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Inside Dark, Polar Moon Craters, Water Not as Invincible as Expected, Scientists Argue

07.23.2019
Despite temperature that dips to -388 degrees Fahrenheit (-233 Celsius) and can presumably keep frost locked in soil virtually forever, water is slowly escaping the topmost layer of the Moon’s surface

A Few Things Artemis Will Teach Us About Living and Working on the Moon

07.16.2019
Here are a few things we’ll learn by spending time on the Moon’s surface.

Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera Simulates View from Lunar Module

07.16.2019
The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) simulated what Neil Armstrong saw in those final minutes as he guided the Lunar Module to the surface of the Moon.

Hubble and Going Forward to the Moon

07.15.2019
We are going forward to the Moon by 2024, but did you know that back in 2005, Dr. Jim Garvin pointed the Hubble Space Telescope at our nearest celestial neighbor for a very important reason?

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).

Goddard's Contributions to NASA's New Dragonfly Mission

06.28.2019
NASA Goddard’s Melissa Trainer will serve as deputy principal investigator on the mission.

NASA Selects Teams to Study Our Moon, Mars’ Moons, and More

06.28.2019
NASA has selected eight new research teams to collaborate on research into the intersection of space science and human space exploration as part of the Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Instit

NASA's Dragonfly Will Fly Around Titan Looking for Origins, Signs of Life

06.27.2019
NASA has announced that our next destination in the solar system is the unique, richly organic world Titan. Advancing our search for the building blocks of life, the Dragonfly mission will fly multiple sorties to sample and examine sites around Saturn’s icy moon.

Cyanide Compounds Discovered in Meteorites May Hold Clues to the Origin of Life

06.25.2019
Cyanide and carbon monoxide are both deadly poisons to humans, but compounds containing iron, cyanide, and carbon monoxide discovered in carbon-rich meteorites may have helped power life on early Earth.

10 Cool Things LRO is Teaching Us About the Moon

06.24.2019
In honor of LRO’s 10th birthday, we reflect on 10 of the many things the intrepid, orbiting explorer has taught us about the Moon.

Curiosity Detects Unusually High Methane Levels

06.23.2019
The Mars rover measured the highest amount of methane ever observed at the Red Planet's surface.

Curiosity's Mars Methane Mystery Continues

06.23.2019
The Curiosity rover’s follow-on sampling shows last week’s methane levels have sharply decreased.

NASA Reflects on Legacy of LRO as Moon-Orbiting Mission Reaches 10-Year Anniversary

06.18.2019
NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, now marking 10 years in space, has provided the largest volume of data ever collected by a planetary science mission.

10 Years Ago: Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Begins Mission to Map the Moon

06.18.2019
10 Years Ago: Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Begins Mission to Map the Moon

Brent Garry, Volcano Cowboy

06.18.2019
Brent Garry explores Earthly volcanoes that resemble places on the Moon and Mars to better understand volcanism throughout the solar system.

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.

10 Things: Unsolved Mysteries of Saturn's Moons

05.28.2019
While we've learned some amazing things about its moons, there are many open questions about Saturn’s coterie of satellites and what they can teach us about the evolution of the solar system.

NASA Astrobiology Researchers Identify Features That Could Be Used to Detect Life-Friendly Climates on Other Worlds

05.22.2019
Scientists may have found a way to tell if alien worlds have a climate that is suitable for life by analyzing their light for special signatures that are characteristic of a life-friendly environment.

Jacob Richardson - Dividing Time Between Lava Flows From Different Worlds

05.21.2019
Jacob Richardson splits his time between earthly volcanoes and Martian lava flows with Venusian and lunar lava thrown in for good measure.

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.

Beresheet Impact Site Spotted

05.15.2019
SpaceIL, a non-profit organization, attempted to land its spacecraft in this ancient volcanic field on the nearside of the Moon. After a smooth initial descent, Beresheet made a hard landing on the surface. As soon as its orbit placed NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter over the landing site on April 22, 2019, LRO imaged Beresheet’s impact site.

Shrinking Moon May Be Generating Moonquakes

05.13.2019
The Moon is shrinking as its interior cools, causing the brittle surface crust to break as the Moon shrinks, forming faults where one section of crust is pushed up over a neighboring part. A new analysis gives the first evidence that these faults are still active and likely producing moonquakes today.

Martian Dust Could Help Explain Water Loss, Plus Other Learnings From Global Storm

05.02.2019
Scientists are still analyzing reams of data from the 2018 global dust storm, but preliminary reports include insights on how massive dust storms could have affected ancient Martian water, winds, and climate, and how they could affect future weather and solar power.

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.
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