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GPM Launches

GPM Launches: The Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Core Observatory, a joint Earth-observing mission between NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), thundered into space at 1:37 p.m. EST 2/27.

Press Releases & Feature Stories

  • Groundwater Deficit Out West

    08.01.2014
    Long-term drought and aggressive seasonal wildfires have consumed property, lives, and farmland in the American West and part of the problem lies in the groundwater deficit.
  • Iselle (Eastern Pacific Ocean)

    08.01.2014
    NASA eyes powerful bands of thunderstorms in newborn Tropical Storm Iselle.
  • Bertha (Atlantic Ocean)

    08.01.2014
    NASA finds heavy tainfall and wind shear in newborn Tropical Storm Bertha....
  • Seeing Through Sakha's Smoke

    07.31.2014
    Sakha is famous for being one of the coldest parts of Russia. But in July 2014, it wasn’t the cold that worried the nearly million people who live there. It was fire.
  • NASA's Fermi Space Telescope Reveals New Source of Gamma Rays

    07.31.2014
    Observations by NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope of several stellar eruptions, called novae, firmly establish these relatively common outbursts almost always produce gamma rays.

Directorate News

Science Jamboree a big success

07.18.2014
science jamboree photos thumbnailOn July 17, Code 600’s Science Jamboree filled the Building 28 atrium with displays and demonstrations from all science divisions. The Scientific Visualization Studio showed 3D movies in the screening room and there were spectacular Hyperwall presentations. Tours were available in the Flight Dynamics Facility’s Mission Operations Room and the NASA Center for Climate Simulation. Next year... don't miss it!

NASA Goddard scientists mentioned in World's Most Influential Scientific Minds 2014

07.01.2014
Nine Goddard researchers are listed in the recently released report: The World's Most Influential Scientific Minds: 2014. Publications by these and other Goddard researchers can be found in the Goddard Authors & Publications collection.

Bruce Woodgate Passes

04.28.2014
Dr. Bruce Woodgate passed away April 28, 2014 after suffering several strokes. Bruce has a remarkable career, spanning nearly 40 years as a civil servant at Goddard. Bruce was also a mentor to legions of students and young scientists. He retired recently and was still working on UV detectors as an Emeritus scientist. He had very broad interests, in subjects ranging from earth science to stellar atmospheres to exoplanets to large scale structure in the universe. Bruce was probably best known as the PI for the Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph (STIS) for the Hubble Space Telescope. In this capacity he led the design and development of the instrument, including preparation of flight-worthy large-format CCDs and Multi Anode Multi Array (MAMA) detectors that dramatically advanced the state of the art over the previous HST spectrographs.
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The Sciences and Exploration Directorate is the largest Earth and space science research organization in the world. Its scientists advance understanding of the Earth and its life-sustaining environment, the Sun, the solar system, and the wider universe beyond. The Directorate is part of Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.

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