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Hubble Shows Farthest Lensing Galaxy Yields Clues to Early Universe

07.31.2014
Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have unexpectedly discovered the most distant galaxy that acts as a cosmic magnifying glass.

NASA's IceCube No Longer On Ice

07.30.2014
The tiny satellite known as IceCube or Earth-1 could help advance scientists’ understanding of ice clouds and their role in climate change.

Mission Update: GPM Status Update

07.30.2014
The Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) mission's Precipitation Processing System at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, has released the Level 2 GPM Microwave Imager (GMI) data to the public.

Revolutionary Microshutter Technology Hurdles Significant Challenges

07.29.2014
The team, led by Principal Investigator Harvey Moseley, has demonstrated that electrostatically actuated microshutter arrays are as functional as the current technology’s magnetically activated

Wildfires Continue Near Yellowknife, Canada

07.29.2014
The wildfires that have been plaguing the Northern Territories in Canada and have sent smoke drifting down to the Great Lakes in the U.S. continue on.

Measuring Gravitational Waves with eLISA

07.28.2014
Puffs of smoke waft from a circuit board as interns solder tiny circuits for the Evolved Laser Interferometer Space Antenna.

Reporters Invited to NASA Hurricane Airborne Mission Media Day at Wallops

07.28.2014
Media are invited to learn about NASA's Hurricane and Severe Storm Sentinel (HS3) airborne mission from scientists and pilots and see the remotely-piloted aircraft used in the study...

Lead Pollution Beat Explorers to South Pole, Persists Today

07.28.2014
Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen reached the South Pole in 1911, but new research shows that industrial air pollution arrived long before any human.

Hernan (Eastern Pacific Ocean)

07.28.2014
NASA sees Tropical Storm Hernan near Mexico's Baja California...

Halong (was 11W - Northwestern Pacific Ocean)

07.28.2014
Tropical Depression 11W has formed in the Northwestern Pacific and is expected to track through the Marianas Islands.

NASA's SDO Observes a Lunar Transit

07.28.2014
On July 26, 2014, from 10:57 a.m. to 11:42 a.m. EDT, the moon crossed between NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory and the sun, a phenomenon called a lunar transit.

Peering through the Layers

07.28.2014
This collage of images shows an active region on the Sun taken at almost the same time in four wavelengths of extreme ultraviolet light (July 24, 2014 at about 17:56 UT).

NASA-funded X-ray Instrument Settles Interstellar Debate

07.28.2014
New findings from a NASA-funded instrument have resolved a decades-old puzzle about a fog of low-energy X-rays observed over the entire sky.

Hubble Serves a Slice of Stars

07.25.2014
The thin, glowing streak slicing across this image cuts a lonely figure, with only a few foreground stars and galaxies in the distant background for company.

Amber Straughn - Drawn to the Skies

07.25.2014
Initially drawn to the sky through the stars, astrophysicist Amber Straughn now flies through it as a private pilot.

Smoke from Canadian Fires Hovers Over Great Lakes

07.25.2014
Canadian wildfires have been raging this summer and some of the smoke from those fires is drifting downward into the U.S.

Genevieve (Eastern Pacific Ocean)

07.25.2014
The seventh tropical depression of the Eastern Pacific Ocean formed and quickly ramped up to a tropical storm named "Genevieve."

Burn Scars in Eastern Russia

07.25.2014
The burn scars on this false-color image from the Terra satellite show the different areas that have been affected by this year's rash of wildfires in Eastern Russia.

A Closer Look at Alaska’s Forests

07.25.2014
A plane flying low over remote forests is capturing stunning aerial photography—as well as measurements that will improve understanding of how Alaska’s forests are responding to global warming.

Discover the "X-Factor" of NASA's Webb Telescope in "Behind the Webb" Video

07.24.2014
NASA's James Webb Space Telescope and Chandra X-ray observatory have something in common: a huge test chamber used to simulate the hazards of space and the distant glow of starlight.

Hubble Finds Three Surprisingly Dry Exoplanets

07.24.2014
Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have gone looking for water vapor in the atmospheres of three planets orbiting stars similar to the sun -- and have come up nearly dry.

NASA's Webb Sunshield Stacks Up to Test!

07.24.2014
The Sunshield on NASA's James Webb Space Telescope is the largest part of the observatory—five layers of thin membrane that must unfurl reliably in space to precise tolerances.

Satellite Study Reveals Parched U.S. West Using Up Underground Water

07.24.2014
In a new study, scientists finds more than 75 percent of the water loss in the drought-stricken Colorado River Basin since late 2004 came from underground resources.

NASA Team Lays Plans to Observe New Worlds

07.23.2014
It can take decades to mature an astrophysics flagship mission from concept to launch pad. Given the long lead times, it’s time to lay plans for a future flagship mission.

Spun and Confused

07.23.2014
A long arch of plasma (called a prominence) was pulled this way and that by magnetic forces for a week before it finally dissipated (July 10-16, 2014).
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