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On Second Thought, the Moon's Water May Be Widespread and Immobile

A new analysis of data from two lunar missions finds evidence that the Moon's water is widely distributed across the surface and is not confined to a particular region or type of terrain.

Celebrating 60 Years of Groundbreaking U.S. Space Science

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

What Scientists Can Learn About the Moon During the Jan. 31 Eclipse

The lunar eclipse on the night of Jan. 31 will give a team of scientists a special opportunity to study the Moon using the astronomer's equivalent of a heat-sensing, or thermal, camera.

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 Team Studies Middle-aged Sun by Tracking Motion of Mercury

As the Sun ages and loses mass, the orbits of the planets are expanding. NASA and MIT scientists indirectly measured this mass loss and other solar parameters by looking at changes in Mercury’s orbit.

NASA Goddard-managed Mission Selected for Development Under New Frontiers

Goddard would manage one of the two missions chosen as finalists for concept development under the New Frontiers program and contribute instrumentation to the other.

NASA Goddard Year in Review - 2017

A look back at 2017 at NASA Goddard.

Exploring a Crater

To gear up for future exploration, the Goddard Instrument Field Team tested hand-held instruments at Kilbourne Hole, simulating moonwalks and getting a visit from Apollo 17 astronaut Jack Schmitt.

NASA Selects Participating Scientists for Mission to Asteroid Bennu

NASA has selected 13 participating scientists for the agency’s first asteroid sample return mission, OSIRIS-REx.

An Orbital Dance May Help Preserve Oceans on Icy Worlds

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.

NASA Team Studies CubeSat Mission to Measure Water on the Moon

The six-unit MiLUV would detect water on the lunar surface using a laser spectrometer that traces its heritage to similar Goddard-developed lidar-type instruments built to map the topographies of Mars and the Moon.

NASA Goddard Scientists, Engineers Increase Efficiency in Human Spaceflight Mission Development

To increase efficiency and make these missions more cost-effective, NASA tasks offices at the agency’s science and research centers across the country to identify and adapt existing technology for future long-duration deep space exploration, including to Mars.

Preparing for the Moon and Mars at Potrillo

Some of the most forbidding places on Earth are destinations of choice for researchers who study other rocky planets and moons.

New Gravity Map Suggests Mars Has a Porous Crust

NASA scientists have found evidence that Mars’ crust is not as dense as previously thought, a clue that could help researchers better understand the Red Planet’s interior structure and evolution.

NASA’s Lunar Mission Captures Solar Eclipse as Seen From the Moon

LRO captured an image of the moon’s eclipse shadow over a large region of the United States.

NASA’s LRO Team Wants You to Wave at the Moon

NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) team invites the public to wave at the Moon on Aug. 21 as LRO turns its camera toward Earth.

Scientist to Discuss Venus, 'the Forgotten, Mysterious Planet,' at Library of Congress Lecture

The public is invited to a free talk called "Venus— the Forgotten, Mysterious Planet." with Lori Glaze in the Pickford Theater, third floor, Madison Building, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., Aug. 15.

Solar Eclipse Knocks NASA Goddard Into the Park

Noah Petro will attend a game in Oregon that will have the first ever "eclipse delay" during the game.

The Moon is Front and Center During a Total Solar Eclipse

In the lead-up to a total solar eclipse, most of the attention is on the sun, but Earth’s moon also has a starring role.

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.

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 Orbiter Finds New Evidence of Frost on Moon’s Surface

Scientists have identified bright areas in craters near the moon’s south pole cold enough to have frost present on the surface.

NASA’s SDO Sees Partial Eclipse in Space

On May 25, 2017, NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, or SDO, saw a partial solar eclipse in space when it caught the moon passing in front of the sun.

Camera on NASA’s Lunar Orbiter Survived 2014 Meteoroid Hit

Images from LRO show a brief violent movement of one of the Narrow Angle Cameras in October of 2014.

From Volcano’s Slope, NASA Instrument Looks Sky High and to the Future

On one of Earth’s largest volcanoes, a backpack-sized instrument monitors our atmosphere and helps set the stage for human exploration of other worlds.
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