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Martian Rock Provides Clues to Wet History

November 19, 2014

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Textures in Rock Provide Evidence about Wet Environmental Conditions on Ancient Mars

This close-up image of a Martian rock has provided scientists with evidence about wet environmental conditions in the ancient past on Mars. This close-up view of a target rock called “Last Chance” was acquired by the microscopic imager on the arm of NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity on March 3, 2004, during the 39th Martian […]

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Cassini Views Saturn’s Uppermost Cloud Layers

November 18, 2014

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Cassini Views Saturn's Clouds

This newly released image of Saturn’s uppermost cloud layers was taken with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on August 23, 2014. Nature is an artist, and this time she seems to have let her paints swirl together a bit. What the viewer might perceive to be Saturn’s surface is really just the tops of its […]

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Hubble Views Jets, Bubbles, and Bursts of Light in Taurus

November 17, 2014

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New Hubble Image of Multiple Star System XZ Tauri

This new Hubble Space Telescope image shows multiple star system XZ Tauri, HL Tauri, V1213 Tauri, and Herbig-Haro objects HH 150 and HH 30. The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has snapped a striking view of a multiple star system called XZ Tauri, its neighbor HL Tauri, and several nearby young stellar objects. XZ Tauri is […]

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A Spiral in a Furnace – Barred Spiral Galaxy NGC 986

November 17, 2014

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New Hubble Image of Barred Spiral Galaxy NGC 986

This newly released Hubble image shows barred spiral galaxy NGC 986, which is located about 56 million light-years away. This new Hubble image is a snapshot of NGC 986 — a barred spiral galaxy discovered in 1828 by James Dunlop. This close-up view of the galaxy was captured by Hubble’s Wide Field and Planetary Camera […]

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Hubble Views Galaxy Cluster Abell 1413

November 10, 2014

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New Hubble Image of Galaxy Cluster Abell 1413

This newly released Hubble Space Telescope image shows the super-rich galaxy cluster Abell 1413. Located between the constellations of Leo (The Lion) and Coma Berenices, the galaxy cluster Abell 1413 is over 2 billion light-years from Earth. This image is dominated by a large and highly elliptical galaxy called MCG+04-28-097, with a halo of stars […]

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ALMA Reveals Birth of Planets in Astonishing Detail

November 6, 2014

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ALMA Views Planet Formation Around an Infant Star

While testing the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array’s new high-resolution capabilities, astronomers captured the best image ever of planet formation around an infant star. This revolutionary new image reveals in astonishing detail the planet-forming disk surrounding HL Tau, a Sun-like star located approximately 450 light-years from Earth in the constellation Taurus. ALMA uncovered never-before-seen features in […]

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Rosetta Image Reveals Increased Activity on Comet 67P

November 3, 2014

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Philae Lander Prepares to for Comet 67P Landing

As ESA’s Philae lander prepares for its November 12th landing on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, the comet is showing signs of increased activity. Images of the comet nucleus, taken by Rosetta earlier in the summer, showed that the distinct jets of dust and gas emanating from the comet were originated from the neck region, which connects the […]

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Hubble Views Hazy Planetary Nebula NGC 1501

November 3, 2014

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Hubble Views Planetary Nebula NGC 1501

This newly released Hubble image shows planetary nebula NGC 1501, which is located roughly 5,000 light-years away from Earth. This new image from Hubble’s Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 showcases NGC 1501, a complex planetary nebula located in the large but faint constellation of Camelopardalis (The Giraffe). Discovered by William Herschel in 1787, NGC 1501 […]

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Hubble Views Ghostly Glow of Stars Ejected from Dead Galaxies

October 31, 2014

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Hubble Views Light From Dead Galaxies in Abell 2744

New Hubble data reveal the glow of stars ejected from ancient galaxies that were gravitationally ripped apart several billion years ago and provide important steps forward in understanding the evolution of galaxy clusters. NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has picked up the faint, ghostly glow of stars ejected from ancient galaxies that were gravitationally ripped apart […]

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NASA’s Cassini Spacecraft Views the Sun Glinting Off Titan’s North Polar Seas

October 31, 2014

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Cassini Views Titan's North Polar Seas

Taken by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft, this near-infrared, color mosaic shows the sun glinting off of Titan’s north polar seas. While Cassini has captured, separately, views of the polar seas and the sun glinting off of them in the past, this is the first time both have been seen together in the same view. The sunglint, […]

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Image of the Sunrise from the International Space Station

October 30, 2014

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Sunrise Image From ISS

This image of the sunrise was taken by astronaut Reid Wiseman on the International Space Station. NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman posted this image of a sunrise, captured from the International Space Station, to social media on October 29, 2014. Wiseman wrote, “Not every day is easy. Yesterday was a tough one. #sunrise” Wiseman was referring […]

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LRO Spacecraft Captures Image of LADEE’s Lunar Impact Crater

October 29, 2014

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NASA Spacecraft Views LADEE Impact Crater

A new image from NASA’S Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft shows the impact crater on the lunar surface caused by the impact of NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer spacecraft. “The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) team recently developed a new computer tool to search Narrow Angle Camera (NAC) before and after image pairs for […]

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Hinode Satellite Views Solar Eclipse

October 28, 2014

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Satellite Captures Footage of Solar Eclipse

The Hinode satellite was able to capture x-ray footage of last week’s solar eclipse. Cambridge, Massachusetts – The moon passed between the Earth and the sun on Thursday, October 23. While avid stargazers in North America looked up to watch the spectacle, the best vantage point was several hundred miles above the North Pole. The […]

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