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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).

NASA Voyager Statement About Solar Wind Models

07.23.2014
Voyager scientists analyzed the observational data from the spacecraft, which revealed a plasma density that was 40 times higher This indicates Voyager 1 entered interstellar space around Aug 25,2012

Near Miss: The Solar Superstorm of July 2012

07.23.2014
Two years ago, Earth experienced a close shave just as perilous, but most newspapers didn't mention it. The "impactor" was an extreme solar storm, the most powerful in as much as 150+ years.

Canada Contributes to NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Mission

07.22.2014
The Canadian Space Agency announced that it will furnish a sophisticated laser-based mapping system, designed to create unprecedented 3-D maps of asteroid Bennu, for NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission.

Lunar Pits Could Shelter Astronauts, Reveal Details of How 'Man in the Moon' Formed

07.22.2014
New observations from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter reveal more than 200 steep-walled lunar pits, some of which might lead to caves that future astronauts could explore and use for shelter.

A New Look at the Apollo 11 Landing Site

07.22.2014
In honor of the 45th anniversary of Apollo 11’s touchdown on the moon, NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter offers a fresh perspective on the historic landing site.

NASA's Fermi Finds A 'Transformer' Pulsar

07.22.2014
In late June 2013, an exceptional binary containing a rapidly spinning neutron star underwent a dramatic change in behavior never before observed.

Quiet Year Expected for Amazon Forest Fires in 2014

07.22.2014
Researchers at NASA and the University of California, Irvine, using a variety of satellite data, expect Amazon forests this year to see a below-average wildfire season.

TD2 (Atlantic Ocean)

07.22.2014
Infrared data gathered on the tropical low pressure area hinted that it would become the Atlantic Ocean hurricane season's second tropical depression.

Carlton Fire Complex, Washington - July 22, 2014

07.22.2014
The Carlton Complex fires started on July 14, 2014, by lightning from a weather system that moved through the Methow Valley.

NASA-Funded Mission To Study the Sun's Energy

07.22.2014
The Degradation Free Spectrometers for Solar Physics experiment was successfully launched at 3:10 pm EDT on July 22, 2014, from the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico.

Carlton Complex Fire, Washington

07.21.2014
The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometers on NASA’s Aqua and Terra satellites captured these images of the Carlton Complex Fire in July 2014.

Fires and Smoke in Canada's Northern Territories

07.21.2014
Environment Canada has issued a high health risk warning for Yellowknife and surrounding area because of heavy smoke in the region due to forest fires.

Fires in Eastern Russia in July 2014

07.21.2014
These fires are originating in the Sakha Republits area of Eastern Russia, a very remote area of the country.
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