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First light for MAVEN (w/ Video)

After 10-month voyage across more than 400 million miles of empty space, NASA's MAVEN spacecraft reached Mars on Sept. 21st 2014. Less than 8 hours later, the data started to flow.

dateOct 13, 2014 in Space Exploration
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Observing the Birkeland currents

When the supersonic solar wind hits the Earth's magnetic field, a powerful electrical connection occurs with Earth's field, generating millions of amperes of current that drive the dazzling auroras. These so-called Birkeland ...

dateOct 06, 2014 in Earth Sciences
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Coronal mass ejections at Mars

Looking across the Mars landscape presents a bleak image: a barren, dry rocky view as far as the eye can see. But scientists think the vista might once have been quite different. It may have teemed with water and even been ...

dateSep 24, 2014 in Space Exploration
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NASA scientists listen to data

Robert Alexander spends parts of his day listening to a soft white noise, similar to water falling on the outside of a house during a rainstorm. Every once in a while, he hears an anomalous sound and marks the corresponding ...

dateSep 05, 2014 in Space Exploration
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Evidence of a local hot bubble carved by a supernova

I spent this past weekend backpacking in Rocky Mountain National Park, where although the snow-swept peaks and the dangerously close wildlife were staggering, the night sky stood in triumph. Without a fire, the stars, a few ...

dateJul 30, 2014 in Astronomy
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