Spitzer Space Telescope Begins ‘Beyond’ Phase

Spitzer Space Telescope Begins ‘Beyond’ Phase

Celebrating the spacecraft’s ability to push the boundaries of space science and technology, NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope team has dubbed the next phase of its journey “Beyond.” “Spitzer is operating well beyond the limits that were set...
NASA Symposium: Futuristic Space Exploration Concepts

NASA Symposium: Futuristic Space Exploration Concepts

Each year, NASA funds a handful of futuristic concepts to push forward the boundaries of space exploration. These early-stage proposals are selected with the hope of developing new ideas into realistic proofs-of-concept. From Aug. 23 to 25, the NASA Innovative...
Test for Damp Ground at Mars’ Seasonal Streaks Finds None

Test for Damp Ground at Mars’ Seasonal Streaks Finds None

Seasonal dark streaks on Mars that have become one of the hottest topics in interplanetary research don’t hold much water, according to the latest findings from a NASA spacecraft orbiting Mars. The new results from NASA’s Mars Odyssey mission rely on...
Astronomers identify a young heavyweight star in the Milky Way

Astronomers identify a young heavyweight star in the Milky Way

Astronomers have identified a young star, located almost 11,000 light years away, which could help us understand how the most massive stars in the Universe are formed. This young star, already more than 30 times the mass of our Sun, is still in the process of...
A new Goldilocks for habitable planets

A new Goldilocks for habitable planets

The search for habitable, alien worlds needs to make room for a second “Goldilocks,” according to a Yale University researcher. For decades, it has been thought that the key factor in determining whether a planet can support life was its distance from its sun. In our...
Insights into the dawn of the universe

Insights into the dawn of the universe

What did the universe look like just after the Big Bang? How did the first stars and galaxies evolve? Seeking answers to these questions, researchers at Bielefeld University are looking way back into the past. With the digital radio telescope LOFAR, they are picking...
Venus-like exoplanet might have oxygen atmosphere, but not life

Venus-like exoplanet might have oxygen atmosphere, but not life

The distant planet GJ 1132b intrigued astronomers when it was discovered last year. Located just 39 light-years from Earth, it might have an atmosphere despite being baked to a temperature of around 450 degrees Fahrenheit. But would that atmosphere be thick and soupy...

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