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Texas Students to Hear from Astronauts on International Space Station

Students from Brownsville, Texas will hear from astronauts aboard the International Space Station during a call at 10:15 a.m. EDT Tuesday, May 11 that will air live on NASA Television, the NASA app, and the agency’s website.

NASA Awards SETI Institute Contract for Planetary Protection Support

NASA has awarded the SETI Institute in Mountain View, California, a contract to support all phases of current and future planetary protection missions to ensure compliance with planetary protection standards.

Gigantic Jet Spied from Black Hole in Early Universe

Astronomers have discovered evidence for an extraordinarily long jet of particles coming from a supermassive black hole in the early universe, using NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory.

NASA’s TESS Enables Breakthrough Study of Perplexing Stellar Pulsations

Astronomers have detected elusive pulsation patterns in dozens of young, rapidly rotating stars thanks to data from NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS).

Galaxies Hit Single, Doubles, and a Triple (Growing Black Holes)

When three galaxies collide, what happens to the huge black holes at the centers of each? A new study using NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and several other telescopes reveals new information about how many black holes are furiously growing after these galactic smash ups.

Earth-Size, Habitable Zone Planet Found Hidden in Early NASA Kepler Data

A team of transatlantic scientists, using reanalyzed data from NASA’s Kepler space telescope, has discovered an Earth-size exoplanet orbiting in its star's habitable zone, the area around a star where a rocky planet could support liquid water.

A Cosmic Amethyst in a Dying Star

On Earth, amethysts can form when gas bubbles in lava cool under the right conditions. In space, a dying star with a mass similar to the Sun is capable of producing a structure on par with the appeal of these beautiful gems.

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NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft Heads for Earth with Asteroid Sample

After nearly five years in space, NASA’s Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft is on its way back to Earth with an abundance of rocks and dust from the near-Earth asteroid Bennu.

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Jurczyk Retires as NASA Associate Administrator

Steve Jurczyk, who served as acting NASA administrator from Jan. 20 to May 3, 2021, announced Monday he will retire on Friday, May 14, after more than three decades of service at NASA.

How to keep spacesuit ‘underwear’ clean?

Spacewalking is a major highlight of any astronaut’s career. But there is a downside: putting on your spacesuit means sharing some previously-worn underlayers. A new ESA study is looking into how best to keep these items clean and hygienic as humans venture on to the Moon and beyond.

Webb’s golden mirror wings open one last time on Earth

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NASA Selects Contractor for Quiet Supersonic Flight Community Testing

NASA has awarded a contract to Harris Miller Miller & Hanson Inc. of Burlington, Massachusetts, to support a national campaign of community overflight tests using the agency’s X-59 Quiet SuperSonic Technology research aircraft.

Space Station Science Highlights: Week of April 19, 2021

Scientific activities conducted aboard the International Space Station the week of April 19 included research on how microgravity affects muscle tissue in humans.

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Space Station 20th: STS-100 Brings Canadian Robotic Arm to the Space Station

In April 2001, as the Expedition 2 crew of Yuri V. Usachev of Roscosmos and NASA astronauts James S. Voss and Susan J. Helms completed their first month aboard the International Space Station (ISS), the space shuttle Endeavour arrived at the space station on the STS-100 mission to install the Canadarm2 robotic system.

NASA Selects Consolidated Program Support Services Program, Planning, and Control Contractor

NASA has selected Manufacturing Technical Solutions Inc. of Huntsville, Alabama, to provide the Consolidated Program Support Services (CPSS) Program, Planning, and Control (PP&C) at the agency’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville and Johnson Space Center in Houston, with the potential to provide these services to other NASA centers.

Planetary Sleuthing Finds Triple-Star World

Years after its detection, astronomers have confirmed a planet called KOI-5Ab orbiting in a triple-star system with a skewed configuration.

Kepler News and Features

First X-rays from Uranus Discovered

​Astronomers have detected X-rays from Uranus for the first time, using NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory. This result may help scientists learn more about this enigmatic ice giant planet in our solar system.

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Imagining Another Earth

This artist's concept shows exoplanet Kepler-1649c orbiting around its host red dwarf star.

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Rare Blast’s Remains Discovered in Milky Way Center

Astronomers may have found our galaxy’s first example of an unusual kind of stellar explosion. This discovery, made with NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory, adds to the understanding of how some stars shatter and seed the universe with elements critical for life on Earth.

Kepler-1649c: Earth-Size, Habitable Zone Planet Hides in Plain Sight

This artist's illustration shows what Kepler-1649c could look like from its surface.

On the Hunt for a Missing Giant Black Hole

Astronomers are searching for signs of a supermassive black hole in the galaxy cluster Abell 2261. Scientists think this galaxy underwent a merger with another galaxy, which could have caused a newly formed larger black hole to be ejected. Astronomers do not yet know what happened to this giant black hole.

Bubbles with Titanium Trigger Titanic Explosions

Scientists have found fragments of titanium blasting out of a famous supernova. This discovery, made with NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory, could be a major step in pinpointing exactly how some giant stars explode.

Enhanced Diet May Help Astronauts Adapt to Spaceflight

How does a diet purposefully packed with nutrients affect the immune system, the gut microbiome, and nutrition of astronauts? Researchers seek answers.

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NASA Announces New Associate Administrator

NASA Administrator Sen. Bill Nelson announced Monday Robert D. Cabana, who has served as director of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center since 2008, will serve as associate administrator effective Monday, May 17.

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Top Things to Know about Space Station Crew Handovers

With new flights to the International Space Station on U.S. commercial spacecraft through NASA's Commercial Crew program, the station is transitioning from indirect to direct crew handovers. What does this mean?

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NASA, Axiom Agree to First Private Astronaut Mission on Space Station

NASA and Axiom Space have signed an order for the first private astronaut mission to the International Space Station to take place no earlier than January 2022.

NASA Administrator Statement on Chinese Rocket Debris

NASA Administrator Sen. Bill Nelson released the following statement Saturday regarding debris from the Chinese Long March 5B rocket.

Crew-1 Astronauts Advance Research Aboard the International Space Station

After six months aboard the International Space Station, Crew-1 returns home on April 28, 2021. The four crew members -- NASA astronauts Mike Hopkins, Victor Glover, and Shannon Walker, and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Soichi Noguchi -- will travel back to Earth inside a SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule.

Earth from Space: Morbihan, France

The Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission takes us over Morbihan – a French department in the south of Brittany.

NASA Invites Public, Media to Watch Asteroid Mission Begin Return to Earth

NASA invites the public and the media to watch its first asteroid sample return mission begin a two-year cruise home at 4 p.m. EDT Monday, May 10, on NASA Television, the NASA app, and the agency’s website.

Space Station Science Highlights: Week of May 3, 2021

Crew members aboard the International Space Station conducted research during the week of May 3 that included studies of how space affects the human immune system and solidification of alloys in microgravity.

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About Half of Sun-Like Stars Could Host Rocky, Potentially Habitable Planets

According to new research using data from NASA’s retired planet-hunting mission, the Kepler space telescope, about half the stars similar in temperature to our Sun could have a rocky planet capable of supporting liquid water on its surface.

Gravity Assist: Puffy Planets, Powerful Telescopes, with Knicole Colon

NASA astrophysicist Knicole Colon describes her work on the Kepler, Hubble, TESS and Webb missions, and takes us on a tour of some of her favorite planets.

Reclusive Neutron Star May Have Been Found in Famous Supernova

Astronomers now have evidence from two X-ray telescopes (Chandra and NuSTAR) for a key component of a famous supernova remnant. This latest study shows that a "pulsar wind nebula" created by such a neutron star may be present.

AAS Names 29 NASA-Affiliated Legacy Fellows

Twenty-nine scientists working at or affiliated with NASA have been named Fellows of the American Astronomical Society (AAS), the major organization of professional astronomers in North America.

Kepler News and Features

Chandra Studies Extraordinary Magnetar

In 2020, astronomers added a new member to an exclusive family of exotic objects with the discovery of a magnetar. New observations from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory help support the idea that it is also a pulsar, meaning it emits regular pulses of light.

How Earth Climate Models Help Scientists Picture Life on Unimaginable Worlds

Thousands of computers at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center are tasked with running sophisticated climate models to predict Earth’s future climate. Collectively known as NASA's Discover supercomputer, they’re now also sussing out whether any of the more than 4,000 curiously weird planets beyond our solar system could support life.

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Sometimes Black Holes Are Prettier in Pink

This image, taken by the Chandra X-Ray Observatory in 2012, shows an extraordinary outburst from a black hole.

Space Station Science Highlights: Week of April 26, 2021

During the week of April 26, crew members aboard the International Space Station conducted research on self-assembling colloid structures, the role of gravity in controlling human movement, and flame behavior in microgravity.

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How Does Spaceflight Change Food Appeal?

In space, lost appetites can have serious consequences. A NASA study investigates “menu fatigue” to help better design food systems for multi-year missions.

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NASA Astronaut Paints a Picture of Success Growing Plants in Space

Astronauts on the International Space Station recently enjoyed a fresh supply of leafy greens, thanks in large part to the efforts of Expedition 64 crew member Michael Hopkins.

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NASA, Axiom Space to Host Media Briefing on Private Astronaut Mission

NASA and Axiom Space have signed a mission order for the first private astronaut mission to the International Space Station and will host a teleconference with media at 11 a.m. EDT on Monday, May 10, to discuss more details about the mission.

Big Goals, Small Package: Enabling Compact Deliveries from Space

Researchers from the University of Kentucky in Lexington have developed a delivery system designed to carry research samples and other small payloads from astronauts on the International Space Station back to Earth.

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