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X-rays From a Newborn Star Hint at Our Sun's Earliest Days

06.18.2020
Astronomers have reported the first detection of X-rays from the earliest phase of evolution of a star like our Sun.

Future Space Travelers May Follow Cosmic Lighthouses

06.16.2020
In the future, space explorers may receive navigational guidance from the steady signals created by pulsars.

AAS Names 29 NASA-Affiliated Legacy Fellows

04.30.2020
Twenty-nine scientists working at or affiliated with NASA have been named Fellows of the American Astronomical Society (AAS), the major organization of professional astronomers in North America.

NASA Missions Help Reveal the Power of Shock Waves in a Nova Explosion

04.13.2020
Unparalleled observations of a nova outburst in 2018 by a trio of satellites, including two NASA missions, have captured the first direct evidence that shock waves powered most of the explosion's visible light.

New NASA Podcast Helps Listeners Explore Our ‘Curious Universe’

04.06.2020
NASA’s newest podcast is taking listeners on an adventure to explore the wonders of Earth and help unravel the mysteries of the universe.

NASA Science Keeps the Lights On

04.02.2020
Across NASA’s many missions, thousands of scientists, engineers, and other experts and professionals all over the country are doing what they do best, but now from home offices and via video conferencing. With most personnel supporting missions remotely to keep onsite staff at a minimal level in response to COVID-19, the Agency is moving ahead strongly with everything from space exploration to using our technology and innovation to help inform policy makers.

Statement on NASA Goddard’s Coronavirus Prep Actions

03.13.2020
Goddard has canceled all non-mission-essential visits to its facilities. Goddard also is closing its Visitor Centers at Greenbelt and at Wallops Flight Facility, Virginia.

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Students Catch Unexpected Glimpse of Newly Discovered Black Hole

02.28.2020
Last fall, the student-built Regolith X-Ray Imaging Spectrometer onboard OSIRIS-REx detected a newly flaring black hole while observing the limb of asteroid Bennu.

Record-breaking Explosion by Black Hole Spotted

02.27.2020
The biggest explosion seen in the universe has been found. This record-breaking, gargantuan eruption came from a black hole in a distant galaxy cluster hundreds of millions of light years away.

NASA’s NICER Delivers Best-ever Pulsar Measurements, 1st Surface Map

12.12.2019
​Astrophysicists are redrawing the textbook image of pulsars (the dense, whirling remains of exploded stars) thanks to NICER, an X-ray telescope aboard the International Space Station. NICER data has provided the first precise and dependable measurements of both a pulsar’s size and its mass, and the first-ever map of hot spots on its surface.

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'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.
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