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Pulsating Aurora Mysteries Uncovered with Help from NASA’s THEMIS Mission

The precise mechanism driving pulsating auroras, long unknown, has now been identified with help from NASA's THEMIS mission.

Eclipse Season Starts for NASA’s SDO

On Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018, NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, or SDO, saw a total solar eclipse in space when Earth crossed its view of the Sun. Also known as a transit, Earth’s passage was brief, lasting from 2:10 a.m. to 2:41 a.m. EST and covering the entire face of the Sun.

Latest Data From IMAGE Indicates Spacecraft’s Power Functional

New information regarding IMAGE provide some additional — though not yet complete — information on how the spacecraft began to transmit signals again.

NASA Mission Launched; Will Revolutionize Our Understanding of Space Weather

NASA's first mission to provide unprecedented measurements of, and changes in, the temperature and composition of Earth's upper atmosphere launched at 5:20 p.m. EST Jan. 25, from the Guiana Space Centre in French Guiana.

NASA’s Newly Rediscovered IMAGE Mission Provided Key Aurora Research

A long-lost NASA satellite, IMAGE, has recently been rediscovered. The mission's nearly six years in operation provided robust research about the space around Earth that continue to guide science to this day.

Celebrating 60 Years of Groundbreaking U.S. Space Science

Sixty years ago, the U.S. launched Explorer 1, rocketing into the Space Age.

Studying the Van Allen Belts 60 Years After America’s First Spacecraft

The U.S.' first satellite in space, launched Jan. 31, 1958, heralded the emergence of space physics and ushered in a new era of technology and communications. This satellite, Explorer 1, discovered Earth's Van Allen Belts. Sixty years later, scientists are still working to understand their peculiar and puzzling nature.

NASA IMAGE Confirmed

The identity of the satellite re-discovered on Jan. 20, 2018, has been confirmed as NASA’s IMAGE, which launched on March 25, 2000, and with which contact was unexpectedly lost on Dec. 18, 2005.

Updates on Recovery Attempts for NASA IMAGE Mission

In mid-January, an amateur astronomer reported they believed they had made contact with a NASA satellite called Imager for Magnetopause-to-Aurora Global Exploration (IMAGE). IMAGE launched on March 25, 2000, and contact was unexpectedly lost on Dec. 18, 2005.

NASA’s GOLD Powers on for the First Time

NASA’s Global-scale Observations of the Limb and Disk, or GOLD, mission powered on the GOLD instrument for the first time after launch on Jan. 28, 7:23 p.m. EST.

Attempting to Contact NASA’s IMAGE

In mid-January, an amateur astronomer reported they believed they had made contact with a NASA satellite called Imager for Magnetopause-to-Aurora Global Exploration (IMAGE). IMAGE launched on March 25, 2000, and contact was unexpectedly lost on Dec. 18, 2005.

NASA GOLD Mission to Image Earth’s Interface to Space

On Jan. 25, 2018, NASA launches Global-scale Observations of the Limb and Disk, or GOLD, a hosted instrument aboard SES-14 that will inspect the dynamic intermingling of space and Earth's uppermost atmosphere.

Explorer 1: The Beginning of American Space Science

Sixty years ago, the hopes of Cold War America soared into the night sky as a rocket lofted skyward above Cape Canaveral, a soon-to-be-famous barrier island off the Florida coast.

Above and Beyond: NASA’s Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission Surpasses Expectations Flying to New Heights in 2017

MMS has been studying Earth's space environment for over two years, and in 2017 it made many discoveries changing how we understand the magnetic environment protecting our planet.

Two Heads Are Better than One: ICON & GOLD Teaming Up To Explore Earth’s Interface to Space

Two new NASA missions are teaming up to explore where Earth's atmosphere interfaces with space — a little-understood area that's close to home but historically hard to observe.

NASA’s Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission Locates Elusive Electron Act

New NASA research helps improve our understanding of how electrons move through the complex region around Earth — information that will help untangle how such particle acrobatics affect the planet.

NASA Goddard Year in Review - 2017

A look back at 2017 at NASA Goddard.

Ryan Milligan - On the Open Road to the Universe

Ryan Milligan is a man of many skills that include solar flare physics and truck driving. They all came together during the LOFAR program in Ireland.

Eclipse 2017: Science from the Moon’s Shadow

On Dec. 11, 2017, six researchers discussed initial findings based on observations of the Sun and on Earth gathered during the solar eclipse that stretched across North America on Aug. 21, 2017.

Can Data Save Dolphins? How Scientists Are Using NASA Data to Study Link Between Solar Storms and Animal Beachings

The age-old mystery of why otherwise healthy dolphins, whales and porpoises get stranded along coasts worldwide deepens.

All Missions On Board for NASA Heliophysics Research

In a new type of collaborative study, scientists combined data from 16 separate NASA spacecraft to understand how a particle phenomenon in the magnetic environment, called a substorm, around Earth occurs.

Taking a Spin on Plasma Space Tornadoes with NASA Observations

New NASA mission results show that tornado-like swirls of space plasma create tumultuous boundaries in the near-Earth environment, letting dangerous high-energy particles slip into near Earth space.

NASA Detects Solar Flare Pulses at Sun and Earth

Two recent studies show how solar flares exhibit pulses or oscillations in the amount of energy being sent out. Such research provides new insights on the origins of these massive solar flares and the space weather they produce. This is key information as humans and robotic missions venture out into the solar system, farther and farther from Earth.

New blog: Parker Solar Probe

Keep updated on the Parker Solar Probe mission on this blog

Proposed NASA Mission Would Investigate Where Space Weather Begins

A NASA team is advancing a mission to reveal unprecedented details about solar flares, powerful eruptions that explode with enough energy that each one could power all of Earth for 16,000 years.
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