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'Ask an Astrobiologist' with Dr. Heather Graham

06.22.2021
Asteroids, Agnostic Biosignatures, & Experimental Rock Opera with Dr. Heather Graham.

NASA's OSIRIS-REx Celebrates Perfect Departure Maneuver from Asteroid Bennu

06.03.2021
NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft is 328,000 miles, or 528,000 kilometers, away from the asteroid Bennu, having fired its engines on May 10 to initiate a return trip to Earth.

NASA to Explore Divergent Fate of Earth's Mysterious Twin with Goddard's DAVINCI+

06.02.2021
NASA's DAVINCI+ mission is set to explore Venus to determine if it was habitable and understand how these similar worlds ended up with such different fates.

NASA Selects 2 Missions to Study "Lost Habitable" World of Venus

06.02.2021
NASA has selected two new missions to Venus, Earth's nearest planetary neighbor.

Chemical Complexity as a Sign of Life as We Don’t Know It

05.25.2021
Astrobiologists are working to develop methods for detecting signatures of life that are indifferent (or “agnostic”) to the biological and biochemical ways of the life that created that signature, meaning, we don’t have to understand those ways to know that life very likely created that signature.

NASA's OSIRIS-REx Leaves its Mark on Asteroid Bennu

04.15.2021
Like boot prints on the Moon, NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft left its mark on asteroid Bennu. New images, taken during the spacecraft's final fly-over on April 7 before heading back to Earth, reveal the aftermath of its historic encounter and "TAG" sample collection at the asteroid in October 2020.

NASA Discoveries, R&D, Moon to Mars Exploration Plans Persevere in 2020

12.21.2020
"NASA has impressed the nation with our resilience and persistence during the pandemic," said NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine.

Asteroid Ryugu Dust Delivered to Earth; NASA Astrobiologists Prepare to Probe It

12.07.2020
NASA Astrobiologists Prepare to Analyze Dust Delivered from Asteroid Ryugu

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Unlocks More Secrets from Asteroid Bennu

10.08.2020
NASA’s first asteroid sample return mission now knows much more about the material it’ll be collecting in just a few weeks.

A Successful Second Rehearsal Puts NASA’s OSIRIS-REx on a Path to Sample Collection

08.12.2020
NASA’s first asteroid-sampling spacecraft just completed its second successful sample collection rehearsal.

NASA’s Webb Will Study the ‘Building Blocks’ of Our Solar System

05.21.2020
With James Webb, researchers will observe far-flung asteroids, some with moons, to learn more about the makeup and history of our solar system.

New NASA Podcast Helps Listeners Explore Our ‘Curious Universe’

04.06.2020
NASA’s newest podcast is taking listeners on an adventure to explore the wonders of Earth and help unravel the mysteries of the universe.

NASA Science Keeps the Lights On

04.02.2020
Across NASA’s many missions, thousands of scientists, engineers, and other experts and professionals all over the country are doing what they do best, but now from home offices and via video conferencing. With most personnel supporting missions remotely to keep onsite staff at a minimal level in response to COVID-19, the Agency is moving ahead strongly with everything from space exploration to using our technology and innovation to help inform policy makers.

Statement on NASA Goddard’s Coronavirus Prep Actions

03.13.2020
Goddard has canceled all non-mission-essential visits to its facilities. Goddard also is closing its Visitor Centers at Greenbelt and at Wallops Flight Facility, Virginia.

Why is NASA Sending Dragonfly to Titan? Here are Five Reasons

02.25.2020
NASA is preparing to send the drone-like spacecraft Dragonfly to dig further into a world that has become one of the most important targets of exploration. Here are five reasons Titan is so enticing.

Our Favorite Holiday Gift? A Box of Apollo Moon Soil

12.23.2019
For the holidays, these NASA scientists got a 50-year-old Moon sample.

OSIRIS-REx Engineers Pull Off a Daring Rescue of a Monumental Asteroid Mission

12.10.2019
On Oct. 11, the OSIRIS-REx team should have been preparing to point their spacecraft cameras precisely over the asteroid Bennu, but an unexpected communications outage on the ground came at a particularly critical time and threatened to throw the mission off track. Engineers quickly hatched a daring plan to keep OSIRIS-REx on schedule.

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Mission Explains Bennu’s Mysterious Particle Events

12.05.2019
The discovery of particle plumes erupting from Bennu's surface was a surprise,indicating that the returned asteroid sample may unlock answers to unexpected questions.

NASA Highlights Solar Mission, Jupiter Cyclone at AGU Meeting

12.05.2019
NASA researchers will present new findings on a wide range of Earth and space science topics at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU), Dec. 9-13 in San Francisco.

First Detection of Sugars in Meteorites Gives Clues to Origin of Life

11.18.2019
An international team has found sugars essential to life in meteorites. The new discovery adds to the growing list of biologically important compounds that have been found in meteorites.

Apollo Moon Soil Radiation Experiment

09.17.2019
When a stream of charged particles known as the solar wind careens into the Moon’s surface at nearly 1 million miles per hour (1.6 million kilometers per hour), it enriches it in ingredients that coul

OSIRIS-REx’s Final Four Sample Site Candidates in 3D

08.29.2019
High-resolution maps of the four potential sample sites will allow the OSIRIS-REx team to assess the safety and accessibility of each region.

NASA Mission Selects Final Four Site Candidates for Asteroid Sample Return

08.12.2019
The team leading NASA’s first asteroid sample return mission has selected four potential sites for the OSIRIS-Rex spacecraft to “tag” its cosmic dance partner.

Asteroid’s Features To Be Named After Mythical Birds

08.08.2019
The International Astronomical Union approved the theme “birds and bird-like creatures in mythology” for naming surface features on asteroid Bennu.

Cyanide Compounds Discovered in Meteorites May Hold Clues to the Origin of Life

06.25.2019
Cyanide and carbon monoxide are both deadly poisons to humans, but compounds containing iron, cyanide, and carbon monoxide discovered in carbon-rich meteorites may have helped power life on early Earth.

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