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Small Satellite, Big Questions: CuPID CubeSat Will Get New Perspective on Sun-Earth Boundary

09.10.2021
Launching with Landsat 9, a joint mission of NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey, are four CubeSats – compact, cube-shaped satellites used for space research projects. One of the CubeSats launching with Landsat 9 is the Cusp Plasma Imaging Detector, or CuPID.

Public Invited to Join Next Virtual 'Getting to Know Goddard' Session

09.07.2021
NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center will host the latest Getting to Know Goddard session – “Space Weather” – on Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021, from 1 to 2 p.m. EDT. The speaker, Dr. Eric Christian, is a senior research scientist at Goddard. The session will be broadcast and available for free to the public at https://video.ibm.com/channel/nasa-gsfc.

Rocket Flight to Sharpen NASA's Study of the Sun

09.07.2021
SDO’s EVE instrument uses sounding rockets for calibration. During roughly 15-minute flights, these suborbital rockets carry an EVE duplicate about 180 miles above Earth, where it records measurements to keep its twin instrument aboard SDO in tune. The next EVE calibration flight is scheduled to launch Sept. 9.

NASA to Award Funds Activating Science for America’s Learners

09.07.2021
NASA will award approximately $35 million over four years to eight organizations from across the country to bring agency science to learners of all ages, backgrounds, and communities.

NASA Model Describes Nearby Star which Resembles Ours in its Youth

08.03.2021
New research led by NASA provides a closer look at a nearby star thought to resemble our young Sun.

Artificial Intelligence Helps Improve NASA’s Eyes on the Sun

07.23.2021
A group of researchers is using artificial intelligence techniques to calibrate some of NASA’s images of the Sun, helping improve the data that scientists use for solar research.

NASA Rocket, Satellite Tag-Team to View the Giant Electric Current in the Sky

07.02.2021
Some 50 miles up, where Earth’s atmosphere blends into space, the air itself hums with an electric current. Scientists call it the atmospheric dynamo, an Earth-sized electric generator. It’s taken hundreds of years for scientists to lay the groundwork to understand it, but the principles that keep it running are just now being revealed in detail.

Parker Solar Probe Team Earns Aerospace Award from the National Space Club and Foundation

07.01.2021
The Parker Solar Probe team has earned the National Space Club and Foundation's Nelson P. Jackson Award, which recognizes the most outstanding contribution to aerospace in the preceding year.

NCCS-Hosted Simulations Bring to Light a New Type of Coupled Eruption from the Sun

06.25.2021
Using the NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS) Discover supercomputer, scientists simulated complex interactions between large structures in our Sun’s atmosphere that unexpectedly produced a new type of “coupled eruption.”

Total Solar Eclipses Shine a Light on the Solar Wind with Help from NASA's ACE Mission

06.15.2021
From more than a decade's worth of total eclipses observations taken around the world, scientists uncovered a surprising finding about the Sun's wind and its wispy outer atmosphere.

Lab Experiments Shed New Light on NASA Satellite Observations

06.07.2021
New research confirms how particles from space can be sent careening down into Earth???s atmosphere to create the aurora, filling in a missing piece in how this stunning natural phenomenon is generated.

Rosetta Stone Eruption on the Sun Could Help Explain Solar Explosions

06.07.2021
In a dramatic, multi-staged eruption, the Sun has revealed new clues that could help scientists solve the long-standing mystery of what causes the Sun’s powerful and unpredictable eruptions. Uncovering this fundamental physics could help scientists better predict the eruptions that cause dangerous space weather conditions at Earth.

NASA Rocket Chasing the Source of the Sun's Hot Atmosphere

05.17.2021
After glimpsing faint but widespread super-heated material in the Sun's outer atmosphere, a NASA sounding rocket is going back for more. This time, they're carrying a new instrument optimized to see it across a wider region of the Sun. The Extreme Ultraviolet Normal Incidence Spectrograph, or EUNIS for short, will launch no earlier than May 18.

A New Space Instrument Captures Its First Solar Eruption

05.17.2021
During a close solar pass in February, the Solar Orbiter Heliospheric Imager ??? the only instrument on Solar Orbiter led by a US principal investigator ??? captured its first solar eruption.

NASA's Parker Solar Probe Discovers Natural Radio Emission in Venus' Atmosphere

05.03.2021
During a brief swing by Venus, Parker Solar Probe detected a natural radio signal that revealed the spacecraft had flown through the planet's upper atmosphere. This was the first direct measurement of the Venusian atmosphere in nearly 30 years - and it looks quite different from Venus past.

NASA's Parker Solar Probe Sees Venus Orbital Dust Ring in 1st Complete View

04.16.2021
NASA's Parker Solar Probe mission has given scientists the first complete look at Venus' orbital dust ring, a collection of microscopic dust particles that circulates around the Sun along Venus' orbit.

In First, Scientists Trace Fastest Solar Particles to Their Roots on the Sun

03.10.2021
Zipping through space at nearly the speed of light, Solar Energetic Particles are one of the main challenges for the future of human spaceflight. They can fry sensitive spacecraft electronics and pose serious risks to human astronauts. But they are hard to predict, in part because we still don’t know exactly where on the Sun they come from.

Observations Around Solar System With Parker Solar Probe's 7th Solar Encounter

03.05.2021
During Parker Solar Probe's seventh swing by the Sun, celestial geometry posed a special opportunity. The configuration of this particular orbit placed Parker Solar Probe on the same side of the Sun as Earth - meaning that Earth-bound observatories could observe the Sun and its outpouring of solar wind from the same perspective as Parker's.

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.

Exploring the Solar Wind With A New View of Small Sun Structures

01.19.2021
Scientists have combined NASA data and cutting-edge image processing to gain new insight into the solar structures that create the Sun's flow of high-speed solar wind, detailed in new research published today in The Astrophysical Journal.

Heliophysics Hackweek 2020 Coronal Holes Team Publishes Results at NeurIPS 2020

01.14.2021
Helio Hackweek 2020 “Coronal Holes” team members and other hackweek participants continued their collaboration and published a paper and poster of their results at the 34th Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems. “SEARCH: SEgmentation of polAR Coronal Holes,” was published at the Machine Learning and the Physical Sciences Workshop.

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.

NASA Goddard’s AI Center of Excellence Connects Scientists and Engineers to the Latest Advances in Artificial Intelligence

12.18.2020
The mission of the AI Center of Excellence is to enable new AI techniques for scientific discovery, providing scientists within NASA Goddard and their partners beyond NASA with resources for increased collaboration, innovation, and co-learning.

NASA Scientists Named AGU 2020 Union Honorees

12.10.2020
Nine individuals with NASA affiliations have been named 2020 Union honorees or fellows by the American Geophysical Union (AGU) and will receive honors bestowed by AGU for their excellence in scientific research, education, communication, and outreach.

Eclipse 2017 Shines Light on the Sun-Earth Connection

12.10.2020
Aug. 21, 2017, marked a unique opportunity for scientists in the contiguous U.S. — for the first time in nearly a century, a total solar eclipse would sweep coast to coast, providing scientists under the path of totality with a rare chance to study the Sun and Earth in uncommon ways.

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