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10 spectacular images from NASA's Spitzer telescope

Unique viewpoint NASA calls Lyman Spitzer Jr. (1914-1997) one of the 20th century’s greatest scientists. The longtime Princeton astrophysicist lobbied for a large space telescope as early as 1946, work that culminated in the launch of the Hubble Space Telescope…

Send your name to Mars

Want to send your name to Mars on NASA’s next rover mission in 2020? You’ll get your name etched on a microchip affixed to the rover – and a souvenir boarding pass. Here’s how.

Why we need to worry about ozone again

In an effort to stop the widening of a hole in the ozone layer, the international community banned the use of ozone-destroying chemicals through the Montreal Protocol, first signed in 1987. The treaty has had a sizable impact on preserving…

New evidence for Pluto’s subsurface ocean

Does Pluto have an ocean? That idea seems preposterous at first, but a new study adds to the growing evidence for a subsurface ocean on this distant dwarf planet … and explains how it stays liquid.

Why the moon’s near and far sides look different

New research suggests that a wayward dwarf planet collided with the moon in the early history of the solar system, causing the stark difference between the moon’s heavily-cratered far side and the lower-lying open basins of its near side.

What Chang’e 4 learned from the moon’s far side

Early results from China’s historic 1st landing on the moon’s far side. Chinese scientists have used in situ data from a far side crater to identify materials on the moon’s surface that originated deeper inside the moon.

Something very big and very dark punched a hole in our galaxy

Somewhere along the way to charting the most detailed 3D map of our galaxy ever, the Gaia project hit a snag. Literally. Something had blown a massive hole in the Milky Way. Ana Bonaca of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics…