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NASA's Juno Mission Halfway to Jupiter Science

NASA's Juno Mission Halfway to Jupiter Science

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

NASA's Lucy in the Sky with … Asteroids?

Three years from now, a spacecraft named Lucy will begin its exploration that could help determine the early history of the Solar System.

TAGSAM Testing Complete: OSIRIS-REx Prepared to TAG an Asteroid

On Nov. 14, NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft stretched out its robotic sampling arm for the first time in space.

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Executes Fourth Asteroid Approach Maneuver

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft executed its fourth Asteroid Approach Maneuver Nov. 12.

How Earth Volcanoes Offer a Window into the Evolution of Life and the Solar System

Volcanoes help keep Earth warm, wet and habitable. Could volcanoes have played a similar role on other celestial bodies? Do they still? NASA Goddard scientists are trying to find out.

Aboard the First Spacecraft to the Trojan Asteroids: NASA Ralph's Next Adventure

Ralph, one of NASA’s most well-traveled space explorers, has voyaged far and accomplished much: Ralph obtained stunning images of Jupiter and its moons, followed by a visit to Pluto. And, in 2021, Ralph journeys to Jupiter’s Trojan asteroids. Ralph, however, is not an impossibly accomplished astronaut — it is a scientific instrument.

NASA Brings its Science and Supercomputing Advances to SC18

From designing rocket launch pad components and safer rotorcraft to improving flood and drought forecasts to modeling the formation of planetary disks, NASA will highlight supercomputing advances at SC18, the International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis, Nov. 12 to 15 in Dallas.

Samuel Teinturier - From Concert Halls to Consorting With the Mars Rover’s SAM

Samuel Teinturier is a physicist at Goddard who works with the Sample Analysis instrument on the Mars rover Curiosity.

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Executes Third Asteroid Approach Maneuver

OSIRIS-REx's thrusters fired in a series of two braking maneuvers designed to slow the spacecraft’s speed relative to Bennu.

Andrea Jones, Planetary Geologist and Space Enthusiast

Andrea Jones is a planetary geologist who focuses on education and communication.

Flood Basalts on Mars and Iceland

A team of NASA scientists headed to Holuhraun because the volcano has geologic cousins on Mars.

Molly Wasser, AKA, The Voice of the Moon

Molly Wasser has the distinct pleasure of being the "Voice of the Moon."

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Executes First Asteroid Approach Maneuver

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft executed its first Asteroid Approach Maneuver (AAM-1) today putting it on course for its scheduled arrival at the asteroid Bennu in December.

How a Tiny Curiosity Motor Identified a Massive Martian Dust Storm

When dust filled the Martian atmosphere during the recent planet-wide dust storm, observations were plentiful - even from unlikely instruments.

NASA’s MAVEN Selfie Marks Four Years in Orbit at Mars

To mark MAVEN’s fourth anniversary, the team released a selfie image of the spacecraft at Mars.

How NASA Goddard Tests Tools Astronauts Will Use to Explore Distant Worlds

Tools that can quickly reveal a terrain’s chemistry and form will help astronauts explore new worlds.

How a NASA Scientist Looks in the Depths of the Great Red Spot to Find Water on Jupiter

Is there water deep in Jupiter's atmosphere, and if so, how much?

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Begins Asteroid Operations Campaign

OSIRIS-REx, caught its first glimpse of asteroid Bennu last week and began the final approach toward its target.

NASA Team Demonstrates “Science on a Shoestring” with Greenhouse Gas-Measuring Instrument

A novel instrument that has already proven its mettle on field campaigns will attempt to measure atmospheric greenhouse gases from an occultation-viewing, low-Earth-orbiting CubeSat mission called Mini-Carb early next year — marking the first time this type of instrument has flown in space.

The Next Step in NASA’s Hunt for Life: Scientist Begins Developing Instrument for Finding Extraterrestrial Bacteria

A NASA scientist wants to create a planetary robot that would mimic what biologists do every day in terrestrial laboratories: look through microscopes to visually identify microbial life living in samples.

NASA Scientist Reveals Details of Icy Greenland’s Heated Geologic Past

A NASA scientist mapped the heat escaping from the Greenland Ice Sheet, sharpening our understanding of the dynamics that dominate and shape terrestrial planets.
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