Astrophysics Science Division (660) Highlights
Press Releases & Feature Stories
- Puffs of smoke waft from a circuit board as interns solder tiny circuits for the Evolved Laser Interferometer Space Antenna.
- 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.
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- Initially drawn to the sky through the stars, astrophysicist Amber Straughn now flies through it as a private pilot.
Volume 10, Issue 4 (Summer 2014) of the Cutting Edge includes a tribute to one of the center's most prolific principal investigators, Bruce Woodgate, as well as features on the James Webb Space Telescope and Hubble.
Please congratulate the 2014 Agency Honor Award recipients.
Outstanding Leadership Medal
Citation: For outstanding leadership of NASA’s Fermi Gamma Ray Observatory
Exceptional Achievement Medal
Citation: For excellence achieved as Project Scientist to advance science technology and development for the James Webb Space Telescope instrument team.
Exceptional Technology Achievement Medal
Citation: For exceptional technology contribution in the development of X-ray quantum calorimeters with unprecedented energy resolution for future space astrophysics.
Group Achievement Awards
The Astro-H Soft X-Ray Telescope Team/Peter Serlemitsos/662 (POC)
ASD Team Members: Takashi Okajima (662), Lawrence G. Olsen (660.3)
Citation: For the development and timely delivery of the Astro-H Soft X-ray Telescopes, with performance exceeding mission goals.
Astro-H Soft X-Ray Spectrometer Instrument Team/Gary Sneiderman/592
ASD Team Members: Norman Dobson (660.3), Megan Eckart (662), Richard Kelley (662), Caroline Kilbourne (662), Frederick Scott Porter (662)
Citation: For the successful completion of the Astro-H Soft X-Ray Spectrometer Flight Hardware
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The "heart" of the James Webb Space Telescope is ready to start a four-months long test to simulate the exceptionally cold temperatures in space. Read more in Volume 10, Issue 7 of the Goddard View.
- 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.
- 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.
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- 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.