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Astrophysics - Origins of Universe Topics

  • Meet Conan the Bacterium

    1999April 6, 2011

    A radiation-resistant microbe could play a major role in Martian exploration. First, it can help scientists determine the best locations to seek life on Mars. Later, it may help keep Astronautshealthy and then reshape Mars for colonists.

  • The Bouncing Baby Universe

    1999April 6, 2011

    New research by astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope indicates that the Universe is only 12 billion years old. This could revive the old paradox in Astrophysicsthat the Universe appears younger than some of the stars in it.

  • A Supernova Sheds Light on Dark Energy

    2001April 6, 2011

    A discovery by astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope supports the notion that the Universe is filled with a mysterious form of energy pushing galaxies apart at an ever-increasing rate.

  • The First Starlight

    2002April 6, 2011

    By peering through a giant cosmic lens, scientists have found some of the first-born stars in our Universe.

  • Great Intergalactic Cobwebs

    2002Sept. 20, 2011

    Astronomers using NASA's FUSE spacecraft have spotted vast clouds between galaxies that might permeate the early Universe like a tangled spider's web.

  • Picture of the Early Universe

    2000April 6, 2011

    New images from an Antarctic balloon flight in 1998 have brought the cosmic microwave background into sharper focus. Detailed analysis of the images is shedding light on some of cosmology's outstanding mysteries -- the nature of the matter and energy that dominate intergalactic space and whether space is "curved" or "flat."

  • The World in a Grain of Stardust

    2003April 6, 2011

    On January 2, 2004, NASA's Stardust spacecraft will fly through a comet and collect samples of dust for return to Earth.

  • The Oldest Light in the Universe

    2003April 6, 2011

    A NASA satellite has captured the sharpest-ever picture of the big bang's afterglow.