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Spritacular: NASA’s New Citizen Science Project to Capture Elusive Upper Atmospheric Electrical Phenomena on Camera

10.27.2022
NASA’s newest citizen science project, Spritacular (pronounced sprite-tacular), leverages the power of crowdsourcing to advance the study of sprites and other Transient Luminous Events, or TLEs. TLEs include a range of electrical phenomena that occur above thunderstorms and produce brief flashes of light.

Edward Stone Retires After 50 Years as NASA Voyager’s Project Scientist

10.27.2022
Edward Stone has retired as the project scientist for NASA’s Voyager mission a half-century after taking on the role. Stone accepted scientific leadership of the historic mission in 1972, five years before the launch of its two spacecraft, Voyager 1 and Voyager 2.

NASA’s Economic Benefit Reaches All 50 States

10.27.2022
NASA released the results of its second agencywide economic impact report on Thursday, demonstrating how its Moon to Mars activities, investments in climate change research and technology, as well as other work generated more than $71.2 billion in total economic output during fiscal year 2021.

The Coronal Veil: Are the Sun’s Magnetic Arches an Optical Illusion?

06.16.2022
In extreme ultraviolet light, the Sun resembles a rumpled ball of yarn. It teems with giant radiant arcs known as coronal loops soaring through the Sun’s corona. However, some scientists now think these loops may be an optical illusion.

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.

Scientists with NASA’s MMS Mission Crack 60-Year Mystery of Fast Magnetic Explosions

04.28.2022
A fuller understanding of magnetic reconnection could enable insights into nuclear fusion and provide better predictions of particle storms from the Sun that can affect Earth-orbiting technology. Now, scientists with NASA’s Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission, or MMS, think they’ve figured it out.

NASA Selects Investigation Teams to Join Geospace Dynamics Mission

04.26.2022
NASA has selected three investigation teams to join the agency’s Geospace Dynamics Constellation (GDC) mission science team in studying Earth’s upper atmosphere, as well as five additional investigations that will be under consideration for inclusion in the mission.

Join NASA's Earth Day Event

04.22.2022
Join us in person or virtually. Registration is open for virtual events.

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.

NASA Invites Media to 59th Annual Robert H. Goddard Memorial Symposium

03.16.2022
Media are invited to meet leaders in space exploration at the 59th annual Robert H. Goddard Memorial Symposium, taking place on the campus of the University of Maryland, College Park, from March 23 to 25. Attendees also have the option to watch the symposium online.

Two NASA Scientists Named AAAS 2021 Fellows

02.04.2022
Two individuals with NASA affiliations have been named 2021 fellows by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in recognition of their scientifically and socially distinguished achievements in the scientific enterprise.

NASA Scientists Named AAS 2022 Fellows

01.27.2022
Four individuals with NASA affiliations have been named 2022 Fellows by the American Astronomical Society (AAS). AAS is a major international organization of professional astronomers, astronomy educators, and amateur astronomers.

One Year into the Biden Administration, NASA Looks to Future

01.19.2022
Over the past year, NASA has made valuable contributions to Biden-Harris Administration’s goals – leading on the global stage, addressing the urgent issue of climate change, creating high paying jobs, and inspiring future generations.

Ahead of Webb Launch, NASA is Watching the Weather in Space

12.22.2021
With Webb heading to the launchpad, scientists and NASA’s Moon-to-Mars Space Weather Analysis Office are monitoring space weather conditions, assessing risk in three specific measures.

NASA Enters the Solar Atmosphere for the First Time, Bringing New Discoveries

12.14.2021
For the first time in history, a spacecraft has touched the Sun. NASA’s Parker Solar Probe has now flown through the Sun’s upper atmosphere – the corona – and sampled particles and magnetic fields there.

NASA Scientists Named AGU 2021 Union Honorees

12.13.2021
Several individuals with NASA affiliations have been named 2021 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.

NASA to Highlight New Science Findings, Missions During AGU Meeting

12.06.2021
NASA researchers and colleagues from around the world will present the latest findings on a range of Earth and space science topics at the annual American Geophysical Union (AGU) meeting, being held virtually and in New Orleans from Monday, Dec.13, through Friday, Dec. 17.

Vice President Harris to Visit NASA Goddard Today, Deliver Live Remarks

11.05.2021
Vice President Kamala Harris will visit NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland today, Nov. 5, to get a firsthand look at the agency’s work to combat the climate crisis and protect vulnerable communities.

NASA Partnership Supports the Next Generation of Space and Science Professionals

11.03.2021
NASA's participation in the Mentoring365 program will provide connectivity and access to the next generation of space and science professionals.

Edward Gonzales educates others on diversity and inclusion through his experiences

11.03.2021
Through his own experiences, Edward Gonzales educates the Goddard community on diversity and inclusion.

Aleida Higginson Studies the Star of our Solar System

10.26.2021
Solar wind physicist Aleida Higginson uses a variety of NASA tools to learn all about the Sun.

Studying the Edge of the Sun’s Magnetic Bubble

10.19.2021
Our corner of the universe, the solar system, is nestled inside the Milky Way galaxy, home to more than 100 billion stars. The solar system is encased in a bubble called the heliosphere, which separates us from the vast galaxy beyond – and some of its harsh space radiation.

With NASA Data, Researchers Find Standing Waves at Edge of Earth’s Magnetic Bubble

10.06.2021
Just as ocean waves follow the wind, scientists expected that waves traveling along the magnetosphere should ripple in the direction of the solar wind. But a new study reveals some waves do just the opposite.

NASA Goddard Visitor Center Offering Free Virtual Field Trips During 2021-2022 School Year

09.29.2021
The visitor center at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, is offering virtual field trips for groups looking for STEM engagement this school year. The field trips, which are free for the public, feature a live presentation and question-and-answer session led by trained staff.

Tiny Satellites Will Address Sizeable Questions in Space Science

09.24.2021
Hitching a ride with NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey’s Landsat 9 launch, two tiny satellites will tackle big questions.

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