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  • NASA Spacecraft Reveals New Observations of Interstellar Matter

    01.31.12 - NASA's Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX) has captured the best and most complete glimpse yet of what lies beyond the solar system.

  • NASA's Kepler Announces 11 Planetary Systems Hosting 26 Planets

    01.26.12 - NASA's Kepler mission has discovered 11 new planetary systems hosting 26 confirmed planets. These discoveries nearly double the number of verified planets and triple the number of stars known to have more than one planet that transits, or passes in front of, the star.

  • NASA's NuSTAR Ships to Vandenberg Ahead of March 14 Launch

    01.25.12 - NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, shipped to Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., on Tuesday to be mated to its Pegasus launch vehicle. The observatory will detect X-rays from objects ranging from our sun to giant black holes billions of light-years away.

  • Educators Selected to Fly on NASA's SOFIA Airborne Observatory

    01.25.12 - Twenty-six educators from the United States have been selected for research flights aboard SOFIA, NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy. As participants in the Airborne Astronomy Ambassadors program, the educators will partner with professional astronomers using SOFIA for scientific observations in 2012 and 2013.

  • NASA's Hubble Breaks New Ground With Distant Supernova Discovery

    01.11.12 - NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has looked deep into the distant universe and detected the feeble glow of a star that exploded more than 9 billion years ago.

  • NASA's Kepler Mission Finds Three Smallest Exoplanets

    01.11.12 - Astronomers using data from NASA's Kepler mission have discovered the three smallest planets yet detected orbiting a star beyond our sun. The planets orbit a single star, called KOI-961, and are 0.78, 0.73 and 0.57 times the radius of Earth. The smallest is about the size of Mars.

  • NASA's Chandra Finds Largest Galaxy Cluster in Early Universe

    01.10.12 - An exceptional galaxy cluster, the largest seen in the distant universe, has been found using NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and the National Science Foundation-funded Atacama Cosmology Telescope (ACT) in Chile.

  • NASA's RXTE Helps Pinpoint Launch of 'Bullets' in a Black Hole's Jet

    01.10.12 - Using observations from NASA's Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer satellite and the National Science Foundation's Very Long Baseline Array radio telescope, an international team of astronomers has identified the moment when a black hole in our galaxy launched superfast knots of gas into space.

  • NASA's Fermi Space Telescope Explores New Energy Extremes

    01.10.12 - After more than three years in space, NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope is extending its view of the high-energy sky into a largely unexplored electromagnetic range.

  • Hubble Pinpoints Farthest Protocluster of Galaxies Ever Seen

    01.10.12 - Using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers have uncovered a cluster of galaxies in the initial stages of development. It is the most distant such grouping ever observed in the early universe.