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Blogs | May 10, 2012

James Webb Space Telescope gets its first instrument

The James Webb Space Telescope, aka Hubble 2.0, now has its first instrument. The instrument took 10 years and 200 scientists to build.

Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
Blogs | Apr 08, 2012

NASA extends Spitzer, Kepler and Planck missions

NASA extends three space-based astrophysics missions. All three probe deep mysteries of the cosmos and try to answer fundamental questions.

Blogs | Mar 28, 2012

Help astronomers find Hubble’s hidden treasures

You can win an iPod or iPad for the rare privilege of seeing something wonderful that no one has noticed before, in Hubble Space Telescope images.

Image Credit: NASA/SDO/AIA
Blogs | Feb 27, 2012

Mars rover Curiosity and January’s powerful solar storm

When a solar storm bathed the Mars rover Curiosity – now en route to Mars – in radiation, the rover acted as a stunt double for astronauts.

Artist's concept of planet GJ 1214b passing in front of its star
Blogs | Feb 21, 2012

Hubble data reveals new class of exoplanet

A transit of a planet in front of its star has revealed a water-covered world with a thick, steamy atmosphere.

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Blogs | Feb 15, 2012

Researchers discover world’s tiniest chameleons in Madagascar

A research team has discovered four new tiny chameleons that are the smallest chameleons – and some of the smallest reptiles – in existence.

SpaceX Dragon craft
Blogs | Feb 05, 2012

SpaceX hopes to launch to International Space Station on March 20

SpaceX wants to launch the first commercially built spacecraft to the International Space Station on March 20, 2012, but might push back the launch to April.

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Blogs | Feb 02, 2012

GRAIL’s first video shows moon’s far side

Twin spacecraft – named Ebb and Flow, part of NASA’s GRAIL mission – are orbiting the moon. Ebb has captured a video of the moon’s far side.

Mars rover view mid-January 2012.  Image Credit: NASA
Blogs | Jan 25, 2012

Opportunity rover marks eight-year anniversary on Mars

The Opportunity rover touched down on Mars at 5:05 a.m. UTC on January 25, 2004 for a planned three-month mission to explore the Red Planet.

Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
Blogs | Jan 17, 2012

NASA announces winners of student contest to name GRAIL spacecraft

Fourth graders from Bozeman, Montana are the winners of a NASA student contest to name the twin moon-orbiting GRAIL spacecraft.