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NASA Prepares to Launch First U.S. Asteroid Sample Return Mission

NASA is preparing to launch its first mission to return a sample of an asteroid to Earth. The mission will help scientists investigate how planets formed and how life began, as well as improve our understanding of asteroids that could impact Earth.

NASA Unveils New Public Web Portal for Research Results

Public access to NASA-funded research data now is just a click away, with the launch of a new agency public access portal.

Decades of Discovery: NASA’s Exploration of Jupiter

Launched five years ago on Aug. 5, 2011, NASA’s Juno mission maneuvered into orbit around Jupiter on July 4, 2016, joining a long tradition of discovery at the gas giant.

NASA to Map the Surface of an Asteroid

OSIRIS-REx spacecraft will travel to the near-Earth asteroid Bennu to harvest a sample, ideally from a region in which the building blocks of life may be found.

NASA’s Hubble Telescope Makes First Atmospheric Study of Earth-Sized Exoplanets

Using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers have conducted the first search for atmospheres around temperate, Earth-sized planets beyond our solar system.

NASA Eyes First-Ever Carbon-Nanotube Mirrors for CubeSat Telescope

A lightweight telescope that NASA scientists and engineers are developing specifically for CubeSats could become the first to carry a mirror made of carbon nanotubes in an epoxy resin.

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Gears up for 3-D Mapping on the Fly

OSIRIS-REx will travel to asteroid Bennu, study it and return a sample to Earth for analysis. These goals depend on accurate mapping of Bennu, so the team is gearing up for cartography of an asteroid.

Hubble Imagery Confirms New Dark Spot on Neptune

New images obtained on May 16, 2016, by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope confirm the presence of a dark vortex in the atmosphere of Neptune.

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Mission Will Have a Map for That

On Sept. 8, NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft is scheduled to launch for terra incognita: the near-Earth asteroid Bennu. Like expeditions of old, the mission will map the exotic terrain it explores.

NASA Begins Launch Preparations for the First U.S. Asteroid Sampling Mission

NASA's first spacecraft designed to return a piece of an asteroid to Earth arrived at Kennedy Space Center in Florida on May 20 and has begun final preparations in advance of its September launch.

NASA's OSIRIS-REx Asteroid Sample Return Mission

The OSIRIS-REx mission, scheduled for launch in September 2016, will return a sample of asteroid Bennu to Earth so that scientists can study pristine material left over from the early solar system.

Hubble Discovers Moon Orbiting the Dwarf Planet Makemake

Peering to the outskirts of our solar system, NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has spotted a small, dark moon orbiting Makemake, the second brightest icy dwarf planet - after Pluto - in the Kuiper Belt.

Industry, Government, Academia Seek to Sustain Women in STEM

NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and Lockheed Martin hosted a roundtable event March 29 at the Lockheed Martin Global Vision Center in Arlington, Virginia.

Goddard Pioneers: Celebrating Women in Science and Engineering

NASA began empowering female scientists and engineers more than 20 years before Women’s History Month became an official national celebration.

NASA Invites Media to 54th Annual Robert H. Goddard Memorial Symposium

Media are invited to hear leaders in the science and engineering world speak at the 54th Robert H. Goddard Memorial Symposium at the Greenbelt Marriott, 6400 Ivy Lane, Greenbelt, Maryland, on March 9

Titan Temperature Lag Maps & Animation

New maps shows changing surface temperatures on Saturn's moon Titan from 2004 to 2016, a period when the season in the southern hemisphere slowly changed from late summer to the onset of winter.

Studying the Solar System with NASA’s Webb Telescope

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.
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