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Dr. Roy Maizel
Dec 7, 2018
Roy Maizel, the Science Mission Directorate’s Deputy Associate Administrator for Management since 2007, has announced he will retire from the Agency in April 2019 after a 37-year career with NASA.
Universe
Jun 27, 2018
The Independent Review Board (IRB) established by NASA to assess progress on its James Webb Space Telescope has unanimously recommended that development on the world’s premier science observatory should continue; NASA has established a new launch date for Webb of March 30, 2021.
Artist concept of James Webb Space Telescope
Solar System, Mars
Jun 21, 2018
This is a story more than 4.5 billion years in the making. We’ve always referred to Mars as the red planet because of its surface color. But what’s below that dusty crust? We don’t know.  
New InSight into the Red Planet Poster
Solar System, Sky Watching
Jun 14, 2018
What's up in the night sky this month? Enjoy a ringside seat for Saturn, plus a night long parade featuring Venus, Jupiter, Mars and Vesta!
What's Up June 2018
Solar System
Jun 12, 2018
NASA’s Science Mission Directorate (SMD) is taking a giant leap focusing the agency’s exploration of the Moon, Mars and our Solar System.
Solar System
Universe, Stars
May 30, 2018
If you’ve ever heard of the phrase two sides of the same coin, you know it means two things that at first appear to be unrelated are actually parts of the same thing. Now, a fundamental example can be found in the deep recesses of space in the form of a neutron star.  
Two Sides of the Same Star Poster
ISS
May 16, 2018
NASA researchers are creating a spot colder than the vacuum of space inside the International Space Station. In 2018, a new atomic refrigerator will blast off for the space station. It’s called the Cold Atom Lab (CAL), and it can refrigerate matter to one ten billionth of a degree above... Read More
Cool Science on the International Space Station Poster
Universe, Stars
May 11, 2018
Scientists analyzing the first data from the Neutron star Interior Composition Explorer (NICER) mission have found two stars that revolve around each other every 38 minutes — about the time it takes to stream a TV drama. One of the stars in the system, called IGR J17062–6143 (J17062 for short), is... Read More
The stars of IGR J17062–6143, illustrated here, circle each other every 38 minutes.
Universe
May 10, 2018
Astronomers have discovered evidence for thousands of black holes located near the center of our Milky Way galaxy using data from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory.
Blackholes in the Milky Way
Earth, Climate Change
May 9, 2018
Imagine standing on the roof of a building in Los Angeles and trying to point a laser so accurately that you could hit a particular building in San Diego, more than 100 miles (160 kilometers) away. This accuracy is required for the feat that a novel technology demonstration aboard the soon-to-... Read More
GRACE-FO animation
Solar System, Mars
May 7, 2018
NASA’s Mars Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) mission is on a 300-million-mile trip to Mars to study for the first time what lies deep beneath the surface of the Red Planet. InSight launched at 7:05 a.m. EDT (4:05 am PDT) Saturday from... Read More
Atlas V lifts off for InSight mission.
Solar System, Mars
May 4, 2018
The early-morning liftoff on Saturday of the Mars InSight lander will mark the first time in history an interplanetary launch will originate from the West Coast. InSight will launch from the U.S. Air Force Vandenberg Air Force Base Space Launch Complex 3E. The two-hour launch window will open on... Read More
An artist’s impression of the InSight lander on Mars
Sky Watching
May 3, 2018
What's Up for May? The moon and Saturn meet Mars in the morning as NASA's Insight spacecraft launches to the red planet on May 5.
Silhouette of people looking at the night sky
Solar System, Planets of Our Solar System
May 2, 2018
When NASA’s Juno spacecraft recently flew over the poles of Jupiter, researchers were astonished, as if they had never seen a giant planet before. And in a sense they hadn’t. The pictures were unlike anything in the history of planetary exploration.  
New Science from Jupiter Poster
Universe, Stars
May 2, 2018
SpaceX's Dragon cargo spacecraft is scheduled to splash down in the Pacific Ocean on Saturday, May 5, west of Baja California, with more than 4,000 pounds of NASA cargo, science and technology demonstration samples from the International Space Station.
Star cluster NGC 6231