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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.

NASA Moon Data Provides More Accurate 2017 Eclipse Path

Thanks to LRO and NASA Earth topography data, we have the most accurate maps of the path of totality for any eclipse to date.

OSIRIS-REx Executes First Deep Space Maneuver

NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft executed its first deep-space maneuver Dec. 28.

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.

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.

NASA Mission to Search for Rare Asteroids

This February, the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft will activate its onboard camera suite and commence a search for “Trojan” asteroids.

NASA Scientists see Asteroid through the Eyes of a Robot

Retrieving an asteroid sample is no easy task. Doing the job blindfolded is even more challenging. That’s why scientists equipped the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft with a set of eyes to watch it all unfold.

November Supermoon a Spectacular Sight

The Nov. 14, 2016, supermoon is the closest the full moon will be to Earth since 1948.

Earth's Moon Hit by Surprising Number of Meteoroids

The moon experiences a heavier bombardment by small meteoroids than models had predicted, according to new observations from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) spacecraft.

NASA Tests Thrusters on Journey to Asteroid Bennu

OSIRIS-REx fired its Trajectory Correction Maneuver thrusters Friday in order to slightly adjust trajectory on the outbound journey from Earth to Bennu.

Public Invited to Goddard to Celebrate Annual International Moon Event

Members of the public are invited to celebrate International Observe the Moon Night at Goddard in Greenbelt, Maryland, on Oct. 8.

NASA's LRO Mission Presents 'The Moon and More'

NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center collaborated with singer/songwriter Matt Cusson and Javier Colon -- season one winner of NBC’s “The Voice” -- on a song inspired by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter.

NASA’s Asteroid-Bound Spacecraft Aces Instrument Check

NASA’s spacecraft designed to collect a sample of an asteroid ran the first check of its onboard instruments.

NASA Scientists Find ‘Impossible’ Cloud on Titan – Again

The appearance of an ice cloud seemingly out of thin air led NASA scientists to seek new explanations. They found evidence of solid-state chemistry, with similarities to Earth's stratospheric clouds.

OSIRIS-REx Mission Status Report – Sept. 15

One week post-launch, OSIRIS-REx remains healthy and on track for its 2-year journey to the asteroid Bennu.

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Speeds Toward Asteroid Rendezvous

NASA's first asteroid sampling mission launched into space at 7:05 p.m. EDT Thursday from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, beginning a journey that could revolutionize our understanding of the early solar system.

Public and Media Invited to Goddard to Celebrate Launch of Asteroid Mission

Members of the public and the media are invited to celebrate the launch of NASA’s OSIRIS-REx sample return mission to an asteroid, on Thursday, Sept. 8, at 5:30 p.m. This free event will be held at the Goddard Visitor Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, and is open to the public.

NASA to Hold Asteroid Mission Briefings, Launch

NASA is gearing up to launch the United States’ first mission to sample an asteroid, with activities at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida beginning Tuesday, Sept. 6, and culminating with the spacecraft launch Thursday, Sept. 8. Various activities are open to media and will air live on NASA Television and the agency’s website.

NASA Team Probes Peculiar Age-Defying Star

For years, astronomers have puzzled over a massive star lodged deep in the Milky Way that shows conflicting signs of being extremely old and extremely young.

NASA Prepares to Launch First U.S. Asteroid Sample Return Mission

NASA is preparing to launch its first mission to return a sample of an asteroid to Earth. The mission will help scientists investigate how planets formed and how life began, as well as improve our understanding of asteroids that could impact Earth.

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 Goddard Invites Media, Social Media for Tour of Astrobiology Lab, Overview of OSIRIS-REx

In less than a month, NASA will launch the first U.S. spacecraft destined to rendezvous with, study and return a sample of an asteroid. Ahead of this mission, which will yield the largest sample returned from space since the Apollo era, NASA invites media and social media to attend a behind-the-scenes tour of NASA's Astrobiology Analytical Lab.

NASA to Map Asteroid Bennu from the Ground Up

OLA will be used to create three-dimensional global topographic maps of Bennu and local maps of candidate sample sites.

Decades of Discovery: NASA’s Exploration of Jupiter

Launched five years ago on Aug. 5, 2011, NASA’s Juno mission maneuvered into orbit around Jupiter on July 4, 2016, joining a long tradition of discovery at the gas giant.

NASA to Map the Surface of an Asteroid

OSIRIS-REx spacecraft will travel to the near-Earth asteroid Bennu to harvest a sample, ideally from a region in which the building blocks of life may be found.
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