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Studying the Solar System with NASA’s Webb Telescope

In addition to looking across vast distances, NASA's James Webb Space Telescope will study planets, moons and small objects in our solar system.

We’re Hosting a ‘State of NASA’ Event at an Agency Location Nearest You

NASA is opening its doors and inviting its social media followers and news media to an in-person ‘State of NASA’ event on Feb. 9, 2016, at one of the agency’s 10 field centers.

Student-Built Experiment Integrated onto OSIRIS-REx

A student-built experiment for NASA’s Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) mission has been integrated onto the spacecraft.

Stefanie Milam: Studying the Volatile Universe

Research scientist Stefanie Milam seeks to understand the origin of our solar system through laboratory and observational studies.

Goddard Year in Review - 2015

As the year draws to a close, many of us send out cards to friends and loved ones. Gathered here are just a few of the shining moments from the Goddard "household" in 2015.

NASA Releases New High-Resolution Earthrise Image

The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter provided this composite image of Earth appearing to rise over the lunar horizon – a combination of high-resolution detail and color data from the spacecraft’s cameras.

Rare Full Moon on Christmas Day

This year, a bright full moon will dawn in the skies on Christmas – an added gift for the holidays. The peak will occur at 6:11 a.m. EST. The last full moon on Christmas occurred in 1977.

International Instrument Delivered for 2016 OSIRIS-REx Mission

A sophisticated laser-based mapping instrument – the OSIRIS-REx Laser Altimeter, which will scan the asteroid’s entire surface – has been delivered for integration onto NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft.

NASA Visualizations Show Phases of the Moon for 2016

NASA's LRO released high-definition 4K visualizations of the moon's phase and libration at hourly intervals in 2016 (click here for the southern hemisphere).

New NASA Study Reveals Origin of Organic Matter in Apollo Lunar Samples

Using modern analytical capabilities, a team of NASA-funded scientists has solved an enduring mystery from the Apollo missions: the origin of organic matter found in lunar samples returned to Earth.

Researchers Catch Comet Lovejoy Giving Away Alcohol

Researchers found 21 organic molecules in gas from comet Lovejoy (aka C/2014 Q2), including ethyl alcohol and a simple sugar. It’s the first time ethyl alcohol has been detected in a comet.

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft Begins Environmental Testing

The OSIRIS-REx spacecraft is undergoing environmental testing at Lockheed Martin Space Systems facilities, near Denver, Colorado.

Explore@NASAGoddard 2015 Concludes

Gates opened to the public Sept. 26, 2015, at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, for the first time in four years in celebration of Hubble's 25th anniversary.

Open House Sneak Peek: Explore Goddard’s Latest Science

Since it last opened its gates to the public in 2011, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center has seen rapid growth and discovery in its four science disciplines...

NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter’s Dance with Eclipses

For the LRO spacecraft orbiting the moon, the Sept. 27, 2015, lunar eclipse brings an opportunity to conduct some rare science while in Earth’s shadow.

NASA Goddard Opens Doors to Public to Explore@NASA Goddard, Free Event

NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, is opening its doors for the first time in four years to give the public a chance to explore what happens behind the gates of the campus.

NASA's LRO Discovers Earth is 'Massaging' the Shrinking Moon

Earth's gravity has influenced the orientation of thousands of faults that form in the lunar surface as the moon shrinks, according to new results from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter.

Supermoon Lunar Eclipse

On September 27, 2015, there will be a rare supermoon lunar eclipse. NASA Goddard explains what makes this event special.

Cameras Delivered for NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Mission

The first U.S. mission to return samples of an asteroid to Earth is another step closer to its fall 2016 launch, with the delivery of three cameras that will image and map the giant space rock.

Jupiter’s Great Red Spot: A Swirling Mystery

Jupiter's Great Red Spot has been swirling wildly for the past 150 years — and maybe much longer — yet we still don't know exactly why it's red. Goddard scientists are finding answers.

How Sunlight Pushes Asteroids

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission to the near-Earth asteroid Bennu will spend some time investigating the Yarkovsky effect, which can cause rotating asteroids to drift widely over time.

NASA Researchers Find 'Frozen' Recipe for Extraterrestrial Vitamin

Scientists find that vitamin B3, a precursor to a molecule needed for metabolism, could have been made on icy dust grains in space and later delivered to Earth by meteorites and comets.

Science Jamboree Attracts Interns, Scientists from Across Goddard

From cryogenically frozen marshmallows and pennies to 3D printed supernova, Tuesday’s Science Jamboree filled the atrium in Building 28 with science displays and demonstrations.

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Cleared Mission Operations Review

The review demonstrated the team’s progress in developing the procedures to execute the complicated activities needed to return a sample from a primitive asteroid named Bennu.

Second Instrument Delivered for NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Mission

The OSIRIS-REx Visible and Infrared Spectrometer, which will explore the surface of the primitive asteroid Bennu in search of water and organic materials, has arrived at Lockheed Martin.
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