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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.

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.

Where is the Universe's Missing Matter?

04.18.2018
Astronomers using ESA’s XMM-Newton space observatory have probed the gas-filled haloes around galaxies in a quest to find ‘missing’ matter thought to reside there, but have come up empty-handed.

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.

Scientists Surprised by Relentless Cosmic Cold Front

04.03.2018
The researchers used NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory to study a cold front located in the Perseus galaxy cluster that extends for about two million light years, or about 10 billion billion miles.

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.

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 Team First to Demonstrate X-ray Navigation in Space

01.11.2018
In a technology first, a team of NASA engineers has demonstrated fully autonomous X-ray navigation in space — a capability that could revolutionize NASA’s ability in the future to pilot robotic spacecraft to the far reaches of the solar system and beyond.

NASA Goddard Year in Review - 2017

12.20.2017
A look back at 2017 at NASA Goddard.

Hitomi Mission Glimpses Cosmic 'Recipe' for the Nearby Universe

11.13.2017
Thanks to an in-depth look into the composition of gas in the Perseus galaxy cluster, Japan's Hitomi mission has given scientists new insights into the stellar explosions that formed its chemical elements.

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 Scientist to Discuss 'The Star That Ate Manhattan' at Library of Congress Lecture

10.11.2017
The public is invited to a free talk called 'The Star That Ate Manhattan: Studying Neutron Stars from the International Space Station,' with Dr. Zaven Arzoumanian at the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.

NASA Continues to Study Pulsars, 50 Years After Their Chance Discovery

08.01.2017
These rotating “lighthouse” neutron stars begin their lives as stars between about seven and 20 times the mass of our sun.

NASA Neutron Star Mission Begins Science Operations

07.17.2017
The Neutron star Interior Composition Explorer, or NICER, payload completed commissioning and calibration and all systems are working as expected.

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.
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