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Planck: First Stars Formed Later Than We Thought Planck16-003_tn Planck Wed, Aug 31, 2016

ESA's Planck satellite, a mission with significant participation from NASA, has revealed that the first stars in the universe started forming later than previous observations of the cosmic microwave background indicated. The background is the most ancient light in the history of the cosmos, dating back to 380,000 years after the big bang.

Looking Within Our Universe For Something Beyond Planck16-001_tn Planck Mon, Feb 22, 2016

Do multiple universes really exist? Scientists continue to debate the concept and come up with new theories.

Herschel and Planck Honored with Space Systems Award Planck2015-004_tn Planck Thu, Sep 03, 2015

The Herschel and Planck project teams are this year's recipients of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Space Systems Award.

A Gold Mine of Galaxy Nuggets Planck15-003_tn Planck Tue, Mar 31, 2015

Astronomers mine data from the Planck and Herschel missions to find a treasure chest of galaxy clusters.

Planck Mission Explores the History of Our Universe Planck15-002_tn Planck Thu, Feb 05, 2015

New data from Planck are helping scientists better understand the history and fabric of our universe, as well as our own Milky Way galaxy.

Gravitational Waves from Early Universe Remain Elusive Planck15-001_tn Planck Fri, Jan 30, 2015

A joint analysis of data from the Planck space mission and the ground-based experiment BICEP2 has found no conclusive evidence of gravitational waves from the birth of our universe, despite earlier reports of a possible detection.

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Celebrating a Decade of Bringing Authentic Astronomy Research into Classrooms Nationwide with the NITARP Program Nitarp_20150701_rec Feature Wed, Jul 01, 2015

A decade after graduating its first class, the NASA/IPAC Teacher Archive Research Program (NITARP)—a project that brings an authentic astronomy research experience into middle, high school and community college classrooms—has had resounding success.

From IRAS to Spitzer and Beyond: 30 years of Space-Based Infrared Astronomy Irhistory_rec Feature Wed, Nov 13, 2013

2013 is a significant year in infrared astronomy -- it marks the 30th anniversary of the launch of IRAS, the Infrared Astronomical Satellite, which revolutionized our view of the infrared cosmos, increasing the number of known infrared sources by about 70%. This talk will review some of the major discoveries from some of the many important infrared astronomy missions.

Managing the Deluge of 'Big Data' From Space Pia17446 Feature Thu, Oct 17, 2013

For NASA and its dozens of missions, data pour in every day like rushing rivers. Spacecraft monitor everything from our home planet to faraway galaxies, beaming back images and information to Earth.

IPAC Astronomer takes on Death Valley in the Death Valley Express Img_0949 Feature Thu, Jul 28, 2011

On August 8, 2011 IPAC astronomer Bill Latter will live a dream by attempting a grand journey and a great challenge - both physically and mentally. Bill will be traveling the Badwater 135 Ultramarathon course on foot. This is a trek from Badwater Basin in Death Valley to the Mt. Whitney Portals above Owens Valley – a distance of 135 miles with extreme heat and 13,000 feet of ascent.

A Night with the Stars...in a Conference Room 555021main_amy_stars-43_1024-768 Feature Tue, May 31, 2011

Sometimes astronomers take trips out to ground-based observatories. They sleep during the day, and, instead of peering up at the night sky, they command the telescopes from computer screens. Some telescopes can also be operated remotely from laptops. JPL scientists Amy Mainzer and Mike Cushing recently spent an evening with the stars in a conference room at NASA's Infrared Processing and Analysis Center at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena.

Longtime Employee of IPAC Reveals Secret to Career Success 1031-ct_booth_hartley_spotlight_medium Feature Mon, May 16, 2011

The summer of 1965 was one of dramatic firsts—Medicaid and Medicare were established, the Beatles played the first stadium concert in rock history, and U.S. astronaut Edward Higgins White made his maiden space walk.