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Vitamin B3, Perhaps Delivered to Ancient Earth by Meteorites

04.17.2014
Goddard's Astrobiology Analytical Laboratory found the vitamin, which can form non-biologically, in multiple meteorites. The presence of water seemed to affect the amount of compound detected.

Construction to Begin on NASA Spacecraft for 2018 Asteroid Visit

04.10.2014
The OSIRIS-REx team has been given the go-ahead to begin building the spacecraft, flight instruments and ground system, and launch support facilities.

NASA's LRO Mission and North America to Experience Total Lunar Eclipse

04.08.2014
During the April 15 eclipse, the moon will be shadowed by Earth, and the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter’s instruments will take a nap.

NASA Releases First Interactive Mosaic of Lunar North Pole

03.18.2014
Using cameras on NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, scientists created an interactive 950-gigabyte mosaic of the moon from 60 degrees north to the pole, with a resolution of 2 meters per pixel.

New Technique Could Search Space Dust for Life's Ingredients

02.03.2014
Scientists at Goddard's Astrobiology Analytical Laboratory inspected tiny meteorite samples to look for the components of life. The method is also suitable for micrometeorites and interplanetary dust.

NASA's LRO Snaps a Picture of LADEE Spacecraft

01.29.2014
With precise timing, the camera aboard NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter was able to snap a picture of NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer as both spacecraft orbit the moon.

NASA Invites Public to Send Names on an Asteroid Mission and Beyond

01.15.2014
NASA invites people to submit their names to the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft , and to receive updates on the location of their names from the 2016 launch until the asteroid samples return to Earth.

Internet Radio Provides Musical Space-Weather Reports from NASA's LRO Mission

01.09.2014
The latest tool for checking space weather is an internet radio station fed by data from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO).

NASA Releases New Earthrise Simulation Video

12.20.2013
NASA has issued a new visualization of the events leading to one of the iconic photographs of the 20th century: Earth rising over the moon, as captured by the crew of the Apollo 8 mission.

'Earthrise' A New Visualization - 45th Anniversary of Apollo 8 Viewing Earth from Space

12.20.2013
It was 45 years ago, on December 24, 1968 when Apollo 8 astronauts captured 'Earthrise' – the first color photograph of Earth taken by a person in lunar orbit.

NASA | Earthrise: The 45th Anniversary

12.20.2013
In December of 1968, the crew of Apollo 8 became the first people to leave our home planet and travel to another body in space.

Countdown Begins for NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Asteroid Mission

12.10.2013
NASA’s OSIRIS-REx asteroid sample return mission began its countdown on December 9 at 7:43 p.m. EST, marking 999 days remaining until the opening of the mission’s launch window in September 2016.

NASA Highlights Mars, Ozone Hole, and the Sun at American Geophysical Union

12.06.2013
NASA researchers will present new findings on a wide range of Earth and space science topics next week at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU).

New NASA Goddard Visitor Center exhibit revitalizes Rocket Garden

10.31.2013
The new Astrobiology Walk, located outdoors at the NASA Goddard Visitor Center, leads guests through the origins of the solar system and of life on our world, highlighting Goddard's contributions.

Attention Rocketeers! Learn about NASA's Next Moon Mission.

08.28.2013
The public is invited to launch model rockets and learn about LADEE, NASA's next lunar mission, on Sept. 1 at the Visitor Center at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.

New NASA Mission to Help Us Learn How to Mine Asteroids

08.08.2013
NASA's OSIRIS-REx mission is developing technologies to explore asteroids or mine the vast sources of scarce material that they offer.

Science Outreach Reaches In

07.23.2013
Some 60 scientists, researchers, interns and outreach personnel manned stations for the annual Science Jamboree at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., on July 16.

LRO Looks at Apollo 12, Surveyor 3 Landing Sites

07.09.2013
New images from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter reveal the Apollo 12 lunar module (Intrepid), the nearby Surveyor 3 spacecraft and astronaut tracks throughout the area.

OSIRIS-REx Team Member Selected By White House As A Citizen Science Champion of Change

06.26.2013
OSIRIS-REx team member Dolores Hill received a Citizen Science Champions of Change Award for her work on the "Target Asteroids!" campaign, which enlists amateur astronomers to observe asteroids.

Metamorphosis of Moon’s Water Ice Explained

06.19.2013
Using data gathered by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) mission, scientists have explained how energetic particles penetrating lunar soil can create molecular hydrogen from water ice.

NASA's LRO: Four Years in Orbit

06.18.2013
During the past four years, NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has revealed that the moon is a more complex and dynamic world than we had ever expected.

The Moon and Sun: Two NASA Missions Join Images

06.12.2013
NASA visualizers created a unique eclipse image by combining the view from the Solar Dynamics Observatory with a model of the moon based on Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter data.

NASA's Robotic LRO Spacecraft Provides Data for Human Exploration

06.11.2013
NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter is yielding information about the radiation environment humans will encounter as they venture into deep space.

LADEE Arrives at Wallops for Moon Mission

06.04.2013
The NASA Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) arrived today at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility to begin final processing for its trip to the moon later this year.

NASA's GRAIL Mission Solves Moon Mystery

05.30.2013
A mystery of the moon that imperiled astronauts and spacecraft on lunar missions has been solved using measurements made by NASA's GRAIL mission combined with LRO data.
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