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Exoplanet Bonanza: Kepler Confirms More than 700 New Worlds

Illustration showing multiple-transiting planetary systems, such as those found by Kepler. Image Credit: NASA

There was more exciting exoplanet news this week from the Kepler mission: the space telescope has confirmed 715 new exoplanets! This brings the current total number of such worlds to 1,766, of which 961 have been found by Kepler. There are [...]

Ahoy From LOI: NASA's LADEE Spacecraft Enters Lunar Orbit

One month after its launch, a series of “phasing loops” has gradually increased LADEE’s orbit until it was captured by lunar gravity. Today’s Lunar Orbit Insertion (LOI)-1 burn is the first step to achieving a stable orbit around the Moon. Image Credit: NASA / Ames

One month since its launch atop the first Minotaur [...]

'Space Frog' Joins List of Wayward Animal Launch Day Casualties

Being an animal who calls one of the locations that NASA launches from home can be extremely hazardous to your health. Images courtesy of NASA

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — The list of animal launch day casualties increased by one (that we’re aware of) this past week with the launch of NASA’s LADEE spacecraft to the [...]

Moon-Bound LADEE Spacecraft Back On Track After Minor Problem

NASA’s latest spacecraft bound for the Moon, LADEE, has encountered and recovered from a glitch on the way to survey the lunar atmosphere. Image Credit: NASA / Ames

NASA’s $280 million Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer mission, or LADEE, is well on its way to the Moon after the compact car-size spacecraft encountered a minor problem after launching [...]

Luck Be a LADEE: NASA's Next Lunar Mission Ready to Uncover Moon's Mysteries

The Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) is due for launch in the coming days (liftoff should occur on Sept. 6). Image Credit: NASA.

With just two weeks remaining before its second Antares rocket is due to roar away from Pad 0A at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) on Wallops Island, Va., Orbital [...]

Spitzer Space Telescope Celebrates 10 Years of Astronomical Discovery

The infrared vision of NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope has revealed that the Sombrero galaxy—named after its appearance in visible light to a wide-brimmed hat—is in fact two galaxies in one. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Ten years ago tonight, NASA’s fourth “Great Observatory”—the Space Infrared Telescope Facility (SIRTF)—was boosted into orbit from Cape Canaveral Air Force [...]

Kepler Recovery Efforts Conclude, Other Missions Mulled

Image Credit: NASA

After several months’ worth of review and testing, the team operating the Kepler Space Telescope has opted to close its efforts to make Kepler fully operational again. This follows the loss of one of the crucial components that controls the alien planet-hunting spacecraft. In an Aug. 15 teleconference, Charles Sobeck, deputy [...]

IRIS Mission Gets First Look at Sun's Mysterious Interface Region

NASA’s Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS)Photo Credit: Robert C. Fisher / AmericaSpace

NASA’s Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) spacecraft has captured its first observations of a region of the Sun that is now possible to observe in detail: the lowest layers of the Sun’s atmosphere.

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NASA's 2020 Mars Rover Begins to Take Shape

NASA image of proposed 2020 Mars rover.

NASA detailed its plans for the next robotic mission to Mars on Tuesday, July 9 during a conference held in Washington, D.C. This mission will use a robot similar to the successful Mars Science Laboratory rover Curiosity which touched down on the surface of Mars almost one [...]

Herschel Completes Its ‘Cool’ Journey in Space

Image Credit: European Space Agency

WASHINGTON — The Herschel Observatory, a European space telescope for which NASA helped build instruments and process data, has stopped making observations after running out of liquid coolant as expected.

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