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Space Observatories

Radio Programs

Gamma-Ray Bursts The long and short of gamma-ray bursts April 18, 2016

Starshade Zeroing in on habitable planets March 18, 2016

WFIRST Unwrapping a Christmas present March 17, 2016

More Space Astronomy Climbing above Earth’s murky air December 9, 2015

Astro-1 Astronomy from a cargo bay December 8, 2015

Space Astronomy Changing strategies in space December 7, 2015

Fermi Bubbles Blowing bubbles in the Milky Way July 19, 2015

Beryllium A key element in fact and fantasy March 31, 2015

WIMP-y Glow Bright evidence of dark matter July 29, 2014

Pitching Ideas Pitching ideas for new missions July 1, 2014

Space Telescopes Studying the universe from on high June 26, 2014

Lyman Spitzer II A bold idea for exploring the universe June 25, 2014

Gaia II Mapping a billion stars October 3, 2013

Infrared Astronomy Casting eyes on the cold sky August 21, 2013

On Station II Brilliant targets for the space station June 24, 2013

GALEX Keeping an eye on the galactic action April 27, 2013

IRAS Opening fresh eyes on the universe January 24, 2013

More Fomalhaut Cometary chaos around a young star September 17, 2012

EUVE Opening a new “window” on the universe June 6, 2012

NuSTAR Dead stars tell some important tales March 13, 2012

Explorer 11 A first glimpse of the universe April 26, 2011

Last Ride Shuttling a big magnet into space April 17, 2011

Compton Observatory One of the great ones April 4, 2011

Taking Inventory Taking inventory of the solar system March 25, 2011

Featured Images

Telescopes in the cargo bay of space shuttle Columbia, December 1995

Space (Shuttle) Telescope December 8, 2015

X-ray energy forms expanding rings around the black hole V404 Cygni

Big Gulp Aftermath September 15, 2015

Artist's concept of Fermi bubbles

Blowing Bubbles July 20, 2015

Artist's concept of Solar Max in orbit

Sun Watcher February 14, 2015

Space-based infrared view of the Rosette Nebula

Ruffled Rose February 28, 2014

The Planck space telescope and its view of the cosmic microwave background

Going Dark October 24, 2013

Artist's concept of Spitzer Space Telescope

Heat Seeker August 23, 2013

Visible- and infrared-light views of Orion

Double Vision January 25, 2013

Combined optical and X-ray view of two possible black holes in the galaxy IC 342

On the Job January 8, 2013

Infrared image of the Carina Nebula from space-based Herschel Observatory

Busy Nursery June 6, 2012

Newborn stars in the Orion Nebula

Bright Babies March 1, 2012

Atlantis lands on July 21, 2011, ending the space shuttle program

That's All, Folks! July 22, 2011

NGC 3758, a system of two merging galaxies

Double Trouble June 11, 2011

The Milky Way galaxy and the afterglow of the Big Bang make up this all-sky imag

A Little of Everything July 6, 2010

Dust Storm April 2, 2010

First Snapshot January 7, 2010