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In the News – Year 2015

12.17.15 – MMS Delivers Promising Initial Results
Just under four months into the science phase of the mission, NASA's Magnetospheric Multiscale, or MMS, is delivering promising early results on a process called magnetic reconnection — a kind of magnetic explosion that's related to everything from the northern lights to solar flares.

12.17.15 – NuSTAR's View of Galaxy 1068
Galaxy 1068 is shown in visible light and X-rays in this composite image. High-energy X-rays (magenta) captured by NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, are overlaid on visible-light images from both NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and the Sloan Digital Sky Survey.

12.17.15 – NuSTAR Finds Cosmic Clumpy Doughnut Around Black Hole
The most massive black holes in the universe are often encircled by thick, doughnut-shaped disks of gas and dust.

12.14.15 – Plunging into the Ionosphere: Satellite's Last Days Improve Orbital Decay Predictions
Scientists are learning more about how the upper atmosphere and ionosphere affect space satellites as well as communications and navigation here on Earth, thanks to new data from a U.S. Air Force satellite that recently completed a more than seven-year mission.

12.11.15 – Saving NASA's STEREO-B: The 189-million-mile Road to Recovery
On Oct. 1, 2014, NASA mission operations lost communication with one of the two spacecraft of the Solar and Terrestrial Relations Observatory, or STEREO, mission, just as the spacecraft was about to orbit around the other side of the sun.

12.04.15 – SDO Sees Flourishing Magnetic Loops
A bright set of loops near the edge of the sun's face grew and shifted quickly after the magnetic field was disrupted by a small eruption on Nov. 25, 2015.

12.01.15 – SOHO Celebrates 20 Years of Space-based Science
After 20 years in space, ESA and NASA's Solar and Heliospheric Observatory, or SOHO, is still going strong.

12.01.15 – A Look Back at NASA Solar Missions
Twenty years ago, the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory, a cooperative effort between NASA and the European Space Agency, launched into space and revolutionized our study of the sun and a scientific discipline called heliophysics — the study of how the sun's influence spreads out in all directions, able to dramatically affect the space environment near Earth and throughout the solar system.

11.25.15 – SDO Sees a Dark Filament Circle
A dark, almost circular filament broke away from the sun in a gauzy, feathery swirl, on Nov. 15, 2015, in this video from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory.

11.23.15 – NEOWISE Observes Carbon Gases in Comets
After its launch in 2009, NASA's NEOWISE spacecraft observed 163 comets during the WISE/NEOWISE prime mission.

11.19.15 – NASA's STEREO-A Resumes Normal Operations
On Nov. 9, 2015, NASA's Solar and Terrestrial Relations Observatory Ahead, or STEREO-A, once again began transmitting data at its full rate.

11.18.15 – SDO Sees Brightening Magnetic Loops
Two active regions sprouted arches of bundled magnetic loops in this video from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory taken on Nov. 11-12, 2015.

11.11.15 – Secondhand Spacecraft Has Firsthand Asteroid Experience
Funded by NASA's NEO Observations Program, the NEOWISE mission uses images taken by the spacecraft to look for asteroids and comets, providing a rich source of measurements of solar system objects at infrared wavelengths.

11.10.15 – NASA's Beach Ball Coronagraph
What's better at blocking sunlight: a traditional flat occulter disk or a beach ball?

11.09.15 – SDO Sees Active Region Outbursts
This close-up video by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory shows an active region near the right-hand edge of the sun's disk, which erupted with at least a dozen minor events over a 30-hour period from Nov. 3-5, 2015.

11.06.15 – NASA's Swift Spots its Thousandth Gamma-ray Burst
GRBs are the most powerful explosions in the universe, typically associated with the collapse of a massive star and the birth of a black hole.

11.03.15 – NASA Observes Auroras Across Canada
The dancing lights in the image above are the aurora borealis or Northern Lights. These auroras are at their most dynamic during geomagnetic storms—often the result of solar storms called coronal mass ejections, or CMEs, that originate from the sun.

11.03.15 – Whopping Galaxy Cluster Spotted with Help of NASA Telescopes
Astronomers have discovered a giant gathering of galaxies in a very remote part of the universe, thanks to NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE).

11.02.15 – SDO Sees Active Solar Regions Blossoming
A pair of active regions began to rotate into the view of NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory on Oct. 27, 2015.

10.30.15 – Snowing in Space?
The flurry of what looks like snow in this video is actually a barrage of energetic particles.

10.30.15 – Finding New Worlds with a Play of Light and Shadow
Astronomers have used many different methods to discover planets beyond the solar system, but the most successful by far is transit photometry, which measures changes in a star's brightness caused by a mini-eclipse.

10.29.15 – Voyager 1 Helps Solve Interstellar Medium Mystery
NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft made history in 2012 by entering interstellar space, leaving the planets and the solar wind behind.

10.28.15 – How TIMED Flies: Unexpected Trends in Carbon Data
NASA's TIMED mission, short for Thermosphere, Ionosphere, Mesosphere Energetics and Dynamics, has confirmed a surprisingly fast carbon dioxide increase in Earth's upper atmosphere, raising questions about how different layers of the atmosphere are interconnected.

10.27.15 – Black Hole Has Major Flare
The baffling and strange behaviors of black holes have become somewhat less mysterious recently, with new observations from NASA's Explorer missions Swift and the Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR.

10.26.15 – Suzaku Finds Common Chemical Makeup at Largest Cosmic Scales
A new survey of hot, X-ray-emitting gas in the Virgo galaxy cluster shows that the elements needed to make stars, planets and people were evenly distributed across millions of light-years early in cosmic history, more than 10 billion years ago.

10.26.15 – SDO Sees Very Long Filament
This past week the sun featured a long dark line, known as a filament, which stretched at least halfway across its face as seen in the top half of this image from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, captured on Oct. 21, 2015.

10.23.15 – 20 Intriguing Exoplanets
In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the first confirmed planet around a sun-like star, more than 60 leaders in the field of exoplanet observations chose their favorites among the nearly 2,000 known exoplanets.

10.21.15 – Destroyed Star Rains onto Black Hole, Winds Blow it Back
New details about what happens when a black hole tears apart a star have been gathered by a trio of orbiting X-ray telescopes, giving scientists an extraordinary opportunity to understand the extreme environment around a black hole.

10.20.15 – IBEX Sheds New Light on Solar System Boundary
In 14 papers published in the October 2015 Astrophysical Journal Supplement, scientists present findings from NASA's Interstellar Boundary Explorer, or IBEX, mission providing the most definitive analyses, theories and results about local interstellar space to date.

10.20.15 – Most Earth-Like Worlds Have yet to be Born, According to Theoretical Study
According to a new theoretical study, when our solar system was born 4.6 billion years ago only eight percent of the potentially habitable planets that will ever form in the universe existed.

10.16.15 – Hefty Prominence Eruption Observed by SDO
A mass of solar material gathered itself into a twisting mass, spun around for a bit, then rose up and broke apart over a 10-hour period on Oct. 13, 2015.

10.16.15 – NASA's MMS Spacecraft Achieve Tightest Flying Formation Ever
On Oct. 15, 2015, a NASA mission broke its own record: the four satellites of its Magnetospheric Multiscale mission are now flying at their smallest separation, the tightest multi-spacecraft formation ever flown in orbit.

10.14.15 – Coronal Hole Front and Center
The dark area across the top of the sun in this image is a coronal hole, a region on the sun where the magnetic field is open to interplanetary space, sending coronal material speeding out in what is called a high-speed solar wind stream.

10.13.15 – Comet Encke: A Solar Windsock Observed by NASA's STEREO
Much like the flapping of a windsock displays the quick changes in wind's speed and direction, called turbulence, comet tails can be used as probes of the solar wind — the constant flowing stream of material that leaves the sun in all directions.

10.09.15 – Fast Solar Wind Causes Aurora Light Shows
On the night of Oct. 8, 2015, a photographer in Harstad, Norway captured this image of the dancing northern lights.

10.07.15 – NASA Measuring the Pulsating Aurora
Thanks to a lucky conjunction of two satellites, a ground-based array of all-sky cameras, and some spectacular aurora borealis, researchers have uncovered evidence for an unexpected role that electrons have in creating the dancing auroras.

10.02.15 – NASA's SDO Sees Sun Emit Mid-Level Flare Oct. 1
The sun emitted a mid-level solar flare, peaking at 8:13 p.m. EDT on Oct. 1, 2015.

09.30.15 – Real Martians: How to Protect Astronauts from Space Radiation on Mars
On Aug. 7, 1972, in the heart of the Apollo era, an enormous solar flare exploded from the sun's atmosphere.

09.29.15 – SDO Views Active Region Loops
An active region viewed in profile put on quite a show of erupting plasma and looping arches on Sept. 22-23, 2015.

09.28.15 – NASA's SDO Captures Image of Mid-Class Solar Flare
The sun emitted a mid-level solar flare, peaking at 10:58 a.m. EDT on Sept. 28, 2015. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, which watches the sun constantly, captured an image of the event.

09.23.15 – NASA's BARREL Team Returns from Sweden
After seven balloon launches in the bright Arctic sun, the BARREL team has returned home from a 4-week campaign in Kiruna, Sweden, north of the Arctic Circle.

09.17.15 – TIMED Mission Celebrates 5,000 Days of Continuous Data Collection, Sixth Extended Mission
The NASA TIMED spacecraft, which studies the impact of solar- and human-induced disturbances on Earth's upper atmosphere, celebrated 5,000 days of continuous data collection on Aug. 15.

09.16.15 – SDO Sees 3 Coronal ‘Holes’
The sun was visually dominated by three substantial coronal holes that rotated across its face the week of Sept. 8-10, 2015.

09.16.15 – Funky Light Signal From Colliding Black Holes Explained
Entangled by gravity and destined to merge, two candidate black holes in a distant galaxy appear to be locked in an intricate dance.

09.15.15 – ESA/NASA Solar Observatory Discovers Its 3,000th Comet
On Sept. 13, 2015, the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory — a joint project of the European Space Agency and NASA — discovered its 3,000th comet, cementing its standing as the greatest comet finder of all time.

09.14.15 – NASA's SDO Catches a Double Photobomb
On Sept. 13, 2015, as NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, or SDO, kept up its constant watch on the sun, its view was photobombed not once, but twice.

09.10.15 – Partial Solar Eclipse on Sept. 13, 2015; NASA Releases Visualizations of 2017 Total Eclipse
An eclipse occurs when the moon passes directly—or nearly directly, in the case of a partial solar eclipse—between the sun and Earth.

08.25.15 – IRIS and Hinode: A Stellar Research Team
Modern telescopes and satellites have helped us measure the blazing hot temperatures of the sun from afar.

08.24.15 – NASA SDO: Images of a Mid-Level Solar Flare
NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, which watches the sun constantly, captured an image of the event.

08.14.15 – NASA Scientists Help Understand Newly Discovered Planet
One of the best ways to learn how our solar system evolved is to look at younger star systems in the early stages of development.

08.11.15 – BARREL Team Arrives in Sweden for Balloon Mini-Campaign
In early August, scientists from the NASA-funded Balloon Array for Radiation belt Relativistic Electron Losses, or BARREL, mission arrived in northern Sweden for a third data collection campaign.

08.10.15 – Marshall Astrophysicists Study Intricate Activity of Solar X-ray Jets
The sun, our closest star, is quite an amazing celestial body. Not only is it the heart of and the largest object in our solar system, it's also essential to life on Earth — it drives our weather patterns, affects our water cycles and circulates our atmosphere.

07.31.15 – Exoplanets 20/20: Looking Back to the Future
The two men had just made history: the first confirmation of a planet orbiting another star.

07.30.15 – NASA Selects Proposals to Study Neutron Stars, Black Holes and More
NASA has selected five proposals submitted to its Explorers Program to conduct focused scientific investigations and develop instruments that fill the scientific gaps between the agency's larger missions.

07.30.15 – Nearing 3000 Comets: SOHO Solar Observatory Greatest Comet Hunter of All Time
In 1995, a new solar observatory was launched. A joint project of ESA and NASA, the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory – SOHO – has been sending home images of our dynamic sun ever since.

07.29.15 – NASA's MMS Formation Will Give Unique Look at Magnetic Reconnection
On July 9, 2015 the four spacecraft of NASA's Magnetospheric Multiscale, or MMS, mission began flying in a pyramid shape for the first time.

07.16.15 – STEREO-A Spacecraft Returns Data From the Far Side of the Sun
This image of the sun was taken on July 15, 2015, with the Extreme Ultraviolet Imager onboard NASA's Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory Ahead (STEREO-A) spacecraft, which collects images in several wavelengths of light that are invisible to the human eye.

07.16.15 – NASA Cites the Return of the STEREO-A Spacecraft
On July 11, 2015 we received our first images in over three months from NASA's Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory Ahead spacecraft, or STEREO-A. Since March 24, 2015, STEREO-A has been on the far side of the sun, where it has had to operate in safe mode, collecting and saving data from its radio instrument.

07.10.15 – NASA's OSIRIS-REx Passes Another Review
The first U.S. mission to return a sample from an asteroid is readying itself to take on the complex operations necessary for its journey in space. NASA's Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification and Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) mission passed a key milestone last month by completing a Mission Operations Review (MOR).

07.09.15 – NASA's Swift Reveals a Black Hole Bull's-eye
What looks like a shooting target is actually an image of nested rings of X-ray light centered on an erupting black hole.

07.09.15 – Scientists Study Atmosphere of Venus through Transit Images
Two of NASA's heliophysics missions can now claim planetary science on their list of scientific findings. A group of scientists used the Venus transit - a very rare event where a planet passes between Earth and the sun, appearing to us as a dark dot steadily making its way across the sun's bright face - to make measurements of how the Venusian atmosphere absorbs different kinds of light.

07.08.15 – Second Instrument Delivered for NASA's OSIRIS-REx Mission
An instrument that will explore the surface of a primitive asteroid in search of water and organic materials has arrived at Lockheed Martin Space Systems in Denver for installation onto NASA's Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, and Security–Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx).

07.08.15 – Searing Sun Seen in X-rays
X-rays light up the surface of our sun in a bouquet of colors in this new image containing data from NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR.

07.08.15 – NASA Data Shows Surfer-shaped Waves in Near-Earth Space
The universe overflows with repeating patterns. From the smallest cells to the largest galaxies, scientists are often rewarded by observing similar patterns in vastly different places.

07.06.15 – NuSTAR Stares Deep into Hidden Lairs of Black Holes
Some of the “biggest and baddest” black holes around are buried under thick blankets of gas and dust. These monsters in the middle of galaxies are actively devouring material, but their hidden nature makes observing them a challenge.

06.30.15 – NASA Missions Monitor a Waking Black Hole
NASA's Swift satellite detected a rising tide of high-energy X-rays from the constellation Cygnus on June 15, just before 2:32 p.m. EDT.

06.25.15 – Can Planets Be Rejuvenated Around Dead Stars?
For a planet, this would be like a day at the spa. After years of growing old, a massive planet could, in theory, brighten up with a radiant, youthful glow.

06.25.15 – SDO Sees Mid-level Solar Flare
The sun emitted a mid-level solar flare, peaking at 4:16 a.m. EDT on June 25, 2015. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, which watches the sun constantly, captured an image of the event.

06.24.15 – Earth Directed CME Lights the Skies
Earth experienced a geomagnetic storm on June 22, 2015 due to the arrival of an Earth-directed coronal mass ejection, or CME, from June 20.

06.22.15 – Sun Unleashes Mid-level Flare
The sun emitted a mid-level solar flare, peaking at 2:23 p.m. EDT on June 22, 2015. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, which watches the sun constantly, captured an image of the event.

06.17.15 – Moon Engulfed in Permanent, Lopsided, Dust Cloud
New science results from NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer, or LADEE, mission indicate that the moon is engulfed in a permanent, but lopsided, dust cloud that increases in density when annual events like the Geminids meteor shower spew shooting stars, according to a new study led by University of Colorado Boulder.

06.12.15 – NASA, University Researchers Discuss Search for Life in Solar System, Beyond
NASA and university scientists will discuss at 2 p.m. EDT, Tuesday June 16, astrobiology research activities and technology that are advancing the search for evidence of habitability in our solar system and beyond. The briefing will air live on NASA Television and the agency's website.

06.03.15 – Charting the Milky Way From the Inside Out
Imagine trying to create a map of your house while confined to only the living room. You might peek through the doors into other rooms or look for light spilling in through the windows.

05.22.15 – Coronal Loops Over a Sunspot Group
The Atmospheric Imaging Assembly (AIA) instrument aboard NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) images the solar atmosphere in multiple wavelengths to link changes in the surface to interior changes.

05.21.15 – NASA's WISE Spacecraft Discovers Most Luminous Galaxy in Universe
A remote galaxy shining with the light of more than 300 trillion suns has been discovered using data from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE).

05.20.15 – NASA Spacecraft Capture Rare, Early Moments of Baby Supernovae
Astronomers are going gaga over newborn supernova measurements taken by NASA's Kepler and Swift spacecraft, poring over them in hopes of better understanding what sparks these world-shattering stellar explosions.

05.19.15 – Using a Sounding Rocket to Help Calibrate NASA's SDO
The flight of a two-stage Terrier-Black Brant (Black Brant IX) suborbital sounding rocket was terminated May 21 by safety officials at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico about four seconds into the second stage burn after data showed the vehicle was flying off-course.

05.12.15 – DHS/NASA Space Weather Twitter Chat
When solar storms release solar flares and coronal mass ejections, or CMEs, toward Earth, we can feel the effects here on the ground.

05.07.15 – Star Explosion Is Lopsided, Finds NASA's NuSTAR
NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, has found evidence that a massive star exploded in a lopsided fashion, sending ejected material flying in one direction and the core of the star in the other.

05.06.15 – NASA's SDO Observes ‘Cinco de Mayo’ Solar Flare
The sun emitted a significant solar flare, peaking at 6:11 p.m. EDT on May 5, 2015. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, which watches the sun constantly, captured an image of the event.

05.06.15 – IRIS Celebrates 10,000th Orbit
In this photo, NASA's Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) spacecraft captured several large solar prominences on the edge of the sun last week.

04.29.15 – Extra X-rays at the Hub of Our Milky Way Galaxy
NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, has captured a new high-energy X-ray view (magenta) of the bustling center of our Milky Way galaxy.

04.29.15 – NASA's NuSTAR Captures Possible ‘Screams’ from Zombie Stars
Peering into the heart of the Milky Way galaxy, NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) has spotted a mysterious glow of high-energy X-rays that, according to scientists, could be the “howls” of dead stars as they feed on stellar companions.

04.28.15 – The Fearsome Foursome: Technologies Enable Ambitious MMS Mission
It was unprecedented developing a mission that could fly four identically equipped spacecraft in a tight formation and take measurements 100 times faster than any previous space mission — an achievement enabled in part by four NASA-developed technologies that in some cases took nearly 10 years to mature.

04.28.15 – Strong Evidence For Coronal Heating Theory Presented at 2015 TESS Meeting
The sun's surface is blisteringly hot at 10,340 degrees Fahrenheit — but its atmosphere is another 300 times hotter.

04.28.15 – EUNIS' View of the Sun
NASA's EUNIS sounding rocket examined light from the sun in the area shown by the white line (imposed over an image of the sun from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory) then separated the light into various wavelengths (as shown in the lined images — spectra — on the right and left) to identify the temperature of material observed on the sun.

04.22.15 – NASA Goddard Team Sets High Flying Record with Use of GPS
After years of hard work building a spacecraft, a mission team anxiously awaits after a launch — will the instruments they've crafted all work as well as planned?

04.21.15 – NASA's NExSS Coalition to Lead Search for Life on Distant Worlds
NASA is bringing together experts spanning a variety of scientific fields for an unprecedented initiative dedicated to the search for life on planets outside our solar system.

04.21.15 – SDO Shows Active Regions Across Front of Sun
This solar image taken April 20, 2015, by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, or SDO, shows a complicated pattern of bright regions and soaring loops stretching across the front of the sun.

04.16.15 – White Dwarf May Have Shredded Passing Planet
The destruction of a planet may sound like the stuff of science fiction, but a team of astronomers has found evidence that this may have happened in an ancient cluster of stars at the edge of the Milky Way galaxy.

04.10.15 – Accelerating Universe: Not As Fast?
A UA-led team of astronomers found that the type of supernovae commonly used to measure distances in the universe fall into distinct populations not recognized before.

04.09.15 – NASA Study Finds Small Solar Eruptions Can Have Profound Effects On Unprotected Planets
While no one yet knows what's needed to build a habitable planet, it's clear that the interplay between the sun and Earth is crucial for making our planet livable — a balance between a sun that provides energy and a planet that can protect itself from the harshest solar emissions.

04.08.15 – NASA Gives Green Light for Johns Hopkins APL to Begin Building Solar Probe Plus Spacecraft
NASA's Solar Probe Plus mission — which will fly closer to the sun than any spacecraft has before — reached a major milestone last month when it successfully completed its Critical Design Review, or CDR.

04.08.15 – Seasonal, Year-Long Cycles Seen on the Sun
Our sun is constantly changing. It goes through cycles of activity — swinging between times of relative calm and times when frequent explosions on its surface can fling light, particles and energy out into space.

04.07.15 – The Solar System and Beyond is Awash in Water
As NASA missions explore our solar system and search for new worlds, they are finding water in surprising places.

04.02.15 – Suzaku Studies Supernova ‘Crime Scene,’ Shows a Single white Dwarf to Blame
Using archival data from the Japan-led Suzaku X-ray satellite, astronomers have determined the pre-explosion mass of a white dwarf star that blew up thousands of years ago.

03.26.15 – Astronomers Upgrade Their Cosmic Light Bulbs
The brilliant explosions of dead stars have been used for years to illuminate the far-flung reaches of our cosmos.

03.25.15 – Black Hole's ‘Wind’ Linked to Galactic Gush of Star-forming Gas
Scientists have connected a fierce “wind” produced near a galaxy's monster black hole to an outward torrent of cold gas a thousand light-years across.

03.24.15 – NASA Funded Mission Studies the Sun in Soft X-Rays
At any given moment, our sun emits a range of light waves far more expansive than what our eyes alone can see: from visible light to extreme ultraviolet to soft and hard X-rays.

03.19.15 – Spring Solar Eclipse Visible In Europe on March 20
During the morning of March 20, 2015, a total solar eclipse will be visible from the Faroe Islands, located northwest of Scotland, and the Svalbard Islands, located east of Greenland.

03.18.15 – National Air and Space Museum Debuts Must-see Sun Video Wall
A new addition to the National Air & Space museum is the 7 by 6 ft. video wall, showing full sun recordings captured by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory the previous day.

03.17.15 – NASA's SDO Sees Two Coronal Holes
NASA's SDO captured an image on March 16, which shows two dark patches, known as coronal holes — one of the largest polar holes seen in decades.

03.16.15 – MMS: Five Years, Four Spacecraft, Thousands of Inspired Students
“It;s vital to instill passion in kids by talking about how NASA researches and explores the environment around us and in space.” - Troy Cline.

03.13.15 – Key Tests At NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center Lab Ensure Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission Instrument Operations
Scientists at the Marshall Center are watching as the Magnetospheric Multiscale satellites' 16 Dual Ion Spectrometer, or DIS, flight sensors turn on.

03.12.15 – Launch Begins MMS Mission in Spectacular Fashion
The four spacecraft of NASA's MMS spacecraft are flying high above Earth to begin a comprehensive experiment designed to uncover the details of magnetic reconnection and the energy it produces.

03.11.15 – Sun Emits Significant Solar Flare
The sun release an X-class solar flare, an X2.2, peaking at 12:22 p.m. EDT on March 11, 2015. NASA's SDO, which watches the sun constantly, captured an image of the event.

03.11.15 – Superfast Sensors for New MMS Mission
Scheduled to launch on March 12, 2015, the MMS mission carries sensors with unprecedented observational speeds, including, the Fast Plasma Investigation, or FPI, which was built at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.

03.10.15 – SDO Captures Images Of Mid-Level Solar Flares
Solar active region AR2297 is rife with mid-level flares. Two more mid-level flares, an M5.8-class and an M5.1-class, have been observed.

03.10.15 – NASA to Investigate Magnetic Explosions
Magnetic reconnection could be the Universe's favorite way to make things explode. The problem is, researchers can't explain it.

03.10.15 – Studying Magnetic Reconnection Near Earth
The Magnetospheric Multiscale mission is scheduled to launch on March 12, 2015. It will study magnetic reconnection, a process at the heart of many events in space.

03.03.15 – The Sun Ushers in March with a Mid-class Flare
The sun emitted a mid-level solar flare, an M8.2-class, peaking at 8:35 p.m. EST on March 2, 2015.

03.03.15 – Two Solar Wind Jets Found in the Heliosphere
New NASA-funded research found that the giant bubble around our solar system, the heliosphere, is much shorter and smaller than previously thought.

02.25.15 – Pre-Launch Briefing for the MMS Mission
On Feb. 25, 2015, at a pre-launch press-briefing at NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC, four scientists will discuss the past and future of the MMS mission.

02.24.15 – SOHO Sees Something New Near The Sun
An unusual comet skirted past the sun Feb 18-21, 2015, as captured by ESA and NASA's Solar and Heliospheric Observatory, or SOHO.

02.19.15 – New NASA Movie on the MMS Mission
NASA releases a movie on the new Magnetospheric Multiscale, or MMS, mission due to launch on March 12, 2015.

02.19.15 – NASA, ESA Telescopes Give Shape to Furious Black Hole Winds
NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) and ESA's (European Space Agency) XMM-Newton telescope are showing that fierce winds from a supermassive black hole blow outward in all directions — a phenomenon that had been suspected, but difficult to prove until now.

02.11.15 – New Videos Highlight NASA SDO's Fifth Anniversary
In honor of SDO's fifth anniversary, on Feb. 11, 2015, NASA has released two videos showcasing highlights from the last five years of sun watching.

02.10.15 – NASA's SDO Sees Giant Filament on the Sun
A dark line snaked across the lower half of the sun, on Feb.10, 2015, as seen by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory.

02.06.15 – NOAA's DSCOVR: Offering A New View of the Solar Wind
In February 2015, the United States Air Force will launch a NOAA satellite called Deep Space Climate Observatory, or DSCOVR, that will also help NASA scientists answer scientific mysteries about the solar wind and forecast space weather at Earth.

01.28.15 – ASSP Sounding Rocket Launches Successfully from Alaska
Rocket #5 - the Aural Spatial Structures Probe - was successfully launched at 5:41 a.m. EST on Jan. 28, 2015, from the Poker Flat Research Range in Alaska.

01.26.15 – Marshall Space Flight Center Scientist Awarded American Astronomical Society Prize for Solar Studies
Dr. Jonathan Cirtain has been awarded the 2015 Karen Harvey Prize by the Solar Physics Division of the American Astronomical Society.

01.23.15 – INTEGRAL Manoeuvres for the Future
Since 2002, ESA's Integral spacecraft has been observing some of the most violent events in the Universe, including gamma-ray bursts and black holes. While it still has years of life ahead, its fuel will certainly run out one day.

01.22.15 – SOHO and Hinode Offer New Insight Into Solar Eruptions
A journal paper in Nature magazine on Oct. 23, 2014, used data from NASA missions to describe what triggers a Coronal Mass Ejection.

01.20.15 – SDO Instrument Collects 100-Millionth Image
An instrument on NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured its 100 millionth image of the sun on Jan. 19, 2015.

01.16.15 – NuSTAR Principal Investigator Receives Astrophysics Prize
The 2015 Rossi Prize has been awarded to Fiona Harrison, the principal investigator of NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR.

01.15.15 – NEOWISE: A Yearlong Look at the Sky
A NASA spacecraft using infrared imaging discovered 40 near-Earth objects in one year and observed many others, including a comet that has become the brightest comet in Earth's night sky in early 2015.

01.13.15 – First Notable Solar Flare of 2015
The sun emitted a mid-level solar flare, peaking at 11:24 p.m. EST on Jan. 12, 2015.

01.08.15 – Will the Real Monster Black Hole Please Stand Up?
New data from NASA's NuSTAR mission determine which of two supermassive black holes is pouring out X-rays in a colliding pair of galaxies.

01.06.15 – ‘Disk Detectives’ Find Over 1M Possible Planetary Habitats
Volunteers have combed through NASA data to identify more than 1 million potential targets for future planet-hunting missions.