Photo: Southeast part of Pluto, including a dark spot called the Cthulhu Regio, whose name is inspired by author H.P. Lovecraft's fictional deity, and the Hillary Montes, named after explorer Sir Edmund Hillary - @Odditist
Upcoming: NASA releases a new colorized photo of Pluto ahead of its press conference today at 2 pm ET when they will discuss their latest science findings from last week's New Horizons spacecraft flyby of the dwarf planet. We will update and carry live video of the event.
Jon Jenkins, Kepler data analysis lead at NASA's Ames Research Center, says on discovery of Kepler-452b: 'It's awe-inspiring to consider that this planet has spent 6 billion years in the habitable zone of its star; longer than Earth. That's substantial opportunity for life to arise, should all the necessary ingredients and conditions for life exist on this planet.' - @NASAKepler
Upcoming: NASA is holding a press conference at noon ET at which it is expected the agency will announce its Kepler Space Telescope has discovered a planet very similar to Earth in the Milky Way galaxy. We will carry a live feed here.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is the United States government agency responsible for the civilian space program as well as aeronautics and aerospace research.
President Dwight D. Eisenhower established the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in 1958 with a distinctly civilian (rather than military) orientation encouraging peaceful applications in space science. The National Aeronautics and Space Act was passed on July 29, 1958, disestablishing NASA's predecessor, the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA). The new agency became operational on October 1, 1958.
Since that time, most US space exploration efforts have been led by NASA, including the Apollo moon-landing missions, the Skylab space station, and later the Space Shuttle. Currently, NASA is supporting the International Space Station and is overseeing the development of the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle, the Space Launch System and Commercial Crew vehicles. The agency is also responsible for the Launch Services Program (LSP) which provides oversight of launch operations and countdown management for unmanned NASA launches.
NASA science is focused on better understanding Earth through the Earth Observing System, advancing heliophysics through the efforts of the Science Mission Directorate's Heliophysics Research Program, exploring bodies throughout the Solar System with advanced robotic spacecraft missions such as New Horizons, and researching astrophysics topics, such as the Big Bang, through the Great Observatories and associated programs. NASA shares data with various national and international organizations such as from the Greenhouse Gases Observing Satellite.