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MAVEN Maps Electric Currents around Mars that are Fundamental to Atmospheric Loss

05.25.2020
NASA’s MAVEN mission has created a map of electric current systems in the Martian atmosphere. These currents play a fundamental role in the atmospheric loss that transformed Mars from a world that could have supported life into an inhospitable desert.

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.

Revisiting Decades-Old Voyager 2 Data, Scientists Find One More Secret

03.25.2020
Three decades after Voyager 2’s flyby of Uranus, scientists took another look at the data. This time, they noticed a tiny squiggle that could mean giant globs of Uranus’ atmosphere are escaping to space.

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.

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.

NASA's Parker Solar Probe Sheds New Light on the Sun

12.04.2019
Since its 2018 launch, NASA's Parker Solar Probe (record-holder for closest-ever spacecraft to the Sun) has finished three of 24 planned passes through never-before-explored parts of the Sun's atmosphere. On Dec. 4, four new papers describe what scientists have learned from its unprecedented exploration, and what they look forward to learning next.

Lunar IceCube Mission to Locate, Study Resources Needed for Sustained Presence on Moon

11.08.2019
Lunar IceCube mission will locate and study lunar resources needed for establishing a sustainable human presence on the Moon.

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

NASA Science Experiments to be Delivered to Moon by Commercial Landers

09.05.2019
A look at the first NASA science experiments to be conducted from the surface of the Moon since the Apollo era.

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.

NASA Selects Teams to Study Our Moon, Mars’ Moons, and More

06.28.2019
NASA has selected eight new research teams to collaborate on research into the intersection of space science and human space exploration as part of the Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Instit

NASA Scientists Find Sun’s History Buried in Moon’s Crust

06.17.2019
Scientists are realizing that the Moon contains clues to the ancient mysteries of the Sun, which are crucial to understanding the development of life.

NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center Celebrates 60 Years

04.29.2019
On May 1, 1959, the Beltsville Space Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, was renamed NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in honor of Robert H. Goddard, widely considered the father of modern rocketry. Thus began a 60-year boom in science and technological innovation.

NASA Invites Media to 57th Annual Robert H. Goddard Memorial Symposium

03.15.2019
Media are invited to the 57th Robert H. Goddard Memorial Symposium on March 20-21.

NASA Scientists Show How Ingredients for Water Could Be Made on Surface of Moon, a Chemical Factory

02.20.2019
When a stream of charged particles known as the solar wind careens onto the Moon’s surface at 450 kilometers per second (or nearly 1 million miles per hour), they enrich the Moon’s surface in ingredients that could make water, NASA scientists have found.

NASA's Juno Mission Halfway to Jupiter Science

12.11.2018
NASA's Juno Mission Halfway to Jupiter Science

NASA Brings its Science and Supercomputing Advances to SC18

11.05.2018
From designing rocket launch pad components and safer rotorcraft to improving flood and drought forecasts to modeling the formation of planetary disks, NASA will highlight supercomputing advances at SC18, the International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis, Nov. 12 to 15 in Dallas.

NASA Scientist Reveals Details of Icy Greenland’s Heated Geologic Past

08.01.2018
A NASA scientist mapped the heat escaping from the Greenland Ice Sheet, sharpening our understanding of the dynamics that dominate and shape terrestrial planets.

NASA Goddard’s Science Jamboree Connects Disciplines and Interns

07.26.2018
The Goddard Science Jamboree provides an opportunity for interns and senior scientists alike to learn more about the science happening in other disciplines in one room.

NASA’s MAVEN Spacecraft Finds That “Stolen” Electrons Enable Unusual Aurora on Mars

07.23.2018
NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft just found a new type of Martian aurora that occurs over much of the day side of the Red Planet, where auroras are very hard to see.

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.
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