This stunning image by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope features the spiral galaxy NGC 5643 in the constellation of Lupus (The Wolf). Looking this good isn’t easy; thirty different exposures, for a total of 9 hours observation time, together with the high resolution and clarity of Hubble, were needed to produce an image of such high level of detail and of beauty. NGC 5643 is about 60 million light-years away from Earth and has been the host of a recent supernova event (not visible in this latest image). This supernova (2017cbv) was a specific type in which a white dwarf steals so much mass from a companion star that it becomes unstable and explodes. The explosion releases significant amounts of energy and lights up that part of the galaxy. The observation was proposed by Adam Riess, who was awarded a Nobel Laureate in physics 2011 for his contributions to the discovery of the accelerating expansion of the Universe, alongside Saul Perlmutter and Brian Schmidt.

NASA, FAA working together to ensure healthy future for commercial space travel

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Senate committee approves FAA nominee over Dem objections

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In this Monday, March 11, 2019 file photo, a Boeing 737 MAX 8 airplane being built for TUI Group sits parked in the background at right at Boeing Co.'s Renton Assembly Plant in Renton, Wash. The Transportation Department confirmed that its watchdog agency will examine how the FAA certified the Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft, the now-grounded plane involved in two fatal accidents within five months. The FAA had stood by the safety of the plane up until last Wednesday, March 13, 2019 despite other countries grounding it.  (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

Trump names pick for FAA job as agency faces aircraft scrutiny

President Donald Trump announced the nomination of a permanent administrator of Federal Aviation Administration as the agency faces new scrutiny over its…

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FILE - In this Nov. 12, 2017, file photo provided by South Korea Defense Ministry, three U.S. aircraft carriers USS Nimitz, left top, USS Ronald Reagan, left center, and USS Theodore Roosevelt, left bottom, participate with other U.S. and South Korean navy ships during a joint naval exercises between the United States and South Korea in waters off South Korea's eastern coast. U.S. President Donald Trump promised to end “war games” with South Korea, calling them provocative, after meeting North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on June 12, 2018. His announcement appeared to catch both South Korea and the Pentagon by surprise. (South Korea Defense Ministry via AP, File)

CBO: DoD will need $735B by 2033 to cover cost of plans

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Another shutdown? FAA unions warn employees would leave or retire

Labor groups representing Federal Aviation Administration employees warned House lawmakers another partial government shutdown would further harm the agency’s ability to recruit and retain highly skilled staff. 

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