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Artist rendition of an exoplanet

Record-Setting Displacement Measurements to Enable the Search for Distant Life

Universe, Exoplanets Jul 16, 2018
A team of NASA optics experts has built a picometer spatial metrology system that may enable a major Agency initiative—to locate and image Earth-like planets beyond the solar system and scrutinize...

Launch of Planet-Hunting TESS Targeted for Wednesday

Universe, Exoplanets Apr 17, 2018
Launch teams are standing down today to conduct additional Guidance Navigation and Control analysis, and teams are now working towards a targeted l
Milky Way

What in the World is an ‘Exoplanet?’

Universe, Exoplanets Apr 16, 2018
The worlds orbiting other stars are called “exoplanets,” and they come in a wide variety of sizes, from gas giants larger than Jupiter to small, ro
artists concept showing sun, beige planet

NASA Finds a Large Amount of Water in an Exoplanet's Atmosphere

Universe, Exoplanets Mar 2, 2018
Much like detectives study fingerprints to identify the culprit, scientists used NASA’s Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes to find the “fingerprin
An artist illustration of the TESS satellite.

NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite Arrives at Kennedy Space Center for Launch

Universe, Exoplanets Feb 16, 2018
NASA’s next planet-hunting mission has arrived in Florida to begin preparations for launch.
This artist's rendering shows a large exoplanet causing small bodies to collide in a disk of dust.

Giant Exoplanet Hunters: Look for Debris Disks

Universe, Exoplanets Oct 11, 2017
There's no map showing all the billions of exoplanets hiding in our galaxy -- they're so distant and faint compared to their stars, it's hard to fi
A scene like this illustration of dust orbiting the star could be an answer.

The Scientific Quest to Explain Kepler’s Most Enigmatic Find

Universe, Exoplanets Oct 6, 2017
Some 1,500 light years from Earth, a mystery of stellar proportions is playing out.
The Special Ingredients of Earth Poster

The Special Ingredients... of Earth

Universe, Exoplanets May 22, 2016
When the Space Age began, explorers were eager to visit the planets of the solar system. As the years have passed, however, astronomers have realized that the moons of the solar system may be...
Listening to the Stars Poster

Listening to the Stars

Exoplanets, Sun May 22, 2016
Deep in the heart of California's Owens Valley, a strange-looking telescope stands in the desert landscape listening for echos of distant stars.  
In Search of Earth 2.0 Poster

In Search of Earth... 2.0

Universe, Exoplanets May 22, 2016
Astronomers have long hoped to find another planet in the cosmos similar to Earth--a blue dot in the distance that could harbor life akin to our own. NASA's Kepler spacecraft may have found the...