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Launched in 2003, Spitzer revealed previously hidden features of known cosmic objects and led to discoveries and insights spanning from our own solar system to nearly the edge of the universe.
NASA Celebrates the Legacy of the Spitzer Space Telescope
NASA is exploring technologies that could grow structures out of fungi to become our future homes in the stars, and perhaps lead to more sustainable ways of living on Earth as well.
Could Future Homes on the Moon and Mars Be Made of Fungi?
Recently, A NASA scientist analyzed the age of the Yarrabubba meteor crater in Australia and found it to be 2.229 billion years old, making it now the oldest crater currently known.
Australian Meteor Crater is the Oldest Known
Members of the public have an opportunity to vote for their favorite name for NASA's next Mars rover. More than 28,000 essays were submitted after the contest began on Aug. 28 last year.
Nine Finalists Chosen in NASA's Mars 2020 Rover Naming Contest
Engineers did not have exoplanet science in mind when they designed the Spitzer Space Telescope in the 1990s, but thanks solid engineering, Spitzer’s observational powers were used far beyond original expectations.
10 Things Spitzer Taught Us About Exoplanets
An emerging idea, bolstered by three decades of science, is that there are "Goldilocks stars" — not too hot, not too cool, and above all, not too violent to host life-friendly planets.
Goldilocks Stars Are Best Places to Look for Life
One of NASA's four Great Observatories, Spitzer launched on Aug. 25, 2003, and has studied the cosmos in infrared light. Its breathtaking images have revealed the beauty of the infrared universe.
NASA Says Goodbye to One of Agency's Great Observatories
NASA’s Lucy mission team is seeing double after discovering that Eurybates, the asteroid the spacecraft has targeted for flyby in 2027, has a small moon. This bonus science opportunity was discovered by the Hubble Space Telescope.
Scientists Confirm New Asteroid Satellite
In a 10-plus-hour marathon, the rover steered, turned and drove in 3-foot (1-meter) increments over small ramps.
NASA's Mars 2020 Rover Completes Its First Drive
NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory has observed a magnetic explosion the likes of which have never been seen before.
NASA's SDO Sees New Kind of Magnetic Explosion on Sun
Researchers have created the first map of wind circulation in the upper atmosphere of a planet besides Earth, using data from NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft.
NASA's MAVEN Maps Winds in the Martian Upper Atmosphere that Mirror the Terrain Below and Gives Clues to Martian Climate
This year, the peak is during the overnight hours of December 13 and into the morning of December 14.
Catch the Geminids Meteor Shower Dec. 13-14