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

01.28.2016
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.

Goddard Year in Review - 2015

12.22.2015
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.

Mars Mission Reveals Speed of Solar Wind Stripping Planet’s Atmosphere

11.05.2015
Data from NASA’s MAVEN mission have enabled researchers to determine that the solar wind strips away about 1/4 pound of gas from the Martian atmosphere every second, and perhaps more at times.

Explore@NASAGoddard 2015 Concludes

09.28.2015
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

09.25.2015
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...

MAVEN Mission Celebrates One Year at Mars

09.22.2015
NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution spacecraft has been in orbit around Mars for one Earth year. MAVEN was launched on Nov. 18, 2013, and successfully entered Mars orbit on Sept. 21, 2014.

The Fact and Fiction of Martian Dust Storms

09.18.2015
Goddard scientists discuss the reality of dust storms on Mars, which sometimes kick up enough dust to be seen by telescopes on Earth.

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

09.16.2015
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.

Mapping Mars' Upper Atmosphere

09.02.2015
High above the thin Martian skies, NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft is carrying out a mission: determine how Mars lost its early atmosphere, and with it, its water. While previous Mars orbiters have peered dow

Lunar IceCube to Take on Big Mission From Small Package

08.04.2015
Goddard is part of the team developing a shoebox-sized mission called Lunar IceCube to search for water ice and other resources from above the surface of the moon.

Science Jamboree Attracts Interns, Scientists from Across Goddard

07.10.2015
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.

MAVEN Results Find Mars Behaving Like a Rock Star

06.20.2015
If planets had personalities, Mars would be a rock star, according to recent preliminary results from NASA's MAVEN spacecraft.

MAVEN Completes 1,000 Orbits around Mars

04.08.2015
NASA’s MAVEN mission, the first mission devoted to understanding the Martian upper atmosphere, completed 1,000 orbits around the Red Planet on April 6, 2015.

NASA Spacecraft Detects Aurora and Mysterious Dust Cloud around Mars

03.18.2015
NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution spacecraft has observed an unexplained high-altitude dust cloud and an aurora that reaches surprisingly deep into the Martian atmosphere.

MAVEN Completes First 'Deep Dip' Campaign

02.19.2015
The first of five scheduled "deep-dip" maneuvers was designed to gather measurements closer to the lower end of Mars' upper atmosphere.

MAVEN Identifies Links in Chain Leading to Atmospheric Loss

12.15.2014
Early observations from the Mars-orbiting mission reveal details, including a new process by which the solar wind can penetrate deep into a planetary atmosphere.

MESSENGER Data Suggest Recurring Meteor Shower on Mercury

12.12.2014
The closest planet to the sun appears to get hit by a periodic meteor shower, possibly associated with comet Encke, which produces multiple events annually on Earth.

Newest NASA Mars Orbiter Demonstrates Relay Prowess

11.13.2014
The newest node in NASA's Mars telecommunications network -- a radio aboard the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution orbiter -- handled 550 megabits during its first relay of real Mars data.

Mars Spacecraft Reveal Comet Flyby Effects on Martian Atmosphere

11.07.2014
Three orbiters made the first close observations of a comet flyby of Mars, gathering new data about the basic properties of the comet’s nucleus and directly detecting effects on the Mars’ atmosphere.

MAVEN Ultraviolet Image of Comet Siding Spring’s Hydrogen Coma

10.23.2014
NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft captured an ultraviolet image of hydrogen surrounding comet Siding Spring. The cloud was about a half degree across, comparable in size to Earth’s moon as seen from Earth.

NASA's MAVEN Studies Passing Comet and Its Effects

10.21.2014
NASA's newest orbiter at Mars, MAVEN, took precautions to avoid harm from a dust-spewing comet that flew near Mars today and is studying the flyby's effects on the Red Planet's atmosphere.

NASA Mission Provides Its First Look at Martian Upper Atmosphere

10.14.2014
MAVEN already has provided our first look at a storm of energetic solar particles at Mars, mapped atmospheric ozone, and obtained the most complete picture of the planet’s extended upper atmosphere.

MAVEN Spacecraft Returns First Mars Observations

09.24.2014
MAVEN’s first observations of the extended upper atmosphere around Mars have come in, revealing hydrogen, oxygen and reflected sunlight, as well as a composite view from 36,500 kilometers.

NASA’s Newest Mars Mission Enters Orbit

09.21.2014
NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft successfully entered Mars orbit at 10:24 p.m. EDT Sunday, Sept. 21, where it will prepare to study the Red Planet’s upper atmosphere as no mission has done before.

NASA Mars Spacecraft Ready for Sept. 21 Orbit Insertion

09.17.2014
NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft is nearing its scheduled Sept. 21 insertion into Martian orbit. The mission timeline will place the spacecraft in orbit at approximately 9:50 p.m. EDT.
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