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NASA Finds Ancient Organic Material, Mysterious Methane on Mars

06.07.2018
NASA’s Curiosity rover has found new evidence preserved in rocks on Mars that suggests the planet could have supported ancient life, as well as new evidence in the Martian atmosphere that relates to the search for current life on the Red Planet.

Scientists Shrink Chemistry Lab to Seek Evidence of Life on Mars

05.24.2018
An international team of scientists has created a tiny chemistry lab for a rover that will drill beneath the Martian surface looking for signs of past or present life.

2020 Decadal Survey Missions: At a Glance

04.24.2018
Any telescope that reaches the launch pad in the 2030s likely will look much different than the concepts four teams are currently studying to inform the 2020 Decadal Survey for Astrophysics, but the studies do offer a roadmap.

NASA Teams Study the Agency’s Future in Astrophysics; Tackle Formidable Technology Challenges

04.24.2018
As in past decades, the agency won’t make that decision in a vacuum or without understanding the technical obstacles, which are formidable.

New Exoplanet Collaboration Hosts Meeting to Explore Molecular Seeds of Life

04.09.2018
The Sellers Exoplanet Environments Collaboration (SEEC) hosts its first annual symposium April 9-13. Researchers will discuss how our knowledge of the early solar system can help the hunt for life on other worlds.

Jennifer Eigenbrode Asks If We Are Alone in the Universe

02.20.2018
Jennifer Eigenbrode, a science pioneer, asks, "Are we alone in the universe?"

Celebrating 60 Years of Groundbreaking U.S. Space Science

01.31.2018
Sixty years ago, the U.S. launched Explorer 1, rocketing into the Space Age.

Explorer 1: The Beginning of American Space Science

01.23.2018
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 Goddard-managed Mission Selected for Development Under New Frontiers

12.21.2017
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

12.20.2017
A look back at 2017 at NASA Goddard.

Atmospheric Beacons Guide NASA Scientists in Search for Life

11.02.2017
New NASA research proposes a novel approach to sniffing out exoplanet atmospheres. It takes advantage of frequent stellar storms from cool, young dwarf stars to highlight signs of possible life.

An Earth-like Atmosphere May Not Survive Proxima b’s Orbit

07.31.2017
An Earth-like planet outside the solar system may not be able to keep a grip on its atmosphere, leaving the surface exposed to harmful stellar radiation and reducing its potential for habitability.

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.

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.

NASA Scientist Parlays Experience to Build Ocean Worlds Instrument

05.23.2017
An instrument developed to search for organic molecules on Mars is being repurposed to potentially hunt for life on a handful of moons that appear to host oceans, geysers and vents of ice volcanoes.

NASA Scientists to Discuss Search for Habitable Planets, Signs of Life off Earth

04.19.2017
Giada Arney and Michael Mumma are among the NASA scientists who will present their latest findings and perspectives during the 2017 Astrobiology Science Conference.

NASA's MAVEN Reveals Mars Has Metal in its Atmosphere

04.10.2017
Mars has metal ions high in its atmosphere, according to new results from NASA's MAVEN spacecraft. The metal ions can reveal previously invisible activity in the mysterious electrically charged upper atmosphere (ionosphere) of Mars.

NASA's MAVEN Reveals Most of Mars' Atmosphere Was Lost to Space

03.30.2017
Solar wind and radiation are responsible for stripping the Martian atmosphere, transforming Mars from a planet that could have supported life billions of years ago into a frigid desert world, according to new results from NASA's MAVEN spacecraft.

NASA Invites Media to 55th Annual Robert H. Goddard Memorial Symposium

03.03.2017
Media are invited to meet science and engineering leaders at the 55th Robert H. Goddard Memorial Symposium in Greenbelt, Maryland, on March 8-9, 2017.

Earth-Size Planets: The Newest, Weirdest Generation

02.23.2017
A bumper crop of Earth-size planets huddled around a red dwarf star could be little more than chunks of rock blasted by radiation, or cloud-covered worlds as broiling hot as Venus.

NASA Team Looks to Ancient Earth First to Study Hazy Exoplanets

02.08.2017
For astronomers trying to understand which distant planets might have habitable conditions, the role of atmospheric haze has been hazy. To help sort it out, a team of researchers has been looking to Earth – specifically Earth during the Archean era.

NASA Reveals the Unknown in 2016

12.15.2016
In 2016, NASA drove advances in technology, science, aeronautics and space exploration that enhanced the world’s knowledge, innovation, and stewardship of Earth.

New Instrument Could Search for Signatures of Life on Mars

11.01.2016
Blagojevic has applied the technology to create an instrument prototype, proving in testing that the same remote-sensing technology used to identify bio-hazards in public places also could be effective at detecting organic bio-signatures on Mars.

NASA’S MAVEN Spacecraft Celebrates One Mars Year of Science

10.03.2016
MAVEN completed one Mars year of science observations today. One Mars year is just under two Earth years.

Curiosity Finds Evidence of Mars Crust Contributing to Atmosphere

09.29.2016
NASA's Curiosity rover has found evidence that chemistry in the surface material on Mars contributed dynamically to the makeup of its atmosphere over time.
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