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Studying the Solar System with NASA’s Webb Telescope

02.08.2016
In addition to looking across vast distances, NASA's James Webb Space Telescope will study planets, moons and small objects in our solar system.

Pluto’s Widespread Water Ice

01.28.2016
Water ice is more prevalent on Pluto’s surface than previously thought, according to new findings based on data from the Ralph/Linear Etalon Imaging Spectral Array (LEISA) on the New Horizons mission.

Pluto's Blue Atmosphere in the Infrared

01.28.2016
This New Horizons image is the first look at Pluto’s atmosphere in infrared wavelengths. It was made with data from the Ralph/Linear Etalon Imaging Spectral Array (LEISA) instrument.

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.

Missing Water Mystery Solved in Comprehensive Survey of Exoplanets

12.14.2015
Using data from NASA’s Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes, astronomers cataloged atmospheres of 10 exoplanets and solved the mystery of why some of these worlds seem to have less water than expected.

AAAS Names NASA Goddard Scientists 2015 Fellows

12.03.2015
Three scientists at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Cassini Finds Monstrous Ice Cloud in Titan’s South Polar Region

11.11.2015
Using Cassini’s infrared spectrometer, scientists detected a monstrous new ice cloud in stratosphere near Titan’s south pole, adding to the evidence that winter comes in like a lion on this moon.

Mars’ Moon Phobos is Slowly Falling Apart

11.10.2015
New modeling indicates that some of the long grooves lining the surface of Phobos are likely early signs of the tidal forces and structural failure that will ultimately destroy this moon of Mars.

Blue Skies and Water Ice on Pluto

10.08.2015
New Horizons found that soot-like particles give Pluto’s atmosphere a striking blue tint, and regions with exposed water ice were detected by the Ralph instrument’s spectral composition mapper, LEISA.

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...

Infrared Spectrometer on NASA’s New Horizons Spacecraft Mapped Methane Ice on Pluto

09.24.2015
Striking regional differences are seen in a new map of methane ice abundance on Pluto. New Horizons scientists produced the map using composition information from the LEISA infrared spectrometer.

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.

Underground Magma Ocean Could Explain Io's 'Misplaced' Volcanoes

09.10.2015
Tides flowing in a subsurface magma ocean may explain why volcanoes on Io are in the "wrong" place. Such oceans may be more common on tidally stressed moons and last longer than expected.

Goddard Involved in New Horizons from Start

08.06.2015
Goddard staff developed the LEISA component of the Ralph instrument on New Horizons, and played other key roles throughout the extended process of conceptualizing, developing and testing the mission.

Jupiter’s Great Red Spot: A Swirling Mystery

08.04.2015
Jupiter's Great Red Spot has been swirling wildly for the past 150 years — and maybe much longer — yet we still don't know exactly why it's red. Goddard scientists are finding answers.

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.

NASA's Three-Billion-Mile Journey to Pluto Reaches Historic Encounter

07.14.2015
After a decade-long journey, New Horizons made its closest approach to Pluto - passing about 7,750 miles above the surface - making it the first mission to explore a world so far from Earth.

Pluto and Charon Shine in Enhanced Color

07.14.2015
In these New Horizons images of Pluto and Charon, the color data (from the Ralph camera) provides information about the composition of ices, surface changes, and the ages of geological features.

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.

Pluto and Charon: New Horizons’ Dynamic Duo

07.09.2015
New Horizons was about 3.7 million miles (6 million kilometers) from Pluto and Charon when it snapped this portrait late on July 8, 2015. The color information comes from the Ralph instrument.

Second Instrument Delivered for NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Mission

07.08.2015
The OSIRIS-REx Visible and Infrared Spectrometer, which will explore the surface of the primitive asteroid Bennu in search of water and organic materials, has arrived at Lockheed Martin.

A “Heart” from Pluto as New Horizons Flyby Begins

07.08.2015
This unique view of Pluto was taken on July 7, when New Horizons was just under 5 million miles (8 million kilometers) from Pluto. The color information comes from the Ralph instrument.
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