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Press Releases & Feature Stories

Fermi Data Tantalize With New Clues To Dark Matter

04.03.2014
A new study of gamma-ray light from the center of our galaxy makes the strongest case to date that some of this emission may arise from dark matter.

With A Deadly Embrace, 'Spidery' Pulsars Consume Their Mates

02.20.2014
Learn how astronomers discovered PSR J1311-3430, a record-breaking black widow binary and the first of its kind discovered solely through gamma-ray observations.

NASA Spacecraft Take Aim At Nearby Supernova

01.24.2014
An exceptionally close stellar explosion discovered on Jan. 21 has become the focus of observatories around and above the globe, including several NASA spacecraft.

Swift Catches X-ray Action at Milky Way's Center

01.08.2014
Recent observations by the Swift spacecraft have led to the discovery of a rare celestial entity that may help scientists test predictions of Albert Einstein's theory of general relativity.

NASA's Fermi Makes First Gamma-ray Study of a Gravitational Lens

01.06.2014
An international team of astronomers, using NASA's Fermi observatory, has made the first-ever gamma-ray measurements of a gravitational lens.
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Laboratory News

Congratulations to Julie McEnery

04.23.2014
Julie McEnery has been elected as vice-chair/chair of the Division of Astrophysics in the American Physical Society. This is a 4 year appointment where she starts as vice-chair now, and will become the chair in two years time.

2013 Robert H. Goddard Awards for ASD

02.06.2014
Science (Individual and Team Recognition) Elizabeth Hays (661), Aki Roberge (667), Charles Bowers (667)
Diversity and Equal Employment Opportunity (Individual and Team Recognition John Baker (663), Jane Rigby (665)
Mentoring (Individual and Team Recognition) The Balloon Experimental Twin Telescope for Infrared Interferometry (BETTII) Team - Stephen Rinehart (665)
Outreach (Individual and Team Recognition) Amber Straughn (665)
Robert H. Goddard Award of Merit (Individual Only) Alice Harding (663)

Breakthrough of the Year

12.20.2013
A Fermi science result from this past year was selected as a runner-up for "Breakthrough of the Year" by Science Magazine... congratulations to the Fermi team!
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Overview

The Astroparticle Physics Laboratory conducts research in cosmic ray and gamma ray high-energy astrophysics. Researchers investigate high-energy phenomena in the universe in terms of unified theories of fundamental interactions. The Laboratory conducts a broad range of space-based scientific studies of the origin, nature, and effect of cosmic rays. Researchers also observe gamma radiation that carries the signatures of physical processes at work throughout the universe. The birth and evolution of black holes and other compact objects is a key area of investigation. The Laboratory emphasizes the development of new detectors and instrumentation technologies.

Aspirations and Outlook for NASA Cosmic Ray Research on Balloons and in Space (PDF)

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