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NASA’s New Mini Satellite Will Study Milky Way’s Halo

A new NASA-sponsored CubeSat mission called HaloSat will help scientists search for the universe's missing matter by studying X-rays from hot gas surrounding the Milky Way galaxy.

Technicians Ensure James Webb Space Telescope’s Sunshield Survives Stresses Experienced During Liftoff

Acoustic testing exposes the spacecraft to similar forces and stress experienced during liftoff, allowing engineers to better prepare it for the rigors of spaceflight.

Hubble Observes an Irregular Galaxy with a Peculiar Supernova

An irregular galaxy called UGC 12682 glows warmly against the dark backdrop of the universe in this Hubble image.

Hubble and Gaia Team Up to Fuel Cosmic Conundrum

Using two powerful space telescopes astronomers made the most precise measurements to date of the universe’s expansion rate.

NASA’s Fermi Traces Source of Cosmic Neutrino to Monster Black Hole

For the first time ever, scientists using NASA’s Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope have found the source of a high-energy neutrino from outside our galaxy.

NASA’s Webb Space Telescope to Inspect Atmospheres of Gas Giant Exoplanets

One of the most powerful tools that will examine the atmospheres of some planets that TESS discovers will be NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope.

NASA’s TESS Spacecraft Continues Testing Prior to First Observations

After a successful launch on April 18, 2018, NASA’s newest planet hunter, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, is currently undergoing a series of commissioning tests before it begins searching for planets.

Hubble’s Dazzling Display of Galaxies

This busy image is a treasure trove of wonders. Bright stars from the Milky Way sparkle in the foreground, the magnificent swirls of several spiral galaxies are visible across the frame, and a glowing assortment of objects at the center makes up a massive galaxy cluster.

NASA's NuSTAR Mission Proves Superstar Eta Carinae Shoots Cosmic Rays

NASA's NuSTAR space telescope shows that Eta Carinae, the most luminous and massive stellar system within 10,000 light-years, is accelerating cosmic rays.

Hubble Captures Cluster of Aging Stars

This rich and dense smattering of stars is a massive globular cluster, a gravitationally bound collection of stars that orbits the Milky Way.

NASA Completes Webb Telescope Review, Commits to Launch in Early 2021

The Independent Review Board (IRB) established by NASA to assess progress on its James Webb Space Telescope has unanimously recommended that development on the world’s premier science observatory should continue; NASA has established a new launch date for Webb of March 30, 2021.

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope to Target Jupiter’s Great Red Spot

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, the most ambitious and complex space observatory ever built, will use its unparalleled infrared capabilities to study Jupiter’s Great Red Spot, shedding new light on the enigmatic storm and building upon data returned from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and other observatories.

Hubble Sees Galaxy With 3 Supernovas

The numerous fuzzy blobs and glowing shapes scattered across this image make up a galaxy cluster named RXC J0949.8+1707.

Hubble Captures Cluster of Galaxies and Homeless Stars

This sparkling picture features a massive galaxy cluster named RXC J0232.2-4420.

NASA’s Fermi Satellite Celebrates 10 Years of Discoveries

The Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope celebrates 10 years of using the highest-energy form of light in the universe to observe phenomenon from black holes to cosmic rays and thunderstorms.

Hubble Images a Galaxy with Threads of Blue

A ripple of bright blue gas threads through this galaxy like a misshapen lake system.

Engineers Solve Excessive Heat Removal from NASA’s Webb Telescope

To keep heat away from the sensitive instruments, a majority of the electronics used to power and operate the instruments are housed in a compartment below ISIM, where specially designed baffles direct the heat safely into space and away from any cold surfaces of the observatory.

Hubble Spots a Green Cosmic Arc

This Hubble Space Telescope image shows a cluster of hundreds of galaxies located about 7.5 billion light-years from Earth.

Fermi Status Update

Both instruments aboard NASA’s Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope have resumed science observations.

Hubble’s Galaxy Cluster Cornucopia

The swirling spiral to the lower left of the frame is far from the most interesting spectacle here — behind it sits a galaxy cluster.

NASA Awards Contract for Space Telescope Mission

NASA has awarded a contract to Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corporation, Boulder, Colorado, for the primary instrument components for the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST).

Hubble Catches a Spiral Galaxy in Disguise

NGC 1032 cleaves the quiet darkness of space in two in this image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope.

NASA’s New Planet Hunter Snaps Initial Test Image, Swings by Moon Toward Final Orbit

After launching April 18, TESS has completed its lunar flyby to put it on track for its final science orbit, and has released a first test image.

Astronomers Release Most Complete Ultraviolet-Light Survey of Nearby Galaxies

An international team of astronomers is releasing the most comprehensive, high-resolution ultraviolet-light survey of nearby star-forming galaxies.

Hubble Spies Glowing Galaxies in Massive Cluster

In the darkness of the distant universe, these galaxies resemble glowing fireflies, flickering candles, charred embers floating up from a bonfire, and light bulbs softly shining.
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