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New NASA Study Reveals Origin of Organic Matter in Apollo Lunar Samples

Using modern analytical capabilities, a team of NASA-funded scientists has solved an enduring mystery from the Apollo missions: the origin of organic matter found in lunar samples returned to Earth.

Researchers Catch Comet Lovejoy Giving Away Alcohol

Researchers found 21 organic molecules in gas from comet Lovejoy (aka C/2014 Q2), including ethyl alcohol and a simple sugar. It’s the first time ethyl alcohol has been detected in a comet.

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft Begins Environmental Testing

The OSIRIS-REx spacecraft is undergoing environmental testing at Lockheed Martin Space Systems facilities, near Denver, Colorado.

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's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter’s Dance with Eclipses

For the LRO spacecraft orbiting the moon, the Sept. 27, 2015, lunar eclipse brings an opportunity to conduct some rare science while in Earth’s shadow.

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.

NASA's LRO Discovers Earth is 'Massaging' the Shrinking Moon

Earth's gravity has influenced the orientation of thousands of faults that form in the lunar surface as the moon shrinks, according to new results from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter.

Supermoon Lunar Eclipse

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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