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NASA Goddard Year in Review - 2017

12.20.2017
A look back at 2017 at NASA Goddard.

Spanning Disciplines in the Search for Life Beyond Earth

12.13.2017
Following a gold rush of exoplanet discovery, the next step in the search for life is determining which of the known exoplanets are proper candidates for life — and for this, a cross-disciplinary approach is essential.

An Orbital Dance May Help Preserve Oceans on Icy Worlds

11.30.2017
Heat generated by the gravitational pull of moons formed from massive collisions could extend the lifetimes of liquid water oceans beneath the surface of large icy worlds in our outer solar system, according to new NASA research.

WASP-18b Has Smothering Stratosphere Without Water

11.29.2017
The oversized planet WASP-18b is wrapped in a smothering stratosphere loaded with carbon monoxide and devoid of water.

NASA Telescope Studies Quirky Comet 45P

11.21.2017
A new study fills in gaps in Jupiter-family comets and finds that quirky 45P doesn’t quite match any comet studied so far.

Picture This SELFI: NASA Advances Instrument to Study the Plumes of Enceladus

11.02.2017
NASA scientists and engineers have conceived and plan to build an ambitious submillimeter-wave or radio instrument to study the composition of geysers spewing water vapor and icy particles from the south pole of Saturn’s small moon, Enceladus.

NASA Evaluates Use of a Coin-Sized Thermometer to Characterize Comets and Earthbound Asteroids

10.30.2017
Two NASA teams want to deploy a highly compact, sensitive thermometer that could characterize comets and even assist in the redirection or possible destruction of an asteroid on a collision course with Earth.

NASA Team Finds Noxious Ice Cloud on Saturn’s Moon Titan

10.18.2017
Researchers with NASA’s Cassini mission have found evidence of a toxic hybrid ice in a wispy cloud high above the south pole of Saturn’s largest moon, Titan.

NASA’s Cassini Spacecraft Ends Its Historic Exploration of Saturn

09.15.2017
A thrilling epoch in the exploration of our solar system came to a close today, as NASA's Cassini spacecraft made a fateful plunge into the atmosphere of Saturn, ending its 13-year tour of the ringed planet.

Excitement, Tears as Goddard Team Prepares for Cassini End

09.12.2017
When the Cassini orbiter plunges into Saturn's atmosphere on Sept. 15, a group of NASA scientists based in Greenbelt, Maryland, will be among those waiting for the spacecraft’s last long-distance ping

How Two Ground-based Telescopes Support Cassini

09.11.2017
Astronomers on Earth will observe Saturn when the Cassini spacecraft plunges into its atmosphere Sept. 15.

Public Invited to NASA Goddard to Celebrate the Cassini Mission Grand Finale Event

09.05.2017
Members of the public are invited to celebrate the “Grand Finale” of NASA’s Cassini mission on Sept. 7.

Scientist to Discuss Cassini’s ‘Grand Finale' at Library of Congress Lecture

08.31.2017
The public is invited to a free talk called "Cassini’s Grand Finale," with Conor Nixon in the Pickford Theater, third floor, Madison Building, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., on Thursday, Sept. 7, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. EDT.

NASA Studies CubeSat Mission to Solve Venusian Mystery

08.15.2017
A Goddard team has received funding to advance the CubeSat UV Experiment, a mission concept to investigate Venus’ atmosphere using UV-sensitive instruments and a novel carbon-nanotube mirror.

Hubble Detects Exoplanet with Glowing Water Atmosphere

08.02.2017
Scientists have discovered the strongest evidence to date for a stratosphere on a planet outside our solar system.

NASA Enhances Online Scientific Tool Used Worldwide

08.01.2017
A team of scientists have enhanced the Planetary Spectrum Generator that just went online a year ago.

NASA Finds Moon of Saturn Has Chemical That Could Form ‘Membranes’

07.28.2017
NASA scientists have definitively detected the chemical acrylonitrile, also known as vinyl cyanide, in the atmosphere of Saturn's moon Titan, a place that has long intrigued scientists investigating the chemical precursors of life.

Goddard Hosts 8th Annual Science Jamboree for Employees

07.13.2017
The Goddard Office of Communications and the Goddard Sciences and Exploration Directorate produced the eighth annual Science Jamboree on Wednesday, July 12, 2017.

Michael Flasar - A "Back of the Envelope" Scientist and Cassini Principal Investigator

06.20.2017
Michael Flasar is a "back of the envelope" scientist and principal investigator for Cassini.

Gordon L. Bjoraker Explores the Outer Solar System

06.06.2017
Gordon L. Bjorkers explores the outer solar system for Goddard.

Goddard Welcomes Nearly 450 Summer Interns

06.05.2017
Almost 450 interns will complete their "10-week job interview" at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center this summer.

Inspiration Links The Beatles, a Fossil and a NASA Mission

06.01.2017
How a song inspired a fossil hunter, who inspired a NASA mission.

NASA Study Finds Unexpectedly Primitive Atmosphere Around ‘Warm Neptune’

05.11.2017
By combining observations from NASA's Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes, a new study has found that the planet HAT-P-26b has an atmosphere composed almost entirely of hydrogen and helium, with a relatively cloudless sky.

Comet That Took a Century to Confirm Passes by Earth

03.31.2017
On April 1, 2017, comet 41P will pass closer than it normally does to Earth, giving observers with binoculars or a telescope a special viewing opportunity.

NASA Selects CubeSat, SmallSat Mission Concept Studies

03.22.2017
NASA selected ten studies under the Planetary Science Deep Space SmallSat Studies (PSDS3) program, to develop mission concepts to investigate Venus, Earth’s moon, asteroids, Mars and the outer planets. Two of the 10 are led by researchers at Goddard.
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