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Five Teams Win NASA DALI Awards to Advance Future Lunar Missions

02.20.2019
The agency’s Development and Advancement of Lunar Instrumentation, or DALI, program recently awarded 10 teams each about $4 million in funding to mature spacecraft based instruments for use in future lander missions including those offered by commercial ventures. These instruments, which are supposed to have reached a high level of technology readiness by the time funding ends in three years, will support scientific investigations, human exploration, lunar mining, and other in-situ lunar-resource activities. Of the 10 awards, half went to teams involving Goddard experts, who are either serving as principal investigators or co-investigators. The five teams are Submillimeter Solar Observation Lunar Volatiles Experiment (SSOLVE), Characterization of Regolith and Trace Economic Resources (CRATER), Bulk Elemental Composition Analyzer (BECA), Potassium-Argon Laser Experiment (KArLE), and Lunar Environment Monitoring Station (LEMS). Congratulations to these teams! Read more starting at page 5 of Cutting Edge.

NASA Goddard Year in Review - 2018

12.07.2018
aerial view of Goddard
Just outside Washington, D.C., Goddard is home to hundreds of scientific missions. We operate Hubble. We manage communications between mission control and astronauts aboard the International Space Station. our scientists stare into the Sun, grind up meteorites for signs of life's building blocks, look into the farthest reaches of space, and untangle the mysteries of our own changing world. Goddard engineers construct sensitive instruments, build telescopes that peer into the cosmos, and operate the test chambers that ensure those satellites' survival.

Enjoy some of the highlights from our 2018 trip around the Sun!

Goddard heliophysicists Jeff Newmark and Nat Gopalswamy featured in Cutting Edge

10.23.2018
photo of Jeff and Nat An observational technique first proposed more than four decades ago to measure three important processes necessary for the formation of the solar wind — the source of disturbances in Earth’s upper atmosphere — will be demonstrated for the first time next year. Goddard heliophysicists Nat Gopalswamy and Jeff Newmark plan to demonstrate BITSE — short for the Balloon-borne Investigation of Temperature and Speed of Electrons in the corona — aboard a high-altitude scientific balloon from Ft. Sumner, New Mexico, next fall. BITSE will detect the density, temperature, and speed of electrons in the corona. The story appears starting on page 7 in Goddard's "Cutting Edge" technology magazine.
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