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Patrick Whelley - Don't Wake the Volcano

03.19.2019
Patrick Whelley, a planetary geologist and volcanologist, knows better than to wake the volcano.

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.

NASA Invites Media to 57th Annual Robert H. Goddard Memorial Symposium

03.15.2019
Media are invited to the 57th Robert H. Goddard Memorial Symposium on March 20-21.

A Region of Bennu’s Northern Hemisphere Close Up

03.14.2019
These images were taken on February 25 while the spacecraft was in orbit around Bennu, approximately 1.1 miles (1.8 km) from the asteroid’s northern hemisphere.

NASA to Host Media Teleconference on Asteroid Sample Return Mission

03.14.2019
NASA is hosting a media teleconference at 1:30 p.m. EDT Tuesday, March 19, to announce new science from the agency’s first mission to return to Earth an asteroid sample that may contain unaltered material from the very beginning of our solar system.

NASA Selects Teams to Study Untouched Moon Samples

03.11.2019
NASA selected nine teams to continue the legacy of the Apollo missions by studying Moon pieces that have been stored and untouched for nearly 50 years.

NASA Goddard Teams to Study Unopened Apollo Samples

03.11.2019
Two proposals submitted by teams led by scientists from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, have been selected to analyze unopened Apollo samples.

NASA’s LRO Sheds Light on Lunar Water Movement

03.08.2019
Scientists using an instrument aboard LRO observed water molecules moving around the dayside of the Moon.

“Goldilocks” Stars May Be “Just Right” for Finding Habitable Worlds

03.07.2019
Scientists searching the vastness of space for alien worlds that might support life face major challenges, one of which is that most stars are different from our Sun. Each type of star has different characteristics than can affect the chances of finding a habitable planet around them.

Kelsey Young Dives Into Fieldwork With Aplomb

03.05.2019
Feature on Kelsey Young, a Geologist in the Planetary Geology, Geophysics and Geochemistry Lab.

Five Teams Win NASA DALI Awards to Advance Future Lunar Missions

02.27.2019
The agency’s Development and Advancement of Lunar Instrumentation, or DALI, program recently awarded 10 teams funding to mature spacecraft-based instruments for use in future lander missions, including those offered by commercial ventures through the Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) contract.

NASA is Aboard First Private Moon Landing Attempt

02.21.2019
The highly anticipated moment is here: a shot at the first private Moon landing, and NASA's on board

NASA Selects Experiments for Possible Lunar Flights in 2019

02.21.2019
NASA has selected 12 science and technology demonstration payloads to fly to the Moon as early as the end of this year, dependent upon the availability of commercial landers.

Tiny Neptune Moon Spotted by Hubble May Have Broken from Larger Moon

02.20.2019
Scientists using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have come up with an explanation for a mysterious moon around Neptune that they discovered in 2013.

NASA Scientists Show How Ingredients for Water Could Be Made on Surface of Moon, a Chemical Factory

02.20.2019
When a stream of charged particles known as the solar wind careens onto the Moon’s surface at 450 kilometers per second (or nearly 1 million miles per hour), they enrich the Moon’s surface in ingredients that could make water, NASA scientists have found.

To Catch a Wave, Rocket Launches From Top of World

01.28.2019
On Jan. 4, 2019, the CAPER-2 rocket flew through active aurora borealis, or northern lights, to study the waves that accelerate electrons into our atmosphere.

Lucy Finds Its Place in the Solar System: Navigating NASA’s First Mission to the Trojan Asteroids

12.20.2018
In 2021, the feat of navigation that is the Lucy mission will launch. To steer Lucy towards its targets doesn’t simply involve programming a map into a spacecraft and giving it gas money – it will fly by six asteroid targets, each in different orbits, over the course of 12 years.

NASA Research Reveals Saturn is Losing Its Rings at “Worst-Case-Scenario” Rate

12.17.2018
New NASA research confirms that Saturn is losing its iconic rings at the maximum rate estimated from Voyager 1 & 2 observations made decades ago. The rings are being pulled into Saturn by gravity as a dusty rain of ice particles under the influence of Saturn’s magnetic field.

NASA's Juno Mission Halfway to Jupiter Science

12.11.2018
NASA's Juno Mission Halfway to Jupiter Science

NASA’s Newly Arrived OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft Already Discovers Water on Asteroid

12.10.2018
Recently analyzed data from NASA’s Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) mission has revealed water locked inside the clays that make up its scientific target, the asteroid Bennu.

NASA Goddard Year in Review - 2018

12.07.2018
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center is home to the nation's largest organization of scientists, engineers and technologists who build spacecraft, instruments and new technology to study Earth, the Sun, our solar system and the universe. Looking back over 2018, here is just a small sampling of our year's highlights and memorable moments.

NASA Highlights Asteroid Bennu, Earth’s Polar Ice at AGU Meeting

12.06.2018
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. 10-14 in Washington.

Planetary Defense: The Bennu Experiment

12.06.2018
On Dec. 3, after traveling billions of kilometers from Earth, NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft reached its target, Bennu, and kicked off a nearly two-year, up-close investigation of the asteroid.

Radio JOVE From NASA: Tuning In to Your Local Celestial Radio Show

12.04.2018
What does Jupiter sound like? If you had to take a guess, would you imagine the sharp staccato of popcorn popping? The slow static of waves reaching the shore? The universe is full of radio emissions, and all you need to hear them for yourself is a box the size of a DVD player.

NASA's OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft Arrives at Asteroid Bennu

12.03.2018
NASA’s Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft completed its 1.2 billion-mile (2 billion-kilometer) journey to arrive at the asteroid Bennu Monday.
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