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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.

How Scientists Predicted Corona’s Appearance During Aug. 21, 2017, Total Solar Eclipse

08.27.2018
A week before the Aug. 21, 2017, total solar eclipse that was visible across the U.S., the country buzzed with anticipation. But the wait was uniquely nerve-wracking for a group of scientists at Predictive Science Inc. in San Diego. How would their predicted view of the corona, the result of a complex numerical model, compare to the real thing?

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 Studies Space Applications for GaN Crystals

08.07.2018
An exotic material poised to become the semiconductor of choice for power electronics —- because it is far more efficient than silicon — is now being eyed for potential applications in space.

Parker Solar Probe and the Birth of the Solar Wind

07.30.2018
This summer, humanity embarks on its first mission to touch the Sun: A spacecraft will be launched into the Sun’s outer atmosphere. Facing several-million-degree Fahrenheit temperatures, NASA’s Parker Solar Probe will directly sample solar particles and magnetic fields to resolve some of the most important questions in solar science.

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.

Sounds of the Sun

07.25.2018
NASA heliophysicist Alex Young explains how this simple sound connects us with the Sun and all the other stars in the universe.

NASA Prepares to Launch Parker Solar Probe, a Mission to Touch the Sun

07.20.2018
No earlier than Aug. 6, 2018, a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy will thunder to space carrying the car-sized spacecraft, which will study the Sun closer than any human-made object ever has.

Traveling to the Sun: Why Won’t Parker Solar Probe Melt?

07.19.2018
This summer, NASA's Parker Solar Probe will launch to travel closer to the Sun, deeper into the solar atmosphere, than any mission before it. Cutting-edge technology and engineering will help it beat the heat.

Discovering Structure in the Outer Corona

07.18.2018
Using advanced algorithms and data-cleaning techniques, scientists discovered never-before-detected, fine-grained structures in the outer corona — the Sun’s million-degree atmosphere — by analyzing images taken by NASA’s STEREO spacecraft.

Cutting-Edge Heat Shield Installed on NASA’s Parker Solar Probe

07.05.2018
When you're designing a mission to touch the Sun, one key question comes to mind: How will you stop it from overheating? Parker Solar Probe's heat shield is a big part of the answer, and it was installed on June 27, 2018.

As Solar Wind Blows, Our Heliosphere Balloons

06.06.2018
What happens when the solar wind suddenly starts to blow significantly harder?

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.

NASA Scientist to Discuss ‘The Upper Atmosphere: Where Space Weather Meets Earth Weather’ at Library of Congress Lecture

05.31.2018
The public is invited to a free talk called ' The Upper Atmosphere: Where Space Weather Meets Earth Weather,' with Dr. Sarah Jones in the Pickford Theater, third floor, Madison Building, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., on June 7 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. EDT.

More Than 1.1 Million Names Installed on NASA’s Parker Solar Probe

05.21.2018
On May 18, 2018, a memory card containing over a million names submitted by the public was installed onto NASA's Parker Solar Probe spacecraft before its historic journey to the Sun.

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 Spacecraft Discovers New Magnetic Process in Turbulent Space

05.09.2018
Explorations in Earth's space environment by NASA's Magnetospheric Multiscale spacecraft have discovered a surprising new magnetic event in turbulent plasma.

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.
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