SCIENTISTS CATCH THEIR FIRST ELUSIVE “DARK” GAMMA-RAY BURST

For the first time, scientists — racing the clock — have snapped a photo of an unusual type of gamma-ray-burst event one minute after the explosion. They captured a particularly fast-fading type of “dark” burst, which comprises about half of all gamma-ray bursts.
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NASA’S YEAR OF CHALLENGES, CHANGES AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS

NASA completed a monumental and comprehensive shift in management philosophy and structure during a busy and exciting year. NASA is flourishing with the vision of exploration and discovery, as the agency continues to strive to understand and protect the Earth; explore the Universe and search for life; and inspire the next generation of explorers, as only NASA can.

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NASA TRACKS SANTA

Santa Claus and his reindeer will have some expert help this Christmas Eve, as they streak around the world to deliver joy and gifts to children everywhere. NASA flight controllers in Houston’s Mission Control Center will watch over Santa throughout the night, just as they watch over the International Space Station and its crew every day.
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