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NASA Captive Carry Test Prepares for Next X-43A / Hyper-X Flight

09/06/2004 12:00AM

NASA Captive Carry Test Prepares for Next X-43A / Hyper-X Flight

Only days after Guinness World Records certified the prior flight of NASA's X-43A hypersonic technology demonstrator aircraft as a world speed record, a full-scale dress rehearsal for the last and even faster flight of the small unpiloted research aircraft is tentatively scheduled to occur on Tuesday, Sept. 7 from NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center.

A Kitt Peak Observer’s PhotoJournal

09/03/2004 12:00AM

A Kitt Peak Observer’s PhotoJournal

Spend a photo-virtual Summer at Kitt Peak

NASA Mission Returns with a Piece of the Sun

09/02/2004 12:00AM

NASA Mission Returns with a Piece of the Sun

In a dramatic ending that marks a beginning in scientific research, NASA's Genesis spacecraft is set to swing by Earth and jettison a sample return capsule filled with particles of the Sun that may ultimately tell us more about the genesis of our solar system.

Face-on Spiral... of the Atlantic Kind

08/30/2004 12:00AM

Face-on Spiral... of the Atlantic Kind

Photo by MODIS (Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer) MODIS is a key instrument aboard the Terra (EOS AM) and Aqua (EOS PM) satellites.

Groundbreaking for Cosmic Ray Project

08/28/2004 12:00AM

Groundbreaking for Cosmic Ray Project

Aug. 28 Ceremony at Black Rock Mesa for $18 Million Observatory

Major Extra-Solar Discovery Announcement Scheduled August 31

08/27/2004 12:00AM

Major Extra-Solar Discovery Announcement Scheduled August 31

A team of planet-hunters will announce their discovery of a new class of planets beyond our solar system at a NASA Science Update at 1 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, August 31. Their discovery represents a significant and much-anticipated advance in the hunt for extra-solar planets.

Deepest image of exploded star uncovers bipolar jets

08/25/2004 12:00AM

Deepest image of exploded star uncovers bipolar jets

This spectacular image of the supernova remnant Cassiopeia A is the most detailed image ever made of the remains of an exploded star.

Hubble Peers Inside a Celestial Geode

08/23/2004 12:00AM

Hubble Peers Inside a Celestial Geode

In this unusual image, NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope captures a rare view of the celestial equivalent of a geode -- a gas cavity carved by the stellar wind and intense ultraviolet radiation from a hot young star.

Too Fast, Too Furious: A Galaxy's Fatal Plunge

08/20/2004 12:00AM

Too Fast, Too Furious: A Galaxy's Fatal Plunge

These images offer a dramatic look at C153, a galaxy being ripped apart as it races at 4.5 million miles per hour through a distant cluster of galaxies. The infalling galaxy’s gas is being stripped by the pressure of 20-million-degree Celsius gas that permeates the cluster.

Searching for the end of the cosmic dark ages with GMOS

08/16/2004 12:00AM

Searching for the end of the cosmic dark ages with GMOS

A team of U.S. astronomers led by James Rhoads from the Space Telescope Science Institute, reports the discovery of extremely high rates of star formation in one of the most distant known galaxies in the universe.

Chandra catches early phase of cosmic assembly

08/15/2004 12:00AM

Chandra catches early phase of cosmic assembly

A NASA Chandra X-ray Observatory image has revealed a complex of several intergalactic hot gas clouds in the process of merging. The superb Chandra spatial resolution made it possible to distinguish individual galaxies from the massive clouds of hot gas...

NASA team successfully deploys two solar sail systems

08/13/2004 02:27AM

NASA team successfully deploys two solar sail systems

NASA engineers and their industry partners have successfully deployed two solar sails — each nearly 33 feet in length along one side — reaching a critical milestone in the development of a unique propulsion technology that could enable future deep space missions.

Cleaning House

08/13/2004 02:16AM

Cleaning House

Taking out the trash - ISS style...

The Homer Simpson Halo Effect??

08/11/2004 12:00AM

The Homer Simpson Halo Effect??

A new image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the shimmering embers of a dying star, and in their midst a mysterious doughnut-shaped ring.