AM EST.
November 2019: The Next Full Moon is the Beaver Moon
The discovery of a dizzying variety of planets and planetary systems is prompting a wholesale re-evaluation of what it takes for a planet to be habitable.
Oceans, Beaches, Cosmic Shorelines: Our Changing Views of Habitable Planets
After nearly 16 years of exploring the cosmos in infrared light, NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope will be switched off permanently on Jan. 30, 2020.
How NASA's Spitzer Has Stayed Alive for So Long
The forecast for the next solar cycle says it will be the weakest of the last 200 years.
Solar Activity Forecast for Next Decade Favorable for Exploration
NASA has established an independent Planetary Protection Review Board to review established guidelines for planetary protection and recommend any updates that are required.
New Planetary Protection Board to Review Guidelines for Future Solar System and Beyond Exploration
NASA’s social media presence was honored Tuesday with a pair of Webbys and People’s Voice awards as part of the 2019 Webby Awards.
NASA Social Media Efforts Win Two Webby Awards
Auroras at Jupiter's poles are heating the planet's atmosphere to a greater depth than previously thought — a rapid response to the solar wind.
Jupiter's Atmosphere Heats up under Solar Wind
This site is among seven NASA sites nominated this year for a Webby. People's Voice voting is underway.
NASA Garners 7 Webby Award Nominations
From precision GPS to batteries for one of the world’s first commercial all-electric airplanes, NASA technology turns up in nearly every corner of modern life.
New Spinoff Publication Highlights NASA Technology Everywhere
Just as dust gathers in corners and along bookshelves in our homes, dust piles up in space too. But when the dust settles in the solar system, it’s often in rings.
What Scientists Found After Sifting Through Dust in the Solar System
Whether you're doing it for the nerd cred or the pie, this week on #10Things, we've got all the ways you can celebrate #PiDay with NASA.
10 Ways to Celebrate Pi Day with NASA on March 14
Every object, planet or person traveling through space has to contend with the Sun's damaging radiation — and the Moon has the scars to prove it.
The Origins of the Moon's 'Sunburn'
Meet the women leading two of humankind's two most distant space missions.
Women at the Helm
NASA invites you to take a behind-the-scenes look at how the agency explores outer space with a new monthly series that premieres this week.
New ‘NASA Science Live' Program Premieres This Week
Scientists have synthesized a molecular system that, like DNA, can store and transmit information. This suggests there could be a genetic system for life that may be possible on other worlds.
NASA-Funded Research Creates DNA-like Molecule to Aid Search for Alien Life
When a stream of charged particles known as the solar wind careens onto the Moon's surface, they many enrich ingredients that could make water
How Ingredients for Water Could Be Made on the Surface of Moon
With the successful completion of its mechanical environmental testing, the spacecraft element is being prepared for thermal vacuum testing.
NASA's Webb Is Sound After Completing Critical Milestones
On Jan. 19, 2019, just 161 days after its launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, NASA’s Parker Solar Probe completed its first orbit of the Sun.
Parker Solar Probe Begins Second Sun Orbit
The Hubble Space Telescope’s Wide Field Camera 3 was brought back to full operational status and completed its first science observations.
Hubble's Wide Field Camera 3 Recovered, Collecting Science Data
As the brilliant comet 46P/Wirtanen streaked across the sky, NASA telescopes caught it on camera from multiple angles.
NASA Telescopes Take a Close Look at the Brightest Comet of 2018
November 16 marks the premiere of a unique film and musical experience inspired by the Hubble Space Telescope’s famous Deep Field image
Hubble's Visualizations of the Universe Form Heart of New "Deep Field" Film