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NASA Goddard Scientists Begin Studying 50-year-old Frozen Apollo 17 Samples

05.03.2022
Scientists at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, recently received samples of the lunar surface that have been curated in a freezer at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston since Apollo 17 astronauts returned them to Earth in December 1972.

Could the Blueprint for Life Have Been Generated in Asteroids?

04.26.2022
Using new analyses, scientists have just found the last two of the five informational units of DNA and RNA that had yet to be discovered in samples from meteorites.

Join NASA's Earth Day Event

04.22.2022
Join us in person or virtually. Registration is open for virtual events.

NASA Invites Media to 59th Annual Robert H. Goddard Memorial Symposium

03.16.2022
Media are invited to meet leaders in space exploration at the 59th annual Robert H. Goddard Memorial Symposium, taking place on the campus of the University of Maryland, College Park, from March 23 to 25. Attendees also have the option to watch the symposium online.

One Year into the Biden Administration, NASA Looks to Future

01.19.2022
Over the past year, NASA has made valuable contributions to Biden-Harris Administration’s goals – leading on the global stage, addressing the urgent issue of climate change, creating high paying jobs, and inspiring future generations.

NASA to Highlight New Science Findings, Missions During AGU Meeting

12.06.2021
NASA researchers and colleagues from around the world will present the latest findings on a range of Earth and space science topics at the annual American Geophysical Union (AGU) meeting, being held virtually and in New Orleans from Monday, Dec.13, through Friday, Dec. 17.

Vice President Harris to Visit NASA Goddard Today, Deliver Live Remarks

11.05.2021
Vice President Kamala Harris will visit NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland today, Nov. 5, to get a firsthand look at the agency’s work to combat the climate crisis and protect vulnerable communities.

NASA Partnership Supports the Next Generation of Space and Science Professionals

11.03.2021
NASA's participation in the Mentoring365 program will provide connectivity and access to the next generation of space and science professionals.

Deputy Project Scientist Erika Kohler Mixes Meteorology and Space in Her DAVINCI Work

10.12.2021
Erika Kohler unites her love of meteorology and space in working on DAVINCI.

'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.

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