NASA’s Psyche Fires Up Its Sci-Fi-Worthy Thrusters – NASA

NASA’s Psyche Fires Up Its Sci-Fi-Worthy Thrusters – NASA

The spacecraft already is beyond the distance of Mars and is using ion propulsion to accelerate toward a metal-rich asteroid, where it will orbit and collect science data. NASA’s Psyche spacecraft passed its six-month checkup with a clean bill of health, and there’s no holding back now. Navigators are firing its futuristic-looking electric thrusters, which … Read more

NASA’s Juno Provides High-Definition Views of Europa’s Icy Shell – NASA

NASA’s Juno Provides High-Definition Views of Europa’s Icy Shell – NASA

Imagery from the solar-powered spacecraft shows some intriguing features on the ice-encased Jovian moon. Images from the JunoCam visible-light camera aboard NASA’s Juno spacecraft supports the theory that the icy crust at the north and south poles of Jupiter’s moon Europa is not where it used to be. Another high-resolution picture of the icy moon, … Read more

NASA’s Juno Mission Spots Jupiter’s Tiny Moon Amalthea – NASA

NASA’s Juno Mission Spots Jupiter’s Tiny Moon Amalthea – NASA

NASA’s Juno mission captured these views of Jupiter during its 59th close flyby of the giant planet on March 7, 2024. They provide a good look at Jupiter’s colorful belts and swirling storms, including the Great Red Spot. Close examination reveals something more: two glimpses of the tiny moon Amalthea (see Figure B below). Figure … Read more

NASA Scientists Gear Up for Solar Storms at Mars – NASA

NASA Scientists Gear Up for Solar Storms at Mars – NASA

The Sun will be at peak activity this year, providing a rare opportunity to study how solar storms and radiation could affect future astronauts on the Red Planet. In the months ahead, two of NASA’s Mars spacecraft will have an unprecedented opportunity to study how solar flares — giant explosions on the Sun’s surface — … Read more

NASA’s Juno Gives Aerial Views of Mountain, Lava Lake on Io – NASA

NASA’s Juno Gives Aerial Views of Mountain, Lava Lake on Io – NASA

This animation is an artist’s concept of Loki Patera, a lava lake on Jupiter’s moon Io, made using data from the JunoCam imager aboard NASA’s Juno spacecraft. With multiple islands in its interior, Loki is a depression filled with magma and rimmed with molten lava. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS Imagery from the solar-powered spacecraft provides close-ups of … Read more

NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter Team Says Goodbye … for Now – NASA

NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter Team Says Goodbye … for Now – NASA

The final downlink shift by the Ingenuity team was a time to reflect on a highly successful mission — and to prepare the first aircraft on another world for its new role. Engineers working on NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter assembled for one last time in a control room at the agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in … Read more

NASA’s LRO Observes 2024 Solar Eclipse Shadow – NASA

NASA’s LRO Observes 2024 Solar Eclipse Shadow – NASA

As the Moon blotted out the Sun to viewers across the United States during the April 8 solar eclipse, NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) captured an image from some 223,000 miles away of the highly anticipated celestial event. There are three cameras that comprise the LRO camera (LROC) suite: two Narrow Angle Cameras (NAC) and … Read more

Media Get Close-Up of NASA’s Jupiter-Bound Europa Clipper – NASA

Media Get Close-Up of NASA’s Jupiter-Bound Europa Clipper – NASA

Excitement is mounting as the largest spacecraft NASA has ever built for a planetary mission gets readied for an October launch. Engineers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California are running final tests and preparing the agency’s Europa Clipper spacecraft for the next leg of its journey: launching from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in … Read more

NASA’s LRO Finds Photo Op as It Zips Past SKorea’s Danuri Moon Orbiter – NASA

NASA’s LRO Finds Photo Op as It Zips Past SKorea’s Danuri Moon Orbiter – NASA

NASA’s LRO (Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter), which has been circling and studying the Moon for 15 years, captured several images of Korea Aerospace Research Institute’s Danuri lunar orbiter last month. The two spacecraft, traveling in nearly parallel orbits, zipped past each other in opposite directions between March 5 and 6, 2024. LRO’s narrow angle camera (one … Read more