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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Charting a Course for Astronaut Safety as NASA Launches to the Moon and to Mars

11.30.2018
In the next decade, NASA aims to launch humankind toward the Moon and on to Mars — a monumental step in crewed space travel requiring navigating the hazards of the heliosphere.

NASA Brings its Science and Supercomputing Advances to SC18

11.05.2018
From designing rocket launch pad components and safer rotorcraft to improving flood and drought forecasts to modeling the formation of planetary disks, NASA will highlight supercomputing advances at SC18, the International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis, Nov. 12 to 15 in Dallas.

NASA Goddard’s Science Jamboree Connects Disciplines and Interns

07.26.2018
The Goddard Science Jamboree provides an opportunity for interns and senior scientists alike to learn more about the science happening in other disciplines in one room.

NASA Scientist to Discuss ‘The Upper Atmosphere: Where Space Weather Meets Earth Weather’ at Library of Congress Lecture

05.31.2018
The public is invited to a free talk called ' The Upper Atmosphere: Where Space Weather Meets Earth Weather,' with Dr. Sarah Jones in the Pickford Theater, third floor, Madison Building, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., on June 7 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. EDT.

NASA’s New Dellingr Spacecraft Baselined for Pathfinding CubeSat Mission to Van Allen Belts

05.01.2018
A new CubeSat mission — GTOSat — will do more than monitor the environmentally forbidding radiation belts that encircle Earth.

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 Joins International Science Team in Exploring Auroral Cusp from Norway

02.27.2018
North of Norway, the magnetic bubble surrounding Earth dips inward, allowing space particles to funnel in toward the planet. An international team will spend two years investigating the physics of heating and charged particle precipitation in this region, one of the few places on Earth with easy access to the electrically charged solar wind.

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

02.20.2018
The precise mechanism driving pulsating auroras, long unknown, has now been identified with help from NASA's THEMIS mission.

NASA Mission Launched; Will Revolutionize Our Understanding of Space Weather

02.02.2018
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.

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.

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

01.31.2018
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’s GOLD Powers on for the First Time

01.29.2018
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.
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