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Measuring Gravitational Waves with eLISA

07.28.2014
Puffs of smoke waft from a circuit board as interns solder tiny circuits for the Evolved Laser Interferometer Space Antenna.

Amber Straughn - Drawn to the Skies

07.25.2014
Initially drawn to the sky through the stars, astrophysicist Amber Straughn now flies through it as a private pilot.

Hubble Serves a Slice of Stars

07.25.2014
The thin, glowing streak slicing across this image cuts a lonely figure, with only a few foreground stars and galaxies in the distant background for company.

NASA's Webb Sunshield Stacks Up to Test!

07.24.2014
The Sunshield on NASA's James Webb Space Telescope is the largest part of the observatory—five layers of thin membrane that must unfurl reliably in space to precise tolerances.

Hubble Finds Three Surprisingly Dry Exoplanets

07.24.2014
Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have gone looking for water vapor in the atmospheres of three planets orbiting stars similar to the sun -- and have come up nearly dry.

Discover the "X-Factor" of NASA's Webb Telescope in "Behind the Webb" Video

07.24.2014
NASA's James Webb Space Telescope and Chandra X-ray observatory have something in common: a huge test chamber used to simulate the hazards of space and the distant glow of starlight.

NASA Team Lays Plans to Observe New Worlds

07.23.2014
It can take decades to mature an astrophysics flagship mission from concept to launch pad. Given the long lead times, it’s time to lay plans for a future flagship mission.

NASA's Fermi Finds A 'Transformer' Pulsar

07.22.2014
In late June 2013, an exceptional binary containing a rapidly spinning neutron star underwent a dramatic change in behavior never before observed.

Hubble Sees the Oldest Cluster in Milky Way Neighbor

07.18.2014
This image shows NGC 121, a globular cluster in the constellation of Tucana (The Toucan). Globular clusters are big balls of old stars that orbit the centers of their galaxies like satellites.

Hubble Sees a Galaxy With a Glowing Heart

07.11.2014
This view, captured by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, shows a nearby spiral galaxy known as NGC 1433.

Hubble Spots Spiral Bridge of Young Stars Linking Two Ancient Galaxies

07.10.2014
NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has photographed an unusual structure 100,000 light years long, which resembles a corkscrew-shaped string of pearls and winds around the cores of two colliding galaxies.

Astronomers Bring The Third Dimension To A Doomed Star's Outburst

07.08.2014
In the middle of the 19th century, the massive binary system Eta Carinae underwent an eruption that ejected at least 10 times the sun's mass and made it the second-brightest star in the sky.

Testing Completed on NASA's James Webb Space Telescope Backplane

07.08.2014
The James Webb Space Telescope has reached another development milestone with the completion of static load testing of its primary mirror backplane support structure.

Hubble to Proceed with Full Search for New Horizons Targets

07.02.2014
NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has been given the go-ahead to conduct an intensive search for a suitable outer solar system object that the New Horizons spacecraft could visit.

Iron 'Fingerprints' Point Astronomers to Supernova Suspects

07.02.2014
An international team of astronomers using data from the Japan-led Suzaku X-ray observatory has developed a powerful technique for analyzing supernova remnants.

Hubble Eyes a Curious Supernova in NGC 2441

06.27.2014
This bright spiral galaxy is known as NGC 2441, located in the northern constellation of Camelopardalis (The Giraffe).

Hubble Instrument Scientist Bruce Woodgate Passes

06.23.2014
Just as NASA's Hubble Space Telescope began celebrating entering its 25th year in April, one of the people responsible for its success and a creator of many other related technologies passed away.

Webb Telescope Microshutters Journey into NASA Clean Room

06.23.2014
NASA's James Webb Space Telescope microshutters have taken a short jaunt in preparation of its million mile journey in four years.
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Hubble Sees a Dwarf Galaxy Shaped by a Grand Design

06.20.2014
The subject of this Hubble image is NGC 5474, a dwarf galaxy located 21 million light-years away in the constellation of Ursa Major (The Great Bear).

NASA's Swift Satellite Tallies Water Production of Mars-bound Comet

06.19.2014
In late May, NASA's Swift satellite imaged comet Siding Spring, which will brush astonishingly close to Mars later this year.

Swiftly Moving Gas Streamer Eclipses Supermassive Black Hole

06.19.2014
An international team of astronomers has discovered unexpected behavior from the supermassive black hole at the heart of the galaxy NGC 5548.

NASA's Hubble Finds Dwarf Galaxies Formed More Than Their Fair Share of Universe's Stars

06.19.2014
New observations from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope show small galaxies, also known as dwarf galaxies, are responsible for forming a large proportion of the universe's stars.

Webb's Fully Integrated 'Heart' Lowered into the Chamber

06.16.2014
Engineer Jack Marshall held his breath. The "heart" of the James Webb Space Telescope hung from a cable 30 feet in the air as it was lowered slowly into the massive thermal vacuum chamber.

Hubble Eyes Golden Rings of Star Formation

06.13.2014
Taking center stage in this new NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image is a galaxy known as NGC 3081, set against an assortment of glittering galaxies in the distance.

Grand Swirls from NASA's Hubble

06.06.2014
This new Hubble image shows NGC 1566, a beautiful galaxy located approximately 40 million light-years away in the constellation of Dorado (The Dolphinfish).

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