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  • newNASA Stands Its Ground On Climate Change Science
    Emails: Trump official pressed NASA on climate science, AP "Once a skeptic about climate change, Jim Bridenstine came around to the prevailing view of scientists before he took over as NASA administrator. That evolution did not sit well with a...
    - 17 hours ago 16 Jun 19, 8:26pm -
  • Will Orbit Beyond's Indian Lander Be Built In Florida or India?
    Bengaluru firm to build moon lander for Nasa 2020 mission, Times of India "Confirming the development, Team Indus engineer Ananth Ramesh told TOI: "Yes, we will be building the lander. It is most likely to be built in India too."...
    - 2 days ago 16 Jun 19, 12:40am -
  • The NASA Advisory Council Is About To Shrink
    Executive Order on Evaluating and Improving the Utility of Federal Advisory Committees, White House "By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and consistent with the Federal Advisory…
    - 2 days ago 15 Jun 19, 7:23pm -
  • Back To The Moon - By Any Means Necessary
    Keith's note: After months of being shy about how much it will cost to send Americans back to the lunar surface by 2024, NASA Administrator Bridenstine has finally started to get specific. Upon hearing the numbers no one is...
    - 3 days ago 14 Jun 19, 4:07pm -
  • Everyone Wants Their Own Space Station
    India to have its own space station: ISRO, The Hindu "India plans to have its own space station, and modalities for it will be worked out after the first manned mission, Gaganyaan, scheduled for August 2022, K. Sivan, Chairman of...
    - 3 days ago 14 Jun 19, 4:02am -
  • NASA Needs A New Chief Information Officer
    Renee Wynn, CIO, NASA, GovernmentCIO "Renee Wynn has an astronomical responsibility in managing a mix of new and legacy systems to manage NASA's vast amount of data across its programs that include missions back to the Moon and to Mars."...
    - 3 days ago 14 Jun 19, 4:00am -
  • Video: U.S. Chamber of Commerce Event on ISS and Gateway Commercialization
    Keith's note: Go to 36:50 for a question to Rick Leach from CASIS about their plans for space commercialization and to HEOMD AA Bill Gerstenmaier at 2:08:20 for a question about whether NASA thinks that it can still transfer...
    - 4 days ago 13 Jun 19, 9:24pm -
  • How Quickly We Forget Who Pays For The Rockets
    HASC Chairman Smith Earmarks $500M Giveaway For SpaceX, Potentially Aborting Air Force Space Plans, Loren Thompson, Forbes Keith's note: First Thompson goes on a rant against SpaceX: "Smith's proposed language is Washington politics at its worst. Acc…
    - 4 days ago 13 Jun 19, 1:44pm -
  • CASIS Apparently Wants An Expanded Role on ISS Commercialization
    Keith's note: Rick Leach sought to downplay any expanded role for CASIS in overt commercial ventures on ISS (or elsewhere) the other day. CASIS had planned to try and turn up the volume on that topic at NASA HQ....
    - 4 days ago 13 Jun 19, 1:17pm -
  • The Planetary Science Community Is Split On Artemis/Moon2024
    Dear Colleague Letter From The Lunar Exploration Analysis Group On The Proposed NASA Budget Amendment "It came to our attention that the AAS / DPS sent a letter to its membership on 23 May 2019 detailing its concerns about three...
    - 5 days ago 12 Jun 19, 4:13pm -
  • Getting Serious About Astrobiology
    Breakthrough Watch and European Southern Observatory Achieve First Light on Upgraded Planet-finding Instrument "Pete Worden, Executive Director of the Breakthrough Initiatives, said: "We're delighted to collaborate with the ESO in designing, building…
    - 6 days ago 11 Jun 19, 4:35pm -
  • Congress Shrinks Space Force
    House Armed Services strikes agreement on Trump's Space Force, Roll Call "Democrats and Republicans on the House Armed Services Committee have agreed to language that would create a streamlined Space Force -- a top priority of President Donald Trump'…
    - 7 days ago 10 Jun 19, 11:06pm -
  • CASIS Clarifies Its Expansion Ambitions
    CASIS Announces Its Commercial Business Expansion Plans, earlier post (March 2019) "CASIS Chief Strategy Officer Richard Leach made a presentation "Forecasting the 2024-2035 Space Based National Laboratory for Life and Physical Sciences Space Researc…
    - 7 days ago 10 Jun 19, 9:46pm -
  • White House Blocks Testimony On Climate Change
    White House blocked intelligence agency's written testimony calling climate change 'possibly catastrophic', Washington Post "White House officials barred a State Department intelligence agency from submitting written testimony this week to the House…
    - 8 days ago 9 Jun 19, 6:15pm -
  • Review: First To The Moon
    Review: Apollo 8 - "First To The Moon" "A new documentary on Apollo 8, "First To The Moon", by filmmaker Paul Hildebrandt has been released. I am not going to mince words: this is the finest space documentary I have...
    - 10 days ago 7 Jun 19, 11:04pm -


  • Cassini Reveals New Sculpting in Saturn Rings
    As NASA's Cassini dove close to Saturn in its final year, the spacecraft provided intricate detail on the workings of Saturn's complex rings, new analysis shows...
    - 3 days ago 14 Jun 19, 3:46am -
  • OSIRIS-REx Mission Breaks Another Orbit Record
    On June 12, NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft performed another significant navigation maneuver--breaking its own world record for the closest orbit of a planetary body by a spacecraft....
    - 3 days ago 14 Jun 19, 3:44am -
  • How Spitzer Has Stayed Alive for So Long
    After nearly 16 years of exploring the cosmos in infrared light, NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope will be switched off permanently on Jan. 30, 2020....
    - 3 days ago 14 Jun 19, 3:42am -
  • Hubble Observes Tiny Galaxy with Big Heart
    Nestled within this field of bright foreground stars lies ESO 495-21, a tiny galaxy with a big heart....
    - 3 days ago 14 Jun 19, 3:40am -
  • NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 12 June 2019 - Testing Deep Space Biomedical Gear
    The Expedition 59 crew collected blood and breath samples today to test new biomedical gear and protect future astronauts going to the Moon and Mars. The orbital residents also participated in a pair of behavioral studies aboard the International Spa…
    - 4 days ago 13 Jun 19, 4:29pm -
  • The Sun May Have a Dual Personality
    Researchers at CU Boulder have discovered hints that humanity's favorite star may have a dual personality, with intriguing discrepancies in its magnetic fields that could hold clues to the Sun's own "internal clock."...
    - 4 days ago 13 Jun 19, 2:54am -
  • NASA Explores Our Changing Freshwater World
    Water is so commonplace that we often take it for granted. But too much - or too little of it - makes headlines....
    - 4 days ago 13 Jun 19, 2:50am -
  • Starshade Would Take Formation Flying to Extremes
    Anyone who's ever seen aircraft engaged in formation flying can appreciate the feat of staying highly synchronized while airborne....
    - 4 days ago 13 Jun 19, 2:45am -
  • The Formative Years: Giant Planets vs. Brown Dwarfs
    Based on preliminary results from a new Gemini Observatory survey of 531 stars with the Gemini Planet Imager (GPI), it appears more and more likely that large planets and brown dwarfs have very different roots....
    - 4 days ago 13 Jun 19, 2:39am -
  • Giant Planets Orbiting Sun-like Stars May Be Rare
    The Gemini Planet Imager (GPI), a dedicated planet-finding instrument at the Gemini South telescope in Chile, is concluding a 4-year survey - the GPI Exoplanet Survey (GPIES) - of 531 young, nearby stars searching for giant planets....
    - 4 days ago 13 Jun 19, 2:34am -
  • NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 11 June 2019 - Regularly Scheduled Eye Scans Today
    Four Expedition 59 astronauts underwent periodic health checkups and regularly scheduled eye scans today. The International Space Station residents also had time set aside for space gardening, furnace work, crew ship packing and radiation checks....
    - 5 days ago 12 Jun 19, 9:58pm -
  • Mimas Is A Snowplow In Saturn's Rings
    The Solar System's second largest planet both in mass and size, Saturn is best known for its rings....
    - 5 days ago 12 Jun 19, 2:17am -
  • Citizen Scientists Re-tune Hubble's Galaxy Classification
    Hundreds of thousands of volunteers have helped to overturn almost a century of galaxy classification, in a new study using data from the longstanding Galaxy Zoo project....
    - 5 days ago 12 Jun 19, 2:10am -
  • Rare Superflares Could Threaten Earth
    Astronomers probing the edges of the Milky Way have in recent years observed some of the most brilliant pyrotechnic displays in the galaxy: superflares....
    - 5 days ago 12 Jun 19, 2:05am -
  • Ahuna Mons on Ceres: A New and Unusual Type of Volcanic Activity
    When scientists first saw this structure on the images taken by their camera on the Dawn space probe, they could hardly believe their eyes...
    - 5 days ago 12 Jun 19, 1:57am -

NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day

Milky Way over Pyramid of the Feathered Serpent
Milky Way over Pyramid of the Feathered Serpent
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Unusual Mountain Ahuna Mons on Asteroid Ceres
Unusual Mountain Ahuna Mons on Asteroid Ceres
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Stereo Helene
Stereo Helene
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NGC 4676: The Mighty Mice
NGC 4676: The Mighty Mice
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The Colors and Magnitudes of M13
The Colors and Magnitudes of M13
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Spiral Galaxy M96 from Hubble
Spiral Galaxy M96 from Hubble
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