The latest space news from NASA’s Het Propulsion Laboratory.

Gecko Grippers Get a Microgravity Test Flight

19 Dec 2014 at 8:12pm

This is an image of a gecko foot.

Gecko-inspired grippers might one day help service satellites and collect orbital debris.



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Horsehead of a Different Color

19 Dec 2014 at 8:12pm

Horsehead Nebula Disappears in Infrared Light

The famous Horsehead nebula takes on a ghostly appearance in this newly released image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.



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NASA's Kepler Reborn, Makes First Exoplanet Find of New Mission

18 Dec 2014 at 8:12pm

Reborn Kepler Can Still Find Planets

NASA's planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft makes a comeback with the discovery of the first exoplanet found using its new mission -- K2.



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Signs of Europa Plumes Remain Elusive in Search of Cassini Data

18 Dec 2014 at 8:12pm

Jupiter's icy moon Europa displays many signs of activity

A new study suggests that the thin, hot gas around Jupiter's moon Europa does not show evidence of plume activity occurring in 2001, when NASA's Cassini spacecraft flew past.



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NASA's Spaceborne Carbon Counter Maps New Details

18 Dec 2014 at 8:12pm

Global atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations

The first global maps of atmospheric carbon dioxide from NASA's new Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 mission demonstrate its performance and promise.



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Rosetta Orbiter to Swoop Down On Comet in February

17 Dec 2014 at 8:12pm

Philae Lander's View of 'Perihelion Cliff' on Comet Surface

The European Space Agency's orbiting Rosetta spacecraft is expected to come within four miles (six kilometers) of the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in February of next year.



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How NASA Curiosity Instrument Made First Detection of Organic Matter on Mars

16 Dec 2014 at 8:12pm

Updated Curiosity Self-Portrait at 'John Klein'

The team responsible for the Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instrument suite on NASA's Curiosity rover has made the first definitive detection of organic molecules at Mars.



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NASA Rover Finds Active and Ancient Organic Chemistry on Mars

16 Dec 2014 at 8:12pm

'Cumberland' Target Drilled by Curiosity

NASA's Mars Curiosity rover has measured a tenfold spike in methane, an organic chemical, in the atmosphere around it and detected other organic molecules in a rock-powder sample collected by the robotic laboratory's drill.



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NASA Data Underscore Severity of California Drought

16 Dec 2014 at 8:12pm

Trends in total water storage in California, Nevada and bordering states from NASA's Gravity Recovery

It will take about 1.5 times the maximum volume of the largest U.S. reservoir to recover from California's continuing drought, according to a new analysis of NASA satellite data.



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NASA Highlights Drought, Mars, Arctic Warming at Science Conference

12 Dec 2014 at 8:12pm

Nearly 24,000 scientists descend on San Francisco beginning Dec. 15 to discuss the latest research in Earth and space sciences

NASA researchers, including some from JPL, will present new findings on a wide range of Earth and space science topics next week at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco.



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