Spaceship Earth

  • Opening the Lid on Genesis
    The Genesis desert crash has left scientists wondering about the delicate condition of its solar wind collection. The first release of samples to the community has begun, while new tests for oxygen-isotopes may help uncover which particles might have lunar, solar or terrestrial origins.
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  • Time to Collect the Corona
    If all goes as planned, the sample capsule from the Genesis spacecraft will be returning to Earth on Wednesday morning. The spacecraft has spent the past two years collecting the solar wind.
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  • Aura Around Earth
    Overcoming technical launch challenges, a three-ton satellite named Aura, the third large satellite in NASA's Earth Observing System, is set to launch this week on a mission to study the upper atmosphere.
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  • Tracking Halloween Blast Wave
    Last Halloween, our Sun released the most powerful storm ever recorded. Although this electromagnetic blast-wave did not damage terrestrial satellites, a fleet of instruments elsewhere in the solar system saw its deleterious effects from Mars to Saturn.
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  • Surviving Halloween Solar Scare
    Unprecedented observation of the solar flares that centered on Halloween may offer better ways to understand the violent jets of charged particles that reach Earth and can damage satellites. One casualty that is seeking a reprieve from the flares is a radiation experiment now orbiting
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  • Blue Dot,  Red Planet
    The Mars' Orbital Camera snapped the first ever image of the Earth as seen from another planet that shows our home as a planetary disk: the terrestrial 'pale blue dot'.
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  • Lifetime of Complex Life
    Stars grow hotter as they age, and habitable planets orbiting them become uninhabitable. How long can complex life flourish?
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  • Earthshine
    When the crescent moon is just a sliver each month, the phrase--'old moon in the young moon's arms'-- poetically describes a marvel of nature.
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  • Watching Earth Breathe
    The first continuous global observations of the biological engine that drives life on Earth will be used by scientists to study the fate of carbon in the atmosphere, the length of terrestrial growing seasons and the vitality of the ocean's food web.
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