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Chandra: Two Decades of Seeing the Universe in a Different Light

The Chandra X-ray observatory is celebrating 20 years in space this year, and oh, the things it has seen. Belinda Wilkes, who directs the telescopes operation, takes you on a dizzying visual tour of Chandra's universe...

November 19, 2019 — Jeffery DelViscio and Kelso Harper

Senate Seat Races That Could Impact Science

In these final days before the 2016 election keep an eye on Maryland, New Hampshire and Missouri, where contested seats may have ramifications for science in the U.S. This video was reproduced with permission and was first published on October 29, 2016...

October 31, 2016 — Nature Video

To Mars via Hawaii

Scientists begin yearlong Red Planet simulation at Mauna Loa

October 23, 2015 — Christiane Heinicke

One Photon's Journey: Saul Perlmutter

This is the story of the evolution of life on earth during one photon’s journey across the universe. Told by Saul Perlmutter who shared the 2011 Nobel Prize in physics for the discovery of the accelerating expansion of the universe...

October 14, 2015 — Nature Video

Good-Bye Pluto, Thanks for Everything

Although we've only just begun to see the scientific return from NASA's New Horizons mission and its close encounter with the Pluto–Charon system, this has been an unexpectedly profound human endeavor...

July 15, 2015 — Caleb A. Scharf
Finding "Fringes": New Event Horizon Telescope Detections Start Trickling In

Finding "Fringes": New Event Horizon Telescope Detections Start Trickling In

The technique that the astronomers of the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) use to observe black holes is called Very Long Baseline Interferometry, or VLBI, but it might as well be called Extremely Delayed Gratification Astronomy: it can take weeks or months after an observing run to find out whether the telescope array actually saw anything...

May 22, 2015 — Seth Fletcher

An Ode to MESSENGER and Mariner 10: Graphics from the Archive

In honor of the spacecraft MESSENGER, which ends its mission today with a planned collision with Mercury, here’s a look back at the craft and its travels, as illustrated by Don Foley for the March 2011 issue of Scientific American...

April 30, 2015 — Jen Christiansen
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