Astrophysics Science Division (660) Highlights

Press Releases & Feature Stories

Webb Telescope Mirrors: Stepping Stones to the Cosmos

10.23.2014
Scientists and engineers placed two James Webb Space Telescope test primary mirror segments onto the support structure that will hold them, where they resemble stepping stones, as seen in this photo.

NASA's Fermi Satellite Finds Hints of Starquakes in Magnetar 'Storm'

10.21.2014
Astronomers analyzing the data from Fermi's detection of a "storm" of high-energy blasts from a magnetar have discovered underlying signals related to seismic waves rippling throughout it.

NASA Webb's Heart Survives Deep Freeze Test

10.21.2014
After 116 days of being subjected to extremely frigid temperatures like that in space, the heart of the James Webb Space Telescope emerged unscathed from the thermal vacuum chamber.
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Presentations

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Reports

ASD Annual Report 2013

Astrophysics Science Division Annual Report (2013)

06.30.2014
A summary of awards, research, projects, missions, and education/public outreach activities of the Astrophysics Science Division at Goddard Space Flight Center.
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Local News

NICER Passes CDR!

09/18/2014
The NICER team has passed their Critical Design Review. Great job!

TESS passes PDR!

09/18/2014
The TESS (Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite) recently passed their PDR, and confirmation (KDP-C) of the mission is scheduled for Oct 31.

Goddard View

08/21/2014
Read about making room for Webb's mirrors and decoding the rhythm of an unusual black hole with RXTE in Volume 10, issue 11 of the Goddard View.
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Images

Hubble Sees Starbursts in the Wake of a Fleeting Romance

05/29/2014
This image from the Hubble Space Telescope shows galaxy NGC 4485 in the constellation of Canes Venatici (The Hunting Dogs). The galaxy is irregular in shape, but it hasn’t always been so.

Neutron Stars Rip Each Other Apart to Form Black Hole

05/15/2014
This still image from a supercomputer simulation shows one of the most violent events in the universe: a pair of neutron stars colliding, merging and forming a black hole.

Flame Nebula: Chandra Delivers New Insight into Formation of Star Clusters

05/12/2014
A study of NGC 2024 and the Orion Nebula Cluster suggest that the stars on the outskirts of these clusters are older than those in the central regions, contrary to previous ideas about star formation.
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