Missions

GOLD Team Successfully Completes Environmental Testing

December 14, 2017 – NASA’s Global-scale Observations of the Limb and Disk, or GOLD, instrument has successfully completed environmental testing at Airbus in Toulouse, France, in preparation for its groundbreaking mission to observe the nearest reaches of space. Scheduled for…

December 13, 2017

Next-Generation GRACE Satellites Arrive At Launch Site December 13, 2017 – A pair of advanced U.S./German Earth research satellites with some very big shoes to fill is now at California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base to begin final preparations for launch…

December 12, 2017

Geminid Meteor Shower Peaks December 13–14 December 12, 2017 – If it’s clear Wednesday night and Thursday before dawn, keep a lookout high overhead for the “shooting stars” of the Geminid meteor shower. That’s the peak night for this annual…

Does New Horizons’ Next Target Have A Moon?

December 12, 2017 – Scientists were already excited to learn this summer that New Horizons’ next flyby target – a Kuiper Belt object a billion miles past Pluto – might be either peanut-shaped or even two objects orbiting one another.…

December 11, 2017

NASA’s Juno Probes The Depths Of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot December 11, 2017 – Data collected by NASA’s Juno spacecraft during its first pass over Jupiter’s Great Red Spot in July 2017 indicate that this iconic feature penetrates well below…