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All systems go for Europa mission

NASA scientists are turning more and more to the search for life on other worlds. In our solar system, a promising place to look for life is Jupiter’s moon Europa, which might have a liquid water ocean beneath its icy crust. Late last week, scientists announced that a new mission to Europa – proposed to launch in the 2020s – is moving forward from concept review to development.

Watching solstices and equinoxes from space

How sunlight falls on Earth’s surface during the solstices and equinoxes, as seen from geosynchronous orbit.

A robotic dog’s mortality

When Sony stopped manufacturing replacement parts for its Aibo pet robot, owners scrambled to save the robot-dogs that had become part of their families.

New Horizons has a cool teaser trailer!

New video captures the excitement of the upcoming July 14 spacecraft encounter with Pluto. The real thing will be better and is just ahead!

Don’t miss jaw-dropping Venus/Jupiter encounter

Venus and Jupiter are converging for a must-see close encounter at the end of June. It could be the best backyard sky show of 2015.

Watch start of India’s monsoon season

This year’s monsoon rainfall began on June 5 in southern India. This animation, made from satellite data, shows where the precipitation fell as the season started.

Video: Fine dining in microgravity

An astronaut aboard the ISS prepares one of her favorite meals – quinoa salad with tomato, mackerel and leek cream in a warm tortilla. Here’s how it’s done in space.

Gorgeous video flies you around Ceres

This new video animation of dwarf planet Ceres – released by NASA today (June 8, 2015) – is based on images taken by the Dawn spacecraft as it orbits around this little world. It’s our best look yet at Ceres, which is the largest object in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter …

Rip currents #1 danger for beach-goers

More than 100 people die each year after getting caught in rip currents. These outgoing ocean currents are the #1 danger for people at beaches. These currents can sometimes flow as fast as 2.5 meters per second (8 feet per second), which is faster than any human swimmer. Learn what to do if you get caught in a rip current, in this video. And share with your kids!

Video: Perpetual ocean

In honor of World Ocean Day on June 8, a beautiful video visualization of ocean currents around the world. It shows ocean surface currents from June 2005 through December 2007.