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AAS Names 29 NASA-Affiliated Legacy Fellows

04.30.2020
Twenty-nine scientists working at or affiliated with NASA have been named Fellows of the American Astronomical Society (AAS), the major organization of professional astronomers in North America.

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.

Daria Pidhorodetska Presses Forward In Her Quest to Study Exoplanets

03.17.2020
Daria Pidhorodetska Presses Forward In Her Quest to Study Exoplanets

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).

Status Update: OSIRIS-REx Osprey Flyover

02.13.2020
OSIRIS-REx successfully executed a 0.4-mile (620-m) flyover of site Osprey.

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.

NASA’s Lucy Mission Confirms Discovery of Eurybates Satellite

01.09.2020
NASA’s Lucy mission team is seeing double after discovering that Eurybates, the asteroid the spacecraft has targeted for flyby in 2027, has a small satellite.

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.

NASA Takes a Cue From Silicon Valley to Hatch Artificial Intelligence Technologies

11.19.2019
Could the same computer algorithms that teach autonomous cars to drive safely help identify nearby asteroids or discover life in the universe? NASA scientists are trying to figure that out by partnering with pioneers in artificial intelligence (AI) to apply advanced computer algorithms to problems in space science.

NASA’s Lucy Mission Clears Critical Milestone

10.21.2019
NASA’s Lucy mission successfully completed its Critical Design Review on Oct. 18.

Sun Science has a Bright Future on the Moon

10.03.2019
The Moon isn't just for lunar scientists. As NASA advances its Artemis mission to land astronauts on the Moon by 2024, here are five reasons heliophysicists — who study the Sun-Earth connection — can't wait to get on board.

NASA Research Gives New Insight into How Much Atmosphere Mars Lost

09.05.2019
A key tracer used to estimate how much atmosphere Mars lost can change depending on the time of day and the surface temperature on the Red Planet. Previous measurements of this tracer – isotopes of oxygen – have disagreed significantly. Getting an accurate measurement is important to estimate how much atmosphere Mars once had before it was lost.

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.

NASA Scientists, Engineers Honored with Presidential Early Career Awards

07.03.2019
President Trump has named 18 NASA researchers as recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE).

NASA Scientists Find Sun’s History Buried in Moon’s Crust

06.17.2019
Scientists are realizing that the Moon contains clues to the ancient mysteries of the Sun, which are crucial to understanding the development of life.

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.

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.

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.

Next-Generation NASA Instrument Advanced to Study the Atmospheres of Uranus and Neptune

04.25.2019
A NASA scientist and his team at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, are taking advantage of advances to mature a smaller, more capable net flux radiometer to examine the atmospheres of Neptune and Uranus.

NASA Mission Reveals Asteroid Has Big Surprises

03.19.2019
A NASA spacecraft that will return a sample of a near-Earth asteroid named Bennu to Earth in 2023 made the first-ever close-up observations of particle plumes erupting from an asteroid’s surface.
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