New Horizons Spacecraft Deploys Team for Rare Look at Next Flyby Target

New Horizons Spacecraft Deploys Team for Rare Look at Next Flyby Target

On New Year’s Day 2019, more than 4 billion miles from home, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft will race past a small Kuiper Belt object known...
Artist's impression of Trappist-1h.

Has the Seventh Trappist-1 Planet Always Been So Cold?

New data from the Kepler Space Telescope confirm what astronomers have thought about the outermost of seven exoplanets orbiting the star Trappist-1. The planet, Trappist-1h, is...
NASA's SDO sees partial solar eclipse in space

NASA’s SDO sees partial solar eclipse in space

On May 25, 2017, NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, or SDO, saw a partial solar eclipse in space when it caught the moon passing in...
First Results from Juno Spacecraft Show Cyclones and Massive Magnetism

First Results from Juno Spacecraft Show Cyclones and Massive Magnetism

On 27 August 2016, the Juno spacecraft made its first close pass around our solar system's largest planet, Jupiter, obtaining insights into its atmosphere...
Camera on NASA's Lunar Orbiter survived 2014 meteoroid hit

Camera on NASA’s Lunar Orbiter Survived 2014 Meteoroid Hit

On Oct.13, 2014 something very strange happened to the camera aboard NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO). The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC), which normally produces...
Collapsing Star Gives Birth to a Black Hole

Collapsing Star Gives Birth to a Black Hole

Astronomers have watched as a massive, dying star was likely reborn as a black hole. It took the combined power of the Large Binocular Telescope...
New NASA mission to study mysterious neutron stars and aid in deep space navigation

New NASA mission to study mysterious neutron stars and aid in deep space navigation

A new NASA mission is headed for the International Space Station next month to observe one of the strangest observable objects in the universe. Launching...
Jupiter's Complex Transient Auroras Revealed by New Observations

Jupiter’s Complex Transient Auroras Revealed by New Observations

Combined observations from three spacecraft show that Jupiter's brightest auroral features recorded to date are powered by both the volcanic moon Io and interaction...
A Whole New Jupiter: First Science Results from NASA’s Juno Mission

A Whole New Jupiter: First Science Results from NASA’s Juno Mission

Early science results from NASA’s Juno mission to Jupiter portray the largest planet in our solar system as a complex, gigantic, turbulent world, with...
The big star that couldn't become a supernova

The big star that couldn’t become a supernova

For the first time in history, astronomers have been able to watch as a dying star was reborn as a black hole. It went out...
NASA's Cassini spacecraft looks on as solstice arrives at Saturn

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft looks on as solstice arrives at Saturn

NASA's Cassini spacecraft still has a few months to go before it completes its mission in September, but the veteran Saturn explorer reaches a...
Astronomers Discover Fast-Growing Galaxies from Early Universe

Astronomers Discover Fast-Growing Galaxies from Early Universe

A team of astronomers has discovered a new kind of galaxy which, although extremely old--formed less than a billion years after the Big Bang--creates...
Student-Made Mars Rover Concepts Lift Off

Student-Made Mars Rover Concepts Lift Off

Witnessing a rocket launch is a special occasion. Watching a rocket launch with materials you made go up into the sky is priceless. That’s how...
NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) Engine Testing Heats Up

NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) Engine Testing Heats Up

NASA engineers successfully conducted the second in a series of RS-25 flight controller tests on May 23, 2017. This step closer to deep-space exploration with...
Astronomers Confirm Orbital Details of TRAPPIST-1’s Least Understood Planet

Astronomers Confirm Orbital Details of TRAPPIST-1’s Least Understood Planet

Scientists using NASA's Kepler Space Telescope identified a regular pattern in the orbits of the planets in the TRAPPIST-1 system that confirmed suspected details about the...

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