NASA’s Lucy spacecraft captured its first images with a view of the main belt asteroid Dinkinesh, the first of 10 asteroids that the spacecraft will visit on its 12-year voyage of discovery. Lucy captured these two images on Sept. 2 and 5, 2023.
A new investigation with NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope into K2-18 b, an exoplanet 8.6 times as massive as Earth, has revealed the presence of carbon-bearing molecules including methane and carbon dioxide.
Space Experiments, Physical Sciences
NASA has designated 2023 the “Year of Open Science”— a next-generation step towards increasing accessibility to decades’ worth of research data.
NASA’s Open Science initiative aims to foster greater collaboration within the scientific community by removing all barriers to reviewing and analyzing... Read More
The swirls of the galaxy IC 1776 stand in splendid isolation in this image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope.
Using NASA’s Neil Gehrels Swift Observatory, which launched in 2004, scientists have discovered a black hole in a distant galaxy repeatedly nibbling on a Sun-like star.
Hubble's colorful image of the globular star cluster Terzan 12 is a spectacular example of how dust in space affects starlight coming from background objects.
The world’s glaciers could lose as much as 40% of their mass by 2100 with 1.5 degrees Celsius of warming. That's according to a NASA-funded study appearing in the journal Science.
Harmful algae can endanger public health and coastal ecosystems and economies. Advances in satellite imaging are providing new ways to look at our living ocean.
NASA has selected 56 individuals to participate in groups that will guide maturation activities for the Habitable Worlds Observatory (HWO). HWO is a concept for a NASA flagship mission, as recommended by the 2020 Astrophysics Decadal Survey, that would pursue a breadth of astrophysics goals,... Read More
Ahead of the total solar eclipse crossing North America on April 8, 2024, NASA has funded two more proposals that will use the eclipse to advance science while engaging the public.
NASA’s citizen science program reaches more than two million volunteers in more than 167 countries—and it’s growing even larger! NASA is funding eleven new awards across the U.S. to develop or support citizen science projects.
This huge ball of stars – around 100 billion in total – is an elliptical galaxy located some 55 million light-years away.
A new class of X-ray detector with unprecedented energy resolution and array size could help transform our understanding of the cosmos through unparalleled vision into the otherwise invisible universe.
The galaxy ESO 300-16 looms over this image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope.