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Unlocking the Origins of the Universe Poster
Universe, ISS
Nov 21, 2019
One of the largest human-made permanent magnets in space resides on the International Space Station (ISS), and it’s helping scientists better understand the origins of our universe. The Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS-02) is an observatory that is collecting data from measurements of cosmic rays,... Read More
Universe
Aug 15, 2019
Researchers supported in part by the Exobiology Program element of the NASA Astrobiology Program have recently featured in an article from The Atlantic. Their work focuses on the self assembly of fatty acid membranes on the early Earth, a process that could have led to the precursors... Read More
Did Amino Acids Stabilize Prebiotic Membranes?
Universe
Aug 13, 2019
"Black holes" is one of the most highly searched terms about our universe. There’s a fascination with the idea of a region of space having a gravitational pull so strong, nothing can escape its deadly grasp, not even a sliver of light. Well, not quite. In fact, much of what we think we know about... Read More
Shedding Light on Black Holes Poster
Universe
Jul 3, 2019
Imagine slow-motion fireworks that started exploding 170 years ago and are still continuing. This type of firework is not launched into Earth's atmosphere, but rather into space by a doomed super-massive star, called Eta Carinae, the largest member of a double-star system.
Hubble image of Eta Carinae
Universe
Apr 10, 2019
A black hole and its shadow have been captured in an image for the first time, a historic feat by an international network of radio telescopes called the Event Horizon Telescope.
Universe
Dec 21, 2018
This festive NASA Hubble Space Telescope image resembles a holiday wreath made of sparkling lights. The bright southern hemisphere star RS Puppis, at the center of the image, is swaddled in a gossamer cocoon of reflective dust illuminated by the glittering star. The super star is ten times more... Read More
bright star amid swirls of light
Universe
Dec 11, 2018
NASA is saddened to note the passing of Riccardo Giacconi, who had a long and illustrious career with the agency.
Photo of Riccardo Giacconi
Universe
Oct 26, 2018
Two vastly different NASA spacecraft are about to run out of fuel: The Kepler spacecraft, which spent nine years in deep space collecting data that detected thousands of planets orbiting stars outside our solar system, and the Dawn spacecraft, which spent 11 years orbiting and studying the main... Read More
Dawn and Kepler spacecrafts
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
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
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
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
Universe, Stars
Apr 27, 2018
Seventeen years ago, astronomers witnessed a supernova go off 40 million light-years away in the galaxy called NGC 7424, located in the southern constellation Grus, the Crane. Now, in the fading afterglow of that explosion, NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has captured the first image of a surviving... Read More
galaxy with inset images
Universe, Stars
Apr 24, 2018
This colorful image, taken by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, celebrates the Earth-orbiting observatory’s 28th anniversary of viewing the heavens, giving us a window seat to the universe’s extraordinary tapestry of stellar birth and destruction.
Leguna Nebula