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Liftoff! Juno Mission Launched to Jupiter & Updates
On August 5, 2011 NASA's Juno mission successfully launched on its five-year journey to Jupiter. The launch of Juno offers a fun recap of liftoff! Juno continues its journey through the solar system, bound for Jupiter but on course for a flyby of Earth in 2013, to get a gravity assist to boost its speed, saving time, propellant, and money. Two maneuvers, performed in July and September 2012, placed Juno on course for its Earth flyby, which will occur as the spacecraft is completing one elliptical orbit around the Sun. The Earth flyby will boost Juno’s velocity by 16,330 miles (26,280 kilometers) per hour, placing the spacecraft on its final flight path for Jupiter. The closest approach to Earth will occur on October 9, 2013, and Juno will arrive at Jupiter on July 4, 2016.
NASA's New Worlds, New Discoveries
The Martian year that marked the initial dates for the Year of the Solar System (YSS) is over, but the salute to current NASA missions and the past 50 years of Solar System Exploration will continue to offer ways for you to get involved with NASA’s ground-breaking science discoveries through YSS: New Worlds, New Discoveries!
Dig It! The Secrets of Soil
Smithsonian Education offers a fascinating online exploration of Earth’s soil with its "Dig It! The Secrets of Soil" exhibition, including information, videos, expert instruction, and activity sheets: http://forces.si.edu/soils/.
Resource: "A User's Guide to the Universe" Videos Online
Archived versions of the Lunar and Planetary Institute’s Cosmic Exploration Lecture Series are available online. We recommend viewing the following (and most recent) series on the topic “A User's Guide to the Universe: You Live Here. Here's What You Need to Know.”
Mars Rover Finds Conditions Once Suited For Ancient Life
An analysis of a rock sample collected by NASA's Curiosity rover shows ancient Mars could have supported living microbes.
International Observe the Moon Night (InOMN) 2013!
On October 12, 2013, lunar enthusiasts around the world will turn their telescopes towards the Moon in celebration of International Observe the Moon Night (InOMN)! It's a great night for everyone to get out and observe under the same Moon together.
New Set of Explore Science Activities
We are excited to announce a new set of Explore hands-on science activities has been added to the website! Explore: Life on Mars? will introduce children to and engage them in the science of life in the universe (i.e., astrobiology) and Mars.
LADEE LIFTS OFF for the MOON!
After a spectacular launch at 11:27 p.m. ET on September 6th, the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) spacecraft was successfully placed by the Minotaur V rocket into an elliptic orbit around Earth, as the start of our journey to the moon!
NASA MAVEN Prepares to Launch for Mars!
MAVEN: What Happened to Mars? A Planetary Mystery
Mars was once on track to become a thriving Earth-like planet, yet today it is an apparently lifeless wasteland. A NASA spacecraft named MAVEN will soon journey to Mars to find out what went wrong on the Red Planet.
NASA Brings 'Big Data' to the Cloud
NASA Brings Earth Science 'Big Data' to the Cloud
Climate change projections for the United States, such as the data shown in the image of average springtime temperature changes by the 2090s, will be available on the cloud through an agreement with Amazon Web Services. This data was produced by the NASA Earth Exchange (NEX), a research platform of the NASA Advanced Supercomputer Facility at the agency's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif.
NASA and Amazon Web Services Inc. (AWS) of Seattle, Wash., are making a large collection of NASA climate and Earth science satellite data available to research and educational users through the AWS cloud. The system enhances research and educational opportunities for the U.S. geoscience community by promoting community-driven research, innovation and collaboration.