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Two Hubble Views of the Same Stellar Nursery

Universe, Stars Apr 19, 2018
These NASA Hubble Space Telescope images compare two diverse views of the roiling heart of a vast stellar nursery, known as the Lagoon Nebula.

NASA Planet Hunter on Its Way to Orbit

Universe Apr 18, 2018
NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) has launched on the first-of-its-kind mission to find worlds beyond our solar system, including some that could support life.

NASA TV Updates Launch Coverage for Planet-Hunting Mission TESS

Universe Apr 18, 2018
NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) now is scheduled for launch today at 6:51 p.m. EDT Wednesday, April 18, on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape...

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
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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

NASA Television to Air Launch of Next Planet-Hunting Mission

Universe Apr 11, 2018
On a mission to detect planets outside of our solar system, NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) is scheduled to launch no earlier than 6:32 p.m. EDT Monday, April 16. Prelaunch...

What’s Happening in Orion’s Horsehead Nebula?

Universe Apr 4, 2018
Two research teams used a map from NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, SOFIA, to uncover new findings about stars forming in Orion’s iconic Horsehead Nebula.
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Hubble Uncovers the Farthest Star Ever Seen

Universe, Stars Apr 3, 2018
More than halfway across the universe, an enormous blue star nicknamed Icarus is the farthest individual star ever seen.
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Groundbreaking X-ray Optics will Enable Future Observatories

Universe Apr 2, 2018
An X-ray telescope is characterized by four parameters: angular resolution, effective area, mass, and production cost. Researchers at NASA GSFC have developed a new X-ray mirror technology that is...

NASA’s Webb Observatory Requires More Time for Testing and Evaluation; New Launch Window Under Review

Universe Mar 27, 2018
NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope currently is undergoing final integration and test phases that will require more time to ensure a successful mission. After an independent assessment of remaining...