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Mars 2020 Parachute a Go

In the early hours of Sept. 7, NASA broke a world record.

SOP newswire3NASA's Dawn Mission to Asteroid Belt Comes to End - NASAs Dawn spacecraft has gone silent, ending a historic mission that studied time capsules from the solar systems earliest chapter.
SOP newswire3Mars 2020 Parachute a Go - In the early hours of Sept. 7, NASA broke a world record.
SOP newswire3Newborn Stars Blow Bubbles in the Cat's Paw Nebula - This image from NASAs Spitzer Space Telescope shows the Cats Paw Nebula, so named for the large, round features that create the impression of a feline footprint.
SOP newswire3NASA's InSight Will Study Mars While Standing Still - You don't need wheels to explore Mars.
SOP newswire3The Claw Game on Mars - If youve ever played the claw machine at an arcade, you know how hard it can be to maneuver the metal "hand" to pick up a prize. Imagine trying to play that game when the claw is on Mars, the objects youre trying to grasp are far more fragile than a stuffed bear and all you have is a stitched-together panorama of the environment you're working in. Oh, and there might be a dust storm.
SOP newswire3Scientists to Debate Landing Site for Next Mars Rover - Hundreds of scientists and Mars-exploration enthusiasts will convene in a hotel ballroom just north of Los Angeles later this week to present, discuss and deliberate the future landing site for NASAs next Red Planet rover.
SOP newswire3UN Marks 'World Space Week' - Highlighting the importance of space and its applications for humankind, the United Nations is celebrating World Space Week 2018 with a focus on the role the cosmos plays in bringing people together, back on earth.
SOP newswire3NASA Mission to the Asteroid Belt - NASAs Dawn spacecraft turned science fiction into science fact by using ion propulsion to explore the two largest bodies in the main asteroid belt, Vesta and Ceres. The mission will end in fall 2018, when the spacecraft runs out of hydrazine, which keeps it oriented and in communication with Earth.
SOP newswire3NASA Seeking Partner in Contest to Name Next Mars Rover - NASA has a class assignment for corporations, nonprofits and educational organizations involved in science and space exploration: partner with the agency to inspire future engineers and scientists by sponsoring a contest to name the next rover to venture to the Red Planet.
SOP newswire315 Years in Space for NASAs Spitzer Space Telescope - Initially scheduled for a minimum 2.5-year primary mission, NASAs Spitzer Space Telescope has gone far beyond its expected lifetime -- and is still going strong after 15 years.
SOP newswire3Martian Skies Clearing over Opportunity Rover - A planet-encircling dust storm on Mars, which was first detected May 30 and halted operations for the Opportunity rover, continues to abate.
SOP newswire3Space Force to Become Sixth Branch of Armed Forces - The Defense Department will establish a sixth branch of the armed forces, the U.S. Department of the Space Force, by 2020, Vice President Mike Pence announced today.
SOP newswire3Proposed Space Force to Protect, Expand U.S. Cosmic Capabilities - The proposal to form the U.S. Space Force is rooted in protecting Americas advantages in space and in ensuring such advantages continue, Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan said during a roundtable discussion with Pentagon reporters yesterday.
SOP newswire3Students Can Now Build Their Own Rover Model - Have you ever wondered what it takes to build a machine like NASAs Curiosity rover, part of the Mars Science Laboratory project? Now students, hobbyists and enthusiasts can get a taste of what it is like to construct a scaled-down version of a rover using plans and instructions from JPLs Open Source Rover Project.
SOP newswire3NASA's MISR Views Raging Fires in California - More than a dozen wildfires are burning in the state of California, with several of them threatening life and property.
SOP newswire3Storm Chasers on Mars Searching for Dusty Secrets - Storm chasing takes luck and patience on Earth -- and even more so on Mars.
SOP newswire3Outbound View of Jupiter - This image of Jupiters southern hemisphere was captured by NASAs Juno spacecraft on the outbound leg of a close flyby of the gas-giant planet.
SOP newswire3Dark and Stormy Jupiter - This image captures the intensity of the jets and vortices in Jupiters North North Temperate Belt.
SOP newswire3NASA Mars Mission Adds Southern California Dates - Looking for summer fun? Southern California families have their choice of the beach, movies, museums -- and even NASAs next mission to Mars.
SOP newswire3OMG, the Water's Warm! NASA Study Solves Glacier Puzzle - A new NASA study explains why the Tracy and Heilprin glaciers, which flow side by side into Inglefield Gulf in northwest Greenland, are melting at radically different rates.
SOP newswire3Prolific Sea-Observing Satellite Turns 10 - An international oceanography satellite that is tracking the ongoing rise in global sea level marks its 10th year in orbit today.
SOP newswire3UN Forum to Explore Use of Outer Space to Improve Lives - Marking 50 years since the world first came together to discuss the peaceful uses of outer space, government leaders, policy makers, civil society representatives and space experts will gather at a United Nations forum in Vienna from Monday to explore the future course of global space cooperation for the benefit of humankind.
SOP newswire3Dust Storm From Hell Observed on Mars - One of the thickest dust storms ever observed on Mars has been spreading for the past week and a half. The storm has caused NASAs Opportunity rover to suspend science operations, but also offers a window for four other spacecraft to learn from the swirling dust.
SOP newswire3NASA to Launch First Army Doctor Into Space - While many have reached for the stars, a physician who calls Brooke Army Medical Center here home is aiming to be the first Army doctor in space.
SOP newswire3NASA Soil Moisture Data Advances Global Crop Forecasts - Data from the first NASA satellite mission dedicated to measuring the water content of soils is now being used operationally by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to monitor global croplands and make commodity forecasts.
SOP newswire3NASA CubeSats Steer Toward Mars - NASA has achieved a first for the class of tiny spacecraft known as CubeSats, which are opening new access to space.
SOP newswire3Curiosity is Collecting Mars Rocks - Engineers working with NASAs Curiosity Mars rover have been hard at work testing a new way for the rover to drill rocks and extract powder from them. This past weekend, that effort produced the first drilled sample on Mars in more than a year.
SOP newswire3NASA, Orbital ATK Now Targeting May 21 for Next Resupply Mission to Space Station - Orbital ATK, in conjunction with NASA, has moved the launch of its ninth contracted mission to the International Space Stationto no earlier than 4:39 a.m. EDT (1:39 a.m. PDT) Monday, May 21, to support further prelaunch inspections and more favorable weather conditions.
SOP newswire3NASA Satellite Detects Kilauea Fissures - The eruption of Kilauea Volcano on the island of Hawaii triggered a number of gas- and lava-oozing fissures in the East Riff Zone of the volcano. The fissures and high levels of sulfur dioxide gas prompted evacuations in the area.
SOP newswire3Bound for Mars: Countdown to First Interplanetary Launch from California - In the early morning hours of May 5, millions of Californians will have an opportunity to witness a sight they have never seen before - the historic first interplanetary launch from Americas West Coast.
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