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Universe
Apr 8, 2021
NASA’s OSIRIS-REx completed its last flyover of Bennu around 6 a.m. EDT (4 a.m. MDT) April 7 and is now slowly drifting away from the asteroid; however, the mission team will have to wait a few more days to find out how the spacecraft changed the surface of Bennu when it grabbed a sample of the... Read More
ghostly gray image of asteroid Bennu against black backdrop of space
Universe
Apr 8, 2021
Scientist mapped out the invisible magnetic fields pulsing through Centaurus A using infrared light. The results show how the merging of the two original galaxies created a new, reshaped, and contorted galaxy that not only combined the two galaxies’ magnetic fields but amplified their forces.
Solar System
Apr 7, 2021
Is there life beyond Earth? NASA has been sending spacecraft to the far reaches of our solar system in search of an answer. But extreme forms of life on our own planet might reveal secrets of how life could form beyond Earth. Meet two NASA women who have ventured on remote expeditions and traversed... Read More
Screenshot with two women and the title Search for Life Beyond Earth - NASA Science Live
Earth
Apr 7, 2021
Look for the rosy arch known as the Belt of Venus at sunset, then find the constellation Leo overhead on April evenings. Also check out Jupiter and Saturn with the Moon on April 6.
What's Up in the Solar System
Space Experiments
Apr 7, 2021
As NASA plans long-duration missions to the Moon and Mars, a key factor is figuring out how to feed crews during their weeks, months, and even years in space.
Solar System
Apr 6, 2021
NASA is targeting no earlier than Sunday, April 11, for Ingenuity Mars helicopter’s first attempt at powered, controlled flight on another planet.
Earth
Apr 6, 2021
HOT BIRD isn’t hot or a bird. It’s the world-class infrared detector that could revolutionize the way we see our planet from space.
Solar System
Apr 1, 2021
On Apr. 7, the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft will get one last close encounter with Bennu as it performs a final flyover to capture images of the asteroid’s surface.
Universe
Apr 1, 2021
The Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, SOFIA, directly measured atomic oxygen in the mesosphere and lower thermosphere, offering a new way to study one of the least understood regions of Earth’s upper atmosphere.
Solar System
Apr 1, 2021
The magnitude 3.3 and 3.1 temblors originated in a region called Cerberus Fossae, further supporting the idea that this location is seismically active.
Solar System
Apr 1, 2021
Jupiter’s moon Europa may have the potential to harbor life. The spacecraft will use multiple flybys of the moon to investigate the habitability of this ocean world.
Solar System
Mar 31, 2021
​Astronomers have detected X-rays from Uranus for the first time, using NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory. This result may help scientists learn more about this enigmatic ice giant planet in our solar system.
Universe
Mar 31, 2021
Scientists predict that the data collected for Roman's microlensing survey will provide an additional bounty of roughly 100,000 transiting planets, worlds that periodically dim the light of their stars as they cross in front of them.
Solar System
Mar 30, 2021
NASA has selected nine scientists to join the upcoming Korea Pathfinder Lunar Orbiter (KPLO) mission.