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Breaking the Scaling Limits: New Ultralow-noise Superconducting Camera for Exoplanet Searches

6 Min Read Breaking the Scaling Limits: New Ultralow-noise Superconducting Camera for Exoplanet Searches When imaging faint objects such as distant stars or exoplanets, capturing every last bit of light is crucial to get the most out of a scientific mission. These cameras must be extremely low-noise, and be able to detect the smallest quantities […]

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NASA’s Roman Space Telescope’s ‘Eyes’ Pass First Vision Test

This photo shows the entire optics system for NASA’s Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope. It consists of 10 mirrors, including the 7.9-foot (2.4-meter) primary mirror seen at the base in this image, and is called the IOA (Imaging Optical Assembly). Engineers recently integrated and tested the IOA at L3Harris Technologies in Rochester, New York. Credit: […]

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Making Ultra-fast Electron Measurements in Multiple Directions to Reveal the Secrets of the Aurora

3 Min Read Making Ultra-fast Electron Measurements in Multiple Directions to Reveal the Secrets of the Aurora Photo of the aurora (taken in Greenland) that shows tall rays extending to high altitudes. These rays are caused by particles, mainly electrons and protons, precipitating into the upper atmosphere from space. Credits: NASA-GSFC The energetic electrons that […]

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New NASA Software Simulates Science Missions for Observing Terrestrial Freshwater

4 min read New NASA Software Simulates Science Missions for Observing Terrestrial Freshwater A map describing freshwater accumulation (blue) and loss (red), using data from NASA’s Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) satellites. A new Observational System Simulation Experiment (OSSE) will help researchers design science missions dedicated to monitoring terrestrial freshwater storage. Image Credit: NASA […]