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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.

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.

2020 Decadal Survey Missions: At a Glance

04.24.2018
Any telescope that reaches the launch pad in the 2030s likely will look much different than the concepts four teams are currently studying to inform the 2020 Decadal Survey for Astrophysics, but the studies do offer a roadmap.

NASA Teams Study the Agency’s Future in Astrophysics; Tackle Formidable Technology Challenges

04.24.2018
As in past decades, the agency won’t make that decision in a vacuum or without understanding the technical obstacles, which are formidable.

New Exoplanet Collaboration Hosts Meeting to Explore Molecular Seeds of Life

04.09.2018
The Sellers Exoplanet Environments Collaboration (SEEC) hosts its first annual symposium April 9-13. Researchers will discuss how our knowledge of the early solar system can help the hunt for life on other worlds.

NASA’s Mission to Touch the Sun Arrives in the Sunshine State

04.06.2018
NASA’s Parker Solar Probe has arrived in Florida to begin final preparations for its launch to the Sun, scheduled for July 31, 2018.

3 NASA Satellites Recreate Solar Eruption in 3-D

03.09.2018
Scientists have developed a model that simulates how shocks following coronal mass ejections, or CMEs, propagate from the Sun — an effort made possible only by combining data from three different NASA satellites.

Public Invited to Come Aboard NASA’s First Mission to Touch the Sun

03.06.2018
NASA's Parker Solar Probe mission will launch in summer 2018 to travel closer to the Sun than any spacecraft before it, facing brutal heat and radiation conditions. And you can send your name along for the ride.

NASA’s SDO Reveals How Magnetic Cage on the Sun Stopped Solar Eruption

02.23.2018
A dramatic magnetic power struggle at the Sun's surface lies at the heart of solar eruptions, new research using NASA data shows.

Eclipse Season Starts for NASA’s SDO

02.13.2018
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.

Celebrating 60 Years of Groundbreaking U.S. Space Science

01.31.2018
Sixty years ago, the U.S. launched Explorer 1, rocketing into the Space Age.

Explorer 1: The Beginning of American Space Science

01.23.2018
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.

NASA Goddard Year in Review - 2017

12.20.2017
A look back at 2017 at NASA Goddard.

Ryan Milligan - On the Open Road to the Universe

12.19.2017
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

12.11.2017
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.

NASA Detects Solar Flare Pulses at Sun and Earth

11.16.2017
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

11.16.2017
Keep updated on the Parker Solar Probe mission on this blog

Proposed NASA Mission Would Investigate Where Space Weather Begins

11.14.2017
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.

Parker Solar Probe Comes to NASA Goddard for Testing

11.08.2017
On Monday, Nov. 6, 2017, NASA's Parker Solar Probe spacecraft arrived at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, for environmental tests.

Return of the Comet: 96P Spotted by ESA, NASA Satellites

11.03.2017
Sun-gazing missions SOHO and STEREO watched the return of comet 96P/Machholz when it entered their fields of view between Oct. 25-30. It is extremely rare for comets to be seen simultaneously from two different locations in space, and these are the most comprehensive parallel observations ever taken of this comet.

Atmospheric Beacons Guide NASA Scientists in Search for Life

11.02.2017
New NASA research proposes a novel approach to sniffing out exoplanet atmospheres. It takes advantage of frequent stellar storms from cool, young dwarf stars to highlight signs of possible life.

September 2017's Intense Solar Activity Viewed From Space

10.27.2017
September 2017 saw a spate of intense solar activity. NASA and its partners had many instruments observing the Sun from both Earth and space, enabling scientists to study these events from multiple perspectives.

NASA Sounding Rocket Instrument Spots Signatures of Long-Sought Small Solar Flares

10.13.2017
During its short flight, FOXSI found the best evidence yet of a phenomenon scientists have been seeking for years: signatures of tiny solar flares that could help explain the mysterious heating of the Sun.

Solar Scientist Wins Top Goddard Space Science Award

10.04.2017
For his extensive research on solar activity, Dr. Nat Gopalswamy received the highest honor for space science at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.

Parker Solar Probe Gets Its Revolutionary Heat Shield

09.26.2017
On Sept. 25, 2017, media were invited to see NASA’s Parker Solar Probe in its flight configuration at Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland, where it is being built.
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