Catching the Shadow of a Neptunian Moon

Researchers on the flying observatory SOFIA, the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, are preparing for a two-minute opportunity to study the atmosphere of Neptune’s moon Triton as it casts a faint shadow on Earth’s surface. This is the first chance to investigate Triton’s atmosphere in 16 years.

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Solving the Mystery of Pluto’s Giant Blades of Ice

NASA’s New Horizons mission revolutionized our knowledge of Pluto when it flew past that distant world in July 2015. Among its many discoveries were images of strange formations resembling giant knife blades of ice, whose origin had remained a mystery.

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From Silicon Valley to Saturn, Cassini’s Grand Finale is Only a Beginning

On September 15, a month before the twentieth anniversary of its launch on October 15, 1997, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft will plunge into Saturn’s atmosphere in the conclusion of 13 years of exploration of Saturn, its rings and moons.

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NASA Air Traffic Management Research Tool Shows New Colors

A pivotal piece of NASA air traffic management (ATM) software is getting fresh attention as the agency and its government, industry and academic partners prepare to test new ideas for more efficiently guiding aircraft through the nation’s skies.

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Diagnosis in Space: WetLab-2 Sends Molecular Biology into Orbit

To diagnose a patient, a hospital may send samples of blood or tissue to a molecular biology lab for testing. When humans embark on long-term space exploration, and samples can’t be sent back to Earth for analysis, they’ll need to perform their own medical tests.

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Air Traffic “Win-Win” Wins NASA Software of the Year

NASA's innovative software tool for air traffic management, called Terminal Sequencing and Spacing, or TSAS, will help planes descend more efficiently by controlling the spacing between individual aircraft, before they even reach the airport.

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