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  • 10 More Years for the ISS

    10 More Years for the ISS

    Feb. 14, 2014

    With the space station no longer "under construction," the world's most advanced orbital laboratory is open for business. The station has just received a 10-year extension from NASA, giving researchers the time they need to take full advantage of its unique capabilities.

  • A Breakthrough in Planet Discoveries

    A Breakthrough in Planet Discoveries

    Feb. 26, 2014

    Today, NASA announced a breakthrough addition to the catalog of new planets. Researchers using Kepler have confirmed 715 new worlds, almost quadrupling the number of planets previously confirmed by the planet-hunting spacecraft. Some of the new worlds are similar in size to Earth and orbit in the habitable zone of their parent stars.

  • A Laser Message from Space

    A Laser Message from Space

    June 18, 2014

    In early June, a laser beam lanced out of the night sky over California, heralding a breakthrough in space communications.

  • A New Lifeform Takes Root on the ISS

    A New Lifeform Takes Root on the ISS

    April 26, 2014

    A new life form is taking root on the International Space Station, and its name is "Outregeous." The space-faring lettuce was delivered to the space station by a SpaceX Dragon capsule on April 20th.

  • A New Meteor Shower in May?

    A New Meteor Shower in May?

    May 6, 2014

    Sky watchers in North America could witness a new meteor shower on May 24th when, for the first time, Earth passes through a cloud of dust from periodic comet 209P/LINEAR.

  • Arctic Melt Season Lengthens

    Arctic Melt Season Lengthens

    April 1, 2014

    A new study shows that the length of the melt season for Arctic sea ice is growing by several days each decade. The earlier start is allowing the Arctic Ocean to absorb enough additional solar radiation in some places to melt as much as four feet of the Arctic ice cap's thickness.

  • A Telescope Bigger than a Galaxy

    A Telescope Bigger than a Galaxy

    March 7, 2014

    Astronomers have figured out how to use the gravity of distant galaxies to bend light and magnify images, forming gigantic telescopes that see deeper into the cosmos than ever before.

  • A Tetrad of Lunar Eclipses

    A Tetrad of Lunar Eclipses

    March 27, 2014

    A total lunar eclipse on April 15th marks the beginning of a remarkable series of eclipses all visible from North America.

  • California Drought

    California Drought

    Feb. 7, 2014

    California is experiencing a historic drought--by some measures the deepest in more than a century. NASA researchers are investigating the underlying causes and practical consequences for people living in the Golden State.

  • Carrington-class CME Narrowly Misses Earth

    Carrington-class CME Narrowly Misses Earth

    May 2, 2014

    Two years ago, an intense solar storm narrowly missed Earth. If it had hit, researchers say, we could still be picking up the pieces.