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Collapsing Star Gives Birth to a Black Hole

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 14:05

This illustration shows the final stages in the life of a supermassive star that fails to explode as a supernova.

Astronomers have watched as a massive, dying star was likely reborn as a black hole.



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NASA Discovers a New Mode of Ice Loss in Greenland

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 14:05

Rink Glacier in western Greenland, with a meltwater lake visible center.

A NASA study finds during Greenland's two hottest summers on record, ice in Rink Glacier didn't just melt faster, it slid through the glacier's interior in a gigantic wave.



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

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 14:05

This image shows Jupiter's south pole, as seen by NASA's Juno spacecraft from an altitude of 32,000 miles (52,000 kilometers).

Early results from NASA's Juno mission to Jupiter portray the largest planet in our solar system as a complex, gigantic, turbulent world.



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Cassini Looks on as Solstice Arrives at Saturn

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 14:05

Saturn's Hexagon as Summer Solstice Approaches

NASA's veteran Cassini spacecraft has reached a new milestone as of today: Saturnian solstice.



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NASA Moves Up Launch of Psyche Mission to a Metal Asteroid

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 14:05

Artist's concept of the Psyche spacecraft, which will conduct a direct exploration of an asteroid thought to be a stripped planetary core.

Psyche, NASA's mission to a unique metal asteroid, has moved up one year, with launch in the summer of 2022, and a planned arrival at the main belt asteroid in 2026.



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NASA to Discuss FY2018 Budget Proposal, Provide Virtual Tours of Centers

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 14:05

NASA logo

NASA will hold a series of events Tuesday, May 23, highlighting the agency's Fiscal Year 2018 budget proposal.



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NASA to Discuss First Science Results from Juno Jupiter Mission

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 14:05

This illustration depicts NASA's Juno spacecraft approaching Jupiter

Scientists from NASA's Juno mission to Jupiter will discuss their first in-depth science results in a media telecon at 11 a.m. PDT (2 p.m. EDT) Thursday, May 25.



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Astronomers Confirm Orbital Details of TRAPPIST-1h

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 14:05

Artist's concept shows TRAPPIST-1h

Astronomers used NASA's Kepler space telescope to confirm the orbital period of the outermost TRAPPIST-1 planet.



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NASA's Juno Spacecraft Completes Fifth Science Pass of Jupiter

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 14:05

This view of Jupiter, taken by the JunoCam imager of NASA's Juno spacecraft, highlights Oval BA -- a massive storm known as the Little Red Spot.

NASA's Juno mission accomplished a close flyby of Jupiter on May 19, successfully completing its fifth science orbit.



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NASA's CPEX Tackles a Weather Fundamental

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 14:05

Convective storm clouds over Fort Lauderdale, Florida, preceding Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

A field campaign this June has a real shot at improving meteorologists' ability to answer some of the most fundamental weather questions: Where will it rain? When? How much?



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Scientists Look to Skies to Improve Tsunami Detection

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 14:05

Real-time detection of perturbations of the ionosphere

A team of scientists has developed a new approach to assist in development of timely tsunami detection systems, using measurements of how tsunamis disturb Earth's atmosphere.



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NASA Asks Scientific Community to Think on Possible Europa Lander Instruments

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 14:05

selection of nine instruments for a future Europa mission

NASA is asking scientists to consider what would be the best instruments to include on a mission to land on Jupiter's icy moon, Europa.



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Film Premiere - 'To The Rescue'

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 14:05

An astronaut fixes the Hubble telescope during a space walk.

"To the Rescue," chronicling JPL's efforts to save the prestigious, expensive, myopic Hubble Space Telescope, premieres Tuesday evening, May 23 at Caltech. Admission is free on a first-come, first-served basis.



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Movie Shows Ceres at Opposition from Sun

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 14:05

Movie is made of images taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft

NASA's Dawn spacecraft successfully observed Ceres at opposition on April 29, taking images from a position exactly between the sun and Ceres' surface.



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Mars Rover Opportunity Begins Study of Valley's Origin

Mon, 05/15/2017 - 14:05

Perseverance Valley

NASA's Mars rover Opportunity has reached the main destination of its current two-year extended mission -- an ancient fluid-carved valley on the inner slope of a crater rim.



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'Warm Neptune' Has Unexpectedly Primitive Atmosphere

Thu, 05/11/2017 - 14:05

Illustration of the atmosphere of the distant

A study combining observations from NASA's Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes reveals that the distant planet HAT-P-26b has a primitive atmosphere composed almost entirely of hydrogen and helium.



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Observatories Combine to Crack Open the Crab Nebula

Wed, 05/10/2017 - 14:05

Crab Nebula

Astronomers have produced a highly detailed image of the Crab Nebula by combining data from telescopes spanning nearly the entire breadth of the electromagnetic spectrum.



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Merging Galaxies Have Enshrouded Black Holes

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 14:05

This illustration compares growing supermassive black holes in two different kinds of galaxies.

Galaxies that are far along in the merging process are completely covered in a cocoon of gas and dust, a study using NuSTAR finds.



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NASA Delivers Detectors for ESA's Euclid Spacecraft

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 14:05

Artist's concept shows ESA's Euclid spacecraft

Three detector systems for the Euclid mission have been delivered to Europe for the spacecraft's infrared instrument.



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Alaska Tundra Source of Early-Winter Carbon Emissions

Mon, 05/08/2017 - 14:05

Winter sun setting over the tundra polygons in northern Alaska

Warmer temperatures and thawing soils may be driving an increase in emissions of carbon dioxide from Alaskan tundra to the atmosphere, particularly during the early winter.



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