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Hubble Helps Solve Mystery of Ultra-Compact, Burned-Out Galaxies

Hubble Helps Solve Mystery of Ultra-Compact, Burned-Out Galaxies: This graphic shows the evolutionary sequence in the growth of massive elliptical galaxies over 13 billion years. The growth is quickly driven by rapid star formation and mergers with other galaxies.

Press Releases & Feature Stories

Nine to Midnight – Goddard’s Rock Band

10.30.2014
There is a little-known law of physics: put three physicists in a basement at night and you get a rock band.

Hubble Sees 'Ghost Light' From Dead Galaxies

10.30.2014
NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has picked up the faint, ghostly glow of stars ejected from ancient galaxies that were gravitationally ripped apart several billion years ago.

Hubble Views the Whirling Disk of NGC 4526

10.24.2014
This galaxy is known as NGC 4526. Its dark lanes of dust and bright diffuse glow make the galaxy appear to hang like a halo in the emptiness of space in this image from the Hubble.

Webb Telescope Mirrors: Stepping Stones to the Cosmos

10.23.2014
Scientists and engineers placed two James Webb Space Telescope test primary mirror segments onto the support structure that will hold them, where they resemble stepping stones, as seen in this photo.

NASA Webb's Heart Survives Deep Freeze Test

10.21.2014
After 116 days of being subjected to extremely frigid temperatures like that in space, the heart of the James Webb Space Telescope emerged unscathed from the thermal vacuum chamber.
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Division News

NICER Passes CDR!

09.18.2014
The NICER team has passed their Critical Design Review. Great job!

TESS passes PDR!

09.18.2014
The TESS (Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite) recently passed their PDR, and confirmation (KDP-C) of the mission is scheduled for Oct 31.

Goddard View

08.21.2014
Read about making room for Webb's mirrors and decoding the rhythm of an unusual black hole with RXTE in Volume 10, issue 11 of the Goddard View.
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The Astrophysics Science Division conducts a broad program of research in astronomy, astrophysics, and fundamental physics. Individual investigations address issues such as the nature of dark matter and dark energy, which planets outside our solar system may harbor life, and the nature of space, time, and matter at the edges of black holes.

Observing photons, particles, and gravitational waves enables researchers to probe astrophysical objects and processes. Researchers develop theoretical models, design experiments and hardware to test theories, interpret and evaluate the data, archive and disseminate the data, provide expert user support to the scientific community, and publish conclusions drawn from research. The Division also conducts education and public outreach programs about its projects and missions.

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