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NASA’s Van Allen Probes Begin Final Phase of Exploration in Earth's Radiation Belts

02.12.2019
Two NASA spacecraft have been orbiting Earth for years, flying through a hazardous zone of charged particles called the Van Allen radiation belts. Now, they're starting a new and final phase in their exploration.

In Solar System’s Symphony, Earth’s Magnetic Field Drops the Beat

02.12.2019
Inside Earth's magnetic bubble, scientists have long been listening in on space sounds created by various electromagnetic waves, and now they've found one that booms like a drum.

To Catch a Wave, Rocket Launches From Top of World

01.28.2019
On Jan. 4, 2019, the CAPER-2 rocket flew through active aurora borealis, or northern lights, to study the waves that accelerate electrons into our atmosphere.

Toward Mapping the Atmosphere’s Escape from Earth

12.17.2018
A pair of sounding rockets took aim at the aurora over Svalbard, Norway, to help scientists understand how Earth loses oxygen into space.

Preparing for Discovery With NASA's Parker Solar Probe

12.12.2018
On Dec. 12, four researchers gathered at the fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union to share what they hope to learn from Parker Solar Probe.

VISIONS-2 Provides a Look at Earth’s Escaping Atmosphere

12.07.2018
Two NASA sounding rockets were successfully launched Dec. 7 from Ny-Ålesund, Svalbard, in Norway providing scientist a look at the process of Earth’s atmosphere escaping into space.

NASA Goddard Year in Review - 2018

12.07.2018
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center is home to the nation's largest organization of scientists, engineers and technologists who build spacecraft, instruments and new technology to study Earth, the Sun, our solar system and the universe. Looking back over 2018, here is just a small sampling of our year's highlights and memorable moments.

Radio JOVE From NASA: Tuning In to Your Local Celestial Radio Show

12.04.2018
What does Jupiter sound like? If you had to take a guess, would you imagine the sharp staccato of popcorn popping? The slow static of waves reaching the shore? The universe is full of radio emissions, and all you need to hear them for yourself is a box the size of a DVD player.

To Image Leaky Atmosphere, NASA Rocket Team Heads North

11.30.2018
Earth's atmosphere is leaking-but how does oxygen get the energy to escape to space? NASA's VISIONS-2 rocket will soon launch into the unique magnetic environment near the North Pole in pursuit of an answer.

Charting a Course for Astronaut Safety as NASA Launches to the Moon and to Mars

11.30.2018
In the next decade, NASA aims to launch humankind toward the Moon and on to Mars — a monumental step in crewed space travel requiring navigating the hazards of the heliosphere.

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 Scientist to Discuss 'The Science of Space: Heliophysics and the Parker Solar Probe' at Library of Congress Lecture

11.27.2018
The public is invited to a free talk on December 6 called 'The Science of Space: Heliophysics and the Parker Solar Probe,' with Dr. C. Alex Young.

NASA Retires Prolific Solar Observatory After 16 Years

11.20.2018
More than 16 years after launching the mission on Feb. 5, 2002, NASA is retiring the solar observatory RHESSI, short for the Reuven Ramaty High Energy Solar Spectroscopic Imager.

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.

Parker Solar Probe Reports Good Status After Close Solar Approach

11.07.2018
Parker Solar Probe is alive and well after skimming by the Sun at just 15 million miles from our star's surface. This is far closer than any spacecraft has ever gone. Mission controllers received the status beacon from the spacecraft at 4:46 p.m. EST on Nov. 7, 2018. The beacon indicates status "A" — the best of all four possible status signals.

NASA Team to Fly First-Ever Coronagraph Capable of Determining the Formation of the Solar Wind

11.06.2018
An observational technique first proposed more than four decades ago to measure the physical parameters of the corona that determine the formation of the solar wind — the source of disturbances in Earth’s upper atmosphere — will be demonstrated for the first time next year.

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.

Parker Solar Probe Breaks Record, Becomes Closest Spacecraft to Sun

10.29.2018
Parker Solar Probe now holds the record for closest approach to the Sun by a human-made object. The spacecraft passed the current record of 26.55 million miles from the Sun's surface on Oct. 29, 2018, at about 1:04 p.m. EDT, as calculated by the Parker Solar Probe team.

Parker Solar Probe Looks Back at Home

10.24.2018
On Sept. 25, 2018, Parker Solar Probe captured a view of Earth as it sped toward the first Venus gravity assist of the mission.

Counting Down to ICON's Launch

10.16.2018
NASA's Ionospheric Connection Explorer launches in October 2018 to study Earth's interface to space. Here are 10 key things to know about the mission.

Parker Solar Probe Changed the Game Before it Even Launched

10.04.2018
On Oct. 3, Parker Solar Probe performed a Venus gravity assist that drew its orbit closer to the star by 4 million miles. But if you'd asked anyone before 2007, Venus would not have come up as the key to the mission puzzle.

Three NASA Missions Return 1st-Light Data

09.21.2018
NASA’s continued quest to explore our solar system and beyond received a boost of new information this week with three key missions proving not only that they are up and running, but that their science potential is exceptional.

Illuminating First Light Data from Parker Solar Probe

09.19.2018
Just over a month into its mission, Parker Solar Probe has returned first-light data from its four instrument suites. These early observations show that each of the instruments is working well.

NASA’s GOLD instrument captures its first image of the Earth

09.17.2018
NASA's GOLD instrument powered on and opened its cover to scan the Earth for the first time, resulting in a “first light” image of the Western Hemisphere in the ultraviolet.

August Auroras Light Up North American Skies

08.30.2018
An unexpected aurora colored the skies of Canada and northern U.S. states.
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