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Supermoon Lunar Eclipse

08.31.2015
On September 27, 2015, there will be a rare supermoon lunar eclipse. NASA Goddard explains what makes this event special.

Cameras Delivered for NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Mission

08.24.2015
The first U.S. mission to return samples of an asteroid to Earth is another step closer to its fall 2016 launch, with the delivery of three cameras that will image and map the giant space rock.

Jupiter’s Great Red Spot: A Swirling Mystery

08.04.2015
Jupiter's Great Red Spot has been swirling wildly for the past 150 years — and maybe much longer — yet we still don't know exactly why it's red. Goddard scientists are finding answers.

How Sunlight Pushes Asteroids

07.29.2015
NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission to the near-Earth asteroid Bennu will spend some time investigating the Yarkovsky effect, which can cause rotating asteroids to drift widely over time.

NASA Researchers Find 'Frozen' Recipe for Extraterrestrial Vitamin

07.23.2015
Scientists find that vitamin B3, a precursor to a molecule needed for metabolism, could have been made on icy dust grains in space and later delivered to Earth by meteorites and comets.

Science Jamboree Attracts Interns, Scientists from Across Goddard

07.10.2015
From cryogenically frozen marshmallows and pennies to 3D printed supernova, Tuesday’s Science Jamboree filled the atrium in Building 28 with science displays and demonstrations.

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Cleared Mission Operations Review

07.10.2015
The review demonstrated the team’s progress in developing the procedures to execute the complicated activities needed to return a sample from a primitive asteroid named Bennu.

Second Instrument Delivered for NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Mission

07.08.2015
The OSIRIS-REx Visible and Infrared Spectrometer, which will explore the surface of the primitive asteroid Bennu in search of water and organic materials, has arrived at Lockheed Martin.

First Instrument Delivered for Asteroid Sample Return Mission

06.26.2015
The first of five instruments for NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft, which will collect a sample from an asteroid and bring it back to Earth, has arrived at Lockheed Martin for installation.

Team Prepares for Next Step in NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Mission

06.22.2015
With launch only 15 months away, NASA’s OSIRIS-REx team is preparing to deliver instruments for integration with the spacecraft that will travel to, and collect a sample from, an asteroid.

NASA's LRO Moves Closer to the Lunar Surface

05.05.2015
The spacecraft completed a maneuver that lowered its orbit to within 20 kilometers (12 miles) above areas near the lunar South Pole, the closest the spacecraft has ever been to the moon's surface.

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Mission Passes Critical Milestone

03.31.2015
NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission to retrieve a sample from an asteroid has passed the critical milestone that represents the transition from development to delivery of systems, testing and integration.

NASA's LRO Spacecraft Finds March 2013 Impact Crater and More

03.17.2015
The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter acquired images before and after a boulder-sized object hit the surface in March 2013, causing a flash of light 10 times as bright as anything recorded before.

OSIRIS-REx Mission Successfully Completes System Integration Review

02.27.2015
With the successful completion of the System Integration Review, the project can proceed with assembling and testing the spacecraft in preparation for launch in September 2016.

Lunar Hydrogen More Abundant on Moon's Pole-Facing Slopes

02.04.2015
Recent observations by NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter found more hydrogen-bearing deposits on crater slopes that face the lunar south pole than those that face the equator.

A View of the Moon From The Other Side

02.04.2015
Ever wonder what the phases of the moon would look like if you were facing the far side? Data from NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter makes that visualization possible. (Video)

'Shooting the Moon' with Satellite Laser Ranging

12.18.2014
Laser ranging from Earth to NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) was a milestone in the 50-year history of satellite laser ranging.

The Long, Strange Trip of Asteroid Bennu

11.18.2014
A new animation from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center depicts what is known and what remains mysterious about the early solar system and asteroid Bennu, the target for the OSIRIS-REx mission.

NASA’s LRO Spacecraft Captures Images of LADEE’s Impact Crater

10.28.2014
NASA’S Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has spied a new crater on the lunar surface, made by the impact of NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer mission.

MAVEN Ultraviolet Image of Comet Siding Spring’s Hydrogen Coma

10.23.2014
NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft captured an ultraviolet image of hydrogen surrounding comet Siding Spring. The cloud was about a half degree across, comparable in size to Earth’s moon as seen from Earth.

NASA-led Study Sees Titan Glowing at Dusk and Dawn

10.22.2014
New maps of Saturn’s moon Titan reveal large patches of two trace gases shining brightly near the north pole, on the dusk side of the moon, and near the south pole, on the dawn side.

LRO Finds Widespread Evidence of Young Lunar Volcanism

10.12.2014
Scores of distinctive rock deposits seen by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter provide strong evidence the moon’s volcanic activity slowed gradually instead of stopping abruptly a billion years ago.

Electric Sparks May Alter Evolution of Lunar Soil

08.21.2014
Severe solar storms could generate enough electric charge in the top layer of the lunar surface to crack moon dust and may have changed the very nature of the moon's polar soil.

3-D Study of Comets Reveals Chemical Factory at Work

08.11.2014
A NASA-led team of scientists has created detailed 3-D maps of the atmospheres surrounding comets, identifying several gases and mapping their spread at the highest resolution ever achieved.

Canada Contributes to NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Mission

07.22.2014
The Canadian Space Agency announced that it will furnish a sophisticated laser-based mapping system, designed to create unprecedented 3-D maps of asteroid Bennu, for NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission.
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