Space

Don’t dismiss how you feel: acknowledging the loss and what it means to you...

When someone close to you dies — maybe a parent, a spouse or a sibling — it's a big loss. Those around you might acknowledge that loss by showing up with food, checking in...

Boundary Between Our Solar System and Interstellar Space Mapped for the First Time

A diagram of our heliosphere. For the first time, scientists have mapped the heliopause, which is the boundary between the heliosphere (brown) and interstellar space (dark blue). Credit: NASA/IBEX/Adler Planetarium Using data from NASA’s IBEX...

Astrophysicists Surprised by Unexpected Effect of Black Holes Beyond Their Own Galaxies

Artistic composition of a supermassive black hole regulating the evolution of its environment. Credit: Gabriel Pérez Díaz, SMM (IAC) and Dylan Nelson (Illustris-TNG) At the heart of almost every sufficiently massive galaxy there is a...

Periodic Solar Activity Fluctuations Can Be Clocked by Planetary Attractive Forces

The sun sported about a dozen active regions over a five-day period in May 2015. The bright, spindly strands that extend out of these active regions are particles spinning along magnetic field lines that...

Backbone of NASA’s Massive SLS Moon Rocket Joins Boosters for Artemis I Mission

By NASA June 15, 2021 Credit: NASA/Cory Huston The core stage of the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket for NASA’s Artemis I mission has been placed on the mobile launcher in between the twin solid rocket boosters inside the Vehicle Assembly Building...

New Science Investigations for the Dark Side of the Moon

Commercial landers will carry NASA-provided science and technology payloads to the lunar surface, paving the way for NASA astronauts to land on the Moon by 2024. Credit: NASA As NASA continues plans for multiple commercial...

Black Holes Help With Star Birth

Virtual Milky Way: gas density around a massive central galaxy in a group in the virtual universe of the TNG50 simulation. Gas inside the galaxy corresponds to the bright vertical structure: a gaseous disk....

Progress on Giant SLS Moon Rocket, Close Encounter With Ganymede, and a Ring of...

Space Launch System (SLS) rocket’s 188,000-pound core stage has been lifted onto the mobile launcher, in between the two solid rocket boosters. Credit: NASA Making progress on our Artemis Moon rocket, images from a close...

NASA Prepares to Stack Massive Moon Rocket’s Core Stage

By NASA June 14, 2021 Credit: NASA The fully stacked twin solid rocket boosters for NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) rocket are mated atop the mobile launcher at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida as stacking...

NASA Selects 24 Flight-Quality Heat-Vision “Eyes” for Roman Space Telescope

A technician holds one of Roman’s detectors. Credit: NASA/Chris Gunn NASA’s Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope team recently flight-certified all 24 of the detectors the mission needs. When Roman launches in the mid-2020s, these devices...