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Artist's concept of lunar exploration
Taking the Vision to the Next Step
Contractors explore concepts for returning to the Moon and travelling to Mars and beyond.
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A dying star shrouded by a planetary nebula.
A Flash in the Cosmic Pan
Catching gamma-ray bursts is harder than bottling lighting.
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NASA Direct! News for week of Oct. 1, 2004
NASA Direct News
Week of Oct. 1, 2004
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Artist's concept of supernova
Scientists Say Supernova Imminent
Three powerful blasts from three wholly different regions in space might be early alert systems for star explosions called supernovae.
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A gamma-ray burst erupts from the depths of space.
Blinded by the Light
Ancient gamma-ray bursts could mark the birth of black holes or death of stars.
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NGC 281: Cluster, Clouds, and Globules
NGC 281: Cluster, Clouds, and Globules
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NASA Gamma-Ray Burst Satellite Team Assembles World's Largest Telescope Mask
The team behind the NASA's Swift gamma-ray burst satellite constructed a massive "coded aperture mask," the largest such device ever built.
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Short and Long Gamma-Ray Bursts Different to the Core
Analysis of nearly 2,000 gamma-ray bursts -- the mysterious creators of black holes and the most powerful explosions known in the Universe -- has revealed that the two major varieties appear to arise from different types of events.
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Gamma-Ray Bursts, X-Ray Flashes, Supernovae Not As Different As They Appear
A study shows that gamma-ray bursts, X-ray flashes and certain supernovae are connected by their common explosive energy, suggesting that a single type of phenomenon -- the explosion of a massive star -- is the culprit.
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Race to Gamma-Ray Burst Reveals Gigantic Explosion, Death & Birth
Moments after a gamma-ray burst, scientists witnessed the death of a gigantic star and the birth of something monstrous in its place -- quite possibly a brand-new, spinning black hole.
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NASA Detects One of the Closest and Brightest Gamma-Ray Bursts
NASA's High-Energy Transient Explorer (HETE) detects one of the brightest and closest bursts yet, signaling the birth of a black hole in the constellation Leo.
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Biggest Cosmic Explosions May Also Propel Fastest Objects in the Universe
Gamma-ray bursts may generate the most energetic particles in the Universe, known as the ultrahigh-energy cosmic rays, according to observations from NASA's Compton Gamma-Ray Observatory.
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Amateur Astronomer Locates Powerful Stellar Explosion Before the Pros
Berto Monard of South Africa became the first amateur astronomer to discover an afterglow of a gamma-ray burst.
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Rosetta Stone Decodes Gamma-Ray Burst Mystery
Scientists have pieced together the key elements of a gamma-ray burst, from star death to dramatic black hole birth, thanks to a "Rosetta stone" found on March 29, 2003.
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Swift Satellite to Catch Mysterious Bursts
The RHESSI satellite was snapping X-ray pictures of solar flares when it caught an extremely bright background gamma-ray burst, revealing a novel physical feature of these gamma rays -- their polarization.
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The Chromatics
Sing the Swift Song!
The theme song of the Swift mission is an upbeat, catchy tune performed by The Chromatics.
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Swift Arrives at KSC
Preparing to unravel the mystery of Gamma-ray bursts.
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Spirit Rover's tracks from Mars Global Surveyor
Spirit's Tracks Seen From Orbit

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