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NASA’s Parker Solar Probe Mission to the Sun to Begin in Summer 2018

Wearing a nearly 5-inch coat of carbon-composite solar shields, NASA's Parker Solar Probe will explore the sun's atmosphere in a mission that begins in the summer of 2018. (more…)

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NASA Reveals the ‘Brand-New and Unexpected’ From Jupiter Mission

The top and bottom of Jupiter are pockmarked with a chaotic mélange of swirls that are immense storms hundreds of miles across. The planet’s interior core appears bigger than expected, and swirling electric currents are generating surprisingly strong magnetic fields. Auroral lights shining in Jupiter’s polar regions seem to operate

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Cassini Takes Closest-Ever Images of Saturn

NASA's Cassini spacecraft is giving earthlings their closest-ever views of Saturn's swirled atmosphere and its massive hurricane, beaming a trove of images and data back to Earth after the craft made its first dive between Saturn and its rings Wednesday. (more…)

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NASA’s Cassini Spacecraft Goes on Final Flyby Between Saturn and Its Rings

Using its large dish antenna as a shield, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft, virtually out of gas after 13 years orbiting Saturn, streaked between the gas giant’s cloud tops and its innermost rings early Wednesday in the first of 22 somewhat risky “Grand Finale” orbits to collect a final set of priceless

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