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NCCS Enables High-Resolution Elevation Maps of Moon’s South Pole

08.27.2021
Empowered by NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS) resources, scientists from NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and Brown University built new high-resolution elevation maps near the Moon’s South Pole to enhance NASA lunar science and exploration.

NASA’s Lynnae Quick Awarded American Astronomical Society Prize for Outstanding Achievement

08.11.2021
Dr. Lynnae C. Quick, a research scientist in planetary studies at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, has received the 2021 Harold C. Urey Prize for outstanding achievement in planetary research by an early career scientist.

Lunar Hardware Delivered to NASA Goddard

07.08.2021
A critical piece of hardware, the Peregrine Ion-Trap Mass Spectrometer, that will fly to the Moon, has been delivered to NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center for integration.

NASA Selects New Science Investigations for Future Moon Deliveries

06.10.2021
As NASA continues plans for multiple commercial deliveries to the Moon???s surface per year, the agency has selected three new scientific investigation payload suites to advance understanding of Earth???s nearest neighbor.

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's Artemis Base Camp on the Moon Will Need Light, Water, Elevation

01.27.2021
Scientists and engineers are helping NASA pick the precise location of the Artemis Base Camp.

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.

Lunar Gateway Instruments to Improve Weather Forecasting for Artemis Astronauts

11.19.2020
For Artemis astronauts traveling on missions to the Moon, two space weather instrument suites, HERMES and ERSA, will provide an early forecast.

NASA’s SOFIA Discovers Water on Sunlit Surface of Moon

10.26.2020
NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) has confirmed, for the first time, water on the sunlit surface of the Moon.

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.

NASA Researchers Track Slowly Splitting 'Dent' in Earth’s Magnetic Field

08.17.2020
A small but evolving dent in Earth’s magnetic field can cause big headaches for satellites.

Laser Beams Reflected Between Earth and Moon Boost Science

08.10.2020
After launching laser beams for years to NASA's Moon orbiter, scientists receive signal back for the first time
Paper in "Earth, Planets & Space" by Mazarico et al. (2020) on the successful laser ranging to LRO.

Radar Points to Moon Being More Metallic Than Researchers Thought

07.01.2020
The Moon’s subsurface might be richer in metals, like iron and titanium, than researchers thought.

NASA Scientists Tapped to Mature More Rugged Seismometer System to Measure Moonquakes

04.29.2020
NASA hasn’t measured moonquakes since Apollo astronauts deployed a handful of measuring stations at various locations on the lunar surface and discovered unexpectedly that Earth’s only natural satellite was far from seismically inactive.

NCCS-Enabled Gravity Models Reveal Density of Moon’s Crust

04.17.2020
NASA Goddard and university scientists built high-resolution models of the Moon’s gravity field using NCCS supercomputers and data from GRAIL and LRO, revealing detailed structure of the lunar crust.
Paper by Goossens et al. (2020) in J. Geophys. Res.-Planets that presents these results.

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.

OSIRIS-REx Swoops Over Sample Site Nightingale

03.10.2020
On March 3, 2020, the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft flew over the sample site Nightingale, taking observations from an altitude of 820 feet (250 m).

X Marks the Spot: NASA Selects Site for Asteroid Sample Collection

12.12.2019
After a year scoping out asteroid Bennu’s boulder-scattered surface, the team leading NASA’s first asteroid sample return mission has officially selected a sample collection site.

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 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.

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.

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