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Artist impression of the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft. Credit: NASA Goddard Space Flight Centre

OSIRIS-REx

Between the planets Mars and Jupiter is the asteroid belt, a collection of hundreds of thousands of rocks, ranging in size from several hundred miles across to mere dust fragments, coming in all sorts of weird and wonderful shapes and sizes, from near perfect spheroids (in the case of some … Continue Reading →


The centrifuge

A long way from home

Hello! My name is Jasmin and I’m a student from the UK ( I’m a long way from home!). I am spending a week here at Goddard, working with the Blueshift team, learning about the outreach and education side of things and trying to take in all of the awesome … Continue Reading →


Black Hole Dark Matter Simulations

Black Hole Laboratories for Dark Matter

  • By Maggie Masetti
  • August 5, 2015
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There is a lot we don’t know about dark matter – like what exactly it is. Because of this, we are always looking for ways to study it. It turns out that black holes might make the perfect laboratory environment for better understanding both black holes and the nature of … Continue Reading →


Pluto

Pluto Redux

By now, if you’re on the internet at all, (which you must be if you are reading this) you’ve seen the spectacular images of Pluto that New Horizons has sent back. It’s been so cool to see it spawn dozens of memes and to see so many people (and not … Continue Reading →


Kepler-452b

Another Earth?

The Kepler spacecraft just discovered the most Earth-like exoplanet yet. It’s like a bigger, older cousin to our planet. And it’s orbiting in the habitable zone of a sun-like star! Additionally there’s a good chance it could have a rocky surface and liquid water. Meet Kepler-452b: Kepler-452b is slightly larger … Continue Reading →


Milky Way Panorama

How Many Stars in the Milky Way?

Recently I was asked to help someone answer the question of how many stars are in the Milky Way – that there were differing answers out there, and which was the right one? This question turns out to have a really interesting (and possibly frustrating?) answer. And the answer is … Continue Reading →


MAC Panels

Protecting Test Hardware to Protect Flight Hardware

  • By Maggie Masetti
  • July 15, 2015
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The title may seem a little circular, but this is not a story that often gets told – that is, we have to keep our test hardware clean to keep our flight hardware clean. To that end, a new NASA Goddard tech is being tested out in NASA Johnson’s giant … Continue Reading →


Galaxy cluster PKS 0745-191

The Learning Curve

Japan has established a strong presence in X-ray astronomy ever since the successful launch of the Hakucho satellite in 1979. Hakucho was followed by Tenma (launched in 1983), Ginga (1987), ASCA (1993), and Suzaku (2005), with the last three in collaboration with international (notably US) partners. Suzaku was designed to … Continue Reading →


Pluto, July 8

Pluto!

We are finally going to get to see what Pluto looks like, thanks to the New Horizons mission, which is set for a closest approach on July 14. It’s amazing to me that as much as we know about the solar system (and indeed the Universe) that we have not … Continue Reading →


Image credit:
X-ray: NASA/CXC/RIKEN/D.Takei et al; Optical: NASA/STScI; Radio: NRAO/VLA

Cosmic Fireworks

Happy Fourth of July to those of you that celebrate it! We couldn’t let the date slip by without presenting a little display of cosmic fireworks. We think you’ll find they’re much quieter than the earthly kind. We start with this 3D visualization of the nebula Gum 29 with the … Continue Reading →


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