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NASA’s Webb Telescope Will Provide Census of Fledgling Stars in Stellar Nursery

12.12.2018
The dazzling glow of young stars dominates images of the giant stellar nursery NGC 346, in the neighboring dwarf galaxy called the Small Magellanic Cloud.

Preparing for Discovery With NASA's Parker Solar Probe

12.12.2018
On Dec. 12, four researchers gathered at the fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union to share what they hope to learn from Parker Solar Probe.

NASA’s First Stellar Observatory, OAO 2, Turns 50

12.11.2018
Launched on Dec. 7, 1968, NASA's Orbiting Astronomical Observatory 2, nicknamed Stargazer, was the agency's first successful cosmic explorer — a direct ancestor of Hubble and many other astronomy satellites.

ICESat-2 Reveals Profile of Ice Sheets, Sea Ice, Forests

12.11.2018
A detailed profile of Earth's ice and forests – newly formed sea ice, rugged glaciers of Antarctica, trees towering over a hillside - is revealed in the first results from NASA's ICESat-2.

Space Views of Penguin ‘Poo’ Yield Insights

12.11.2018
Using satellite observations of Antarctica to search for penguin guano (poo) may not sound like the most exciting research, but it’s providing scientists with unique insights on the Adélie penguin.

NASA Provides New Look at Puerto Rico Post-Hurricane Maria

12.10.2018
Two new NASA research efforts delve into Hurricane Maria's far-reaching effects on the island's forests and on its residents' energy and electricity access.

More Glaciers in East Antarctica Are Waking Up

12.10.2018
New detailed NASA maps of ice velocity and elevation show that a group of glaciers spanning along one eighth of East Antarctica's coast have begun to wake up over the past decade, hinting at widespread changes in the ocean.

NASA’s Newly Arrived OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft Already Discovers Water on Asteroid

12.10.2018
Recently analyzed data from NASA’s Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) mission has revealed water locked inside the clays that make up its scientific target, the asteroid Bennu.

The Seasonal Rhythms of Ammonia

12.10.2018
Farms and feedlots are a key source of the pollutant.

Honeycomb Mirrors Makes NASA’s Webb the Most Powerful Space Telescope

12.07.2018
James Webb's mirrors' honeycomb like arrangement allows for Webb to have the largest possible reflective surface area to make observations, with the least amount of dead space in between each.

VISIONS-2 Provides a Look at Earth’s Escaping Atmosphere

12.07.2018
Two NASA sounding rockets were successfully launched Dec. 7 from Ny-Ålesund, Svalbard, in Norway providing scientist a look at the process of Earth’s atmosphere escaping into space.

An Island Disappears

12.07.2018
A powerful hurricane wiped away a remote island in the Hawaiian chain.

NASA Goddard Year in Review - 2018

12.07.2018
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center is home to the nation's largest organization of scientists, engineers and technologists who build spacecraft, instruments and new technology to study Earth, the Sun, our solar system and the universe. Looking back over 2018, here is just a small sampling of our year's highlights and memorable moments.

Chilly November in North America

12.06.2018
It was cold across the eastern part of North America, but the opposite was true in other parts of the world.

Wintertime Arctic Sea Ice Growth Slows Long-term Decline: NASA

12.06.2018
The Arctic sea ice cover has been on a steep decline for the past decades. But new NASA research has found that increases in seasonal winter Arctic ice growth may have helped prevent an even more rapid rate of decline.

Cyclone Effects Run Deep

12.05.2018
Hurricanes and typhoons cause vast amounts of heat to sink into the sea, which might have implications for seasonal and long-term climate.

Celebratory Galaxy Photo Honors 25th Anniversary of NASA's First Hubble Servicing Mission

12.04.2018
One especially photogenic galaxy located 55 million light-years away holds a special place in Hubble history.

NASA Science Shows Human Impact of Clean Air Policies

12.04.2018
NASA recently initiated two projects to provide some answers drawing on its scientific expertise and global observations of air pollution from spacecraft orbiting Earth.

NASA's IMERG Measures Heavy Rainfall in California Wildfire Areas

12.04.2018
Heavy precipitation recently fell in areas of California that were recently devastated by deadly wildfires such as the Camp Fire and the Woolsey fire.

The 'Camera That Saved Hubble' Turns 25

12.04.2018
Twenty-five years ago this week, the Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 (WFPC2) was installed on the Hubble Space Telescope to correct a devastating error in the telescope's primary mirror.

Radio JOVE From NASA: Tuning In to Your Local Celestial Radio Show

12.04.2018
What does Jupiter sound like? If you had to take a guess, would you imagine the sharp staccato of popcorn popping? The slow static of waves reaching the shore? The universe is full of radio emissions, and all you need to hear them for yourself is a box the size of a DVD player.

Winter Arrives in the Sierra Nevada

12.04.2018
As November 2018 came to a close, mountain areas saw their first significant snowfall of the season.

Owen (Southern Pacific Ocean)

12.03.2018
Tropical Cyclone Owen formed in the Southern Pacific Ocean’s Coral Sea southwest of the Solomon Islands when the GPM core observatory satellite passed above and analyzed its rainfall.

NASA's OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft Arrives at Asteroid Bennu

12.03.2018
NASA’s Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft completed its 1.2 billion-mile (2 billion-kilometer) journey to arrive at the asteroid Bennu Monday.

Hubble Celebrates 25 Years Since First Repair Mission in Space

12.02.2018
Twenty-five years ago today, a group of astronauts ascended in the space shuttle to accomplish a feat of unprecedented proportions: to fix Hubble, in space.
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