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X-ray Satellite XMM-Newton Celebrates 20 Years in Space

12.10.2019
Two decades ago today the X-ray Multi-Mirror Mission (XMM-Newton) launched into orbit. A pioneering satellite for studying the universe with different kinds of light, XMM-Newton has studied over half a million X-ray sources, including supernovae, star-shredding black holes and superdense neutron stars.

NASA Highlights Solar Mission, Jupiter Cyclone at AGU Meeting

12.05.2019
NASA researchers will present new findings on a wide range of Earth and space science topics at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU), Dec. 9-13 in San Francisco.

NASA's NICER Catches Record-setting X-ray Burst

11.07.2019
On Aug. 20, NASA's NICER telescope saw a spike of X-rays from a massive explosion on a pulsar. It's the brightest X-ray burst NICER has seen so far and shows phenomena that have never been seen together in a single burst.

Stars Pollute, but Galaxies Recycle

10.25.2019
The FORTIS sounding rocket will launch from the White Sands Missile to observe stars and supernovae as they pump gas into the circumgalactic medium. It's one part of a larger recycling process keeping galaxies alive.

NASA’s Mirror-Making Whiz, William Zhang, Wins Goddard Technology Award

10.22.2019
William Zhang won the Goddard Office of the Chief Technologist’s top prize — bestowed annually on those who demonstrate the best in innovation — for his foresight, perseverance, and leadership advancing state-of-the-art X-ray optics.

NASA’s New Lightweight X-ray Mirrors Ready for Try-outs in Space

07.29.2019
Recent testing has shown that super-thin, lightweight X-ray mirrors made of a material commonly used to make computer chips can meet the stringent imaging requirements of next-generation X-ray observatories.

Goddard X-Ray Technology Opens New Frontiers In Space And Here On Earth

07.22.2019
NASA has selected a breakthrough X-ray technology with diverse applications as the 2019 Government Invention of the Year.

NICER’s Night Moves Trace the X-ray Sky

05.30.2019
This is a map of the entire sky in X-rays recorded by NASA’s Neutron star Interior Composition Explorer (NICER), a payload on the International Space Station.

NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center Celebrates 60 Years

04.29.2019
On May 1, 1959, the Beltsville Space Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, was renamed NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in honor of Robert H. Goddard, widely considered the father of modern rocketry. Thus began a 60-year boom in science and technological innovation.

NASA Invites Media to 57th Annual Robert H. Goddard Memorial Symposium

03.15.2019
Media are invited to the 57th Robert H. Goddard Memorial Symposium on March 20-21.

NASA Set to Demonstrate X-ray Communications in Space

02.19.2019
A new experimental type of deep space communications technology is scheduled to be demonstrated on the International Space Station this spring.

NASA’s NICER Mission Maps ‘Light Echoes’ of New Black Hole

01.30.2019
Scientists have charted the environment surrounding a stellar-mass black hole that is 10 times the mass of the Sun using NASA’s Neutron star Interior Composition Explorer (NICER) payload on the ISS.

Holy Cow! Mysterious Blast Studied with NASA Telescopes

01.10.2019
A brief and unusual flash spotted in the night sky on June 16, 2018, puzzled astronomers and astrophysicists across the globe.

NASA’s First Stellar Observatory, OAO 2, Turns 50

12.11.2018
Launched on Dec. 7, 1968, NASA's Orbiting Astronomical Observatory 2, nicknamed Stargazer, was the agency's first successful cosmic explorer — a direct ancestor of Hubble and many other astronomy satellites.

NASA Brings its Science and Supercomputing Advances to SC18

11.05.2018
From designing rocket launch pad components and safer rotorcraft to improving flood and drought forecasts to modeling the formation of planetary disks, NASA will highlight supercomputing advances at SC18, the International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis, Nov. 12 to 15 in Dallas.

NASA’s NICER Does the Space Station Twist

08.14.2018
This time-lapse video, obtained June 8, 2018, shows NASA's Neutron star Interior Composition Explorer (NICER) as it studies pulsars and other X-ray sources from its perch aboard the International Space Station.

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 Launches X-ray Telescope on Sounding Rocket to Study Star Wreckage

07.23.2018
The High-Resolution Microcalorimeter X-ray Imaging Rocket (Micro-X) briefly launched into space to map the elements of Cassiopeia A, expanding debris from an exploded star.

NASA’s New Mini Satellite Will Study Milky Way’s Halo

07.18.2018
A new NASA-sponsored CubeSat mission called HaloSat will help scientists search for the universe's missing matter by studying X-rays from hot gas surrounding the Milky Way galaxy.

NASA's NuSTAR Mission Proves Superstar Eta Carinae Shoots Cosmic Rays

07.03.2018
NASA's NuSTAR space telescope shows that Eta Carinae, the most luminous and massive stellar system within 10,000 light-years, is accelerating cosmic rays.

NASA’s NICER Mission Finds an X-ray Pulsar in a Record-fast Orbit

05.10.2018
Scientists analyzing the first data from NICER have found two stars that revolve around each other every 38 minutes, the shortest-known orbital period for a certain class of pulsar binary system.

X-ray Navigation Considered for Possible CubeSat Mission; NASA Studies as a Technique for Human Exploration

05.03.2018
A team led by the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory plans to include the technology on a proposed CubeSat mission to the Moon, and NASA engineers are now studying the possibly of adding the capability to future human-exploration spacecraft.

NASA's Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer Leaves Scientific ‘Treasure Trove’

05.03.2018
NASA's Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer (RXTE) satellite has fallen back to Earth. From 1996 to 2012, RXTE provided scientists with an unprecedented look into the extreme environments around neutron stars and black holes.

NASA’s Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer Spacecraft to Re-enter Over Tropics

04.25.2018
Fragments of the Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer (RXTE) spacecraft, a NASA mission to observe the time variation of astronomical X-ray sources, are expected to fall to Earth on or about May 1. The mission was terminated and the spacecraft decommissioned on Jan. 12, 2012.

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.
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