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Mysterious red spots on Mercury get names – but what are they?Mercury is the closest planet to the sun, but far from being a dull cinder of a world, it has instead turned out to be a real eye opener for geologists. Among the revelations by NASA's MESSENGER [...]

Is dark matter made of primordial black holes?Astronomers studying the motions of galaxies and the character of the cosmic microwave background radiation came to realize in the last century that most of the matter in the universe was not visible. [...]

Stars are born in loose groupingsBased on previously published data from the Gaia Mission, researchers at Heidelberg University have derived the conditions under which stars form. The Gaia satellite is measuring the three-dimensional [...]

The challenges of an alien spaceflight program—escaping super-Earths and red dwarf starsSince the beginning of the Space Age, humans have relied on chemical rockets to get into space. While this method is certainly effective, it is also very expensive and requires a considerable amount o [...]

Simulations suggest Saturn may have helped create Jupiter's big moonsA team of researchers from France and the U.S. has created a computer simulation of the development of the solar system focusing on Jupiter and the origins of its moons. In their paper uploaded to the [...]

Clear as mud: Desiccation cracks help reveal the shape of water on MarsAs Curiosity rover marches across Mars, the red planet's watery past comes into clearer focus. [...]

Atoms may hum a tune from grand cosmic symphonyResearchers playing with a cloud of ultracold atoms uncovered behavior that bears a striking resemblance to the universe in microcosm. Their work forges new connections between atomic physics and the [...]

Vast stellar nursery of Lagoon NebulaThis colorful cloud of glowing interstellar gas is just a tiny part of the Lagoon Nebula, a vast stellar nursery. This nebula is a region full of intense activity, with fierce winds from hot stars, sw [...]

NASA planet hunter on its way to orbitNASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) launched on the first-of-its-kind mission to find worlds beyond our solar system, including some that could support life. Researchers will use [...]

Researchers have developed a new way to improve our knowledge of the Big Bang by measuring radiation from its afterglow, called the cosmic microwave background radiation. The new results predict the m [...]

Media are invited to see Vice President Mike Pence swear in Jim Bridenstine as NASA’s new administrator at 2:30 p.m. EDT Monday, April 23, at the agency’s headquarters in Washington. The ceremony will [...]

NASA has awarded a contract to the Manhattan Construction Company, of Arlington Virginia, for the construction of the Instrument Development Facility at the agency’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Gre [...]

Students from Coral Gables, Florida, and the Texas Gulf Coast will talk with astronauts aboard the International Space Station next week as part of NASA’s Year of Education on Station. [...]

The following are statements from Rep. Jim Bridenstine and acting NASA Administrator Robert Lightfoot on Thursday’s U.S. Senate confirmation of Bridenstine as the 13th Administrator for the National A [...]

NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) has launched on the first-of-its-kind mission to find worlds beyond our solar system, including some that could support life. [...]