Podcast for audio and video - NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Summary: Video and audio podcasts from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory feature the latest news on space and science findings from JPL and NASA. Topics include discoveries made by spacecraft studying planets in our solar system, including Mars, Saturn and our home planet, Earth. Missions also study stars and galaxies in our universe. Other topics cover tips for amateur astronomers and updates from the Mars Rover and Cassini missions.
NASA's Soil Moisture Active Passive satellite gives Texas water agencies critical information for managing the lone star state's limited water.
Venus and Mercury grace the west-northwest sky an hour past sunset and the giant planets Jupiter and Saturn rule the sky this month.
When the first images from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope were too blurry, JPL scientists and engineers devised a genius fix: a camera with corrective vision.
JPLers pounded the pavement in celebration of a Mars marathon milestone. Opportunity rover took 11 years and 2 months to clock 26.2 miles. The team's time was considerably less.
A total lunar eclipse that takes place on the night of a full moon and, later this month, the Lyrid meteor shower.
A total solar eclipse in the North Atlantic and tips to prepare for the next U.S. eclipse.
On March 6, the Dawn spacecraft will slip into orbit around Ceres, a dwarf planet located in the main asteroid belt. This mission marks the first time a dwarf planet has been visited by a spacecraft and scientists are eager to see its surface in detail. Ceres gets its name from the ancient Roman goddess of agriculture and grain crops.
NASA's Dawn mission will be the first to explore a dwarf planet on March 6, 2015. This video details the spacecraft's approach and orbit insertion.
The Soil Moisture Active Passive mission will track soil moisture and the freeze-thaw state of the ground worldwide. The mission will help improve climate and weather forecasts and allow scientists to monitor droughts and better predict flooding caused by severe rainfall or snowmelt -- information that can save lives and property. In addition, since plant growth depends on the amount of water in the soil, SMAP data will allow nations to better forecast crop yields and assist in global famine early-warning systems.
Ann Druyan, Carl Sagan's co-author and widow, reflects on the meaning of Voyager's "pale blue dot" image of Earth.
Curiosity wraps up an investigation at Pink Cliffs while trying out a style of exploration used by geologists on Earth called "the walkabout."
See planetary pairs grace the sky in time for Valentine's Day and Jupiter's moons perform a celestial ballet.
Highlights from launch, separation and solar array deployment of the SMAP spacecraft. SMAP launched on a Delta II rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Ca., on January 31, 2015.
How do you develop the largest spinning antenna ever used on a NASA satellite? Testing, testing. . . .
This movie of asteroid 2004 BL86 was generated from data collected by NASA's Deep Space Network antenna at Goldstone, California, on Jan. 26, 2015. Twenty individual images were used.