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NASA and Smithsonian Host 10 Year Anniversary Events for MER Mission
NASA and the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum Media held public events at the museum to commemorate 10 years of roving across Mars. Credit: NASA / Smithsonian
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This Year @NASA
In 2013, NASA had a long list of accomplishments, including many relevant to astrobiology. This includes humankind's first trip beyond our solar system, and a new mission to Mars.
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Soaring Over Titan: Extraterrestrial Land of Lakes
This colorized movie from NASA's Cassini mission takes viewers over the largest seas and lakes on Saturn's moon Titan. The movie is made from radar data received during multiple flyovers of Titan from 2004 to 2013. Credit: NASA JPL
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Curiosity's Path to Mount Sharp
This is an excellent overview of the terrain that NASA's Curiosity rover has explored so far on Mars. The video from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory is narrated by project scientist John Grotzinger.
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Sharing MAVEN's Story
LeVar Burton Shares MAVEN's Story in a New NASA Public Service Announcement from NASA Television.
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Mars Transition
Billions of years ago when the Red Planet was young, it appears to have had a thick atmosphere that was warm enough to support oceans of liquid water - a critical ingredient for life. The animation shows how the surface of Mars might have appeared during this ancient clement period, beginning with a flyover of a Martian lake. From NASA Goddard
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Bolden on Kepler Mission Findings
NASA Administrator Charles Bolden discusses results of the Kepler mission, which are being discussed at a dedicated conference held at NASA's Ames Research Center in Mountain View, CA.
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Splitting Hairs about Gravity
Actress Sandra Bullock and NASA astronaut Cady Coleman discuss preparations for the movie Gravity, and the ease of movement in microgravity aboard the International Space Station (ISS). This is awesome because astronaut Karen Nyberg then gives a demonstration of exactly what they're talking about!
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Voyager: Welcome to Interstellar Space
What is your message to Voyager as it departs our solar system for interstellar space? Share your #MessageToVoyager. Post a video or tweet @NASAVoyager
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Seeing Photosynthesis from Space
NASA scientists have discovered a new way to use satellites to measure what's occurring inside Earth's land plants at a cellular level.
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Searching for Mars' Missing Atmosphere with MAVEN
NASA's MAVEN mission is set to launch later this year. At Mars, MAVEN study the interaction of neutral gases and ions in the Martian atmosphere with the solar wind, helping scientists to understand how Mars has lost its atmosphere over time.
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Space Oddity
A revised version of David Bowie's Space Oddity, recorded by Commander Chris Hadfield on board the International Space Station.
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NASA Johnson Style (Gangnam Style Parody)
NASA Johnson Style is a volunteer outreach video project created by the students of NASA's Johnson Space Center. It was created as an educational parody of Psy's Gangnam Style. The lyrics and scenes in the video have been re-imagined in order to inform the public about the amazing work going on at NASA and the Johnson Space Center.
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Sam Sniffs Mars' Atmosphere
In this Curiosity update, Pan Conrad discusses the rover's Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instrument. SAM is taking the most sensitive measurements ever to search for methane gas on the Red Planet.
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Exoplanet Rises from the Dead
In 2008, Hubble astronomers announced the detection of a giant planet around the bright star Fomalhaut. Recent studies have questioned this conclusion. Now, a reanalysis of Hubble data has revived the "deceased" exoplanet as a dust-shrouded world with less than twice the mass of Jupiter. Credit: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center
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Saturn's Record-Setting Storm
Saturn's 2010 Great White Spot storm has set a new record for largest temperature change ever recorded for a storm on Saturn. By studying the monstrous disturbance using NASA's Cassini spacecraft, researchers spotted a massive belch of energy that sent temperatures soaring to an unprecedented 150 degrees Fahrenheit above normal in Saturn's stratosphere, accompanied by an enormous release of ethylene gas.
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Why Curiosity Matters
A former rock-n-roller turned NASA engineer explains why he thinks Curiosity--both the Mars rover and the human desire to learn new things--matters to ordinary people on Earth.
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Curiosity Has Landed
Relive the nail-biting terror and joy as NASA's Curiosity rover successfully landed on Mars the evening of Aug. 5 PDT (morning of Aug. 6 EDT).
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The Science of Curiosity: Seeking Signs of Past Mars Habitability
Unlike previous rovers sent to Mars, Curiosity is a robot chemist seeking evidence of past habitability on Mars.
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Mars Rover MSL Launches With MEDLI Sensors
NASA engineers Michelle Munk and David Way explain the MEDLI -- Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Entry, Descent and Landing Instrumentation -- package on the MSL aeroshell that will measure the heating and pressure the Curiosity rover experiences as it flies through the atmosphere of Mars to its landing site.
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Challenges of Getting to Mars: Curiosity's Seven Minutes of Terror
Team members at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory share the challenges of the Curiosity Mars rover's final minutes to landing on the surface of Mars.
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Ultra-high Definition View of Venus Transit
On June 5 2012, the Solar Dynamics Observatory collected images of the rarest predictable solar event--the transit of Venus across the face of the Sun.
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The Search for the Sutter's Mill Meteorites
Scientists, researchers and volunteers from NASA Ames, the SETI Institute and other organizations are searching for fragments of the Sutter's Mill Meteor that illuminated the sky over the Sierra Nevada mountains at 7:51 a.m. PDT Sunday, April 22, 2012.
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Super Earth Reveals Itself to Spitzer
NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has detected light emanating from a "super-Earth" beyond our solar system for the first time. While the planet is not habitable, the detection is a historic step toward the eventual search for signs of life on other planets.
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NASA Views Our Perpetual Ocean
NASA has released an animation of ocean surface currents from June 2005 to December 2007 from NASA satellites. Watch this beautiful illustration of the swirling flows of tens of thousands of ocean currents.
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Getting to Know the Goldilocks Planet
NASA's Kepler spacecraft is discovering a veritable avalanche of alien worlds. As the numbers mount, it seems to be just a matter of time before Kepler finds what astronomers are really looking for: an Earth-like planet orbiting its star in the "Goldilocks zone".
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The Surprising Power of a Solar Storm
A flurry of solar activity in early March dumped enough heat in Earth's upper atmosphere to power every residence in New York City for two years. The heat has since dissipated, but there's more to come as the solar cycle intensifies.
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View from the Far Side
NASA's GRAIL mission has beamed back its first video of the far side of the moon. The imagery was taken on Jan. 19 by the MoonKAM aboard the mission's "Ebb" spacecraft.
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Opportunity: 8 Years and Counting
NASA's Opportunity rover hits 8-year mark on Mars.
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Rethinking an Alien World
A distant super-Earth named "55 Cancri e" is wetter and weirder than astronomers thought possible. The discovery has researchers re-thinking the nature of alien worlds.
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Smallest Terrestrial Planet?
NASA's Dawn probe, now orbiting Vesta in the asteroid belt, has found some surprising things on the giant asteroid--things that have prompted one researcher to declare Vesta "the smallest terrestrial planet."
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Soar Over Asteroid Vesta in 3-D
Soar over the giant asteroid Vesta in 3-D. Put on your 3-D glasses for this ride over asteroid Vesta.
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The Challenges of Getting to Mars: Getting a Rover Ready for Launch
This NASA video shows the stages of preparation required for the launch of the Mars Science Laboratory.
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Europa's Hidden Lakes
Europa, which is slightly smaller than Earth's moon, is thought to have an iron core, a rocky mantle and an ocean of salty water beneath its frozen surface. Briefing recorded on HD NASA TV ( Credit: NASA / USTREAM
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The Tatooine-like Planet Kepler-16b
NASA's Kepler mission has turned fiction into fact by discovering a world with a double sunset.
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NASA's New Spaceship
NASA is ready to move forward with the development of the Space Launch System -- an advanced heavy-lift launch vehicle that will provide an entirely new national capability for human exploration beyond Earth's orbit.
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Mars Science Laboratory Mission Animation
This artist's concept animation depicts key events of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission, which will launch in late 2011 and land a rover, Curiosity, on Mars in August 2012.
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Asteroid Field Testing
The Desert Research And Technology Studies (D-R.A.T.S) crew is back in action, performing field work to test technologies that could be used on future human missions to asteroids.
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DNA Building Blocks Can Be Made in Space
NASA-funded researchers have evidence that some building blocks of DNA, the molecule that carries the genetic instructions for life, found in meteorites were likely created in space.
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Magnetometers in Space
This video describes how magnetometers work. Like very sensitive compasses, these devices can measure both direction and strength of planetary magnetic fields. Magnetometers play a role in NASA's Juno mission to Jupiter, set to launch this month. Credit: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center
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Hubble's Neptune View
This video sequence compiles data from Hubble's observations of Neptune to show the blue-green planet rotating on its tilted axis. A day on Neptune is 16 hours long, and Hubble took images of the planet every four hours. Some of Neptune's moons are also shown. (No audio.) Video Credit: NASA, ESA, and G. Bacon (STScI) Science Credit: The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA) and A. Simon-Miller (NASA Goddard)
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Dawn Captures Video on Approach to Asteroid Vesta
This movie shows surface details beginning to resolve as NASA's Dawn spacecraft closes in on the giant asteroid Vesta. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA
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Views from Cassini at Saturn
What has the Cassini orbiter seen since arriving at Saturn? In the first time-lapse sequence (00:07), a vertical line appears that is really Saturn's thin rings seen nearly edge-on. Soon some of Saturn's moon shoot past. The next sequence (00:11) features Saturn's unusually wavy F-ring. Soon much of Saturn's extensive ring system flashes by. Cloud patterns on Titan (00:39) and Saturn (00:41) are highlighted. Clips from flyby's of several of Saturn's moon are then shown. Credit: Images: Cassini Imaging Team, ISS, JPL, ESA, NASA; Video Compilation: Chris Abbas; Music Credit & License: Ghosts I-IV (Nine Inch Nails)
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A Big Surprise from the Edge of the Solar System
Using a computer model based on Voyager data, scientists have shown that the sun's magnetic field becomes bubbly in the heliosheath due to reconnection. Credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center
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"Surfer" Waves on the Sun
On April 8, 2010, NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory recorded images of gas erupting through the sun's atmosphere that formed froth covered, curly waves that look like surfing waves. Look for them rolling around the edges of the expanding dark spots. Credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center
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ScienceCasts: Voyager
If aliens discover one of the Voyager spacecraft in the emptiness of space, what could they learn about our planet Earth?
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NASA Probes Asteroid Collision Debris
Swift and Hubble caught the remnants of an asteroid smash-up just weeks after the collision occurred.
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Mixed Signals from Saturn
Saturn is sending out mixed signals in recent data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft and the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope.
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Dawn Gets Vesta Target Practice
This video shows the scientists' best guess to date of what the surface of the protoplanet Vesta might look like. It was created as part of an exercise for NASA's Dawn mission involving mission planners at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and science team members at the German Aerospace Center and the Planetary Science Institute. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ESA/UCLA/DLR/PSI/STScI/UMd
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Discovery's Final Launch
This NASA retrospective looks at space shuttle Discovery on the eve of the spacecraft's final flight.
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Kepler Discovers Its First Rocky Planet
NASA's Kepler mission confirmed the discovery of its first rocky planet, named Kepler-10b. Measuring 1.4 times the size of Earth, it is the smallest planet ever discovered outside our solar system. The discovery of this so-called exoplanet is based on more than eight months of data collected by the spacecraft from May 2009 to early January 2010. This video is narrated by Kepler Deputy Science Team Lead Natalie Batalha.
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I'm Dreaming of a Blue Sunset
The sun descends to the Martian horizon and sets in this 30-second movie simulation using images from the panoramic camera (Pancam) on NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity.
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The Moon's Buried Treasures
NASA scientists have revealed the lunar soil inside shadowy craters is rich in useful materials, that the moon is chemically active, and that it also has a water cycle.
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Weird Warm Spot on Exoplanet
This animation illustrates an unexpected warm spot on the surface of a gaseous exoplanet. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
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Mass Spectrometry 101
How do you know if there was once water on Mars...or, for that matter, life? Scientists think the answer may lie hidden in tiny molecules in Martian soil. So, how do you take apart a molecule to see what's inside?
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Phoenix - A Tribute
After a picture-perfect landing, the Phoenix Mars Lander returned unprecedented views and new findings from Mars' north polar region.
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Saturn's Flashdance of Lightning
Cassini scientists have made the first movie of lightning on Saturn.
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Shrimp Under Ice
While taking the first images of the underbelly of an ice sheet in Antarctica, scientists have made a surprising discovery. They captured video of a complex, shrimp-like animal swimming through the cold and dark subglacial waters.
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Experience Hubble's Universe in 3-D
This movie shows how the science visualization team at the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) in Baltimore, Md., transforms Hubble Space Telescope 2-D photographs into 3-D environments, which give viewers the impression that they are space travelers taking a tour of Hubble's most popular targets. These 3-D astronomy visualizations are part of the new Imax film "Hubble 3D." The 43-minute Imax 3-D movie chronicles the 20-year life of the Hubble telescope and includes highlights from the May 2009 servicing mission, with footage taken by the astronauts. Credit: NASA and M. Estacion (STScI)
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First Medley of WISE Pictures
Some of the first images from NASA's recently launched Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer space telescope have been compiled into a new medley video.
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Titan Canyon Country
New animation shows us that Saturn's moon Titan has more in common with Earth than we previously thought.
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The Dance of Saturn's Moons
Like sugar plum fairies in "The Nutcracker," the moons of Saturn performed a celestial ballet before the eyes of NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
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Free Spirit - Plotting an Escape
Mission team members plot an escape for the Mars Exploration Rover, Spirit, as it attempts to drive out of a sand-trap. Credit: NASA/JPL
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Mars - Exposed
NASA spacecraft sees ice on Mars exposed by meteor impacts
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Apollo 11 Introduction
This montage video shows highlights from the Apollo 11 mission, from liftoff in Florida to departure from the moon.
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The American Flag
Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin raise the American flag on the moon. The video compares existing footage with the partially restored video. The thumbnail image shows the new footage on the left and the old on the right.
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The Apollo 11 Plaque
Neil Armstrong reads a commemorative plaque affixed to the Apollo 11 lunar module. The video compares existing footage with the partially restored video. The thumbnail image shows the new footage on the left and the old on the right.
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One Small Step ...
This video shows Neil Armstrong climbing down the lunar module ladder to the lunar surface. The video compares existing footage with the partially restored video. The thumbnail image shows the new footage on the left and the old on the right.
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Apollo 11 Moonwalk Montage
This two-minute video montage shows highlights of the Apollo 11 moonwalk.
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NASA Mission Update: KEPLER
The Kepler Mission, NASA Discovery mission #10, is specifically designed to survey our region of the Milky Way galaxy to discover hundreds of Earth-size and smaller planets in or near the habitable zone and determine how many of the billions of stars in our galaxy have such planets.
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Kepler to Search Out Earth-like Planets
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Taurus is OCO's Ride to Space
The four-stage Taurus rocket is set to launch.
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What´s Up for January?
Take a look at Earth´s sister planet, Venus this month as we kick off International Year of Astronomy.
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Endeavour Moves to Launch Pad 39B
Space shuttle Endeavour takes its post on Launch Pad 39B before STS-127
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