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Multiple Spacecraft Tell the Story of One Giant Solar Storm

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April 17, 2021, was a day like any other day on the Sun, until a brilliant flash erupted and an enormous cloud of solar material billowed away from our star. Such outbursts from the Sun are not unusual, but this…

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NASA’s Juno Mission Measures Oxygen Production at Europa

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The ice-covered Jovian moon generates 1,000 tons of oxygen every 24 hours – enough to keep a million humans breathing for a day. Scientists with NASA’s Juno mission to Jupiter have calculated the rate of oxygen being produced at the…

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Webb Unlocks Secrets of One of the Most Distant Galaxies Ever Seen

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Looking deeply into space and time, two teams using NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope have studied the exceptionally luminous galaxy GN-z11, which existed when our 13.8 billion-year-old universe was only about 430 million years old. Initially detected with NASA’s Hubble…

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NASA Collects First Surface Science in Decades via Commercial Moon Mission

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For the first time in more than 50 years, NASA was able to collect data from new science instruments and technology demonstrations on the Moon. The data comes from the first successful landing of a delivery through NASA’s CLPS (Commercial…

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Can Volcanic Super Eruptions Lead to Major Cooling? Study Suggests No

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New research suggests that sunlight-blocking particles from an extreme eruption would not cool surface temperatures on Earth as severely as previously estimated.

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Night-Shining Cloud Mission Ends; Yields High Science Results for NASA

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After 16 years studying Earth’s highest clouds for the benefit of humanity – polar mesospheric clouds – from its orbit some 350 miles above the ground, NASA’s Aeronomy of Ice in the Mesosphere, or AIM, mission has come to an…

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Hubble Uncovers a Celestial Fossil

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This densely populated group of stars is the globular cluster NGC 1841, which is part of the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), a satellite galaxy of our Milky Way galaxy that lies about 162,000 light-years away. Satellite galaxies are bound by…

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March’s Night Sky Notes: Constant Companions: Circumpolar Constellations, Part II

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Some constellations can be as familiar as old friends. Learn about three of them in March's Night Sky Notes!

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Astrophysics Instruments

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Science in Space – February 2024 Instruments on the exterior of the International Space Station provide data on astrophysical phenomena that are helping scientists better understand our universe and its origins. Crew members install and maintain these instruments robotically and…

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Mission Manager Update: All VIPER Flight Instruments Installed!

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The VIPER team continues to push forward with the build of the flight rover that’ll go to the surface of the Moon. As of this writing, all of VIPER’s flight instruments are installed, and the rover is more than 80%…

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