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Volcano’s Heat Lights Up Satellite Sensors

Like a maw into the pits of hell, the Paluwej volcano in Indonesia has caught even NASA’s attention. As the Landsat Data Continuity Mission satellite flew over Indonesia’s Flores Sea […]

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The Day NASA’s Fermi Dodged a 1.5-ton Bullet

NASA scientists don’t often learn that their spacecraft is at risk of crashing into another satellite. But when Julie McEnery, the project scientist for NASA’s Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope, checked […]

X-ray view of a thousand-year-old cosmic tapestry

X-ray view of a thousand-year-old cosmic tapestry

This year, astronomers around the world have been celebrating the 50th anniversary of X-ray astronomy. Few objects better illustrate the progress of the field in the past half-century than the […]

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Human Asteroid Initiative Builds on NASA History

NASA’s FY2014 budget proposal includes a plan to robotically capture a small near-Earth asteroid and redirect it safely to a stable orbit in the Earth-moon system where astronauts can visit […]

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Hubble sees supernova a record distance away

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has found the farthest supernova so far of the type used to measure cosmic distances. Supernova UDS10Wil, nicknamed SN Wilson after American President Woodrow Wilson, exploded […]

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NASA to U.S. Universities: Let’s Grow Some Tech

NASA is seeking innovative, early-stage space technology proposals from accredited U.S. universities that will enable NASA’s future missions and America’s leadership in space. Proposals are sought for science instruments, cryogenic […]

NASA's LRO sees GRAIL's explosive farewell

NASA’s LRO sees GRAIL’s explosive farewell

Many spacecraft just fade away, drifting silently through space after their mission is over, but not GRAIL. NASA’s twin GRAIL (Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory) spacecraft went out in a […]

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Sun burp aimed at Earth

On Feb. 9, 2013 at 2:30 a.m. EST, the sun erupted with an Earth-directed coronal mass ejection or CME, associated with a long duration C2.4-class flare. Experimental NASA research models, […]

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An Image Gallery Gift from NASA’s Swift

Of the three telescopes carried by NASA’s Swift satellite, only one captures cosmic light at energies similar to those seen by the human eye. Although small by the standards of […]