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NASA airborne observatory sees stars for first time

09/15/2004 12:00AM

NASA airborne observatory sees stars for first time

For the first time, scientists have peered at the stars using the newly installed telescope aboard NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA), the largest airborne observatory in the world.

Galactic Contortionists Captured by Gemini

09/12/2004 12:00AM

Galactic Contortionists Captured by Gemini

A stunning image released this week by the Gemini Observatory captures the graceful interactions of a galactic ballet, on a stage some 300 million light years away, that might better be described as a contortionist's dance.

Genesis Scientists Bouncing Back From Hard Landing

09/11/2004 12:00AM

Genesis Scientists Bouncing Back From Hard Landing

Scientists who conducted the preliminary assessment of the Genesis canister are encouraged by what they see. They believe it may be possible to achieve the most important portions of their science objectives.

Motions in nearby galaxy cluster reveal presence of hidden superstructure

09/10/2004 12:00AM

Motions in nearby galaxy cluster reveal presence of hidden superstructure

A nearby galaxy cluster is facing an intergalactic headwind as it is pulled by an underlying superstructure of dark matter, according to new evidence from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory.

Ivan

09/09/2004 12:00AM

Ivan

Here's the latest advaisory, straight from NOAA...

Scientists Discover First of a New Class of Extrasolar Planets

09/07/2004 12:00AM

Scientists Discover First of a New Class of Extrasolar Planets

Astronomers have announced the first discovery of a new class of planets beyond our solar system about 10 to 20 times the size of Earth - far smaller than any previously detected. The planets make up a new class of Neptune-sized extrasolar planets.

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.