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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.

Discovering Bonus Science With NASA’s Magnetospheric Multiscale Spacecraft

03.07.2019
MMS is flying out of its element to take ground-breaking measurements of something it was not originally designed for — turbulence in the solar wind.

NASA Keeps Watch Over Space Explosions

11.15.2018
NASA's Magnetospheric Multiscale mission has been observing a type of space explosion called magnetic reconnection for three years. MMS just witnessed such an explosion in a unique location: the part of Earth’s magnetic environment trailing behind the planet, away from the Sun — with enough resolution to reveal its true nature more clearly.

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 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.

Study Shows How Earth Slows the Solar Wind to a Gentle Breeze

05.31.2018
NASA satellite data reveals electron-scale energy transformation at the leading edge of Earth’s magnetic field.

Old Data, New Tricks: Fresh Results from NASA’s Galileo Spacecraft 20 Years On

04.30.2018
Newly analyzed data from the Galileo spacecraft's flybys of one of Jupiter's moons two decades ago is yielding fresh insights: The magnetic field around the moon Ganymede makes it unlike any other in the solar system.

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.

Do-It-Yourself Science: Because We Are All Explorers

04.11.2018
In the mornings, Sylvia Beer sits at the desktop computer in her living room with a cup of coffee and looks for ridges on Mars.

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.

Mystery of Purple Lights in Sky Solved With Help From Citizen Scientists

03.14.2018
Citizen scientists, satellites and researchers solve the mystery of new purple lights in the sky. The lights, called STEVE, provide scientists insight into Earth's magnetic field.

Latest Updates from NASA on IMAGE Recovery

03.06.2018
Late on March 4, 2018, personnel at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab in Laurel, Maryland, reported detecting IMAGE’s signal for the first time after losing contact on Feb. 24. However the signal was too weak to lock on to.

Latest Data From IMAGE Indicates Spacecraft’s Power Functional

02.02.2018
New information regarding IMAGE provide some additional — though not yet complete — information on how the spacecraft began to transmit signals again.

NASA’s Newly Rediscovered IMAGE Mission Provided Key Aurora Research

02.02.2018
A long-lost NASA satellite, IMAGE, has recently been rediscovered. The mission's nearly six years in operation provided robust research about the space around Earth that continue to guide science to this day.

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.

NASA IMAGE Confirmed

01.30.2018
The identity of the satellite re-discovered on Jan. 20, 2018, has been confirmed as NASA’s IMAGE, which launched on March 25, 2000, and with which contact was unexpectedly lost on Dec. 18, 2005.

Updates on Recovery Attempts for NASA IMAGE Mission

01.29.2018
In mid-January, an amateur astronomer reported they believed they had made contact with a NASA satellite called Imager for Magnetopause-to-Aurora Global Exploration (IMAGE). IMAGE launched on March 25, 2000, and contact was unexpectedly lost on Dec. 18, 2005.

Attempting to Contact NASA’s IMAGE

01.26.2018
In mid-January, an amateur astronomer reported they believed they had made contact with a NASA satellite called Imager for Magnetopause-to-Aurora Global Exploration (IMAGE). IMAGE launched on March 25, 2000, and contact was unexpectedly lost on Dec. 18, 2005.

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.

Above and Beyond: NASA’s Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission Surpasses Expectations Flying to New Heights in 2017

01.12.2018
MMS has been studying Earth's space environment for over two years, and in 2017 it made many discoveries changing how we understand the magnetic environment protecting our planet.

NASA’s Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission Locates Elusive Electron Act

01.03.2018
New NASA research helps improve our understanding of how electrons move through the complex region around Earth — information that will help untangle how such particle acrobatics affect the planet.

NASA Goddard Year in Review - 2017

12.20.2017
A look back at 2017 at NASA Goddard.

Taking a Spin on Plasma Space Tornadoes with NASA Observations

11.17.2017
New NASA mission results show that tornado-like swirls of space plasma create tumultuous boundaries in the near-Earth environment, letting dangerous high-energy particles slip into near Earth space.
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