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NASA's James Webb Space Telescope to Reveal Secrets of the Red Planet

02.20.2018
NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope will study Mars to learn more about the planet’s transition from wet to dry, and what that means about its past and present habitability.

Hubble's Window into the Cosmic Past

02.16.2018
This image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope shows the galaxy cluster PLCK G004.5-19.5.

NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite Arrives at Kennedy Space Center for Launch

02.15.2018
NASA’s next planet-hunting mission has arrived in Florida to begin preparations for launch.

Hubble Sees Neptune's Mysterious Shrinking Storm

02.15.2018
For the first time, NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has captured time-lapse images of a large, dark storm on Neptune shrinking out of existence.

Hubble’s Lonely Firework Display

02.09.2018
Roughly 50 million light-years away the little galaxy NGC 1559 has hosted a variety of spectacular exploding stars called supernovae.

NASA Technology to Help Locate Electromagnetic Counterparts of Gravitational Waves

02.06.2018
A compact detector technology applicable to all types of cross-disciplinary scientific investigations has found a home on a new CubeSat mission designed to find the electromagnetic counterparts of events that generate gravitational waves.

New Clues to TRAPPIST-1 Planet Compositions, Atmospheres

02.05.2018
The seven Earth-size planets of TRAPPIST-1 are all mostly made of rock, with some having the potential to hold more water than Earth, according to a new study.

Combined Optics, Science Instruments of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope Arrive in California

02.05.2018
The two halves of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope now reside at Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems in Redondo Beach, California, where they will come together to form the complete observatory.

Hubble’s Majestic Spiral in Pegasus

02.02.2018
This NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image shows a spiral galaxy known as NGC 7331.

The Penguin and the Egg

02.01.2018
This image of distant interacting galaxies, known collectively as Arp 142, bears an uncanny resemblance to a penguin guarding an egg.

Celebrating 60 Years of Groundbreaking U.S. Space Science

01.31.2018
Sixty years ago, the U.S. launched Explorer 1, rocketing into the Space Age.

Follow the STTARS to Find NASA's Webb Telescope

01.29.2018
NASA's James Webb Space Telescope will soon be on the move, and in order to find it, you will need to follow the STTARS.

Hubble's Standout Stars Bound Together by Gravity

01.26.2018
Globular cluster named NGC 3201 — a gathering of hundreds of thousands of stars bound together by gravity — was discovered in 1826 by the Scottish astronomer James Dunlop.

Explorer 1: The Beginning of American Space Science

01.23.2018
Sixty years ago, the hopes of Cold War America soared into the night sky as a rocket lofted skyward above Cape Canaveral, a soon-to-be-famous barrier island off the Florida coast.

Hubble’s Cartwheel

01.19.2018
This is an image of the Cartwheel Galaxy taken with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope.

Hubble Weighs in on Mass of Three Million Billion Suns

01.16.2018
Galaxy cluster ACT-CLJ0102-4915, or “El Gordo” contains the mass of a staggering three million billion suns.

Hubble Yields New Discoveries at the Winter AAS Meeting

01.11.2018
The new science discoveries with the Earth-orbiting observatory stretch from nearby star forming regions, to the heart of our Milky Way galaxy, to the horizon of the observable universe.

Hubble Finds Substellar Objects in the Orion Nebula

01.11.2018
Astronomers using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope have uncovered the largest known population of brown dwarfs sprinkled among newborn stars in the Orion Nebula.

NASA Team First to Demonstrate X-ray Navigation in Space

01.11.2018
In a technology first, a team of NASA engineers has demonstrated fully autonomous X-ray navigation in space — a capability that could revolutionize NASA’s ability in the future to pilot robotic spacecraft to the far reaches of the solar system and beyond.

No Planets Needed: NASA Study Shows Disk Patterns Can Self-Generate

01.11.2018
A new NASA study shows rings, arcs and spirals in disks around stars may not be caused by planets. They may self-generate.

Webb Telescope’s Houston Highlights

01.10.2018
With NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope’s approximately nine-month stay in Texas coming to an end, now is a good time to reflect on the memories it made in the Lone Star State.

NASA's Newly Renamed Swift Mission Spies a Comet Slowdown

01.10.2018
NASA's Swift spacecraft, now renamed the Neil Gehrels Swift Observatory after the mission's late principal investigator, has detected the most dramatic change in a comet's rotation ever seen.

Hubble’s Barred and Booming Spiral Galaxy

01.05.2018
UGC 6093 is something known as a barred spiral galaxy — it has beautiful arms that swirl outwards from a bar slicing through the galaxy’s center.

NASA’s Webb Telescope to Investigate Mysterious Brown Dwarfs

01.04.2018
Astronomers are hopeful that the powerful infrared capability of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope will resolve a puzzle as fundamental as stargazing itself — what IS that dim light in the sky?

Hubble's Holiday Nebula “Ornament”

12.22.2017
The Hubble Space Telescope captured what looks like a colorful holiday ornament in space. It's actually an image of NGC 6326, a planetary nebula with glowing wisps of outpouring gas.
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