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Celebrating 60 Years of Groundbreaking U.S. Space Science

01.31.2018
Sixty years ago, the U.S. launched Explorer 1, rocketing into the Space Age.

What Scientists Can Learn About the Moon During the Jan. 31 Eclipse

01.23.2018
The lunar eclipse on the night of Jan. 31 will give a team of scientists a special opportunity to study the Moon using the astronomer's equivalent of a heat-sensing, or thermal, camera.

Explorer 1: The Beginning of American Space Science

01.23.2018
Sixty years ago, the hopes of Cold War America soared into the night sky as a rocket lofted skyward above Cape Canaveral, a soon-to-be-famous barrier island off the Florida coast.

NASA Team Studies Middle-aged Sun by Tracking Motion of Mercury

01.18.2018
As the Sun ages and loses mass, the orbits of the planets are expanding. NASA and MIT scientists indirectly measured this mass loss and other solar parameters by looking at changes in Mercury’s orbit.

NASA Goddard-managed Mission Selected for Development Under New Frontiers

12.21.2017
Goddard would manage one of the two missions chosen as finalists for concept development under the New Frontiers program and contribute instrumentation to the other.

NASA Goddard Year in Review - 2017

12.20.2017
A look back at 2017 at NASA Goddard.

Exploring a Crater

12.11.2017
To gear up for future exploration, the Goddard Instrument Field Team tested hand-held instruments at Kilbourne Hole, simulating moonwalks and getting a visit from Apollo 17 astronaut Jack Schmitt.

NASA Selects Participating Scientists for Mission to Asteroid Bennu

12.07.2017
NASA has selected 13 participating scientists for the agency’s first asteroid sample return mission, OSIRIS-REx.

An Orbital Dance May Help Preserve Oceans on Icy Worlds

11.30.2017
Heat generated by the gravitational pull of moons formed from massive collisions could extend the lifetimes of liquid water oceans beneath the surface of large icy worlds in our outer solar system, according to new NASA research.

NASA Team Studies CubeSat Mission to Measure Water on the Moon

11.09.2017
The six-unit MiLUV would detect water on the lunar surface using a laser spectrometer that traces its heritage to similar Goddard-developed lidar-type instruments built to map the topographies of Mars and the Moon.

NASA Goddard Scientists, Engineers Increase Efficiency in Human Spaceflight Mission Development

10.12.2017
To increase efficiency and make these missions more cost-effective, NASA tasks offices at the agency’s science and research centers across the country to identify and adapt existing technology for future long-duration deep space exploration, including to Mars.

Preparing for the Moon and Mars at Potrillo

09.19.2017
Some of the most forbidding places on Earth are destinations of choice for researchers who study other rocky planets and moons.

New Gravity Map Suggests Mars Has a Porous Crust

09.13.2017
NASA scientists have found evidence that Mars’ crust is not as dense as previously thought, a clue that could help researchers better understand the Red Planet’s interior structure and evolution.

NASA’s Lunar Mission Captures Solar Eclipse as Seen From the Moon

08.29.2017
LRO captured an image of the moon’s eclipse shadow over a large region of the United States.

NASA’s LRO Team Wants You to Wave at the Moon

08.16.2017
NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) team invites the public to wave at the Moon on Aug. 21 as LRO turns its camera toward Earth.

Scientist to Discuss Venus, 'the Forgotten, Mysterious Planet,' at Library of Congress Lecture

08.08.2017
The public is invited to a free talk called "Venus— the Forgotten, Mysterious Planet." with Lori Glaze in the Pickford Theater, third floor, Madison Building, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., Aug. 15.

Solar Eclipse Knocks NASA Goddard Into the Park

08.01.2017
Noah Petro will attend a game in Oregon that will have the first ever "eclipse delay" during the game.

The Moon is Front and Center During a Total Solar Eclipse

07.21.2017
In the lead-up to a total solar eclipse, most of the attention is on the sun, but Earth’s moon also has a starring role.

Goddard Hosts 8th Annual Science Jamboree for Employees

07.13.2017
The Goddard Office of Communications and the Goddard Sciences and Exploration Directorate produced the eighth annual Science Jamboree on Wednesday, July 12, 2017.

Goddard Welcomes Nearly 450 Summer Interns

06.05.2017
Almost 450 interns will complete their "10-week job interview" at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center this summer.

NASA Orbiter Finds New Evidence of Frost on Moon’s Surface

05.31.2017
Scientists have identified bright areas in craters near the moon’s south pole cold enough to have frost present on the surface.

NASA’s SDO Sees Partial Eclipse in Space

05.26.2017
On May 25, 2017, NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, or SDO, saw a partial solar eclipse in space when it caught the moon passing in front of the sun.

Camera on NASA’s Lunar Orbiter Survived 2014 Meteoroid Hit

05.26.2017
Images from LRO show a brief violent movement of one of the Narrow Angle Cameras in October of 2014.

From Volcano’s Slope, NASA Instrument Looks Sky High and to the Future

04.26.2017
On one of Earth’s largest volcanoes, a backpack-sized instrument monitors our atmosphere and helps set the stage for human exploration of other worlds.

Ice in Ceres' Shadowed Craters Linked to Tilt History

03.22.2017
The tilt of Ceres' rotation axis could be related to ice in shadowed regions, research from NASA's Dawn mission suggests.
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