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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...

MAVEN Mission Celebrates One Year at Mars

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Investigating the Martian Atmosphere (video)

MAVEN will be the first spacecraft devoted to studying the Red Planet's upper atmosphere, in an effort to understand how the Martian climate has changed over time.

NASA's MAVEN spacecraft makes final preparations for Mars

On Sept. 21, 2014, the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution spacecraft will complete roughly 10 months of travel and enter orbit around the Red Planet.

Electric Sparks May Alter Evolution of Lunar Soil

Severe solar storms could generate enough electric charge in the top layer of the lunar surface to crack moon dust and may have changed the very nature of the moon's polar soil.
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