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Astrophysics Science Division at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center

NASA Goddard’s Astrophysics Science Division (ASD) is home to a vibrant community of scientists, technologists, and support staff dedicated to enabling NASA’s over-arching goals in astrophysics.

NASA Technology to Help Locate Electromagnetic Counterparts of Gravitational Waves

A compact detector technology applicable to all types of cross-disciplinary scientific investigations has found a home on a new CubeSat mission designed to find the electromagnetic counterparts of events that generate gravitational waves.

Celebrating 60 Years of Groundbreaking U.S. Space Science

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

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.

NASA's Newly Renamed Swift Mission Spies a Comet Slowdown

NASA's Swift spacecraft, now renamed the Neil Gehrels Swift Observatory after the mission's late principal investigator, has detected the most dramatic change in a comet's rotation ever seen.

NASA’s Next Major Telescope to See the Big Picture of the Universe

NASA is beginning to design its next big astrophysics mission, a space telescope that will provide the largest picture of the universe ever seen with the same depth and clarity as the Hubble Space Telescope.

NASA Goddard Year in Review - 2017

A look back at 2017 at NASA Goddard.

NASA's SuperTIGER Balloon Flies Again to Study Heavy Cosmic Particles

A science team in Antarctica is preparing to fly SuperTIGER, a balloon-borne instrument designed to collect heavy high-energy particles from beyond the solar system that constantly bombard Earth's atmosphere.

NASA Receives Findings from WFIRST Independent Review Team

NASA has received the report from an independent, external review of the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST) project. The review was commissioned by NASA to help ensure that the mission is well understood in terms of scope and required resources, and is executable.

NASA Missions Catch First Light from a Gravitational-Wave Event

For the first time, NASA scientists have detected light tied to a gravitational-wave event, thanks to two merging neutron stars in the galaxy NGC 4993, located about 130 million light-years from Earth in the constellation Hydra.

'Extreme' Telescopes Find the Second-fastest-spinning Pulsar

By following up on mysterious high-energy sources mapped by NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope, a Netherlands-based radio telescope has discovered a new pulsar, the second fastest-spinning known.

ACE Celebrates 20 Years of Solar Wind, Cosmic Ray Discoveries

Two decades ago it would have been difficult to imagine just how many pivotal discoveries would be in the cards for NASA's Advanced Composition Explorer, or ACE. After its launch on August 25, 1997, ACE’s first job was to observe what kinds of matter and energy arrive at Earth from the Sun and from across the galaxy.

NASA Team Passes Major Technological Milestone for Characterizing Exoplanets

An instrument developed by scientists at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland — the Prototype Imaging Spectrograph for Coronagraphic Exoplanet Studies, or PISCES — played an important role in the demonstration, showing that it could separate light of one or more Jupiter-sized exoplanets.

New Mission Going to the Space Station to Explore Mysteries of 'Cosmic Rain'

A new instrument set for an Aug. 13 launch to the International Space Station, will provide an unprecedented look at a rain of particles from deep space, called cosmic rays, that constantly showers our planet.

New Mission Going to the Space Station to Explore Mysteries of 'Cosmic Rain'

A new experiment set for an Aug. 14 launch to the International Space Station will provide an unprecedented look at a rain of particles from deep space that constantly showers our planet.

NASA’s Scientific Balloon Program Reaches New Heights

NASA's Balloon Program is preparing sensitive new instruments, including one designed to investigate the birth of our universe and another with ballooning origins that will fly on the International Space Station.

Gamma-ray Telescopes Reveal a High-energy Trap in Our Galaxy's Center

Data from NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope and a ground-based system in Namibia suggest the center of our Milky Way contains a "trap" that concentrates some of the fastest particles in the galaxy.

Goddard Hosts 8th Annual Science Jamboree for Employees

The Goddard Office of Communications and the Goddard Sciences and Exploration Directorate produced the eighth annual Science Jamboree on Wednesday, July 12, 2017.

NASA Astrophysicist to Discuss the Search for Earth-like Exoplanets at Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

NASA Astrophysicist Amber Straughn will give a talk about the search for Earth-like exoplanets to launch the 2017 season of Family Astronomy nights at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum on Friday, July 14.

NASA Announces Independent Review Panel Members for Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope

NASA has convened an independent, external technical, management and cost review of the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST) at the recommendation of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS).

Goddard Welcomes Nearly 450 Summer Interns

Almost 450 interns will complete their "10-week job interview" at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center this summer.

NASA Renames Solar Probe Mission to Honor Pioneering Physicist Eugene Parker

NASA has renamed the Solar Probe Plus spacecraft — humanity’s first mission to a star, which will launch in 2018 — as the Parker Solar Probe in honor of astrophysicist Eugene Parker.

NASA's Fermi Catches Gamma-ray Flashes from Tropical Storms

A thousand times a day, thunderstorms around the globe launch fleeting bursts of gamma rays. Now scientists have studied dozens of these events fired off by Earth's biggest weather: tropical storms, hurricanes and typhoons.

NASA Scientist to Discuss 'NASA's Fermi Opening a Window on the Extreme Universe' at Library of Congress Lecture

The public is invited to a free talk called “The Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope: Opening a Window on the Extreme Universe” with NASA's Dr. Julie McEnery in the Pickford Theater, third floor, Madison Building, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., on April 18 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. EST.

NASA's Swift Mission Maps a Star's 'Death Spiral' into a Black Hole

Astronomers measured the light produced when a sun-like star wandered too close to a 3-million-solar-mass black hole similar to the one at the center of our own galaxy.
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