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NASA Plans Another Busy Year for Earth Science Fieldwork

NASA scientists are crisscrossing the globe in 2017 – from a Hawaiian volcano to Colorado mountain tops and west Pacific islands – to investigate critical scientific questions about how our planet is changing and what impacts humans are having on it.

Space Timekeeping: NASA's SDO Adds Leap Second to Master Clock

On Dec. 31, 2016, official clocks around the world will add a leap second just before midnight UTC (6:59:59 p.m. EST). NASA missions will also have to make the switch, including the Solar Dynamics Observatory, or SDO mission, which watches the sun 24/7.

Piers Sellers: A Legacy of Science

Piers Sellers, who passed away on Dec. 23 more than a year after learning he had pancreatic cancer, leaves behind a dynamic legacy at NASA.

Four NASA Scientists Honored as AGU Fellows

Four scientists from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland have been named Fellows by the American Geophysical Union (AGU).

NASA Reveals the Unknown in 2016

In 2016, NASA drove advances in technology, science, aeronautics and space exploration that enhanced the world’s knowledge, innovation, and stewardship of Earth.

How to Read a STEREO Image

NASA's STEREO mission, which launched 10 years ago, uses an instrument called a coronagraph to study the the sun's outer atmosphere. Here's a guide to reading a STEREO image and learning key features of coronagraph data.

STEREO: 10 Years of Revolutionary Solar Views

Launched 10 years ago, on Oct. 25, 2006, the twin spacecraft of NASA's STEREO mission have given us unprecedented views of the sun, including the first-ever simultaneous view of our entire star at once.

Tracking Waves from Sunspots Gives New Solar Insight

For the first time, rsearchers have tracked a particular kind of solar wave as it swept upward from the sun's surface through its atmosphere.

Images From Sun’s Edge Reveal Origins of Solar Wind

As the solar wind approaches Earth, it transitions from neatly defined rays in the sun's corona to turbulent gusts. For half a century, the details of this transition have been a mystery -- until now.

NASA Establishes Contact With STEREO Mission

On Aug. 21, 2016, contact was reestablished with one of NASA's Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatories after communications were lost on Oct. 1, 2014.

NASA Unveils New Public Web Portal for Research Results

Public access to NASA-funded research data now is just a click away, with the launch of a new agency public access portal.

NASA Team Begins Testing of a New-Fangled Optic

This new-fangled telescope optic could give scientists the resolution they need to see finer details still invisible with current observing tools – a jump in resolution that could help answer a 50-year-old question about the physical processes heating the sun's million-degree corona.

Solar Storms May Have Been Key to Life on Earth

Our sun's adolescence was stormy—and new evidence shows that these tempests may have been just the key to seeding life as we know it.

Industry, Government, Academia Seek to Sustain Women in STEM

NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and Lockheed Martin hosted a roundtable event March 29 at the Lockheed Martin Global Vision Center in Arlington, Virginia.

Goddard Pioneers: Celebrating Women in Science and Engineering

NASA began empowering female scientists and engineers more than 20 years before Women’s History Month became an official national celebration.

Eclipse Season Begins for NASA’s SDO

The 2016 spring eclipse season of NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory began Feb. 19, 2016. These seasons - when Earth blocks SDO's view of the sun for a period of time each day - last a few weeks.

NASA Invites Media to 54th Annual Robert H. Goddard Memorial Symposium

Media are invited to hear leaders in the science and engineering world speak at the 54th Robert H. Goddard Memorial Symposium at the Greenbelt Marriott, 6400 Ivy Lane, Greenbelt, Maryland, on March 9

We’re Hosting a ‘State of NASA’ Event at an Agency Location Nearest You

NASA is opening its doors and inviting its social media followers and news media to an in-person ‘State of NASA’ event on Feb. 9, 2016, at one of the agency’s 10 field centers.

Goddard Year in Review - 2015

As the year draws to a close, many of us send out cards to friends and loved ones. Gathered here are just a few of the shining moments from the Goddard "household" in 2015.

Saving NASA's STEREO-B: The 189-million-mile Road to Recovery

On Oct. 1, 2014, NASA lost contact with one of the two spacecraft of the STEREO mission. Scientists have a plan to get it back -- and their chances only get better with time.

SOHO Celebrates 20 Years of Space-based Science

After 20 years in space, the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory is still going strong. SOHO revolutionized the field of science known as heliophysics.

Explore@NASAGoddard 2015 Concludes

Gates opened to the public Sept. 26, 2015, at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, for the first time in four years in celebration of Hubble's 25th anniversary.

Open House Sneak Peek: Explore Goddard’s Latest Science

Since it last opened its gates to the public in 2011, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center has seen rapid growth and discovery in its four science disciplines...

NASA Goddard Opens Doors to Public to Explore@NASA Goddard, Free Event

NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, is opening its doors for the first time in four years to give the public a chance to explore what happens behind the gates of the campus.

Solar Observatory Discovers Its 3,000th Comet

On Sept. 13, 2015, the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory discovered its 3,000th comet, cementing its standing as the greatest comet finder of all time.
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