NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory manages many of NASA's robotic missions exploring Earth, the solar system and our universe. Tweets from JPL's News Office.
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The deep ocean is similar to outer space – an alien realm filled with mysteries, darkness and hostile conditions. #ICYMI, in the fourth episode of our “On A Mission” #podcast, we’ll meet astronaut Kathy Sullivan who ventured into the depths of our planet.
#BlackHoleFriday Our retired Spitzer mission found 2 of the most distant black holes ever found. These supermassive black holes are quasars. Their light traveled 13B yrs to reach Earth, which means they formed less than 1B yrs after the birth of the universe.
#BlackHoleFriday Our WISE spacecraft surveys the sky in infrared light & has found tens of millions of massive black holes. These maps reveal changes in disks of gas & dust that gather around the black holes too, which scientists could potentially use to measure cosmic distances.
This #BlackHoleFriday⚫️ we’re highlighting our NuSTAR mission for being skilled at finding hidden supermassive black holes at the center of galaxies, many of which are obscured from view. NuSTAR data could help provide a better count of supermassive black holes in the universe.
📸s in order:
1. Orion Nebula by @NASAHubble
2. @NASA's EPOXI showed meaty comet Hartley 2
3. @NASAMars rover Opportunity found a "berry bowl." (Cranberries & hematite form in the presence of H2O.)
4. Gravy-like streaks on this seen by @HiRISE might be caused by seasonal water.
Fair Winds & Following Seas!🌊Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich has successfully entered Earth orbit. It separated from the rocket, unfolded its solar arrays, ground controllers acquired its signal & reports show the spacecraft is in good health.
#Sentinel6 we hear you!
The North Pole Satellite Station in Alaska has caught the spacecraft's first signals from space and is locked on to the new mission. Transmission coming into #ESOC #missioncontrol loud and clear.
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