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NCCS-Enabled Simulations of Massive Ancient Volcanic Eruption Show Unexpected Climate Warming

07.22.2022
In an interdisciplinary collaboration, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center planetary and Earth scientists leveraged the Goddard Earth Observing System Chemistry-Climate Model (GEOSCCM) and the NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS) to simulate an ancient, massive volcanic eruption in the Columbia River Basalt Group region of the U.S. Pacific Northw

NASA Experiment Suggests Need to Dig Deep for Evidence of Life on Mars

06.27.2022
According to a new NASA laboratory experiment, rovers may have to dig about 6.6 feet (two meters) or more under the Martian surface to find signs of ancient life because ionizing radiation from space degrades small molecules such as amino acids relatively quickly.

NASA’s MAVEN Spacecraft Resumes Science & Operations, Exits Safe Mode

06.01.2022
NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN, or MAVEN, mission returned to normal science and relay operations on May 28, 2022, after recovering from an extended safe mode event. The spacecraft encountered problems in February with its Inertial Measurement Units (IMUs).

Join NASA's Earth Day Event

04.22.2022
Join us in person or virtually. Registration is open for virtual events.

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 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.

Meet VMS – the briefcase-sized chemistry lab headed to Venus

11.09.2021
Venus Mass Spectrometer (VMS) is one of five instruments aboard NASA’s DAVINCI descent probe. VMS will sample gas during the probe’s descent, analyze it, and provide information about the chemical composition of the Venusian atmosphere and possible connections to surface mineralogies.

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.

NASA Early Career Innovator Finds Adaptation is Key

08.17.2021
Goddard's Early Career Innovator Bethany Theiling hopes to teach future probes to the icy moons of Saturn and Jupiter to recognize important data to send back to Earth.

NASA to Explore Divergent Fate of Earth's Mysterious Twin with Goddard's DAVINCI+

06.02.2021
NASA's DAVINCI+ mission is set to explore Venus to determine if it was habitable and understand how these similar worlds ended up with such different fates.

NASA Selects 2 Missions to Study "Lost Habitable" World of Venus

06.02.2021
NASA has selected two new missions to Venus, Earth's nearest planetary neighbor.

Salts Could Be Important Piece of Martian Organic Puzzle, NASA Scientists Find

05.20.2021
A NASA team has found that organic salts are likely present on Mars and may be detectable.

Heliophysics Hackweek 2020 Coronal Holes Team Publishes Results at NeurIPS 2020

01.14.2021
Helio Hackweek 2020 “Coronal Holes” team members and other hackweek participants continued their collaboration and published a paper and poster of their results at the 34th Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems. “SEARCH: SEgmentation of polAR Coronal Holes,” was published at the Machine Learning and the Physical Sciences Workshop.

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.

NASA Goddard’s AI Center of Excellence Connects Scientists and Engineers to the Latest Advances in Artificial Intelligence

12.18.2020
The mission of the AI Center of Excellence is to enable new AI techniques for scientific discovery, providing scientists within NASA Goddard and their partners beyond NASA with resources for increased collaboration, innovation, and co-learning.

NASA Scientists Discover ‘Weird’ Molecule in Titan’s Atmosphere

10.27.2020
NASA scientists identified a molecule in Titan’s atmosphere that has never been detected in any other atmosphere.

NASA Scientists Leverage Carbon-Measuring Instrument for Mars Studies

08.05.2020
Insights and technology gleaned from creating a carbon-measuring instrument for Earth climate studies is being leveraged to build another that would remotely profile, for the first time, water vapor up to nine miles above the Martian surface, along with wind speeds and minute particles suspended in the atmosphere.

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.

Why is NASA Sending Dragonfly to Titan? Here are Five Reasons

02.25.2020
NASA is preparing to send the drone-like spacecraft Dragonfly to dig further into a world that has become one of the most important targets of exploration. Here are five reasons Titan is so enticing.

How Earth Climate Models Help Scientists Picture Life on Unimaginable Worlds

01.24.2020
Thousands of computers at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center are tasked with running sophisticated climate models to predict Earth’s future climate. Collectively known as NASA's Discover supercomputer, they’re now also sussing out whether any of the more than 4,000 curiously weird planets beyond our solar system could support life.

Adrian Southard, Designer and Tester of Instruments For Mars and Beyond

01.21.2020
Adrian Southard, Designer and Tester of Instruments For Mars and Beyond

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