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May 9 transit: Mercury to appear far smaller and sans thick planetary atmosphere

May 9 transit: Mercury to appear far smaller and sans thick planetary atmosphere

The smallest planet in the solar system is going to put up a great show. On May 9, Mercury will be visible across most of the planet and some robotic observatories in space. Mercury is the closest planet to the sun owing to which the entry would not be obvious to a normal observer.

This year's finalists for Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal include NASA’s Dennis Reuter

This year's finalists for Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal include NASA

Dennis Reuter, a planetary scientist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland is one of the finalists for the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal this year. The award is given in the name of the late founder of the Partnership for Public Service, and recognizes federal employees who have showcased exemplary service, have broken down barriers, achieved victory over major challenges.

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NASA's WFIRST to provide significant understanding of dark matter and dark energy

WFIRST to provide significant understanding of dark matter and dark energy

NASA's Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST) has a view around 100 times larger than that of the Hubble Space Telescope. It is considered to be a space observatory of the future that will make significant revelations about little known dark matter and dark energy.

WFIRST has been designed to address questions with regard to dark matter, which is responsible for around 95% of the mass-energy of the universe. Brooke Hsu of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt unveiled that WFIRST is managed at Goddard.

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Saturn’s icy moon Enceladus showing definite signs of life-supporting hydrothermal activity

Saturn’s icy moon Enceladus showing definite signs of life-supporting hydrotherm

Enceladus, the icy moon of Saturn, has displayed definite clues about hydrothermal activity, an activity quite similar to the one spotted along deep sea vents on our planet where water is warmed up and formation of minerals take place. The moon is known to possess a sub-surface ocean of salty water, and the latest findings explained in two papers lately have given a push to the life-giving potential of the moon.

Science Museum to Lead NASA-Funded SEISE Project

Science Museum to Lead NASA-Funded SEISE Project

The Science Museum has been selected by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to lead a nationwide endeavor, which is aimed at motivating science explorers of the next-generation.

The museum will lead the new Space and Earth Informal STEM Education (SEISE) project, for which it has been awarded a contract worth $14.5 million from NASA. This is among one of the largest contracts ever awarded by the agency. For the project, the museum will join hands with Arizona State University, the Museum of Science in Boston and the University of California at Berkeley.

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New NASA Space Mirror will be the largest yet sent into space

New NASA Space Mirror will be the largest yet sent into space

As part of the integration and testing of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, the space agency engineers have unveiled the huge golden mirror of the infrared telescope.

The primary mirror is composed of 18 mirrors, and these mirrors were individually protected using black covers at the time of assembling them on the telescope structure. This is for the first time since the completion of the primary mirror that the covers have been lifted.

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Covers lifted from James Webb Space Telescope's giant gold mirror

Covers lifted from James Webb Space Telescope's giant gold mirror

Lately, NASA engineers have unveiled the golden mirror of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope as a part of the integration and testing of the infrared telescope. The JWST, the successor to NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, will be the most powerful space telescope that has been ever built.

In order to ensure that the mirror is both strong and light, the team made the mirrors from beryllium. The primary mirror is made up of the 18 mirrors and each of them was individually protected with black covers when assembled on the telescope structure.

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