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  • Mars rocks may harbor signs of life from 4 billion years ago
    25 May 2018, 6:32 pm
    Iron-rich rocks near ancient lake sites on Mars could hold vital clues that show life once existed there, research suggests.

  • Scientists introduce cosmochemical model for Pluto formation
    25 May 2018, 3:54 pm
    Scientists integrated NASA's New Horizons discoveries with data from ESA's Rosetta mission to develop a new theory about how Pluto may have formed at the edge of our solar system.

  • Why we won't get to Mars without teamwork
    24 May 2018, 5:24 pm
    If humanity hopes to make it to Mars anytime soon, we need to understand not just technology, but the psychological dynamic of a small group of astronauts trapped in a confined space for months with no escape.

  • Unprecedented detail in pulsar 6,500 light-years from Earth
    23 May 2018, 7:32 pm
    A team of astronomers has performed one of the highest resolution observations in astronomical history by observing two intense regions of radiation, 20 kilometers apart, around a star 6,500 light-years away. The observation is equivalent to using a telescope on Earth to see a flea on the surface of Pluto.

  • Lightening up dark galaxies
    23 May 2018, 3:13 pm
    Astronomers have identified at least six candidates for dark galaxies -- galaxies that have a few (if any) stars in them and are, for that reason, notoriously difficult to detect with current instruments.

  • Space-like gravity weakens biochemical signals in muscle formation
    23 May 2018, 2:02 pm
    Microgravity conditions affect DNA methylation of muscle cells, slowing their differentiation.

  • Deep space radiation treatment reboots brain's immune system
    21 May 2018, 8:39 pm
    NASA and private company SpaceX plan to send humans to Mars within the next 15 years -- but need to figure out how to protect astronauts from the dangerous cosmic radiation of deep space. Now neuroscientists have identified a potential treatment for the brain damage caused by cosmic rays -- a drug that prevents memory impairment in mice exposed to simulated space radiation.

  • First interstellar immigrant discovered in the solar system
    21 May 2018, 3:27 pm
    A new study has discovered the first known permanent immigrant to our solar system. The asteroid, currently nestling in Jupiter's orbit, is the first known asteroid to have been captured from another star system.

  • NASA's new planet hunter snaps initial test image, swings by Moon toward final orbit
    18 May 2018, 6:19 pm
    After launching April 18, TESS has completed its lunar flyby to put it on track for its final science orbit, and has released a first test image.

  • Astronomers release most complete ultraviolet-light survey of nearby galaxies
    17 May 2018, 8:25 pm
    Capitalizing on the unparalleled sharpness and spectral range of NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, an international team of astronomers is releasing the most comprehensive, high-resolution ultraviolet-light survey of nearby star-forming galaxies.

  • Vast ionized hydrogen cloud in the Whirlpool Galaxy revealed by ultra-sensitive telescope
    16 May 2018, 8:46 pm
    No one has ever seen what astronomers first observed using a refurbished 75-year-old telescope in the Arizona mountains. What it was turned out to be a massive cloud of ionized hydrogen gas spewed from a nearby galaxy and then essentially 'cooked' by radiation from the galaxy's central black hole.

  • Evidence for stars forming just 250 million years after Big Bang
    16 May 2018, 7:12 pm
    Astronomers have used observations from the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) and ESO's Very Large Telescope (VLT) to determine that star formation in the very distant galaxy MACS1149-JD1 started at an unexpectedly early stage, only 250 million years after the Big Bang. This discovery also represents the most distant oxygen ever detected in the universe and the most distant galaxy ever observed by ALMA or the VLT.

  • Astronomers find fastest-growing black hole known in space
    16 May 2018, 4:52 pm
    Astronomers have found the fastest-growing black hole known in the universe, describing it as a monster that devours a mass equivalent to our sun every two days.

  • Unusual laser emission from the Ant Nebula
    16 May 2018, 4:23 pm
    Astronomers have discovered an unusual laser emission that suggests the presence of a double star system hidden at the heart of the 'spectacular' Ant Nebula. The extremely rare phenomenon is connected to the death of a star and was discovered in observations made by European Space Agency's Herschel space observatory.

  • Orbital variations can trigger 'snowball' states in habitable zones around sunlike stars
    15 May 2018, 10:28 pm
    Aspects of an otherwise Earthlike planet's tilt and orbital dynamics can severely affect its potential habitability -- even triggering abrupt 'snowball states' where oceans freeze and surface life is impossible, according to new research from astronomers.

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  • The sky this week for May 25 to June 3
    25 May 2018, 12:00 pm
    A “black-eyed” Jupiter, a dazzling Venus, and a cluster of bees all make appearances in the sky this week.

  • Spaceflight from exoplanets is more difficult than you might think
    25 May 2018, 12:00 pm
    Getting off the ground on a super-Earth might require super-strong propulsion.

  • Dino Doomsday Asteroid Baked Earth for 100,000 Years
    24 May 2018, 12:00 pm
    Some 66 million years ago, a city-sized asteroid set fire to the planet and began what was likely the worst day in history. Decades of research have helped illuminate the actual impact. But scientists are still figuring out what happened over the years that followed. Based on studies of the impact site, it’s likely that sulfur vaporized from the crater would have choked our atmosphere and blocked the sun for years or decades. So Earth likely cooled into a kind of nuclear winter, with land

  • Astronomy Backstage Pass: Chicago
    24 May 2018, 12:00 pm
    Take a private tour unlike any other.

  • Astronomers take a close look at a distant stellar corpse
    24 May 2018, 12:00 pm
    The wake of gas from its brown dwarf companion has magnified this tiny pulsar for closer scrutiny.

  • Shedding light on dark galaxies
    23 May 2018, 12:00 pm

    Astronomers recently found at least six galaxies in a “dark phase,” a hypothesized epoch that fills in a crucial evolutionary gap.


  • GRACE-FO Spacecraft Ready to Launch
    22 May 2018, 12:00 pm
    [Update: May 22, 21:47 CEST — The GRACE-FO satellite duo launched successfully aboard a Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.] Twin satellites that will monitor Earth's water cycle are scheduled to launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base in Central California on Tuesday, May 22, in a unique rideshare arrangement. The two Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Follow-On mission (GRACE-FO) spacecraft will join five Iridium NEXT communications satellites as the paylo

  • Astronomers discover the first interstellar immigrant nestled in Jupiter’s orbit
    21 May 2018, 12:00 pm
    Although the backward-orbiting asteroid initially came from another star system, it has since been (poorly) hiding out in Jupiter’s orbit.

  • Snapshot: Second Gaia release results so far
    18 May 2018, 12:00 pm
    A speeding interstellar invader, the fastest-growing black hole, and more than 10,000 nearby white dwarfs. These are just a few of the early results from the newly released Gaia data.

  • Table for One?
    18 May 2018, 12:00 pm
    How the Fermi Paradox attempts to settle the issue of our apparent aloneness in the universe.

  • The most detailed map of the Orion A molecular cloud to date
    17 May 2018, 12:00 pm

    By mapping the cloud’s dense star clusters, astronomers reveal clues concerning the formation of stars in distant galaxies, as well as our own Sun.


  • The first stars formed when the universe was less than 2% its current age
    16 May 2018, 12:00 pm
    Astronomers have detected a 13.3-billion-year-old oxygen signal, which suggests the first stars began forming just 250 million years after the Big Bang.

  • Snapshot: A ‘lost’ asteroid will zip between the Earth and the Moon tonight
    15 May 2018, 12:00 pm
    First off, remember the simple yet immortal words of Douglas Adams from his book, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy — “Don’t panic.” But with that being said, there is an asteroid roughly the size of the Statue of Liberty that will pass uncomfortably close to the Earth tonight at around 6:05 p.m. EDT. The asteroid will pass at about half the Moon’s distance while travelling at nearly 13 kilometers per second (about 30,000 miles per hour). Although there i

  • Old Data Reveal New Evidence of Europa Plumes
    14 May 2018, 12:00 pm
    Scientists re-examining data from an old mission bring new insights to the tantalizing question of whether Jupiter’s moon Europa has the ingredients to support life. The data provide independent evidence that the moon’s subsurface liquid water reservoir may be venting plumes of water vapor above its icy shell. Data collected by NASA’s Galileo spacecraft in 1997 were put through new and advanced computer models to untangle a mystery -- a brief, localized bend in the magnetic

  • The sky this week for May 11 to May 20
    11 May 2018, 12:00 pm
    A slew of brilliant planets, a wafer-thin crescent Moon, and a high-riding Big Dipper all stand out in the sky this week.

NASA Image of the Day

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  • Hubble’s Galaxy Cluster Cornucopia
    25 May 2018, 4:20 pm
    The swirling spiral to the lower left of the frame is far from the most interesting spectacle here — behind it sits a galaxy cluster.

  • Going Forward
    24 May 2018, 3:31 pm
    This close-up image is of a 2-inch-deep hole produced using a new drilling technique for NASA's Curiosity rover. The hole is about 0.6 inches (1.6 centimeters) in diameter. This image was taken by Curiosity's Mast Camera (Mastcam) on Sol 2057.

  • LIFTOFF!
    23 May 2018, 3:40 pm
    The GRACE Follow-On spacecraft launched onboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, Tuesday, May 22, 2018.

  • GRACE-FO Launches to Provide a Unique View of Earth’s Climate
    22 May 2018, 10:27 pm
    (GRACE-FO) mission launched onboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, Tuesday, May 22, 2018, from Space Launch Complex 4E at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California

  • Orbital ATK Antares Rocket Lifts Off on Resupply Mission to the International Space Station
    21 May 2018, 12:18 pm
    The Orbital ATK Antares rocket, with the Cygnus spacecraft onboard, launches from Pad-0A, Monday, May 21, 2018 at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Cygnus will deliver approximately 7,400 pounds of science and research, crew supplies and vehicle hardware to the International Space Station and its crew.

  • Antares Rocket Set to Launch NASA Science to the International Space Station
    20 May 2018, 5:11 pm
    The Orbital ATK Antares rocket, with the Cygnus spacecraft onboard, is seen at launch Pad-0A, Saturday, May 19, 2018, at Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Liftoff is currently targeted for 4:39 a.m. Eastern on Monday, May 21.

  • Hubble Catches a Spiral Galaxy in Disguise
    18 May 2018, 4:00 pm
    NGC 1032 cleaves the quiet darkness of space in two in this image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope.

  • Orbital ATK Rocket Rolls Out for May 21 Launch
    18 May 2018, 1:49 pm
    An Orbital ATK rocket rolls out to launch Pad-0A at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on May 17, 2018, in advance of a May 21 launch from Wallops Island, VA. The Antares will launch a Cygnus spacecraft on a cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station.

  • An Amazing View
    17 May 2018, 6:41 pm
    Astronaut Ricky Arnold took this selfie during the May 16, 2018, spacewalk.

  • Blue Waters
    16 May 2018, 8:40 pm
    This image of the southern Greenland town of Narsaq was taken during an Operation IceBridge flight on Apr. 26, 2018.

  • A Sunny Day
    15 May 2018, 4:38 pm
    Each and every day NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) observes our Sun and relays observational data to scientists on Earth.

  • Europa by the Numbers
    14 May 2018, 3:53 pm
    Galileo Galilei discovered Jupiter's moon Europa in 1610. More than four centuries later, astronomers are still making discoveries about its icy surface.

  • Hubble Spies Glowing Galaxies in Massive Cluster
    11 May 2018, 4:39 pm
    In the darkness of the distant universe, these galaxies resemble glowing fireflies, flickering candles, charred embers floating up from a bonfire, and light bulbs softly shining.

  • Full Moon Over Newfoundland
    9 May 2018, 4:35 pm
    The crew of the International Space Station snapped this image of the full moon on April 30, 2018, as the station orbited off the coast of Newfoundland, Canada.

  • Spring Color in the North Sea
    8 May 2018, 5:21 pm
    Warm air and sunlight beget warmer ocean waters and provoke blooms of the “grass of the sea”—phytoplankton.

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