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NASA’s Fermi Mission Energizes the Sky With Gamma-ray Constellations

10.17.2018
Scientists on NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope mission have devised a set of modern constellations constructed from the sky's brightest gamma-ray sources.

All in the Family: Kin of Gravitational-Wave Source Discovered

10.16.2018
About a year ago, astronomers excitedly reported the first detection of electromagnetic waves, or light, from a gravitational wave source. Now, a year later, researchers are announcing the existence of a cosmic relative to that historic event.

‘Pulsar in a Box’ Reveals Surprising Picture of a Neutron Star’s Surroundings

10.10.2018
Scientists studying what amounts to a computer-simulated 'pulsar in a box' are uncovering particle behaviors that may help explain how neutron stars emit gamma-ray and radio pulses with ultraprecise timing.

Births, deaths and collisions: Swift’s telescope snaps one millionth UV image

08.21.2018
The Ultraviolet Optical Telescope (UVOT) aboard the NASA’s Neil Gehrels Swift Observatory captured its millionth image on May 13.

NASA Goddard’s Science Jamboree Connects Disciplines and Interns

07.26.2018
The Goddard Science Jamboree provides an opportunity for interns and senior scientists alike to learn more about the science happening in other disciplines in one room.

NASA’s Fermi Traces Source of Cosmic Neutrino to Monster Black Hole

07.12.2018
For the first time ever, scientists using NASA’s Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope have found the source of a high-energy neutrino from outside our galaxy.

NASA’s Fermi Satellite Celebrates 10 Years of Discoveries

06.11.2018
The Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope celebrates 10 years of using the highest-energy form of light in the universe to observe phenomenon from black holes to cosmic rays and thunderstorms.

Fermi Status Update

05.30.2018
Both instruments aboard NASA’s Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope have resumed science observations.

NASA Awards Contract for Space Telescope Mission

05.23.2018
NASA has awarded a contract to Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corporation, Boulder, Colorado, for the primary instrument components for the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST).

2020 Decadal Survey Missions: At a Glance

04.24.2018
Any telescope that reaches the launch pad in the 2030s likely will look much different than the concepts four teams are currently studying to inform the 2020 Decadal Survey for Astrophysics, but the studies do offer a roadmap.

NASA Teams Study the Agency’s Future in Astrophysics; Tackle Formidable Technology Challenges

04.24.2018
As in past decades, the agency won’t make that decision in a vacuum or without understanding the technical obstacles, which are formidable.

New Exoplanet Collaboration Hosts Meeting to Explore Molecular Seeds of Life

04.09.2018
The Sellers Exoplanet Environments Collaboration (SEEC) hosts its first annual symposium April 9-13. Researchers will discuss how our knowledge of the early solar system can help the hunt for life on other worlds.

Astrophysics Science Division at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center

03.07.2018
NASA Goddard’s Astrophysics Science Division (ASD) is home to a vibrant community of scientists, technologists, and support staff dedicated to enabling NASA’s over-arching goals in astrophysics.

NASA Technology to Help Locate Electromagnetic Counterparts of Gravitational Waves

02.06.2018
A compact detector technology applicable to all types of cross-disciplinary scientific investigations has found a home on a new CubeSat mission designed to find the electromagnetic counterparts of events that generate gravitational waves.

Celebrating 60 Years of Groundbreaking U.S. Space Science

01.31.2018
Sixty years ago, the U.S. launched Explorer 1, rocketing into the Space Age.

Explorer 1: The Beginning of American Space Science

01.23.2018
Sixty years ago, the hopes of Cold War America soared into the night sky as a rocket lofted skyward above Cape Canaveral, a soon-to-be-famous barrier island off the Florida coast.

NASA's Newly Renamed Swift Mission Spies a Comet Slowdown

01.10.2018
NASA's Swift spacecraft, now renamed the Neil Gehrels Swift Observatory after the mission's late principal investigator, has detected the most dramatic change in a comet's rotation ever seen.

NASA’s Next Major Telescope to See the Big Picture of the Universe

12.22.2017
NASA is beginning to design its next big astrophysics mission, a space telescope that will provide the largest picture of the universe ever seen with the same depth and clarity as the Hubble Space Telescope.

NASA Goddard Year in Review - 2017

12.20.2017
A look back at 2017 at NASA Goddard.

NASA's SuperTIGER Balloon Flies Again to Study Heavy Cosmic Particles

12.06.2017
A science team in Antarctica is preparing to fly SuperTIGER, a balloon-borne instrument designed to collect heavy high-energy particles from beyond the solar system that constantly bombard Earth's atmosphere.

NASA Receives Findings from WFIRST Independent Review Team

10.19.2017
NASA has received the report from an independent, external review of the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST) project. The review was commissioned by NASA to help ensure that the mission is well understood in terms of scope and required resources, and is executable.

NASA Missions Catch First Light from a Gravitational-Wave Event

10.16.2017
For the first time, NASA scientists have detected light tied to a gravitational-wave event, thanks to two merging neutron stars in the galaxy NGC 4993, located about 130 million light-years from Earth in the constellation Hydra.

'Extreme' Telescopes Find the Second-fastest-spinning Pulsar

09.05.2017
By following up on mysterious high-energy sources mapped by NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope, a Netherlands-based radio telescope has discovered a new pulsar, the second fastest-spinning known.

ACE Celebrates 20 Years of Solar Wind, Cosmic Ray Discoveries

09.01.2017
Two decades ago it would have been difficult to imagine just how many pivotal discoveries would be in the cards for NASA's Advanced Composition Explorer, or ACE. After its launch on August 25, 1997, ACE’s first job was to observe what kinds of matter and energy arrive at Earth from the Sun and from across the galaxy.

NASA Team Passes Major Technological Milestone for Characterizing Exoplanets

08.29.2017
An instrument developed by scientists at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland — the Prototype Imaging Spectrograph for Coronagraphic Exoplanet Studies, or PISCES — played an important role in the demonstration, showing that it could separate light of one or more Jupiter-sized exoplanets.
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