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NASA Update on Orbital Flight Test Independent Review Team

March 6, 2020

Boeing Starliner spacecraft

The Boeing CST-100 Starliner spacecraft at the company’s Commercial Crew and Cargo Processing Facility in Florida, undergoing inspection after its Orbital Flight Test.

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Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover Snaps Its Highest-Resolution Panorama Yet

March 4, 2020

Martian Panorama

Panorama showcase "Glen Torridon," a region on the side of Mount Sharp that Curiosity is exploring. They were taken between Nov. 24 and Dec. 1, when the mission team was out for the Thanksgiving holiday. Sitting still with few tasks to do while awaiting the team to return and provide its next commands, the rover had a rare chance to image its surroundings from the same vantage point several days in a row.

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Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

NASA's Juno Spacecraft Has a Close Encounter with Jupiter

Juno close Encounter

Jan. 14, 2020

A multitude of swirling clouds in Jupiter's dynamic North North Temperate Belt is captured in this image from NASA's Juno spacecraft. Appearing in the scene are several bright-white ’pop-up’ clouds as well as an anticyclonic storm, known as a white oval.

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Image Credit: Enhanced image by Gerald Eichstädt and Sean Doran (CC BY-NC-SA) based on images provided courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS

NASA's Juno Navigators Enable Jupiter Cyclone Discovery

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Dec. 12, 2019

Jupiter's south pole has a new cyclone. The discovery of the massive Jovian tempest occurred on Nov. 3, 2019, during the most recent data-gathering flyby of Jupiter by NASA's Juno spacecraft. It was the 22nd flyby during which the solar-powered spacecraft collected science data on the gas giant, soaring only 2,175 miles (3,500 kilometers) above its cloud tops.

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Credits: NASA/JPL-CaltechNASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS

Two Rovers to Roll on Mars Again: Curiosity and Mars 2020

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Dec. 10, 2019

Curiosity won't be NASA's only active Mars rover for much longer. Next summer, Mars 2020 will be headed for the Red Planet. While the newest rover borrows from Curiosity's design, they aren't twins: Built and managed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, each has its own role in the ongoing exploration of Mars and the search for ancient life.

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Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Successful Orion Test Brings NASA Closer to Moon, Mars Missions

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July 2, 2019

NASA successfully demonstrated Tuesday the Orion spacecraft’s launch abort system can outrun a speeding rocket and pull astronauts to safety during an emergency during launch. The test is another milestone in the agency’s preparation for Artemis missions to the Moon that will lead to astronaut missions to Mars.

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Credits: NASA

First Image of a Black Hole

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10 April 2019

The Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) — a planet-scale array of eight ground-based radio telescopes forged through international collaboration — was designed to capture images of a black hole. In coordinated press conferences across the globe, EHT researchers revealed that they succeeded, unveiling the first direct visual evidence of the supermassive black hole in the centre of Messier 87 and its shadow.

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Credit: EHT Collaboration

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