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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.

NASA Instrument to Use X-Rays to Map an Asteroid

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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'

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

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.

Student Scientists: Building REXIS

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.

NASA's OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft In Thermal Vacuum Testing

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft is in thermal vacuum testing, designed to simulate the harsh environment of space and see how the spacecraft and its instruments operate under ‘flight-like’ conditions.

New Lunar Exhibit Features NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Imagery

Images from LRO will be on display at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. Feb. 26 through December. The 61 large prints reveal a celestial neighbor that is surprisingly dynamic.

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

NASA Invites Public to Send Artwork to an Asteroid

NASA is calling space enthusiasts to send artistic creations on a journey aboard the Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft.

Studying the Solar System with NASA’s Webb Telescope

In addition to looking across vast distances, NASA's James Webb Space Telescope will study planets, moons and small objects in our solar system.

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.

Student-Built Experiment Integrated onto OSIRIS-REx

A student-built experiment for NASA’s Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) mission has been integrated onto the spacecraft.

Stefanie Milam: Studying the Volatile Universe

Research scientist Stefanie Milam seeks to understand the origin of our solar system through laboratory and observational studies.

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.

NASA Releases New High-Resolution Earthrise Image

The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter provided this composite image of Earth appearing to rise over the lunar horizon – a combination of high-resolution detail and color data from the spacecraft’s cameras.

Rare Full Moon on Christmas Day

This year, a bright full moon will dawn in the skies on Christmas – an added gift for the holidays. The peak will occur at 6:11 a.m. EST. The last full moon on Christmas occurred in 1977.

International Instrument Delivered for 2016 OSIRIS-REx Mission

A sophisticated laser-based mapping instrument – the OSIRIS-REx Laser Altimeter, which will scan the asteroid’s entire surface – has been delivered for integration onto NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft.
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