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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?"

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.

WASP-18b Has Smothering Stratosphere Without Water

11.29.2017
The oversized planet WASP-18b is wrapped in a smothering stratosphere loaded with carbon monoxide and devoid of water.

NASA Telescope Studies Quirky Comet 45P

11.21.2017
A new study fills in gaps in Jupiter-family comets and finds that quirky 45P doesn’t quite match any comet studied so far.

NASA Team Studies CubeSat Mission to Measure Water on the Moon

11.09.2017
The six-unit MiLUV would detect water on the lunar surface using a laser spectrometer that traces its heritage to similar Goddard-developed lidar-type instruments built to map the topographies of Mars and the Moon.

Atmospheric Beacons Guide NASA Scientists in Search for Life

11.02.2017
New NASA research proposes a novel approach to sniffing out exoplanet atmospheres. It takes advantage of frequent stellar storms from cool, young dwarf stars to highlight signs of possible life.

Picture This SELFI: NASA Advances Instrument to Study the Plumes of Enceladus

11.02.2017
NASA scientists and engineers have conceived and plan to build an ambitious submillimeter-wave or radio instrument to study the composition of geysers spewing water vapor and icy particles from the south pole of Saturn’s small moon, Enceladus.

NASA Evaluates Use of a Coin-Sized Thermometer to Characterize Comets and Earthbound Asteroids

10.30.2017
Two NASA teams want to deploy a highly compact, sensitive thermometer that could characterize comets and even assist in the redirection or possible destruction of an asteroid on a collision course with Earth.

Celebrate ‘International Observe the Moon Night’ at Goddard

10.23.2017
International Observe the Moon Night is an annual worldwide public event that encourages observation, appreciation and understanding of our Moon.

NASA’s MAVEN Mission Finds Mars Has a Twisted Tail

10.19.2017
Mars has an invisible magnetic “tail” that is twisted by interaction with the solar wind, according to new research using data from NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft.

Solar Eruptions Could Electrify Martian Moons

10.18.2017
Powerful solar eruptions could electrically charge areas of the Martian moon Phobos to hundreds of volts, presenting a complex electrical environment that could possibly affect sensitive electronics carried by future robotic explorers, according to a new NASA study.

NASA Team Finds Noxious Ice Cloud on Saturn’s Moon Titan

10.18.2017
Researchers with NASA’s Cassini mission have found evidence of a toxic hybrid ice in a wispy cloud high above the south pole of Saturn’s largest moon, Titan.

NASA Goddard Scientists, Engineers Increase Efficiency in Human Spaceflight Mission Development

10.12.2017
To increase efficiency and make these missions more cost-effective, NASA tasks offices at the agency’s science and research centers across the country to identify and adapt existing technology for future long-duration deep space exploration, including to Mars.

Large Solar Storm Sparks Global Aurora and Doubles Radiation Levels on the Martian Surface

09.29.2017
An unexpectedly strong blast from the Sun hit Mars this month, observed by NASA missions in orbit and on the surface.
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