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New Research Sheds Light on the Ages of Lunar Ice Deposits

10.10.2019
The discovery of ice deposits in craters scattered across the Moon’s south pole has helped to renew interest in exploring the lunar surface.

NASA Goddard Creates CGI Moon Kit as a Form of Visual Storytelling

09.06.2019
A new NASA out-of-this-world animation allows humanity to experience their closest galactic neighbor as never before through an online “CGI Moon kit.”

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.

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.

The Moon and Mercury May Have Thick Ice Deposits

08.02.2019
Earth’s Moon and Mercury, the closest planet to the Sun, may contain significantly more water ice than previously thought, according to a new analysis of data from NASA’s LRO and MESSENGER spacecraft.

10 Cool Things LRO is Teaching Us About the Moon

06.24.2019
In honor of LRO’s 10th birthday, we reflect on 10 of the many things the intrepid, orbiting explorer has taught us about the Moon.

NASA Reflects on Legacy of LRO as Moon-Orbiting Mission Reaches 10-Year Anniversary

06.18.2019
NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, now marking 10 years in space, has provided the largest volume of data ever collected by a planetary science mission.

10 Years Ago: Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Begins Mission to Map the Moon

06.18.2019
10 Years Ago: Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Begins Mission to Map the Moon

Brent Garry, Volcano Cowboy

06.18.2019
Brent Garry explores Earthly volcanoes that resemble places on the Moon and Mars to better understand volcanism throughout the solar system.

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Mission Breaks Another Orbit Record

06.13.2019
On June 12, OSIRIS-REx broke its own world record for the closest orbit of a planetary body by a spacecraft.

Jacob Richardson - Dividing Time Between Lava Flows From Different Worlds

05.21.2019
Jacob Richardson splits his time between earthly volcanoes and Martian lava flows with Venusian and lunar lava thrown in for good measure.

NASA Invites Public to Help Asteroid Mission Choose Sample Site

05.21.2019
NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission to the asteroid Bennu would like extra pairs of eyes to help choose its sample collection site on the asteroid – and to look for anything else that might be scientifically interesting.

Beresheet Impact Site Spotted

05.15.2019
SpaceIL, a non-profit organization, attempted to land its spacecraft in this ancient volcanic field on the nearside of the Moon. After a smooth initial descent, Beresheet made a hard landing on the surface. As soon as its orbit placed NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter over the landing site on April 22, 2019, LRO imaged Beresheet’s impact site.

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 Scientist to Discuss “Apollo at 50: The Lasting Effect of Exploration of the Lunar Surface” at Library of Congress Lecture

04.22.2019
The public is invited to a free talk called ‘Apollo at 50: The Lasting Effect of Exploration of the Lunar Surface on Our Current Exploration of the Moon,' with Dr. Noah Petro, Project Scientist for the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter or LRO mission.

Moon’s South Pole in NASA’s Landing Sites

04.15.2019
Water is a critical resource for long-term exploration, and that’s one of the main reasons NASA will send astronauts to the Moon’s South Pole by 2024.

Patrick Whelley - Don't Wake the Volcano

03.19.2019
Patrick Whelley, a planetary geologist and volcanologist, knows better than to wake the volcano.

NASA Mission Reveals Asteroid Has Big Surprises

03.19.2019
A NASA spacecraft that will return a sample of a near-Earth asteroid named Bennu to Earth in 2023 made the first-ever close-up observations of particle plumes erupting from an asteroid’s surface.

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.

A Region of Bennu’s Northern Hemisphere Close Up

03.14.2019
These images were taken on February 25 while the spacecraft was in orbit around Bennu, approximately 1.1 miles (1.8 km) from the asteroid’s northern hemisphere.

NASA to Host Media Teleconference on Asteroid Sample Return Mission

03.14.2019
NASA is hosting a media teleconference at 1:30 p.m. EDT Tuesday, March 19, to announce new science from the agency’s first mission to return to Earth an asteroid sample that may contain unaltered material from the very beginning of our solar system.

NASA Selects Teams to Study Untouched Moon Samples

03.11.2019
NASA selected nine teams to continue the legacy of the Apollo missions by studying Moon pieces that have been stored and untouched for nearly 50 years.

NASA Goddard Teams to Study Unopened Apollo Samples

03.11.2019
Two proposals submitted by teams led by scientists from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, have been selected to analyze unopened Apollo samples.
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