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When Worlds Collide, Chances for Alien Life Dwindle

Tight double-star systems with the dusty remains of huge planet collisions may not be the best places to look for extraterrestrial life, a new study has found. Full story

Mixed bag of space rocks found near Earth

A new survey of asteroids near Earth by a NASA space telescope has found a much wider variety of the space rocks than previously thought, with some shiny and bright while others are dark and dull. Full story

Infrared wonders

   Highlights from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope

Hot new stars featured in cosmic portrait

For hot, young stars, the Orion Nebula seems like the place to be, according to a stunning new image taken by a NASA telescope. Full story

Star's dusty remains illuminated by telescopes

The dusty remains of a collapsed star can be seen flying past and engulfing a nearby family of stars in new images from NASA's Chandra and Spitzer space telescopes. Full story

Infrared portrait traces the life cycle of stars

Recycled piles of stardust – and the stars that suck them up and spit them out — have been revealed in a new image of a dwarf galaxy near our own Milky Way. Full story

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In this image provided by NASA Wednesday Oct. 3, 2012 a dying star is throwing a cosmic tantrum in this combined image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and the Galaxy Evolution Explorer. In death, the star's dusty outer layers are unraveling into space, glowing from the intense ultraviolet radiat

Spitzer, Kepler and Sentinel
Spitzer, Kepler and Sentinel

Ball Aerospace played a role in building the Spitzer Space Telescope and Kepler planet-hunting probe , and is in line to become the prime contractor for the proposed Sentinel Space Telescope (artist's conception at right).

Image of green ring nebula
Image of green ring nebula

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has captured an image of a glowing emerald nebula in the murky clouds encircled by the tail of the constellation Scorpius. These bubbles are thought to be common throughout the Milky Way.