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NASA Hubble Exhibit at National Air and Space Museum

Two instruments that played critical roles in NASA's Hubble Space Telescope discoveries now are on display at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington.

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GLIMPSE the Galaxy All the Way Around

GLIMPSE the Galaxy All the Way Around

When you look up at the Milky Way on a clear, dark night, you'll see a band of bright stars arching overhead. This is the plane of our flat spiral galaxy, within which our solar system lies. NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Wisconsin

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Astrophysics Missions

Galaxy Evolution Explorer
Uses ultraviolet wavelengths to measure the history of star formation 80 percent of the way back to the Big Bang.
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Exoplanet
Updates, documents, and in-depth information about NASA's Exoplanet Exploration Program.
Exoplanet web site

Keck Interferometer
Links two 10-meter (33-foot) telescopes, which form the world's most powerful optical telescope system.
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Kepler Mission
The Kepler Mission will search for Earth-like planets with the "transit" method.
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Palomar Observatory
A joint effort between JPL and the California Institute of Technology, the Palomar Observatory houses a collection of famous telescopes.
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PlanetQuest web site
The latest news, images, and information about NASA's search for exoplanets and another Earth.
PlanetQuest web site

Spitzer Space Telescope
Uses infrared technology to study celestial objects that are too cool, too dust-enshrouded or too far away to otherwise be seen.
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Voyager to the Outer Planets
Voyager 1 and 2 flew past Jupiter and Saturn. Voyager 2 also flew by Uranus and Neptune. Voyager 1 is now approaching interstellar space.
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Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE is mapping the entire sky in infrared light, uncovering the coolest stars, the universe's most luminous galaxies and some of the darkest near-Earth asteroids and comets.
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Magdalena Ridge Observatory Exoplanets Soon to Gleam in the Eye of NESSI

The New Mexico Exoplanet Spectroscopic Survey Instrument, or NESSI, will soon get its first "taste" of exoplanets.

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Kepler-186f, the first Earth-size Planet in the Habitable Zone NASA's Kepler Telescope Discovers First Earth-Size Planet in 'Habitable Zone'

Using NASA's Kepler Space Telescope, astronomers have discovered the first Earth-size planet orbiting a star in the "habitable zone."

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Artist's concept of NASA's Kepler space telescope. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech NASA Hosts Media Teleconference to Announce Latest Kepler Discovery

NASA will host a news teleconference at 11 a.m. PDT (2 p.m. EDT) Thursday, April 17, to announce a new discovery made by its planet-hunting mission, the Kepler Space Telescope.

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360-Degree View of the Milky Way 360-Degree View of the Milky Way

This video shows a continually-looping infrared view of our Milky Way galaxy, as seen by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.

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Flower Power Starshade Unfurls in Space Flower Power Starshade Unfurls in Space

This animation shows the prototype starshade, a giant structure designed to block the glare of stars so that future space telescopes can take pictures of planets.

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Sloshing Star Goes Supernova Sloshing Star Goes Supernova

NuSTAR is showing that exploding stars slosh around before blasting apart. This 3-D computer simulation demonstrates how the supernova explosion might look.

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