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.
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.
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.
The Thermal Infrared Sensor (TIRS) that will fly on the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) came out of its first round of thermal vacuum testing Tuesday, October 4. TIRS will be to help scientists and resource managers monitor water evaporation and transpiration on a field-by-field basis for agriculture.
F. Michael Flasar, an expert on the atmosphere of Saturn's moon Titan, is the recipient of the 46th Annual John C. Lindsay Memorial Award, the highest honor given by NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in space science.
NASA's Hubble Space Telescope crossed another milestone in its space odyssey of exploration and discovery. On Monday, July 4, the Earth-orbiting observatory logged its one millionth science observation.
Jupiter was a rolling stone in its youth, at one point moving about as close to the sun as Mars is now. The planet's travels reshaped the solar system, changing the nature of the asteroid belt and making Mars smaller than it should have been.
Goddard will manage this 2016 mission to return samples from asteroid 1999 RQ36 and provide the OVIRS instrument, with Solar System Exploration Division staff in a range of project scientist, instrument scientist, and science co-investigator roles. Project Scientist: Joe Nuth, with Jason Dworkin as deputy and Lucy Lim as assistant PS; OVIRS Instrument Scientist: Dennis Reuter, with Amy Simon-Miller as deputy IS; Science Co-Investigators: Danny Glavin and David Rowlands.