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NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Hearts Bennu

9 hours 19 min ago
OSIRIS-REx spacecraft captured this heart-shaped themed image of its Sample Return Capsule (SRC) and asteroid Bennu together.

NASA, New Zealand Partner to Collect Climate Data from Commercial Aircraft

Mon, 02/24/2020 - 14:00
NASA is partnering with the New Zealand Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, New Zealand Space Agency, Air New Zealand and the University of Auckland to install next-generation Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) reflectometry receivers on passenger aircraft to collect environmental science data over New Zealand.

Hubble Team Wins 2020 Michael Collins Trophy

Fri, 02/21/2020 - 11:46
In recognition of the NASA Hubble Space Telescope's 30 years of civilization-changing astronomical discoveries, the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum has awarded its 2020 Collins Trophy for Current Achievement to the Hubble operations team at the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) in Baltimore and NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.

Hubble Fingerprints a Galaxy

Fri, 02/21/2020 - 08:13
The galaxy NGC 4689 appears like a smudged fingerprint on the sky. No matter how good the image quality, there is little contrast between the spiraling arms of stars, gas and dust, and the less dense areas in between. This is because NGC 4689 contains only quite small quantities of the raw materials needed to produce stars.

Media Invited to National Kickoff of NASA's Lunar Surface Innovation Consortium

Thu, 02/20/2020 - 14:00
NASA will kick off the Lunar Surface Innovation Consortium on Friday, Feb. 28.

Beyond the Brim, Sombrero Galaxy’s Halo Suggests Turbulent Past

Thu, 02/20/2020 - 13:00
These latest Hubble observations of the Sombrero galaxy indicate only a tiny fraction of older, metal-poor stars in the halo, plus an unexpected abundance of metal-rich stars. Past major galaxy mergers are a possible explanation, though the stately Sombrero shows none of the messy evidence of a recent merger of massive galaxies.

Michelle Thaller Communicates the Beauty and Possibilities of Science

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 09:38
Michelle Thaller communicates the beauty and possibilities of science.

Hubble Embraces Spiral With Open Arms

Fri, 02/14/2020 - 08:05
The spiral galaxy NGC 2008 sits center stage, its ghostly spiral arms spreading out toward us, in this image captured by Hubble.

Status Update: OSIRIS-REx Osprey Flyover

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 16:00
OSIRIS-REx successfully executed a 0.4-mile (620-m) flyover of site Osprey.

NASA Selects Four Possible Missions to Study the Secrets of the Solar System

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 15:46
NASA has selected four Discovery Program investigations to develop concept studies for new missions.

Climate Change Could Trigger More Landslides in High Mountain Asia

Tue, 02/11/2020 - 10:00
More frequent and intense rainfall events due to climate change could cause more landslides in the High Mountain Asia region of China, Tibet and Nepal, according to the first quantitative study of the link between precipitation and landslides in the region.

Ten Things We’ve Learned About the Sun From NASA’s SDO This Decade

Tue, 02/11/2020 - 09:18
In February 2020, NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory — SDO — is celebrating its 10th year in space. Over the past decade the spacecraft has kept a constant eye on the Sun, studying how the Sun creates solar activity and drives space weather — the dynamic conditions in space that impact the entire solar system, including Earth.

Solar Orbiter Launch Takes Solar Science to New Heights

Mon, 02/10/2020 - 00:28
Solar Orbiter, a new collaborative mission between ESA (European Space Agency) and NASA to study the Sun, launched at 11:03 p.m. EST Sunday on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

ESA, NASA’s Solar Orbiter Soon to Launch on Voyage to Sun

Fri, 02/07/2020 - 14:30
It will be a dark winter’s night when Solar Orbiter launches from Florida on its journey to the source of all light on Earth, the Sun. The mission is scheduled to begin Feb. 9, 2020, during a two-hour launch window that opens at 11:03 p.m. EST.

Hubble Captures Grand Spiral

Fri, 02/07/2020 - 07:25
Eye-catching NGC 5364 is known as a grand design spiral galaxy — a descriptive name deserved by only one-tenth of spirals. They are characterized by their prominent, well-defined arms, which circle outward from a clear core. Despite being classified in this way, NGC 5364 is far from perfect.

Arctic Ice Melt Is Changing Ocean Currents

Thu, 02/06/2020 - 18:12
Using 12 years of satellite data, NASA scientists have measured how the influx of cold, fresh water is affecting the Beaufort Gyre, a major Arctic current.

NASA Invites Media to Budget Q&A With Goddard Center Director

Thu, 02/06/2020 - 07:30
Media are invited to meet Dennis Andrucyk, director of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, for a Q&A session on how the president’s budget request will affect the center.

NASA’s Webb Will Seek Atmospheres around Potentially Habitable Exoplanets

Wed, 02/05/2020 - 09:42
More than one team of astronomers will study the TRAPPIST-1 system with Webb. They plan to use a variety of instruments and observing modes to tease out as many details as they can for each planet in the system.

NASA Awards Launch Services Contract for Earth Science Mission

Tue, 02/04/2020 - 16:36
NASA has selected SpaceX of Hawthorne, California, to provide launch services for the agency’s Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, ocean Ecosystem (PACE) mission.

How ESA-NASA’s Solar Orbiter Beats the Heat

Tue, 02/04/2020 - 13:15
When Solar Orbiter launches on its journey to the Sun, there’s one key piece of engineering making this ESA-NASA mission possible: the heat shield.

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