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Shannon Hill - Goddard Intern Studying Pulsating Auroras

09.19.2019
Shannon Hill, an intern at Goddard, studied pulsating auroras during her internship.

Streaks in Aurora Found to Map Features in Earth’s Radiation Environment

08.27.2019
A special kind of streaked aurora has been found to track disturbances in near-Earth space from the ground.

NASA’s BITSE Solar Scope Is Ready for Balloon Flight Over New Mexico

08.23.2019
NASA is getting ready to test a new way to see the Sun, high over the New Mexico desert: a coronagraph called BITSE. BITSE will fly up to the edge of the atmosphere from Fort Sumner, New Mexico, and seeks to explain how the Sun spits out the solar wind.

NASA Selects Proposals to Demonstrate SmallSat Technologies to Study Interplanetary Space

08.15.2019
NASA has selected two proposals to demonstrate small satellite technologies to improve science observations in deep space, which could help NASA develop better models to predict space weather events that can affect astronauts and spacecraft.

One Year, 2 Trips Around Sun for NASA's Parker Solar Probe

08.12.2019
Since Parker Solar Probe launched on Aug. 12, 2018, Earth has made one trip around the Sun, while the daring solar explorer is well into its third orbit.

NASA’s MMS Finds First Interplanetary Shock

08.08.2019
NASA's MMS mission just made the first high-resolution measurements of an interplanetary shockwave launched from the Sun.

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.

First of Two Van Allen Probes Spacecraft Ceases Operations

07.23.2019
On July 19 mission operators turned off one of the two Van Allen Probes spacecraft. Originally slated for a two-year mission, the Van Allen Probes launched in 2012 and gathered unprecedented data on Earth's radiation belts. As expected, the spacecraft is now out of fuel. It will re-enter the atmosphere and burn up safely in about 15 years.

Earth's Shining Upper Atmosphere — From the Apollo Era to the Present

07.17.2019
In 1972, Apollo 16 astronauts stood on the Moon and took a picture of Earth like none before: the first view of our planet in far ultraviolet light. Nearly 50 years later, compare views of Earth’s shining ionosphere from the Apollo era to NASA’s present-day GOLD mission.

NASA’s TESS Mission Finds Its Smallest Planet Yet

06.27.2019
NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) has discovered a world between the sizes of Mars and Earth orbiting a bright, cool, nearby star. The planet, called L 98-59b, marks the tiniest discovered by TESS to date.

NASA Selects Missions to Study Our Sun, Its Effects on Space Weather

06.20.2019
NASA has selected two new missions to advance our understanding of the Sun and its dynamic effects on space.

NASA Scientists Find Sun’s History Buried in Moon’s Crust

06.17.2019
Scientists are realizing that the Moon contains clues to the ancient mysteries of the Sun, which are crucial to understanding the development of life.

NASA’s SET Mission to Study Satellite Protection Is Ready for Launch

06.10.2019
NASA’s Space Environment Testbeds, or SET, will launch on its mission to study how to better protect satellites in space. SET studies space radiation and how it affects spacecraft and electronics in orbit.

NASA Scientist Receives Patent for Innovative Technique for Measuring Space Weather Phenomena

05.14.2019
A NASA expert in space-weather phenomena has won a patent for an idea that, if fully implemented, would create the world’s largest scientific instrument for detecting a condition that has caused power outages in the past.

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.

Peter Schuck - A Physics in Action Kind of Guy

04.23.2019
Peter Schuck is a "physics in action" kind of guy.

Unexpected Rain on Sun Links Two Solar Mysteries

04.05.2019
Researchers find rain on the Sun in an unexpected place. The findings could create a new link between two of the biggest mysteries in solar physics.

And the Blobs Just Keep on Coming

04.04.2019
Scientists re-inspected 45-year-old Helios data, finding long trains of massive blobs — like lava lamp's otherworldly bubbles, but 50 to 500 times the size of Earth — that ooze from the Sun every 90 minutes or so.

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.

What Scientists Found After Sifting Through Dust in the Solar System

03.12.2019
Two recent studies report discoveries of dust rings in the inner solar system: a dust ring at Mercury's orbit, and a group of never-before-detected asteroids co-orbiting with Venus, supplying the dust in Venus' orbit.

Discovering Bonus Science With NASA’s Magnetospheric Multiscale Spacecraft

03.07.2019
MMS is flying out of its element to take ground-breaking measurements of something it was not originally designed for — turbulence in the solar wind.

Solar Tadpole-Like Jets Seen With NASA’S IRIS Add New Clue to Age-Old Mystery

02.19.2019
Scientists have discovered tadpole-shaped jets coming out of the Sun that may help explain why the corona (the wispy upper atmosphere of our star) is so inexplicably hot.

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.
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