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NASA’s Lucy Mission Clears Critical Milestone

10.21.2019
NASA’s Lucy mission successfully completed its Critical Design Review on Oct. 18.

Planetary Scientist Tom Fauchez Looks for Habitable Planets and Makes a Mean Pot au Feu

10.15.2019
Planetary scientist, Tom Fauchez looks for habitable planets and cooks a mean pot au feu.

New Research Sheds Light on the Ages of Lunar Ice Deposits

10.10.2019
The discovery of ice deposits in craters scattered across the Moon’s south pole has helped to renew interest in exploring the lunar surface.

A Dusty Lab in the Sky

10.04.2019
The DUST sounding rocket will fly into space to make dust in a rocket-borne lab. Measuring the dust grains as they grow and aggregate, the team will study how nanoscale structures affect the fates of stars and planets.

Sun Science has a Bright Future on the Moon

10.03.2019
The Moon isn't just for lunar scientists. As NASA advances its Artemis mission to land astronauts on the Moon by 2024, here are five reasons heliophysicists — who study the Sun-Earth connection — can't wait to get on board.

International Observe the Moon Night Celebrates 10 Years of Lunar Engagement

09.30.2019
As NASA looks forward to putting the first woman and next man on the Moon by 2024, a public engagement program public engagement program designed to increase awareness of lunar science and exploration celebrates its 10th year.

Apollo Moon Soil Radiation Experiment

09.17.2019
When a stream of charged particles known as the solar wind careens into the Moon’s surface at nearly 1 million miles per hour (1.6 million kilometers per hour), it enriches it in ingredients that coul

Saturn's Rings Shine in Hubble's Latest Portrait

09.12.2019
Saturn is so beautiful that astronomers cannot resist using the Hubble Space Telescope to take yearly snapshots of the ringed world when it is at its closest distance to Earth. These images, however, are more than just beauty shots. They reveal a planet with a turbulent, dynamic atmosphere.

NASA Goddard Creates CGI Moon Kit as a Form of Visual Storytelling

09.06.2019
A new NASA out-of-this-world animation allows humanity to experience their closest galactic neighbor as never before through an online “CGI Moon kit.”

NASA Scientist to Discuss 'The Recent Discovery of Organic Matter Preserved in 3-billion-year-old Mudstones on Mars' at Library of Congress Lecture

09.06.2019
The public is invited to a free lecture called "A Mud Matter: The Recent Discovery of Organic Matter Preserved in 3-billion-year-old Mudstones on Mars," with Dr. Jennifer Eigenbrode, NASA research scientist. The talk will occur in the Library of Congress' Pickford Theater on Sept. 12.

NASA Research Gives New Insight into How Much Atmosphere Mars Lost

09.05.2019
A key tracer used to estimate how much atmosphere Mars lost can change depending on the time of day and the surface temperature on the Red Planet. Previous measurements of this tracer – isotopes of oxygen – have disagreed significantly. Getting an accurate measurement is important to estimate how much atmosphere Mars once had before it was lost.

NASA Science Experiments to be Delivered to Moon by Commercial Landers

09.05.2019
A look at the first NASA science experiments to be conducted from the surface of the Moon since the Apollo era.

OSIRIS-REx’s Final Four Sample Site Candidates in 3D

08.29.2019
High-resolution maps of the four potential sample sites will allow the OSIRIS-REx team to assess the safety and accessibility of each region.

NASA Mission Selects Final Four Site Candidates for Asteroid Sample Return

08.12.2019
The team leading NASA’s first asteroid sample return mission has selected four potential sites for the OSIRIS-Rex spacecraft to “tag” its cosmic dance partner.

Asteroid’s Features To Be Named After Mythical Birds

08.08.2019
The International Astronomical Union approved the theme “birds and bird-like creatures in mythology” for naming surface features on asteroid Bennu.

The Moon and Mercury May Have Thick Ice Deposits

08.02.2019
Earth’s Moon and Mercury, the closest planet to the Sun, may contain significantly more water ice than previously thought, according to a new analysis of data from NASA’s LRO and MESSENGER spacecraft.

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.
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