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NASA’s Johnson Space Center, in Houston,Texas, and Glenn Research Center, in Cleveland, Ohio, will begin the New Year with new directors.

Ellen Ochoa, a former astronaut, moves up from deputy director of NASA Johnson  to replace Mike Coats, after seven years at the helm. Johnson serves as home to NASA’s Mission Control as well as the astronaut corps.

Ellen Ochoa, Mike Coats. Photo Credit/NASA Photo

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Artist's view of the Kepler space telescope. Image Credit/NASA

NASA’s prolific Kepler alien planet hunter has received a potential four-year extension to continue its search for Earth-like worlds circling within the habitable zones of distant stars.

The Kepler space telescope’s just ending 3 1/2 year prime mission has produced more than 2,300 exo-planet candidates and...

Space station commander Suni Williams prepares for a spacewalk. Photo Credit/NASA Photo

 

Just days before she is scheduled to return to Earth after a four month mission, International Space Station commander Suni Williams will join with fellow NASA astronaut Kevin Ford on Thursday to host a live two-way event with middle and high school students whose experiments...

This infrared image was taken at 1.6 microns with the Keck 2 telescope on Mauna Kea. The star is seen here behind a partly transparent coronagraph mask to help bring out faint companions. The mask attenuates the light from the primary by roughly a factor of 1000. The young brown dwarf companion in this image has a mass of about 32 Jupiter masses. The...

Credit: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona

Future human crews strolling around on Mars need to keep an eye on the Martian sky – for one they’ll have to be on the lookout for incoming objects.

NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) has spotted a cluster of impact craters that formed sometime between August 2005 and November 2010.

The new craters were first discovered in a MRO...

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