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JWST

Fixing JWST (and other large and complex space projects)

JWST is the kind of thing that causes “civilians” to shake their heads and wonder what is wrong with NASA and its scientific directorate. Speaking of the telescope as if…

Hubble Image of Planet Formatio

Hubble Uncovers Evidence for Extrasolar Planet Under Construction

(Source NASA) – Nearly 900 extrasolar planets have been confirmed to date, but now for the first time astronomers think they are seeing compelling evidence for a planet under construction…

First Stars and Quasars

Study Suggests Black Holes Abundant in Earliest Stars

(Source NASA) – By comparing infrared and X-ray background signals across the same stretch of sky, an international team of astronomers has discovered evidence of a significant number of black…

Second Hole Drilled by Mars Curiosity Rover

(Source NASA). – NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity has used the drill on its robotic arm to collect a powdered sample from the interior of a rock called “Cumberland.” Plans call…

NASA Satellite Data Help Pinpoint Glaciers’ Role in Sea Level Rise

(Source NASA) –  A new study of glaciers worldwide using observations from two NASA satellites has helped resolve differences in estimates of how fast glaciers are disappearing and contributing to…

Mars Rover Confirms First Drilled Martian Rock Sample

PASADENA, Calif. — NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity has relayed new images that confirm it has successfully obtained the first sample ever collected from the interior of a rock on another…

Kepler out of Safe mode, back in science collection

The Kepler spacecraft, NASA’s lead planet finder has returned to operations and is once again planet hunting. After a “wheel rest” safe mode that began on January 17, 2013, NASA’s…

asterpids

Vega – Two Asteroid Belts and the Possibility of Planets

(Source NASA) – Astronomers have discovered what appears to be a large asteroid belt around the star Vega, the second brightest star in northern night skies. The scientists used data…