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NASA's Fermi Satellite Finds Hints of Starquakes in Magnetar 'Storm'

10.21.2014
Astronomers analyzing the data from Fermi's detection of a "storm" of high-energy blasts from a magnetar have discovered underlying signals related to seismic waves rippling throughout it.

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.

NASA's Fermi Finds A 'Transformer' Pulsar

07.22.2014
In late June 2013, an exceptional binary containing a rapidly spinning neutron star underwent a dramatic change in behavior never before observed.

NASA's Swift Satellite Tallies Water Production of Mars-bound Comet

06.19.2014
In late May, NASA's Swift satellite imaged comet Siding Spring, which will brush astonishingly close to Mars later this year.

Black Hole ‘Batteries’ Keep Blazars Going and Going

06.03.2014
Astronomers studying two classes of black-hole-powered galaxies monitored by NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope have found evidence that they represent different sides of the same cosmic coin.
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2014 Agency Honor Award Recipients

07.16.2014
Please congratulate the 2014 Agency Honor Award recipients.

Outstanding Leadership Medal
Julie McEnery/661
Citation: For outstanding leadership of NASA’s Fermi Gamma Ray Observatory

Exceptional Achievement Medal
Matthew Greenhouse/665
Citation: For excellence achieved as Project Scientist to advance science technology and development for the James Webb Space Telescope instrument team.

Exceptional Technology Achievement Medal
Simon Bandler/662
Citation: For exceptional technology contribution in the development of X-ray quantum calorimeters with unprecedented energy resolution for future space astrophysics.

Group Achievement Awards

The Astro-H Soft X-Ray Telescope Team/Peter Serlemitsos/662 (POC)
ASD Team Members: Takashi Okajima (662), Lawrence G. Olsen (660.3)
Citation: For the development and timely delivery of the Astro-H Soft X-ray Telescopes, with performance exceeding mission goals.

Astro-H Soft X-Ray Spectrometer Instrument Team/Gary Sneiderman/592
ASD Team Members: Norman Dobson (660.3), Megan Eckart (662), Richard Kelley (662), Caroline Kilbourne (662), Frederick Scott Porter (662)
Citation: For the successful completion of the Astro-H Soft X-Ray Spectrometer Flight Hardware

Congratulations to Neil Gehrels, Al Kogut, and Ed Wollack!

06.19.2014
Thompson Reuters just announced their 2014 list of most cited scientists, and Neil Gehrels, Al Kogut and Ed Wollack are in the list! In the "space science" category, they are the only scientists in all of NASA so awarded. You can browse the entire list at highlycited.com/index.htm. Search on NASA or other institutions to refine the list.

Senior Review Results

05.21.2014
Congratulations to everyone who worked hard on the Senior Review proposals, and during the preceding 2 years to deliver great science results from our missions.
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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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Dr. Neil Gehrels
301.286.6546
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General inquiries about the scientific programs at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center may be directed to the Center Public Affairs office at 1.301.286.8955.

                                                                                                                                                                                        
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