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NASA Goddard Scientists Begin Studying 50-year-old Frozen Apollo 17 Samples

05.03.2022
Scientists at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, recently received samples of the lunar surface that have been curated in a freezer at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston since Apollo 17 astronauts returned them to Earth in December 1972.

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04.22.2022
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NASA Invites Media to 59th Annual Robert H. Goddard Memorial Symposium

03.16.2022
Media are invited to meet leaders in space exploration at the 59th annual Robert H. Goddard Memorial Symposium, taking place on the campus of the University of Maryland, College Park, from March 23 to 25. Attendees also have the option to watch the symposium online.

One Year into the Biden Administration, NASA Looks to Future

01.19.2022
Over the past year, NASA has made valuable contributions to Biden-Harris Administration’s goals – leading on the global stage, addressing the urgent issue of climate change, creating high paying jobs, and inspiring future generations.

NASA Selects New Members for Artemis Rover Science Team

12.21.2021
NASA sought ideas and recently chose eight new science team members and their proposals that expand and complement VIPER's already existing science team and planned investigations.

NASA to Highlight New Science Findings, Missions During AGU Meeting

12.06.2021
NASA researchers and colleagues from around the world will present the latest findings on a range of Earth and space science topics at the annual American Geophysical Union (AGU) meeting, being held virtually and in New Orleans from Monday, Dec.13, through Friday, Dec. 17.

Vice President Harris to Visit NASA Goddard Today, Deliver Live Remarks

11.05.2021
Vice President Kamala Harris will visit NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland today, Nov. 5, to get a firsthand look at the agency’s work to combat the climate crisis and protect vulnerable communities.

NASA Partnership Supports the Next Generation of Space and Science Professionals

11.03.2021
NASA's participation in the Mentoring365 program will provide connectivity and access to the next generation of space and science professionals.

NCCS ADAPT Science Cloud Helps Reveal Mercury’s Mysteries

10.29.2021
Data analysis employing the NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS) ADAPT Science Cloud for nearly 1 year has revealed never-before-seen details of the planet Mercury’s geodetic properties — the evolution over time of its geometric shape and orientation in space.

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.

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