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  • Hubble Sees Light and Dust in a Nearby Starburst Galaxy

    Hubble Sees Light and Dust in a Nearby Starburst Galaxy

    April 10, 2013

    Visible as a small, sparkling hook in the dark sky, this beautiful object is known as J082354.96+280621.6, or J082354.96 for short. It is a starburst galaxy, so named because of the incredibly (and unusually) high rate of star formation occurring within it.

  • NASA Science Satellite Tracker iSat

    NASA Science Satellite Tracker iSat

    March 7, 2013

    NASA Science has just created the newest form of tracking satellites. The Interactive Satellite Tracker, or iSat, is now available and is conveniently launched in your browser.

  • NASA Curiosity Rover Collects First Martian Bedrock Sample

    NASA Curiosity Rover Collects First Martian Bedrock Sample

    Feb. 11, 2013

    NASA's Curiosity rover has, for the first time, used a drill carried at the end of its robotic arm to bore into a flat, veiny rock on Mars and collect a sample from its interior. This is the first time any robot has drilled into a rock to collect a sample on Mars.

  • LDCM/Atlas V is Cleared for Flight

    LDCM/Atlas V is Cleared for Flight

    Feb. 11, 2013

    The reconvening of the Launch Readiness Review is complete and the remaining items of work and those needing further review have been closed. NASA's Landsat Data Continuity Mission spacecraft aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket is cleared for flight.

  • Extreme Life Forms Might be Able to Survive on Eccentric Exoplanets

    Extreme Life Forms Might be Able to Survive on Eccentric Exoplanets

    Sept. 12, 2012

  • NASA Observations Point to 'Dry Ice' Snowfall on Mars

    NASA Observations Point to 'Dry Ice' Snowfall on Mars

    Sept. 12, 2012

    Observations by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter have detected carbon-dioxide snow clouds on Mars and evidence of carbon-dioxide snow falling to the surface.

  • A Canopy of Confidence: Orion’s Parachutes

    A Canopy of Confidence: Orion’s Parachutes

    Sept. 11, 2012

    As NASA continues to build the Orion spacecraft and head toward its first unmanned test flight in 2014, it will once again descend under parachutes to a water landing.

  • Hubble Watching Ancient Orbs

    Hubble Watching Ancient Orbs

    Sept. 11, 2012

    This sparkling picture taken by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope shows the center of globular cluster M 4. The power of Hubble has resolved the cluster into a multitude of glowing orbs, each a colossal nuclear furnace.

  • Orbiter Images NASA's Martian Landscape Additions

    Orbiter Images NASA's Martian Landscape Additions

    Aug. 8, 2012

    Late Monday night, an image from the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera aboard NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter captured the Curiosity rover and the components that helped it survive its seven-minute ordeal from space to its present location in Mars' Gale Crater.

  • Cassini Shows Why Jet Streams Cross-Cut Saturn

    Cassini Shows Why Jet Streams Cross-Cut Saturn

    June 26, 2012

    Turbulent jet streams, regions where winds blow faster than in other places, churn east and west across Saturn. Scientists have been trying to understand for years the mechanism that drives these wavy structures in Saturn's atmosphere and the source from which the jets derive their energy.