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Carina Nebula

Carina Nebula

In the cold vacuum of space, radiation from massive stars carves away at cold molecular clouds, creating bizarre, fantasy-like structures. These pillars of cold hydrogen and dust, imaged by the Hubble Space Telescope, are located in the Carina Nebula. Violent ...

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Cassini Helps with Dune Mystery

Cassini Helps with Dune Mystery

A recent paper published by Japanese astronomer Tetsuya Tokano suggests a solution for one of the mysteries found on Saturn’s moon, Titan. Using data retrieved from the Cassini spacecraft, he designed a model that solves one of the moon’s paradoxes. ...

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Star Birth in M83, the Southern Pinwheel

Star Birth in M83, the Southern Pinwheel

NASA has recently reported the birth of a new star, captured by the new camera installed on the Hubble Space Telescope. The image is the most detailed view of star birth ever made. This rare phenomenon occurred in the graceful, ...

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The Gimbal Rig

The Gimbal Rig

The multiple-axis space test inertia facility, fondly called “the gimbal rig,” simulated tumble-type maneuvers that might be encountered in space flight. Three tubular aluminum cages could revolve separately or in combination to give roll, pitch and yaw motions at speeds ...

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Dreamy, Young Stars

Dreamy, Young Stars

The Orion Nebula is a ‘happening’ place where stars are born and this colony of hot, young stars is stirring up the cosmic scene in this image from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope. The young stars dip and peak in brightness; ...

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Ribbon at Edge of Solar System

Ribbon at Edge of Solar System

Researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory in Las Alamos, New Mexico have discovered a ribbon of solar material collected at the very edge of the solar system. The High Energy Neutral Atom Imager on NASA’s Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX) has ...

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Suzaku Catches Retreat of a Black Hole’s Disk

Suzaku Catches Retreat of a Black Hole’s Disk

A recently published study shed light over one of the most mysterious stellar phenomena, black holes. NASA’s Suzaku telescope revealed a dramatic change in one of the galaxy’s most active black holes – a change that might help scientists better ...

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How Will the Webb Telescope’s Sunshield Perform?

How Will the Webb Telescope’s Sunshield Perform?

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope is subject to very cold temperatures; in order to be able to capture the traces of infrared light generated by stars and galaxies billions of light years away, it is kept in cryogenic state. Therefore, ...

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MIT Delivers Green Airplane Designs to NASA

MIT Delivers Green Airplane Designs to NASA

Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts, working in conjunction with Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation and Pratt & Whitney recently presented two designs for greener airplanes to NASA. The result of a contract awarded in 2008, the ...

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