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Scientists Shrink Chemistry Lab to Seek Evidence of Life on Mars

05.24.2018
An international team of scientists has created a tiny chemistry lab for a rover that will drill beneath the Martian surface looking for signs of past or present life.

NASA Eyes Highly Versatile Carbon-Nanotube Technology for Different Spaceflight Applications

05.10.2018
A decade ago John Hagopian began advancing an ultra-dark coating comprised of nearly invisible strands made of pure carbon. Now the technology is proving to be highly versatile for all types of spaceflight applications.

2020 Decadal Survey Missions: At a Glance

04.24.2018
Any telescope that reaches the launch pad in the 2030s likely will look much different than the concepts four teams are currently studying to inform the 2020 Decadal Survey for Astrophysics, but the studies do offer a roadmap.

NASA Teams Study the Agency’s Future in Astrophysics; Tackle Formidable Technology Challenges

04.24.2018
As in past decades, the agency won’t make that decision in a vacuum or without understanding the technical obstacles, which are formidable.

Giada Arney Attempts to Answer, "Are We Alone?"

04.19.2018
Giada Arney wants to find out "Are We Alone?"

New Exoplanet Collaboration Hosts Meeting to Explore Molecular Seeds of Life

04.09.2018
The Sellers Exoplanet Environments Collaboration (SEEC) hosts its first annual symposium April 9-13. Researchers will discuss how our knowledge of the early solar system can help the hunt for life on other worlds.

Tour of the Moon 4K Redux

04.09.2018
An update to the LRO mission's Tour of the Moon animation. The tour visits a number of interesting sites chosen to illustrate a variety of lunar terrain features.

NASA Scientist Collects Bits of the Solar System from an Antarctic Glacier

04.05.2018
Although meteorites fall all over the world, special places in Antarctica concentrate them, making them easier to find. Of course, it’s a challenge to get yourself to an Antarctic glacier.

Jacob Bleacher, Research Geologist, Camps on Volcanoes to Train Astronauts

04.03.2018
Jacob Bleacher camps on volcanoes to train astronauts.

Jupiter's Great Red Spot Getting Taller as it Shrinks, NASA Team Finds

03.13.2018
Jupiter's Great Red Spot has been shrinking for a century and a half.

On Second Thought, the Moon's Water May Be Widespread and Immobile

02.23.2018
A new analysis of data from two lunar missions finds evidence that the Moon's water is widely distributed across the surface and is not confined to a particular region or type of terrain.

Jennifer Eigenbrode Asks If We Are Alone in the Universe

02.20.2018
Jennifer Eigenbrode, a science pioneer, asks, "Are we alone in the universe?"

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Captures New Earth-Moon Image

02.14.2018
OSIRIS-REx captured this image of the Earth and Moon using its NavCam1 imager on January 17 from a distance of 39.5 million miles.

Celebrating 60 Years of Groundbreaking U.S. Space Science

01.31.2018
Sixty years ago, the U.S. launched Explorer 1, rocketing into the Space Age.

What Scientists Can Learn About the Moon During the Jan. 31 Eclipse

01.23.2018
The lunar eclipse on the night of Jan. 31 will give a team of scientists a special opportunity to study the Moon using the astronomer's equivalent of a heat-sensing, or thermal, camera.

Explorer 1: The Beginning of American Space Science

01.23.2018
Sixty years ago, the hopes of Cold War America soared into the night sky as a rocket lofted skyward above Cape Canaveral, a soon-to-be-famous barrier island off the Florida coast.

NASA Team Studies Middle-aged Sun by Tracking Motion of Mercury

01.18.2018
As the Sun ages and loses mass, the orbits of the planets are expanding. NASA and MIT scientists indirectly measured this mass loss and other solar parameters by looking at changes in Mercury’s orbit.

NASA Goddard-managed Mission Selected for Development Under New Frontiers

12.21.2017
Goddard would manage one of the two missions chosen as finalists for concept development under the New Frontiers program and contribute instrumentation to the other.

NASA Goddard Year in Review - 2017

12.20.2017
A look back at 2017 at NASA Goddard.

NASA Solves How a Jupiter Jet Stream Shifts into Reverse

12.18.2017
Fast and furious jet stream high above Jupiter’s equator can help scientists understand the atmospheres of many planets.

Mars Mission Sheds Light on Habitability of Distant Planets

12.13.2017
Insights from NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution, or MAVEN, mission about the loss of the Red Planet's atmosphere can help scientists understand the habitability of rocky planets orbiting other stars.

Spanning Disciplines in the Search for Life Beyond Earth

12.13.2017
Following a gold rush of exoplanet discovery, the next step in the search for life is determining which of the known exoplanets are proper candidates for life — and for this, a cross-disciplinary approach is essential.

Exploring a Crater

12.11.2017
To gear up for future exploration, the Goddard Instrument Field Team tested hand-held instruments at Kilbourne Hole, simulating moonwalks and getting a visit from Apollo 17 astronaut Jack Schmitt.

NASA Selects Participating Scientists for Mission to Asteroid Bennu

12.07.2017
NASA has selected 13 participating scientists for the agency’s first asteroid sample return mission, OSIRIS-REx.

An Orbital Dance May Help Preserve Oceans on Icy Worlds

11.30.2017
Heat generated by the gravitational pull of moons formed from massive collisions could extend the lifetimes of liquid water oceans beneath the surface of large icy worlds in our outer solar system, according to new NASA research.
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