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This giant, flower-shaped starshade creates an artificial eclipse to see distant exoplanets

Starshade is a proposed flower-shaped spacecraft that can create an artificial eclipse, allowing space telescopes to spot planets orbiting distant stars.

The Many Names of WFIRST

NASA’s next big “flagship” astronomy mission, following the ambitious James Webb Space Telescope due to be launched in 2018, is currently known as the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST)—but it's had a slew of different names.

How Does a NASA Scientist End Up Working on an ESA Mission?

Cosmologist Jason Rhodes details the path he took to play a leading role in a European mission designed to learn about dark energy.

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