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NASA’s Asteroid-Bound Spacecraft Aces Instrument Check

09.26.2016
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

09.20.2016
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

09.15.2016
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

09.08.2016
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

08.29.2016
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

08.29.2016
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

08.29.2016
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

08.17.2016
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

08.16.2016
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

08.12.2016
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

08.11.2016
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

08.05.2016
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

07.25.2016
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.

NASA Instrument to Use X-Rays to Map an Asteroid

07.12.2016
The Student Collaboration Experiment on OSIRIS-REx is REXIS, an X-ray instrument that will identify which elements are present on Bennu's surface and measure their abundances.

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Gears up for 3-D Mapping on the Fly

06.29.2016
OSIRIS-REx will travel to asteroid Bennu, study it and return a sample to Earth for analysis. These goals depend on accurate mapping of Bennu, so the team is gearing up for cartography of an asteroid.

Gamers Tackle Virtual Asteroid Sampling Mission

06.13.2016
With the online computer game Kerbal Space Program, players have the option to build a replica of NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft and use it to return an asteroid sample to the home planet Kerbin.

OSIRIS-REx Arrives at Kennedy for Launch Processing

06.03.2016
Since arriving at Kennedy Space Center on May 20, the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has been pulled from its shipping container and undergone spin tests as well as a partial solar array deployment test.

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Mission Will Have a Map for That

05.25.2016
On Sept. 8, NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft is scheduled to launch for terra incognita: the near-Earth asteroid Bennu. Like expeditions of old, the mission will map the exotic terrain it explores.

NASA Begins Launch Preparations for the First U.S. Asteroid Sampling Mission

05.23.2016
NASA's first spacecraft designed to return a piece of an asteroid to Earth arrived at Kennedy Space Center in Florida on May 20 and has begun final preparations in advance of its September launch.

NASA Scientist to Discuss OSIRIS-REx Asteroid Mission at Library of Congress Lecture

05.17.2016
The public is invited to a free talk called “OSIRIS-REx" with Jason P. Dworkin in the Pickford Theater in the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, May 24.

NASA's OSIRIS-REx Asteroid Sample Return Mission

04.29.2016
The OSIRIS-REx mission, scheduled for launch in September 2016, will return a sample of asteroid Bennu to Earth so that scientists can study pristine material left over from the early solar system.

NASA Research Gives New Insights into How the Moon Got 'Inked'

04.29.2016
Observations from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter combined with computer simulations offer new clues about lunar swirls -- mysterious patterns of light and dark "tattooed" on the moon’s surface.

Industry, Government, Academia Seek to Sustain Women in STEM

04.01.2016
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

03.24.2016
NASA began empowering female scientists and engineers more than 20 years before Women’s History Month became an official national celebration.

Student Scientists: Building REXIS

03.14.2016
College students in Boston are getting a chance to help NASA explore an asteroid. They built an instrument called REXIS, which will fly on the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft, scheduled to launch later in 2016.
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