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

09.13.2018
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

08.29.2018
Is there water deep in Jupiter's atmosphere, and if so, how much?

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Begins Asteroid Operations Campaign

08.24.2018
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

08.14.2018
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

08.09.2018
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

08.01.2018
A NASA scientist mapped the heat escaping from the Greenland Ice Sheet, sharpening our understanding of the dynamics that dominate and shape terrestrial planets.

Mars Terraforming Not Possible Using Present-Day Technology

07.30.2018
Transforming the inhospitable Martian environment into a place astronauts could explore without life support is not possible without technology well beyond today’s capabilities because Mars does not retain enough accessible carbon dioxide that could be put back into the atmosphere to warm the planet.

NASA Goddard’s Science Jamboree Connects Disciplines and Interns

07.26.2018
The Goddard Science Jamboree provides an opportunity for interns and senior scientists alike to learn more about the science happening in other disciplines in one room.

NASA’s MAVEN Spacecraft Finds That “Stolen” Electrons Enable Unusual Aurora on Mars

07.23.2018
NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft just found a new type of Martian aurora that occurs over much of the day side of the Red Planet, where auroras are very hard to see.

Successful Second Deep Space Maneuver for OSIRIS-REx Confirmed

07.03.2018
New tracking data confirms that NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft successfully completed its second Deep Space Maneuver (DSM-2) on June 28. DSM-2 was OSIRIS-REx’s last deep space maneuver of its outbound cruise to the asteroid Bennu, with arrival scheduled for Dec. 3.

OSIRIS-REx Executes Second Deep Space Maneuver

06.28.2018
NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft executed its second Deep Space Maneuver today, which put the spacecraft on course for its scheduled arrival at the asteroid Bennu in December. The mission team will continue to examine telemetry and tracking data as they become available and will have more information on the results of the maneuver over the next week.

Will We Know Life When We See It? NASA-led Group Takes Stock of the Science

06.25.2018
In the last decade we have discovered thousands of planets outside our solar system and have learned that rocky, temperate worlds are numerous in our galaxy. The next step will involve asking even bigger questions. Could some of these planets host life? And if so, will we be able to recognize life elsewhere if we see it?

Martian Dust Storm Grows Global: Curiosity Captures Photos of Thickening Haze

06.20.2018
A storm of tiny dust particles has engulfed much of Mars over the last two weeks. NASA's Curiosity rover, which has been studying Martian soil at Gale Crater, is expected to remain largely unaffected by the dust.

NASA Finds Ancient Organic Material, Mysterious Methane on Mars

06.07.2018
NASA’s Curiosity rover has found new evidence preserved in rocks on Mars that suggests the planet could have supported ancient life, as well as new evidence in the Martian atmosphere that relates to the search for current life on the Red Planet.

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.
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