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On Thursday (March 12), NASA is set to launch the Magnetospheric Multiscale mission, or MMS, to study a phenomenon known "magnetic reconnection." These energetic events, sometimes referred to as "explosions in space," are the driver of solar weather. (NASA)

NASA Launching Satellites To Study Magnetic Fields Just As Sun Unleashes Monster Flare

NASA is launching a fleet of spacecraft Thursday to investigate the mystery behind a cosmic phenomenon in the Earth’s magnetic field just as the sun unleashed its first massive flare of the year.

03/11/2015

The Dwarf Planet Ceres

NASA’s Ceres Mission Brings Out The Kid In All Of Us

When I was in the Fourth Grade I decided I wanted to be an Astronaut. Fast forward to a couple of years later, on my 11th birthday, my parents bought me a tape recorder equipped with a microphone.

03/06/2015

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NASA Spacecraft Slips Into Ceres’ Orbit For First-Ever Visit To Dwarf Planet

A NASA spacecraft for the first time has arrived at a dwarf planet to begin a 16-month exploration, and scientists are eager to learn more about the mysterious bright spot discovered last month.

03/06/2015

The images were taken on Feb. 19, 2015, from a distance of nearly 29,000 miles (46,000 kilometers). Dawn observed Ceres for a full rotation of the dwarf planet, which lasts about nine hours. The images have a resolution of 2.5 miles (4 kilometers) per pixel. (NASA)

NASA’s Dawn Spacecraft Closer To Unraveling Mystery Behind Bright Spots On Dwarf Planet Ceres

Scientists are on the edge of their seats as NASA’s Dawn spacecraft nears dwarf planet Ceres and the mysterious spots first seen on its surface last month.

03/02/2015

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NASA To Study Mysterious ‘Magnetic Explosions’ Between Earth, Sun That Unleash Dangerous X-Rays

Earth and the Sun may be 93 million miles apart, but cosmic explosions between the two celestial spheres occur often and with devastating effects–unleashing waves of radiation and disrupting GPS communications, and it is with this danger in mind that next month, NASA will launch four “Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission” satellites, studying these “magnetic reconnections” and better predicting the consequences of these cosmic phenomena.

02/24/2015

A Chang'e-3 rocket carrying the Jade Rabbit rover blasts off, from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in the southwest province of Sichuan on December 2, 2013. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Fireballs Spotted Over Western U.S. As Chinese Rocket Burns In Atmosphere

People from Arizona to Canada have reported seeing bright lights in the sky as a Chinese rocket burned up in the atmosphere.

02/24/2015

Hubble Space Telescope Images Released (Photo by NASA, ESA, and the Hubble SM4 ERO Team via Getty Images)

Probing For Signs Of Life On Europa, One Of Jupiter’s Icy Moons, Subject Of NASA Ames Workshop

Dozens of planetary scientists are gathering in Mountain View on Wednesday to talk about sending a space probe to one of Jupiter’s moons.

02/18/2015

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Mysterious Bright Spots Pop Up In Latest NASA Images Of Dwarf Planet Ceres

Two clear and stunning views of the dwarf planet Ceres have scientists scratching their heads as NASA’s Dawn spacecraft nears its destination.

02/18/2015

Meteor Sighting Map From American Meteor Society (http://www.amsmeteors.org)

Did You See The Meteor? Brilliant Chrome, Red, Green Fireball Blazes Through Bay Area Skies Saturday

What appears to be a meteor blazed over the North Bay midday Saturday creating a frenzy of excited tweets and blog posts, and triggering calls to 9-1-1 dispatchers reporting what looked like a possible aircraft going down.

02/02/2015

United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket with Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) observatory on board at Vandenberg Air Force Base. (Bill Ingalls/NASA via Getty Images)

NASA Satellite Launch From Vandenberg AFB Saturday Morning, May Be Visible From Bay Area

NASA will attempt to launch a drought and climate research satellite from Vandenberg Air Force Base early Saturday, a launch that could be visible from the Bay Area and beyond.

01/29/2015

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