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The Naming of Tooley Crater

01.26.2021
Tooley crater is a 7 km crater in a permanently shadowed region of Shoemaker crater near the lunar south pole.

NASA's OSIRIS-REx Mission Plans for May Asteroid Departure

01.26.2021
On May 10, NASA???s Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft will say farewell to asteroid Bennu and begin its journey back to Earth.

NASA Data Aid Food Security Assessments in Kenya

01.25.2021
Cropland masks and other environmental data can help agriculture agencies pinpoint where support is most needed.

Media Advisory: NASA, U.S. Consulate to Host Virtual Briefing on Renewed Partnership With City of Rio de Janeiro

01.25.2021
The U.S. Consulate in Rio de Janeiro is hosting a media briefing on Wednesday, Jan. 27, at 9 a.m. EST to discuss the renewal of a partnership between the city and NASA to better understand and monitor natural hazards.

NASA's Roman Mission Will Probe Galaxy's Core for Hot Jupiters, Brown Dwarfs

01.25.2021
NASA???s Roman Space Telescope will conduct a microlensing survey to reveal worlds that are similar to the planets in our solar system. Now, a new study shows that the same survey will also unveil more extreme planets and planet-like bodies in the heart of the galaxy, thanks to their gravitational tug on the stars they orbit.

Hubble Takes Portrait of the "Lost Galaxy"

01.21.2021
Located in the constellation of Virgo (The Virgin), around 50 million light-years from Earth, the galaxy NGC 4535 is truly a stunning sight to behold.

Brunt Breaking Up with Antarctica this Year?

01.20.2021
A crack on the Antarctic ice shelf grew dramatically in late 2020 into 2021.

Back to the Beginning: Probing the First Galaxies with Webb

01.19.2021
Soon, through the power of NASA's James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), astronomers will look back to that raucous, early period in a deep-sky survey to trace the formation and evolution of the first galaxies.

Exploring the Solar Wind With A New View of Small Sun Structures

01.19.2021
Scientists have combined NASA data and cutting-edge image processing to gain new insight into the solar structures that create the Sun???s flow of high-speed solar wind, detailed in new research published today in The Astrophysical Journal.

Turkey Experiences Intense Drought

01.16.2021
Multiple seasons of below-average rainfall have affected the country’s drinking water supplies and groundwater reservoirs.

Hubble Snaps Stunning Barred Spiral Galaxy

01.15.2021
First discovered in 1798 by German-English astronomer William Herschel, NGC 613 is a galaxy which lies in the southern constellation of Sculptor 67 million light-years away.

Heliophysics Hackweek 2020 Coronal Holes Team Publishes Results at NeurIPS 2020

01.14.2021
Helio Hackweek 2020 “Coronal Holes” team members and other hackweek participants continued their collaboration and published a paper and poster of their results at the 34th Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems. “SEARCH: SEgmentation of polAR Coronal Holes,” was published at the Machine Learning and the Physical Sciences Workshop.

2020 Tied for Warmest Year on Record, NASA Analysis Shows

01.14.2021
Earth's global average surface temperature in 2020 tied with 2016 as the warmest year on record, according to an analysis by NASA.

The Climate Events of 2020 Show How Excess Heat is Expressed on Earth

01.14.2021
By most accounts, 2020 has been a rough year for the planet. It was the warmest year on record, just barely exceeding the record set in 2016 by less than a tenth of a degree according to NASA's analysis.

Researchers Rewind the Clock to Calculate Age and Site of Supernova Blast

01.14.2021
Astronomers are winding back the clock on the expanding remains of a nearby, exploded star. By using NASA???s Hubble Space Telescope, they retraced the speedy shrapnel from the blast to calculate a more accurate estimate of the location and time of the stellar detonation.

2020 Hurricanes Damage Vulnerable Mangroves

01.14.2021
Central America experienced one of its most intense hurricane seasons in years, leading to widespread degradation to coastal environments.

NASA Missions Unmask Magnetar Eruptions in Nearby Galaxies

01.13.2021
On April 15, 2020, a brief burst of high-energy light swept through the solar system, triggering instruments on many NASA spacecraft. Scientists think the blast came from a supermagnetized stellar remnant located in a neighboring galaxy.

NASA Missions Help Investigate an "Old Faithful" Active Galaxy

01.12.2021
Yellowstone National Park's Old Faithful geyser regularly blasts a jet of boiling water high in the air. Now, an international team of astronomers has discovered a cosmic equivalent, a distant galaxy that erupts roughly every 114 days.

NASA, NOAA to Announce 2020 Global Temperatures, Climate Conditions

01.12.2021
Climate researchers from NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will release their annual assessment of global temperatures and discuss the major climate trends of 2020 during a media teleconference at 1 p.m. EST Thursday, Jan. 14.

Roman Space Telescope Could Image 100 Hubble Ultra Deep Fields at Once

01.11.2021
Some of the Hubble Space Telescope???s most iconic images are the deep fields, which unveil myriad galaxies across the universe, stretching back to within a few hundred million years of the big bang. The galaxy tapestry was uncovered by Hubble peering at a single patch of seemingly empty sky for hundreds of hours.

Hubble Views a Dazzling 'Fireworks Galaxy'

01.08.2021
In the last century alone, NGC 6946 has experienced 10 observed supernovae, earning its nickname as the Fireworks Galaxy.

NASA Selects 4 Concepts for Small Missions to Study Universe's Secrets

01.07.2021
NASA has chosen four small-scale astrophysics missions for further concept development in a new program called Pioneers.

The Long Decline of Arctic Sea Ice

01.06.2021
Forty years of satellite data show that 2020 was just the latest in a decades-long decline of Arctic sea ice.

21 Ways to Celebrate the James Webb Space Telescope Launch in 2021

01.06.2021
A new year brings hope, expectations, and promise. Related to the space science community, this year will also bring the much-anticipated launch of NASA???s James Webb Space Telescope.

NCCS-Enabled Science Advances Being Presented at Online AMS Annual Meeting

01.06.2021
From more accurate hydrology forecasts to improved understanding of cyclone dynamics, science advances enabled by NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS) resources are the subject of posters and virtual presentations at the 101st Annual Meeting of the American Meteorological Society (AMS 101), being held online January 10–15, 2021.
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