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A New Way to Detect the Early Stages of Massive Star Formation

January 28, 2015

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Citizen Scientists Find Mystery Objects in Space

Using data from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope, volunteers discovered a new way to detect the early stages of massive star formation. Sometimes it takes a village to find new and unusual objects in space. Volunteers scanning tens of thousands of starry images from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope, using the Web-based Milky Way Project, recently stumbled […]

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Asteroid 2004 BL86 Has a Small Moon

January 27, 2015

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Asteroid 2004 BL86 and Its Small Moon

As asteroid 2004 BL86 made its way past Earth yesterday, scientists were able to better measure the asteroid’s size, rotation and location and detected a tiny moon orbiting the asteroid. This “movie” of the asteroid was generated from radar data collected on that date by NASA’s Deep Space Network antenna at Goldstone, California. Twenty individual […]

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Research Shows a Significant Increase in the Amount of Water “Pouring” Out of Comet 67P

January 26, 2015

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Rosetta Comet Pouring More Water Into Space

Data from ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft revelas that there has been a significant increase in the amount of water “pouring” out of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, the comet on which the Rosetta mission’s Philae lander touched down in November 2014. There has been a significant increase in the amount of water “pouring” out of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, the comet […]

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First Comprehensive 3D Map of Layers Deep Inside the Greenland Ice Sheet

January 23, 2015

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Greenland's Ice Layers Mapped in 3D

Using ice-penetrating radar data and data collected from earlier airborne campaigns, scientists have built the first-ever comprehensive map of layers deep inside the Greenland Ice Sheet. Peering into the thousands of frozen layers inside Greenland’s ice sheet is like looking back in time. Each layer provides a record of what Earth’s climate was like at […]

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Curiosity Rover Marks 11th Anniversary with Hilltop Panorama

January 23, 2015

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Curiosity Marks 11th Anniversary with Hilltop Image

In celebration of its 11th anniversary on Mars, NASA’s Curiosity rover captured this panorama view from the top of “Cape Tribulation.” A panorama from one of the highest elevations that NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity has reached in its 11 years on Mars includes the U.S. flag at the summit. The view is from the […]

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LBTI Completes First Study of Dust in the “Habitable Zone”

January 21, 2015

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LBTI Views a Dusty Star

The Large Binocular Telescope Interferometer has completed its first study of dust in the “habitable zone” around a star, opening a new door to finding planets like Earth. The findings will help in the design of future space missions that have the goal of taking pictures of planets similar to Earth, called exo-Earths. “Kepler told […]

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Global Temperature Analysis Finds 2014 as Warmest Year in Modern Record

January 16, 2015

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2014 Warmest Year in Modern Record

According to a global temperature analysis by NASA, nine of the 10 warmest years since modern records began have now occurred since 2000 with 2014 ranking as the warmest on record since 1880. The year 2014 now ranks as the warmest on record since 1880, according to an analysis by NASA scientists. Image Credit: NASA’s […]

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NEOWISE: One Year of Observations Mapped

January 16, 2015

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NEOWISE Year in Review 2014

NASA reviews the past 12 months of NEOWISE discoveries with a short video that shows the progression of the NEOWISE survey in the year after its December 2013 restart. NASA’s Near-Earth Object Wide-field Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) spacecraft discovered and characterized 40 near-Earth objects (NEOs) in the first year after the mission was re-started in December […]

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Astronomers Celebrate 10 Year Anniversary of Titan Landing

January 15, 2015

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The 10 Years Since Titan Landing

Ten years ago, ESA’s Huygens probe entered the history books by descending to the surface of Titan, Saturn’s largest moon. Humanity’s first successful attempt to land a probe on another world in the outer Solar System. On January 14, 2005 an explorer from Earth parachuted into the haze of an alien moon toward an uncertain […]

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NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory Views M-Class Solar Flare

January 14, 2015

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First Notable Solar Flare of 2015

The first significant solar flare of 2015 was spotted by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory. The sun emitted a mid-level solar flare, peaking at 11:24 p.m. EST on January 12, 2015. NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, which watches the sun constantly, captured an image of the event. Solar flares are powerful bursts of radiation. Harmful radiation from […]

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Asteroid 2004 BL86 to Fly By Earth on January 26

January 14, 2015

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Asteroid 2004 BL86 to Fly By Earth on January 26

On January 26 asteroid 2004 BL86 will safely pass Earth at a distance of about 745,000 miles away, this will be the closest that the asteroid will get to Earth for at least the next 200 years. An asteroid, designated 2004 BL86, will safely pass about three times the distance of Earth to the moon […]

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Astronomers Produce the Most Comprehensive Picture of Eta Carinae to Date

January 8, 2015

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Supercomputer Simulation of the stars of Eta Carinae

A long-term study has combined data from NASA satellites, ground-based observing campaigns and theoretical modeling to produce the most comprehensive picture of Eta Carinae to date. Explore Eta Carinae from the inside-out with the help of supercomputer simulations and data from NASA satellites and ground-based observatories. Image Credit: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center Eta Carinae, […]

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COS Observations Show Gas in Fermi Bubbles Moving at 2 Million Miles Per Hour

January 6, 2015

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Astronomers Reveal That the Milky Way Core Drives Wind at 2 Million Miles Per Hour

Using Hubble’s Cosmic Origins Spectrograph, new research presented at the 225th American Astronomical Society meeting in Seattle reveals the velocity and composition of gas in the Fermi Bubbles. At a time when our earliest human ancestors mastered walking upright the heart of our Milky Way galaxy underwent a titanic eruption, driving gases and other material […]

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NASA’s Dawn Spacecraft Begins Approach to Ceres

December 30, 2014

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Dawn Spacecraft Begins Approach to Ceres

After 87 months in space, NASA’s Dawn spacecraft is currently 400,000 miles from Ceres and has entered its approach phase toward the dwarf planet. NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has entered an approach phase in which it will continue to close in on Ceres, a Texas-sized dwarf planet never before visited by a spacecraft. Dawn launched in […]

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2014 – A look Back on a Significant Year for NASA

December 29, 2014

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As 2014 comes to a close this short video and pictures look back on a few of the events that took place this year at NASA. In 2014, NASA took significant steps on the agency’s journey to Mars — testing cutting-edge technologies and making scientific discoveries while studying our changing Earth and the infinite universe […]

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20 Years of Science Discoveries from NASA’s Wind Spacecraft

December 29, 2014

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Science Discoveries from the Wind Spacecraft

After 20 years, NASA’s Wind spacecraft is still going strong and helping scientists understand the forces that buffet near-Earth space. The end of 2014 marks two decades of data from a NASA mission called Wind. Wind — along with 17 other missions – is part of what’s called the Heliophysics Systems Observatory, a fleet of […]

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New NASA Video Provides Astronaut’s-Eye View of NASA’s Orion Spacecraft Re-entry

December 22, 2014

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New NASA Video Provides Astronaut’s-Eye View of NASA’s Orion Spacecraft Re-entry

This new ten minute video from NASA’s Orion spacecraft provides viewers with a taste of the intense conditions the spacecraft and astronauts will endure when they return from deep space destinations. New video recorded during NASA’s Orion return through Earth’s atmosphere provides viewers a taste of what the vehicle endured as it returned through Earth’s […]

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