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The discovery of a dizzying variety of planets and planetary systems is prompting a wholesale re-evaluation of what it takes for a planet to be habitable.
Oceans, Beaches, Cosmic Shorelines: Our Changing Views of Habitable Planets
After nearly 16 years of exploring the cosmos in infrared light, NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope will be switched off permanently on Jan. 30, 2020.
How NASA's Spitzer Has Stayed Alive for So Long
To hunt for exoplanets, the flowerlike shade would need to stay aligned with a space telescope over vast distances. Recent work demonstrates how that's possible.
Starshade Would Take Formation Flying to Extremes
In this large celestial mosaic taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, there's a lot to see, including multiple clusters of stars born from the same dense clumps of gas and dust.
NASA's Spitzer Captures Stellar Family Portrait
Ten things that result from Einstein’s theories of relativity, first tested 100 years ago this week.
10 Things Einstein Got Right
Our solar system is a stormy place. Join us on a tour of storms.
10+ Things: Tour of Storms Across the Solar System
Astronomers have crossed an important threshold in revealing a discrepancy between key techniques for measuring the universe's expansion rate. New theories may be needed to explain the forces that have shaped the cosmos.
Mystery of the Universe's Expansion Rate Widens With New Hubble Data
A black hole and its shadow have been captured in an image for the first time, a historic feat by an international network of radio telescopes.
Black Hole Image Makes History; NASA Telescopes Coordinated Observations
From precision GPS to batteries for one of the world’s first commercial all-electric airplanes, NASA technology turns up in nearly every corner of modern life.
New Spinoff Publication Highlights NASA Technology Everywhere
What looks like a red butterfly in space is in reality a nursery for hundreds of baby stars.
'Space Butterfly' Is Home to Hundreds of Baby Stars
Humanity’s great leap into interstellar space — the space between the stars — has begun. Here are 10 things we’ve learned about going interstellar.
10 Things: Going Interstellar
A team of astronomers from have identified the most promising targets for this search in the new “TESS Habitable Zone Star Catalog.”
The Hunt Is on for Closest Earth-like Planets
Just as dust gathers in corners and along bookshelves in our homes, dust piles up in space too. But when the dust settles in the solar system, it’s often in rings.
What Scientists Found After Sifting Through Dust in the Solar System
The Cigar Galaxy's wind is aligned along a magnetic field and blows huge amounts of material into space — the equivalent mass of 50 million to 60 million Suns.
Galactic Wind Provides Clues to Evolution of Galaxies
Galaxy mergers can lead to prosperity and new star formation — or kick off a galaxy's demise.
Why Do Some Galactic Unions Lead to Doom?
Meet the women leading two of humankind's two most distant space missions.
Women at the Helm
NASA invites you to take a behind-the-scenes look at how the agency explores outer space with a new monthly series that premieres this week.
New ‘NASA Science Live' Program Premieres This Week
Scientists have synthesized a molecular system that, like DNA, can store and transmit information. This suggests there could be a genetic system for life that may be possible on other worlds.
NASA-Funded Research Creates DNA-like Molecule to Aid Search for Alien Life
NASA has selected a new space mission that will explore how common are the ingredients for life in our galaxy’s planetary systems.
NASA Selects New Mission to Explore Origins of Universe
With the successful completion of its mechanical environmental testing, the spacecraft element is being prepared for thermal vacuum testing.
NASA's Webb Is Sound After Completing Critical Milestones
Explore the plethora of planets outside our solar system with new multimedia experiences from NASA's Exoplanet Exploration Program (ExEP).
Tour Alien Worlds with New Multimedia Treats
In a celestial game of "Where's Waldo?" Hubble's sharp vision uncovered a never-before-seen dwarf galaxy
Hubble Accidentally Discovers a New Galaxy in Cosmic Neighborhood
The Hubble Space Telescope’s Wide Field Camera 3 was brought back to full operational status and completed its first science observations.
Hubble's Wide Field Camera 3 Recovered, Collecting Science Data
As the brilliant comet 46P/Wirtanen streaked across the sky, NASA telescopes caught it on camera from multiple angles.
NASA Telescopes Take a Close Look at the Brightest Comet of 2018
November 16 marks the premiere of a unique film and musical experience inspired by the Hubble Space Telescope’s famous Deep Field image
Hubble's Visualizations of the Universe Form Heart of New "Deep Field" Film