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NASA Mission Reveals Asteroid Has Big Surprises

03.19.2019
A NASA spacecraft that will return a sample of a near-Earth asteroid named Bennu to Earth in 2023 made the first-ever close-up observations of particle plumes erupting from an asteroid’s surface.

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.

A Region of Bennu’s Northern Hemisphere Close Up

03.14.2019
These images were taken on February 25 while the spacecraft was in orbit around Bennu, approximately 1.1 miles (1.8 km) from the asteroid’s northern hemisphere.

NASA to Host Media Teleconference on Asteroid Sample Return Mission

03.14.2019
NASA is hosting a media teleconference at 1:30 p.m. EDT Tuesday, March 19, to announce new science from the agency’s first mission to return to Earth an asteroid sample that may contain unaltered material from the very beginning of our solar system.

New NASA Book Shares Beauty of Earth from Space

02.20.2019
NASA’s new 168-page book “Earth,” a collection of dramatic images captured by Earth-observing satellites, is available now in hardcover and ebook, and online with interactive features.

Innovative GEDI Instrument Now Gathering Forest Data

02.01.2019
The Global Ecosystems Dynamics Investigation, or GEDI — is now collecting data as a payload attached to the Japanese Experiment Module, the largest science facility on the International Space Station.

ICESat-2 Reveals Profile of Ice Sheets, Sea Ice, Forests

12.11.2018
A detailed profile of Earth's ice and forests – newly formed sea ice, rugged glaciers of Antarctica, trees towering over a hillside - is revealed in the first results from NASA's ICESat-2.

NASA’s Newly Arrived OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft Already Discovers Water on Asteroid

12.10.2018
Recently analyzed data from NASA’s Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) mission has revealed water locked inside the clays that make up its scientific target, the asteroid Bennu.

NASA's OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft Arrives at Asteroid Bennu

12.03.2018
NASA’s Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft completed its 1.2 billion-mile (2 billion-kilometer) journey to arrive at the asteroid Bennu Monday.

GEDI Scientists Share Space Laser Excitement

11.30.2018
Scientists are eagerly anticipating data on Earth's forests that GEDI — launching Dec. 4 — will gather.

TAGSAM Testing Complete: OSIRIS-REx Prepared to TAG an Asteroid

11.16.2018
On Nov. 14, NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft stretched out its robotic sampling arm for the first time in space.

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Executes Fourth Asteroid Approach Maneuver

11.13.2018
NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft executed its fourth Asteroid Approach Maneuver Nov. 12.

A New Hope: GEDI to Yield 3D Forest Carbon Map

11.07.2018
A new NASA laser instrument set to launch to the International Space Station in December will help scientists create the first three-dimensional map of the world’s temperate and tropical forests.

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.

ICESat-2 Laser Fires for 1st Time, Measures Antarctic Height

10.03.2018
With each of its 10,000 pulses per second, the laser instrument aboard NASA's ICESat-2 is sending 300 trillion green photons of light to the ground and detecting the few that return: the method it uses to measure Earth’s changing ice. By the morning of Oct. 3, ICESat-2 returned its first height measurements across the Antarctic ice sheet.

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Executes First Asteroid Approach Maneuver

10.01.2018
NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft executed its first Asteroid Approach Maneuver (AAM-1) today putting it on course for its scheduled arrival at the asteroid Bennu in December.

Successful Launch Readiness Review for ICESat-2; Liftoff Saturday

09.14.2018
NASA’s Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite-2 a mission to measure the changing height of Earth’s ice, is scheduled to launch Saturday, Sept. 15, with a 40-minute window opening at 5:46 a.m. PDT.

GRACE-FO Satellite Switching to Backup Instrument Processing Unit

09.14.2018
The Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Follow-On (GRACE-FO) mission team plans to switch to a backup system in the Microwave Instrument (MWI) on one of the twin spacecraft this month.

ICESat-2 Scientists to Investigate Icy Mysteries

09.07.2018
Scientists with the ICESat-2 mission are already thinking beyond the mission's key objectives, ready to use the detailed height data to investigate Earth's frozen reaches.

NASA Television to Air Launch of Global Ice-Measuring Satellite

09.04.2018
NASA’s Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite-2 (ICESat-2), a mission to measure the changing height of Earth's ice, is scheduled to launch Saturday, Sept. 15, with a 40-minute window opening at 8:46 a.m. EDT (5:46 a.m. PDT).

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Begins Asteroid Operations Campaign

08.24.2018
OSIRIS-REx, caught its first glimpse of asteroid Bennu last week and began the final approach toward its target.

NASA Launching Advanced Laser to Measure Earth’s Changing Ice

08.22.2018
Next month, NASA will launch into space the most advanced laser instrument of its kind, beginning a mission to measure – in unprecedented detail – changes in the heights of Earth’s polar ice.

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.

ICESat-2 Lasers Pass Final Ground Test

07.09.2018
The next time lasers fire from NASA’s Ice, Cloud, and land Elevation Satellite-2, or ICESat-2, the spacecraft will be orbiting hundreds of miles above Earth and beginning its mission.

Successful Second Deep Space Maneuver for OSIRIS-REx Confirmed

07.03.2018
New tracking data confirms that NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft successfully completed its second Deep Space Maneuver (DSM-2) on June 28. DSM-2 was OSIRIS-REx’s last deep space maneuver of its outbound cruise to the asteroid Bennu, with arrival scheduled for Dec. 3.
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