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  • Mysteries of the Sun

    Mysteries of the Sun

    April 10, 2012

    News & Features

    NASA has just released five new videos called "Mysteries of the Sun". The videos describe the science of the sun and its effects on the solar system and Earth.

  • A Spiral Galaxy in Hydra

    A Spiral Galaxy in Hydra

    April 10, 2012

    News & Features

    This image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope shows NGC 4980, a spiral galaxy in the southern constellation of Hydra. The shape of NGC 4980 appears slightly deformed, something which is often a sign of recent tidal interactions with another galaxy.

  • NASA Extends Kepler, Spitzer, Planck Missions

    NASA Extends Kepler, Spitzer, Planck Missions

    April 6, 2012

    News & Features

    NASA extended Spitzer and Kepler for two additional years; and the U.S. portion of Planck, a European Space Agency mission, for one year.

  • Dark Heart of a Cosmic Collision

    Dark Heart of a Cosmic Collision

    April 6, 2012

    News & Features

    The peculiar galaxy Centaurus A as seen in longer infrared wavelengths and X-rays. Inner structural features seen in this image are helping scientists to understand the mechanisms and interactions within the galaxy, as are the jets seen extending over thousands of light years from the black hole believed to be at its heart.

  • Venus Invades the Pleiades

    Venus Invades the Pleiades

    April 2, 2012

    Science@NASA Headline News — 2012

    This week, Venus and the Pleiades star cluster will meet in the sunset sky for a rare and beautiful conjunction.

  • Getting to Know the Goldilocks Planet

    Getting to Know the Goldilocks Planet

    March 29, 2012

    Science@NASA Headline News — 2012

    With NASA's Kepler spacecraft discovering alien worlds at a record pace, it seems to be just a matter of time before an Earth-sized planet is found in the "Goldilocks zone"--that is, in an orbit sized just right for liquid water and life. In today's story from Science@NASA, researchers discuss how they'll explore a cousin of Earth many light years away.

  • Is it Snowing Microbes on Enceladus?

    Is it Snowing Microbes on Enceladus?

    March 27, 2012

    Science@NASA Headline News — 2012

    Is it snowing microbes on Enceladus? The idea is not so far-fetched, say researchers, as evidence mounts for a "uniquely accessible" habitable zone on Saturn's icy moon.

  • Closest Pass Yet over Enceladus South Pole

    Closest Pass Yet over Enceladus South Pole

    March 27, 2012

    News & Features

    NASA's Cassini spacecraft is preparing to make its lowest pass yet over the south polar region of Saturn's moon Enceladus, where icy particles and water vapor spray out in glittering jets. The closest approach, at an altitude of about 46 miles (74 kilometers), will occur around 11:30 a.m. PDT (2:30 p.m. EDT) on March 27.

  • Hubble Sees Glittering Jewels of Messier 9

    Hubble Sees Glittering Jewels of Messier 9

    March 26, 2012

    News & Features

    The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has produced the most detailed image so far of Messier 9, a globular star cluster located close to the center of the galaxy. This ball of stars is too faint to see with the naked eye, yet Hubble can see over 250,000 individual stars shining in it.

  • NASA Measures Impact of Huge Solar Flare on Earth's Atmosphere

    NASA Measures Impact of Huge Solar Flare on Earth's Atmosphere

    March 26, 2012

    News & Features

    A key NASA instrument that can directly measure the impact of solar events on the Earth's upper atmosphere has weighed in on the huge flare that impacted Earth last week.