NASA’s New Planetary Defense Office Is Open for Business

As technology advances, NASA is becoming aware of an increasing number of near-Earth objects (NEOs).  In an effort to coordinate defense against possible future collisions, NASA just established the Planetary Defense Coordination Office (PDCO). The goal of this program is to identify as many NEOs as possible, determine if they …

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NASA’s New Frontiers’ Race Just Received Two Major Nominees

Titan and Enceladus, two of Saturn’s potentially habitable moons, were added as possibilities to NASA’s next billion-dollar planetary exploration mission, the New Frontiers program. Titan, Saturn’s largest moon, qualifies as one of the few Earth-like worlds in our solar system.  Titan’s surface pressure measures slightly greater than Earth, with a …

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Curiosity’s Unique Snapshots of Mars

On December 19th, NASA’s Curiosity Rover photographed what might be one of the most incredible visuals of the Martian landscape.  The color photograph features a portion of the Namib Dune and a self-portrait of the rover. Using the Mastcam 34 mm camera, Curiosity takes extremely high resolution color photos of …

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Mountains of Ceres

New images of dwarf planet Ceres, captured by NASA’s Dawn Spacecraft, reveal a shimmering mountain and other interesting geological features. Located in the southern hemisphere and measuring 4 miles tall, the mountain is cone shaped with no visible debris at the base. The cause of the shimmering on its edge …

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