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Machine Learning Study Identifies the Internal Structure of Interplanetary Coronal Mass Ejections

01.29.2021
In a machine learning study supported by the NASA Center for Climate Simulation, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and university heliophysics researchers have gained insights into the internal structure of interplanetary coronal mass ejections—gigantic clouds of magnetized gas that erupt from the Sun and travel through the solar system.

NASA Discoveries, R&D, Moon to Mars Exploration Plans Persevere in 2020

12.21.2020
???NASA has impressed the nation with our resilience and persistence during the pandemic,??? said NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine.

New Evidence Our Neighborhood in Space Is Stuffed With Hydrogen

10.30.2020
Data from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft suggests the local interstellar medium contains 40% more hydrogen atoms than prior studies suggested.

What Will Solar Cycle 25 Look Like?

09.17.2020
The Sun is stirring from its latest slumber. As sunspots and flares, signs of a new solar cycle, bubble from the Sun’s surface, scientists wonder what this next cycle will look like.

NASA Researchers Track Slowly Splitting 'Dent' in Earth’s Magnetic Field

08.17.2020
A small but evolving dent in Earth’s magnetic field can cause big headaches for satellites.

NASA’s IBEX Charts 11 Years of Change at Boundary to Interstellar Space

06.04.2020
For the first time, scientists have used an entire solar cycle of data from NASA’s IBEX spacecraft to study how the heliosphere changes over time.

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 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 Parker Solar Probe Sheds New Light on the Sun

12.04.2019
Since its 2018 launch, NASA's Parker Solar Probe (record-holder for closest-ever spacecraft to the Sun) has finished three of 24 planned passes through never-before-explored parts of the Sun's atmosphere. On Dec. 4, four new papers describe what scientists have learned from its unprecedented exploration, and what they look forward to learning next.

Sun Science has a Bright Future on the Moon

10.03.2019
The Moon isn't just for lunar scientists. As NASA advances its Artemis mission to land astronauts on the Moon by 2024, here are five reasons heliophysicists — who study the Sun-Earth connection — can't wait to get on board.

How NASA Will Protect Astronauts From Space Radiation at the Moon

08.07.2019
Space radiation is a critical factor for astronaut safety as they venture to the Moon. NASA is exploring a variety of techniques and technology to mitigate different types of radiation during space travel.

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.

The Voyage to Interstellar Space

03.27.2019
More than four decades after launch — having first traversed the solar system and provided scientists with a grand tour of our planets — Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 are currently the only human-made objects in interstellar space.

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.

Eric Christian — Puzzling Out the Universe

11.27.2018
Eric Christian looks at the world as his puzzle and it is up to him to use science to figure it out.

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, ULA Launch Parker Solar Probe on Historic Journey to Touch Sun

08.12.2018
Hours before the rise of the very star it will study, NASA’s Parker Solar Probe launched from Florida Sunday to begin its journey to the Sun, where it will undertake a landmark mission.

NASA’s Parker Solar Probe is About to Lift Off

08.09.2018
Stay tuned — Parker is about to take flight. At 3:33 a.m. EDT on Aug. 11, while most of the U.S. is asleep, NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida will be abuzz with excitement. At that moment, NASA’s Parker Solar Probe, the agency’s historic mission to "touch" the Sun, will have its first opportunity to lift off.

NASA’s Parker Solar Probe and the Curious Case of the Hot Corona

07.27.2018
Something mysterious is going on at the Sun: Its atmosphere gets much, much hotter the farther it stretches from the Sun's blazing surface. Parker Solar Probe offers the chance for scientists to solve this mystery at last.

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.

New Views of Sun: 2 Missions Will Go Closer to Our Star Than Ever Before

05.16.2018
NASA's Parker Solar Probe and ESA's Solar Orbiter will take us closer to the Sun than we've ever been before. If Earth were scaled down to sit at one end of a gridiron football field, with the Sun at the other end, Parker Solar Probe would make it to the 4-yard line. Solar Orbiter would reach the 27, both beating a 1970s record held by Helios B.

NASA’s New Dellingr Spacecraft Baselined for Pathfinding CubeSat Mission to Van Allen Belts

05.01.2018
A new CubeSat mission — GTOSat — will do more than monitor the environmentally forbidding radiation belts that encircle Earth.

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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