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NASA’s Amy Simon Awarded AAS 2023 Alexander Prize

The American Astronomical Society awarded the 2023 Alexander Prize to Amy Simon, Senior Scientist for Planetary Atmospheres Research at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.

NASA Software Catalog Offers Free Programs for Earth Science, More

Each year, NASA scientists, engineers, and developers create software packages to manage space missions, test spacecraft, and analyze the petabytes of data produced by agency research satellites. As the agency innovates for the benefit of humanity, many of these programs are now downloadable and free of charge through NASA’s Software Catalog.

NCCS-Hosted Analysis Sheds New Light on Mercury’s South Pole

Harnessing NASA MESSENGER spacecraft data and NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS) cloud computing resources, scientists from NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and collaborating organizations have created the first high-resolution topographic map of Mercury’s south pole.

NASA Space Apps Announces 2023 Theme: Explore Open Science Together

NASA Space Apps, in collaboration with NASA Transform to Open Science (TOPS), is proud to announce the 2023 NASA International Space Apps Challenge theme: “Explore Open Science Together.” This year’s theme celebrates the benefits and successes created through the equitable and open sharing of knowledge and data. Registration is open through Oct 8.

NASA Offers Media Interviews in Utah on Asteroid Sample Return

NASA invites media to the U.S. Army’s Dugway Proving Ground about 80 miles southwest of Salt Lake City on Thursday, July 20, before the agency’s first asteroid sample collected in space is returned to Earth.

NASA’s MAVEN Spacecraft Stuns with Ultraviolet Views of Red Planet

NASA’s MAVEN (Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN) mission acquired stunning views of Mars in two ultraviolet images taken at different points along our neighboring planet’s orbit around the Sun.

Sander Goossens: Exploring the Solar System From Here On Earth

Goddard planetary scientist Sander Goossens uses "remote learning" - that is, satellite data, like radio tracking data, image data, or altimetry - to study planetary bodies in our solar system.

NASA’s LRO Views Impact Site of HAKUTO-R Mission 1 Moon Lander

On April 26, 2023, NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) spacecraft acquired 10 images around HAKUTO-R Mission 1 lunar lander's landing site with its Narrow Angle Cameras.

NASA Goddard Hosts Third Cross-Agency Workshop on Artificial Intelligence and Data Science

To better prepare NASA to leap into an exciting future leveraging artificial intelligence and machine learning, NASA’s Science Mission Directorate and Goddard's Engineering and Technology Directorate hosted the Third SMD and ETD Workshop on A.I. and Data Science: Leaping Toward Our Future Goals, on March 21–23 at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.

NASA Goddard, National Philharmonic Explore Cosmos Through Imagery, Music Collaboration

Awe-inspiring NASA visuals combined with the might of a live symphonic orchestra last week in “Cosmic Cycles,” a multimedia collaboration among the agency’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, the National Philharmonic, and composer Henry Dehlinger.

VP Harris, South Korea President Yoon Suk Yeol to Visit NASA Goddard

Vice President Kamala Harris and Republic of Korea (ROK) President Yoon Suk Yeol will visit NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, on Tuesday, April 25, to see firsthand the agency’s climate change work. NASA Deputy Administrator Pam Melroy and Goddard Center Director Makenzie Lystrup will join them on tour.

NASA Selects 10 Scientists for International Mission to Martian Moons

NASA has selected ten researchers from institutions across the U.S. to join the Science Working Team of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s Martian Moons eXploration (MMX) mission as NASA-supported participating scientists.

Gordon Chin Explores the Universe Through Physics and Art

A planetary scientist, Gordon Chin also dabbles in watercolors, drawings and mix media artworks in his spare time while surrounded by a ceramic and studio art glass collection.

NASA’s Lucy Mission Snaps its First Views of Trojan Asteroid Targets

Some of the asteroids NASA’s Lucy mission will visit are still more than 330 million miles away from the spacecraft — over three times the average distance between Earth and the Sun — but despite the great distance and the comparatively small sizes, Lucy caught views of four of its targets in late March.

How Exploring Hawaiian Caves Helps NASA Search for Life on Mars

When a scientist found herself inside a cave beneath the Mauna Loa volcano, she felt like she had entered another world. She may as well have been on Mars, and that's precisely why she had come.

NASA Prepares for Historic Asteroid Sample Delivery on Sept. 24

NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft is cruising back to Earth with a sample it collected from the rocky surface of asteroid Bennu. When its sample capsule parachutes down into the Utah desert on Sept. 24, OSIRIS-REx will become the United States’ first-ever mission to return an asteroid sample to Earth.

NASA Instrument Bound for Titan Could Reveal Chemistry Leading to Life

NASA’s Dragonfly mission to Saturn’s giant moon, Titan, will carry an instrument called the Dragonfly Mass Spectrometer designed to help scientists hone in on the chemistry at work on Titan. It may also shed light on the kinds of chemical steps that occurred on Earth that ultimately led to the formation of life, called prebiotic chemistry.

NASA Appoints Lunar Science Leads for Artemis III, Artemis IV Missions

NASA has appointed two scientists to coordinate the lunar science teams supporting the first and second crewed lunar landing missions in more than 50 years.

First Look at Ryugu Asteroid Sample Reveals it is Organic-Rich

Asteroid Ryugu has a rich complement of organic molecules, according to a NASA and international team’s initial analysis of a sample from the asteroid delivered to Earth by Japan’s Hayabusa2 spacecraft. The discovery adds support to the idea that organic material from space contributed to the inventory of chemical components necessary for life.

NASA Study Seeks to Understand Impact Effects on Mars Rocks

A NASA study describes how rocks could have been “shocked” and changed by meteorite impacts, once frequent on ancient Mars. This will improve our analysis of rock samples returned from the Red Planet.

NASA’s Lucy Asteroid Target Gets a Name

The first asteroid to be visited by the NASA Lucy mission now has a name.

NASA Spinoffs Bolster Climate Resilience, Improve Medical Care, More

The latest edition of NASA’s Spinoff publication features dozens of new commercialized technologies that use the agency’s technology, research, and/or expertise to benefit people around the globe. It also includes a section highlighting technologies of tomorrow.

AAS Awards Laboratory Astrophysics Prize to NASA Goddard Scientist

The American Astronomical Society (AAS) has awarded the 2023 Laboratory Astrophysics Prize to Dr. Reggie Hudson of the Goddard's Cosmic Ice Laboratory. It is given in recognition of his contributions to the understanding of the chemistry of ices in the interstellar medium and in the Solar System.

NASA Scientists Study Life Origins By Simulating a Cosmic Evolution

Because amino acids are found in all living things on Earth scientists are eager to understand the origins of these molecules. After all, amino acids may have helped spawn life on this planet after being delivered here about 4 billion years ago by pieces of asteroids or comets.

NASA Science To Be Featured at American Astronomical Society Meeting

Experts will discuss new research from NASA missions at the 241st meeting of the American Astronomical Society (AAS), on topics ranging from the universe’s early galaxies to planets outside our solar system.

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