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Satellites, the Space Race, and Supercomputing: How NASA Goddard’s Beowulf Cluster Computer Became an Award-Winning Space Technology

05.13.2022
On April 7, Beowulf Cluster Computing was inducted into the Space Technology Hall of Fame. The Beowulf computer cluster was a breakthrough at NASA that enabled many other innovations. Virtually every area of science, math, and biology continue to be direct beneficiaries of this groundbreaking work.

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04.22.2022
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Meriem Alaoui: A 'Flare' for Solar Physics

03.29.2022
Meriem Alaoui is a solar physicist at Goddard who studies solar flares, in hopes of better understanding these massive explosions.
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Judith Karpen Named AAS 2022 Fellow

01/27/2022
Photo of Judith Karpen Judith Karpen has been named a Fellow of the American Astronomical Society. She was honored for her sustained contributions to understanding the formation and dynamics of the solar corona and wind.

Karpen is a research astrophysicist and Chief of the Space Weather Laboratory in the Heliophysics Division. She received her Bachelors of Science in Physics (Honors) from the University of Michigan in 1973 and her PhD in Astronomy from University of Maryland in 1980, followed by a postdoctoral position with the Solar Physics Branch, Space Science Division, NRL. From October 1982 until September 1984, she was a staff scientist with Berkeley Research Associates, working at the Laboratory for Computational Physics, NRL. From October 1984 to July 2008 she was a research physicist in the Solar-Terrestrial Relationships Branch of the Space Science Division of the Naval Research Laboratory. She joined the Space Weather Laboratory in July 2008.

Her primary research interests include analytical and numerical modeling of dynamic solar and heliospheric phenomena, and applications of plasma physics and magnetohydrodynamics to solar and heliospheric activity. Her current research is focused on solar prominences, coronal mass ejections/eruptive flares, and magnetic reconnection.
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Images

Spots Galore

07/23/2014
The Sun sported a whole slew of substantial sunspots over the period July 1-10, 2014.

Dark Lift-Off

05/29/2014
A small, hovering mass of twisted strands of plasma shifted back and forth before erupting into space (Apr. 29-30, 2014) over a period of just one day.

March 29 X-class Flare

05/12/2014
This combined image shows the March 29, 2014, X-class flare as seen through the eyes of different observatories.
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