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Construction to Begin on NASA Spacecraft for 2018 Asteroid Visit

04.10.2014
The OSIRIS-REx team has been given the go-ahead to begin building the spacecraft, flight instruments and ground system, and launch support facilities.

NASA's Planetary Scientists Get New Observation Platform

02.07.2014
Planetary scientists make preparations to send a telescope high into the stratosphere by balloon to observe Jupiter and other bodies during a 24-hour flight.

Countdown Begins for NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Asteroid Mission

12.10.2013
NASA’s OSIRIS-REx asteroid sample return mission began its countdown on December 9 at 7:43 p.m. EST, marking 999 days remaining until the opening of the mission’s launch window in September 2016.

NASA Highlights Mars, Ozone Hole, and the Sun at American Geophysical Union

12.06.2013
NASA researchers will present new findings on a wide range of Earth and space science topics next week at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU).

Hubble Traces Subtle Signals of Water on Hazy Worlds

12.03.2013
Using the powerful­ eye of NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, two teams of scientists have found faint signatures of water in the atmospheres of five distant planets.

Cassini Finds Ingredient of Household Plastic in Space

09.30.2013
NASA's Cassini spacecraft detected propylene, a chemical used in consumer plastics, on Saturn's moon Titan -- the first definitive detection of this ingredient on any moon or planet, other than Earth.

Long-Stressed Moon Europa Likely Off-Kilter at One Time

09.18.2013
A new interpretation of distinctive cracks lining the icy face of Europa indicate that this moon of Jupiter probably spun around a tilted axis sometime in its history.

Software to Help Amateur Astronomers Detect Alien Worlds

09.04.2013
A new computer program will let amateur astronomers detect exoplanets by observing stars near our solar system and recording faint dips in their brightness.

New NASA Mission to Help Us Learn How to Mine Asteroids

08.08.2013
NASA's OSIRIS-REx mission is developing technologies to explore asteroids or mine the vast sources of scarce material that they offer.

Science Outreach Reaches In

07.23.2013
Some 60 scientists, researchers, interns and outreach personnel manned stations for the annual Science Jamboree at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., on July 16.

NASA's Asteroid Sample Return Mission Moves into Development

05.16.2013
OSIRIS-REx, NASA’s first mission to sample an asteroid, is moving ahead into development and testing in preparation for its launch in 2016.

New NASA Satellite Takes the Salton Sea's Temperature

04.22.2013
An image from an instrument aboard NASA's Landsat Data Continuity Mission or LDCM satellite may look like a typical black-and-white image of a dramatic landscape, but it tells a story of temperature

For NASA to Build TIRS on Schedule, Every Day Counted

04.22.2013
From the very beginning it was a looming ticking countdown clock to get the Thermal Infrared Sensor (TIRS) instrument ready for the Landsat Data Continuity Mission launch.

Ice Cloud Heralds Fall at Titan's South Pole

04.11.2013
A new ice cloud seen at Titan's south pole by Cassini's Composite Infrared Spectrometer is the latest sign that the change of seasons is setting off radical changes in this moon's atmosphere.

A Closer Look at LDCM's First Scene

03.21.2013
Turning on new satellite instruments is like opening new eyes. This week, the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) released its first images of Earth.

'Hot Spots' Ride a Merry-Go-Round on Jupiter

03.14.2013
Images from NASA's Cassini spacecraft reveal new evidence that Jupiter's mysterious hot spots glide up and down on Rossby waves in the atmosphere like carousel horses on a merry-go-round.

Titan Gets a Dune "Makeover"

01.17.2013
Titan may look a lot younger than it really is because its craters are getting erased, according to the first quantitative estimate of how much Titan's weather affects the surface.

Abrupt Turn in Titan's Atmosphere Finally Seen by Cassini

11.28.2012
For nearly 20 years, models have predicted circulation changes in Titan's atmosphere, but thanks to Cassini's Composite Infrared Spectrometer (CIRS), built at Goddard, scientists have now observed this change directly.

Cassini Finds a Video Gamers' Paradise at Saturn

11.26.2012
Using an infrared instrument built at Goddard, scientists with NASA's Cassini mission have spotted a second Pac-Man-shaped feature in the Saturn system, this time on the moon Tethys.

NASA Spacecraft Sees Huge Burp at Saturn After Large Storm

10.25.2012
In the aftermath of a massive storm on Saturn, data from the CIRS instrument on NASA's Cassini spacecraft reveal record-setting disturbances in the planet's upper atmosphere, including an unprecedented temperature change and a mysterious increase in the amount of ethylene.

NASA Research Estimates How Long Titan's Chemical Factory Has Been in Business

04.24.2012
Saturn's giant moon Titan hides inside a thick, smoggy atmosphere that cranks out methane and other hydrocarbons like a factory. New NASA-funded research estimates how long this chemical factory has been operating.

Cassini Sees Saturn Stressing out Enceladus

03.19.2012
Direct observations linking the tidal pull of Saturn to jets on the moon Enceladus are among the highlights discussed at the 2012 Lunar and Planetary Science Conference.

Cassini Spies Wave Rattling Jet Stream on Jupiter

03.13.2012
New movies of Jupiter are the first to catch an invisible wave shaking up one of the giant planet's jet streams, an interaction that also takes place in Earth's atmosphere.

The Many Moods of Titan

02.23.2012
The CIRS instrument on NASA's Cassini spacecraft records the temperature record of Titan, just one highlight of the shifting environment at Saturn's intriguing moon Titan.

TIRS Delivered for Earth-Observing Satellite

02.14.2012
The Thermal Infrared Sensor (TIRS; Dennis Reuter, Instrument Scientist) for NASA's Landsat Data Continuity Mission was delivered to Orbital Sciences Corp.
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