Volume: 06, Issue: 10 10/08/2008 
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Mars Lander Sees Falling Snow

A soil sample taken from the "Snow White" trench at NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander work site produced minerals indicating evidence of past interaction between the minerals and liquid water. Image NASA/JPL-Caltech/University Arizona/Texas A&M University.  

NASA’s Phoenix Mars Lander has detected snow falling from Martian clouds. Spacecraft soil experiments also provided evidence of past interaction between minerals and liquid water, processes that occur on Earth.

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Splashy Portrait Helps Explain How Stars Form

This painterly portrait of a star-forming cloud, called NGC 346, is a combination of three telescopes. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/XMM/NTT/MPIA.
 

Different wavelengths of light swirl together like watercolors in a new, ethereal portrait of a bright, star-forming region.

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NASA Spacecraft Ready to Explore Outer Solar System

Artist's impression of NASA's IBEX spacecraft exploring the edge of our solar system. Image credit: NASA/GSFC.  

The first NASA spacecraft to image and map the dynamic interactions taking place when hot solar wind slams into a cold expanse of space is ready for launch on October 19. The two-year mission will begin from the Kwajalein Atoll, a part of the Marshall Islands in the Pacific Ocean.

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Exciting Student Opportunities

Glory satellite. Image Credit: NASA/GSFC.  

Check out these opportunities to send your name around the Earth on NASA’s Glory mission, and participate in the Pete Conrad Spirit of Innovation Award.

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Online Chat About Mars: The Planet, Missions, and Beyond

Dr. Aileen Yingst with a Mars Exploration Rover.  

Live online chat with Dr. R. Aileen Yingst, Director of NASA's Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium, member of the Mars Rovers Spirit and Opportunity science team, Mars Phoenix camera team, and member of the Mars Science Laboratory team on Thursday, October 9th.

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