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  • A Spiral Galaxy in Hydra

    A Spiral Galaxy in Hydra

    April 10, 2012

    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

    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

    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.

  • Closest Pass Yet over Enceladus South Pole

    Closest Pass Yet over Enceladus South Pole

    March 27, 2012

    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

    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

    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.

  • At 10, GRACE Continues Defying, and Defining, Gravity

    At 10, GRACE Continues Defying, and Defining, Gravity

    March 19, 2012

    Just as the lead characters in the popular Broadway musical "Wicked" sing about defying gravity, the low-Earth orbiting twin spacecraft of NASA's Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) continue to defy gravity 10 years after launch, while also continuing to help define it.

  • Quasars Acting as Gravitational Lenses

    Quasars Acting as Gravitational Lenses

    March 19, 2012

    Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have found several examples of galaxies containing quasars, which act as gravitational lenses, amplifying and distorting images of galaxies aligned behind them.

  • See Moon's Evolution, Take a Tour

    See Moon's Evolution, Take a Tour

    March 15, 2012

    In honor of 1,000 days in orbit, the NASA Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) team at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt Md. has released two new videos.

  • Cassini Garners Top Honor From Air and Space Museum

    Cassini Garners Top Honor From Air and Space Museum

    March 15, 2012

    NASA's Cassini mission to Saturn, managed by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., has received the top group honor from the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum – the Trophy for Current Achievement.