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New research methods may lead to earlier predictions of volcanic eruptions.
NASA Satellites Detect Signs of Volcanic Unrest Years Before Eruptions
One planned survey by the telescope will provide the best opportunity yet to detect solitary small black holes.
How NASA's Roman Space Telescope Will Uncover Lonesome Black Holes
When space shuttle Columbia took to the skies on its maiden voyage on April 12, 1981, a new era of spaceflight took wing.
40 Years Ago: STS-1 Takes Flight
Based on data from Ingenuity, NASA has chosen to reschedule the helicopter’s first flight to no earlier than April 14.
Work Progresses Toward Ingenuity's First Flight on Mars
Scientists using data from NICER discovered X-ray surges accompanying radio bursts from the Crab Nebula pulsar.
NASA's NICER Finds X-ray Boosts in the Crab Pulsar's Radio Bursts
The computer software and hardware – called the spacecraft command and control system (SCCS) – is now certified for use on Artemis I.
NASA Certifies New Launch Control System for Artemis I
For the first time, scientists have mapped out the invisible magnetic fields pulsing through Centaurus A using infrared light.
Galactic Merger Warps Magnetic Fields
NASA’s newest Mars rover used a camera on the end of its robotic arm to snap this shot of itself with the Ingenuity helicopter nearby.
Say Cheese on Mars: Perseverance's Selfie With Ingenuity
A technique for scanning Mars rocks for microscopic fossils is also being developed to hunt for microbes on Enceladus, Titan, and Europa.
Probing for Life in the Icy Crusts of Ocean Worlds
NASA’s OSIRIS-REx completed its last flyover of Bennu on April 7 and is now slowly drifting away from the asteroid;
NASA's OSIRIS-REx Completes Final Tour of Asteroid Bennu
For two decades, the longest-lived spacecraft at the Red Planet has helped locate water ice, assess landing sites, and study the planet’s moons.
NASA's Odyssey Orbiter Marks 20 Historic Years of Mapping Mars
Brown dwarfs, sometimes known as “failed stars,” can spin at upwards of 200,000 mph, but there may be a limit to how fast they can go.
Trio of Fast-Spinning Brown Dwarfs May Reveal a Rotational Speed Limit