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As If Pluto Wasn't Weird Enough, We've Discovered Clouds Too







​Stop messing with us, Pluto.


By John Wenz
March 4, 2016

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Pluto seems like the dwarf planet that, at this point, is messing with us. Ice volcanoes? Icebergs? Liquid nitrogen seas? Oh, and now clouds.

Clouds may not seem weird. You can look up and see them now. But Pluto has an atmosphere that is 100,000 times less thick than Earth's.
For comparison, even the thin, tenuous atmosphere of Mars (which can have sparing cloud cover) is one percent that of Earth's, making
Mars seem like a deep undersea expedition by comparison to Pluto.


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Frozen lake on Pluto not ideal for ice skating







NASA's New Horizons spacecraft snaps a photo of what may be a scenic frozen lake on Pluto.
The image hints at flowing liquids in the dwarf planet's distant past.



by Amanda Kooser
March 28, 2016

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This could be a frozen lake on Pluto.
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The more we learn about Pluto, the more bonkers the dwarf planet seems to get. NASA's New Horizons spacecraft
buzzed Pluto in 2015, but the craft is still sending back images and data from its close encounter. So far, NASA has
revealed methane snow, a possible ice volcano and some icy lava lamp-style action occurring in an area called
Sputnik Planum.

The latest find from the New Horizons stash is a surprisingly scenic frozen lake. But this isn't the sort of place where
Henry David Thoreau would hang out to write poetry. NASA says the feature "appears to be a frozen, former lake of
liquid nitrogen, located in a mountain range."


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Explore the International Space Station In This 360 Degree Video







​It's the next best thing to a real visit.


By John Wenz
April, 2016

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What's it like to go to the ISS? You can pay $20 million like Mark Shuttleworth did to go there, or you can take the easier route and watch
this video. Better yet, the video is in startling 4K resolution, so it'll look pretty authentic if you have a monitor that can show it off.


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A Long-Time NASA Vet Turns Her Eyes Toward Finding Life on Saturn's Tiny Moon







Carolyn Porco has been with NASA for some of its biggest missions. Now, she's ready for the biggest of all: finding life outside Earth.


By John Wenz
April 29, 2016

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In the last 33 years, Carolyn Porco has had a hand in some of NASA's highest profile missions. She was an integral part of the Voyager imaging
team, then the public face for the Cassini mission. Now, she and her colleagues are now laying the groundwork for a mission to Enceladus, with
the goal of finding life.

"We have reasons now to believe that our very best chances of finding extraterrestrial life in our lifetimes – and almost certainly, if it is there
at all, a second genesis of life – is the ocean of Enceladus," Porco said in an email interview with Popular Mechanics.


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NASA's Stellar Saturn Explorer Has Just One Year Left







The clock is ticking for the beloved spacecraft.​​


By Jay Bennett
April 27, 2016

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Launched in October 1997, the Cassini spacecraft entered orbit around Saturn in 2004 and started
sending back iconic image after iconic image of the gas giant and its incredible moons. Now, the
end is near. Last week the Cassini's Grand Finale mission commands were uploaded to the spacecraft,
telling the spacecraft to plunge headlong into Saturn in a year's time while providing some stunning
observations of the planet on the way down.

Cassini has contributed a wealth of information about the ringed planet in the past 12 years. By 2014,
a decade after the craft entered Saturn's orbit, it had provided more than 500 GB of data that fueled
in excess of 3,000 research papers, according to NASA. The space probe discovered seven new moons.
It has completed more than 200 orbits around Saturn and performed 132 close flybys of Saturn's natural
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Published on Apr 17, 2016
NASA Television’s newest offering, NASA TV UHD, brings ultra-high definition video to a new level
with the kind of imagery only the world’s leader in space exploration could provide.

Harmonic produced this show exclusively for NASA TV UHD, using time-lapses shot from the
International Space Station, showing both the Aurora Borealis and Aurora Australis phenomena
that occur when electrically charged electrons and protons in the Earth's magnetic field collide
with neutral atoms in the upper atmosphere.

For more info: http://go.nasa.gov/1lyUGlY




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Published on Apr 29, 2016
‘A Beautiful Planet’ stars Earth as seen from space by astronauts and cosmonauts aboard the orbiting
laboratory. Shooting spanned multiple expeditions with NASA astronauts Kjell Lindgren, Terry Virts, and
Barry “Butch” Wilmore as well as former NASA astronaut Scott Kelly volunteering as filmmakers during
their time on station.
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Published on May 9, 2016
The May 9 transit of the sun by the planet Mercury was an astronomical wonder. The rare celestial
event, which happens only 13 times a century, also provided an excellent scientific opportunity to
study certain aspects of our solar system’s smallest planet. During a live, one-hour program on
NASA TV, NASA science experts representing planetary, heliophysics and astrophysics discussed the
science behind the Mercury transit as the phenomenon was occurring, and answered questions from
the agency’s social media followers.




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Published on May 12, 2016
Aboard the International Space Station, Expedition 47 Commander Tim Kopra of NASA and
Flight Engineers Jeff Williams of NASA and Tim Peake of the European Space Agency fielded
questions about Earth observation photography, scientific research and other aspects of life in orbit
during a pair of interviews May 12 with the Weather Channel and WISC-TV, Madison, Wisconsin. Kopra
and Peake are entering the final month of a six-month mission on the orbital outpost while Williams will
remain aboard the station until early September.
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Published on May 27, 2016
During a televised presentation to NASA employees, on May 25 from NASA Headquarters,
Deputy Administrator Dava Newman and retired NASA astronaut Scott Kelly reflected on
Kelly’s historic one-year mission aboard the International Space Station, which he and
Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko completed in March. The event featured video
highlights from the mission and Q&A with employees watching at NASA centers around
the country. During the longest-ever mission on the station, Kelly and Kornienko collected
critical biomedical and psychological data researchers hope will help support deep space
missions, including NASA’s Journey to Mars. Also, Expedition 48/49 Training for ISS Mission,
OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft Arrives at Kennedy Space Center, Webb Telescope’s Science Instruments
Installed, NASA Glenn’s 75th Anniversary, and NASA TV Going Full HD on June 1, 2016!
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Published on Jun 6, 2016
Nearly a year ago, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft flew by Pluto, marking the first time a vehicle
had visited the dwarf planet. Alan Stern, principal investigator of the New Horizons mission, sat
down with The Verge to discuss how the engineering team pulled off the mission and what we've
learned from the flyby so far.

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