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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.

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.
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