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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 Goddard Year in Review - 2017

12.20.2017
A look back at 2017 at NASA Goddard.

Proposed NASA Mission Employs “Lobster-Eye” Optics to Locate Source of Cosmic Ripples

10.26.2017
A novel optics system that mimics the structure of a lobster’s eyes would enable a conceptual Explorer-class mission to precisely locate, characterize, and alert other observatories to the source of gravitational waves, which are caused by some of the most powerful events in the universe.

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.

NASA Selects Proposals to Study Galaxies, Stars, Planets

08.09.2017
NASA has selected six astrophysics Explorers Program proposals for concept studies. The proposed missions would study gamma-ray and X-ray emissions from clusters of galaxies and neutron star systems, as well as infrared emissions from galaxies in the early universe and atmospheres of exoplanets, which are planets outside of our solar system.

Goddard Hosts 8th Annual Science Jamboree for Employees

07.13.2017
The Goddard Office of Communications and the Goddard Sciences and Exploration Directorate produced the eighth annual Science Jamboree on Wednesday, July 12, 2017.

NASA Astrophysicist to Discuss the Search for Earth-like Exoplanets at Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

07.07.2017
NASA Astrophysicist Amber Straughn will give a talk about the search for Earth-like exoplanets to launch the 2017 season of Family Astronomy nights at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum on Friday, July 14.

ESA to Develop Gravitational Wave Space Mission with NASA Support

06.22.2017
ESA (the European Space Agency) has selected the Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA) for its third large-class mission in the agency's Cosmic Vision science program. The three-spacecraft constellation is designed to study gravitational waves in space and is a concept long studied by both ESA and NASA.

Goddard Welcomes Nearly 450 Summer Interns

06.05.2017
Almost 450 interns will complete their "10-week job interview" at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center this summer.

NASA Scientists Assist LIGO in Third Gravitational Wave Observation

06.01.2017
About 3 billion years ago, a pair of orbiting black holes collided to form a single object with 49 times the mass of our sun. The event unleashed powerful gravitational waves—ripples in the very fabric of space and time—that reached Earth seconds before 5:12 a.m. EST on Jan. 4, 2017.

NASA Team Explores Using LISA Pathfinder as 'Comet Crumb' Detector

04.17.2017
NASA scientists hope to take advantage of LISA Pathfinder's record-breaking sensitivity to acceleration to map out the distribution of tiny dust particles shed by asteroids and comets far from Earth.

NASA Invites Media to 55th Annual Robert H. Goddard Memorial Symposium

03.03.2017
Media are invited to meet science and engineering leaders at the 55th Robert H. Goddard Memorial Symposium in Greenbelt, Maryland, on March 8-9, 2017.

Goddard Center Director Remarks on Passing of Neil Gehrels

02.07.2017
NASA scientist Neil Gehrels passed away on Feb. 6, 2017. The following is a statement from Goddard Center Director Chris Scolese on Dr. Gehrels' passing.

NASA Reveals the Unknown in 2016

12.15.2016
In 2016, NASA drove advances in technology, science, aeronautics and space exploration that enhanced the world’s knowledge, innovation, and stewardship of Earth.

NASA Unveils New Public Web Portal for Research Results

08.16.2016
Public access to NASA-funded research data now is just a click away, with the launch of a new agency public access portal.

LISA Pathfinder Mission Paves Way for Space-based Detection of Gravitational Waves

06.07.2016
LISA Pathfinder successfully tested a key technology needed to build a space-based observatory for detecting gravitational waves. These tiny ripples in the fabric of space were first seen last year.

Industry, Government, Academia Seek to Sustain Women in STEM

04.01.2016
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

03.24.2016
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

02.22.2016
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
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