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NASA and Japan Announce Launch Date for Global Precipitation Satellite
Topic: Missions
Summary: Environmental research and weather forecasting are about to get a significant technology boost as NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) prepare to launch a new satellite in February.

The Coldest Place in the World
Topic: Extreme Life
Summary: Using the most detailed maps of global surface temperatures on Earth, scientists have identified the coldest place on Earth. The site is a ridge in Antarctica that reaches -133.6 degrees Fahrenheit.

Deep Space Network’s 50th Anniversary
Topic: Missions
Summary: Over the last 50 years, the Deep Space Network--a worldwide network of three tracking sites--has contributed to missions that have captured images from all planets in our solar system as well as cosmic phenomena from light years away.

Enormous Aquifer Found Under Greenland Ice Sheet
Topic: Earth
Summary: Scientists have mapped a large reservoir of liquid water beneath the snow and ice of Greenland.

NASA’s Year in Review
Topic: Missions
Summary: NASA reviews some of the amazing accomplishments made by space scientists and engineers in 2013.

Antarctica’s Amtospheric Light Bulb Grows Brighter
Topic: Climate
Summary: Data from NASA's AIM spacecraft show that noctilucent clouds are like a great "geophysical light bulb." They turn on every year in late spring, reaching almost full intensity over a period of no more than 5 to 10 days.

Asteroid Hunter Returns First Images after Reactivation
Topic: Missions
Summary: NASA's NEOWISE has returned images in preparation for its renewed mission. The spacecraft already discovered more than 34,000 asteroids during its prime mission. It will now continue its mission to make the most comprehensive survey of asteroids and comets.

What Happened to Comet ISON?
Topic: Meteorites, Comets and Asteroids
Summary: Astronomers have long known that some comets like it hot. Several of the greatest comets in history have flown close to the sun, puffing themselves up with solar heat, before they became naked-eye wonders in the night sky.

Cloudy Weather on a Distant World
Topic: New Planets
Summary: Astronomers have used the Hubble Space Telescope to study cloudy weather on an extrasolar planet. The team are the first to definitively characterized the atmosphere of a planet orbiting a distant star.

Mars Express Makes Daring Flyby of Phobos
Topic: Mars
Summary: In late December, the European Space Agency's Mars Express spacecraft made a daring flyby of Mars' moon Phobos.

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