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Sagittarius A*: NASA Telescopes Support Event Horizon Telescope in Studying Milky Way's Black Hole

05.12.2022
Multiple telescopes, including Chandra, observed the Milky Way's giant black hole simultaneously with the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT). This combined effort gave insight into what is happening farther out than the field-of-view of the EHT.

Join NASA's Earth Day Event

04.22.2022
Join us in person or virtually. Registration is open for virtual events.

The Rossi Prize, Top High-Energy Award, Given to NICER Mission

03.18.2022
The top prize in high-energy astrophysics has been awarded to the Neutron Star Interior Composition Explorer (NICER) team for the instrument and the revelations it is producing about the physics of neutron stars and their environments.

NASA Invites Media to 59th Annual Robert H. Goddard Memorial Symposium

03.16.2022
Media are invited to meet leaders in space exploration at the 59th annual Robert H. Goddard Memorial Symposium, taking place on the campus of the University of Maryland, College Park, from March 23 to 25. Attendees also have the option to watch the symposium online.

NASA’s NICER Telescope Sees Hot Spots Merge on a Magnetar

03.08.2022
For the first time, NASA’s Neutron star Interior Composition Explorer (NICER) has observed the merging of multimillion-degree X-ray spots on the surface of a magnetar, a supermagnetized stellar core no larger than a city.

Three NASA Goddard Recipients Receive AAS 2022 Awards

02.07.2022
Three individuals with NASA affiliations have received 2022 honors from the American Astronomical Society (AAS), a major international organization of professional astronomers.

One Year into the Biden Administration, NASA Looks to Future

01.19.2022
Over the past year, NASA has made valuable contributions to Biden-Harris Administration’s goals – leading on the global stage, addressing the urgent issue of climate change, creating high paying jobs, and inspiring future generations.

Vice President Harris to Visit NASA Goddard Today, Deliver Live Remarks

11.05.2021
Vice President Kamala Harris will visit NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland today, Nov. 5, to get a firsthand look at the agency’s work to combat the climate crisis and protect vulnerable communities.

NASA Partnership Supports the Next Generation of Space and Science Professionals

11.03.2021
NASA's participation in the Mentoring365 program will provide connectivity and access to the next generation of space and science professionals.

Small Satellite, Big Questions: CuPID CubeSat Will Get New Perspective on Sun-Earth Boundary

09.10.2021
Launching with Landsat 9, a joint mission of NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey, are four CubeSats – compact, cube-shaped satellites used for space research projects. One of the CubeSats launching with Landsat 9 is the Cusp Plasma Imaging Detector, or CuPID.

NASA's NICER Probes the Squeezability of Neutron Stars

04.17.2021
Matter in the hearts of neutron stars - dense remnants of exploded massive stars - takes the most extreme form we can measure. Now, thanks to data from NASA's NICER, an X-ray telescope on the International Space Station, scientists have discovered that this mysterious matter is less squeezable than some physicists predicted.

NASA's NICER Finds X-ray Boosts in the Crab Pulsar's Radio Bursts

04.08.2021
Data from NASA's NICER telescope on the International Space Station have revealed X-ray surges accompanying radio bursts from the pulsar in the Crab Nebula. The finding shows that these bursts, called giant radio pulses, release far more energy than previously suspected.

Scientists Sketch Aged Star System Using Over a Century of Observations

03.12.2021
Astronomers have painted their best picture yet of an RV Tauri variable, a rare type of stellar binary where two stars -one approaching the end of its life - orbit within a sprawling disk of dust. Their 130-year dataset spans the widest range of light yet collected for one of these systems, from radio to X-rays.

NASA Missions Help Investigate an "Old Faithful" Active Galaxy

01.12.2021
Yellowstone National Park's Old Faithful geyser regularly blasts a jet of boiling water high in the air. Now, an international team of astronomers has discovered a cosmic equivalent, a distant galaxy that erupts roughly every 114 days.

NASA Discoveries, R&D, Moon to Mars Exploration Plans Persevere in 2020

12.21.2020
"NASA has impressed the nation with our resilience and persistence during the pandemic," said NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine.

NASA Missions Help Pinpoint the Source of a Unique X-ray, Radio Burst

11.04.2020
A supermagnetized stellar remnant known as a magnetar blasted out a mix of X-ray and radio signals never observed before. This unique event links magnetars to a phenomenon called fast radio bursts (FRBs) – mysterious, powerful, and usually solitary radio emissions emanating from other galaxies.

NASA’s Partnership Between Art and Science: A Collaboration to Cherish

09.14.2020
NASA has long used art to represent everything from abstract astrophysical concepts to presentations of satellites in orbit.

Runaway Star Might Explain Black Hole's Disappearing Act

07.16.2020
The telltale sign that the black hole was feeding vanished, perhaps when a star interrupted the feast. The event could lend new insight into these mysterious objects.

X-rays From a Newborn Star Hint at Our Sun's Earliest Days

06.18.2020
Astronomers have reported the first detection of X-rays from the earliest phase of evolution of a star like our Sun.

Future Space Travelers May Follow Cosmic Lighthouses

06.16.2020
In the future, space explorers may receive navigational guidance from the steady signals created by pulsars.

AAS Names 29 NASA-Affiliated Legacy Fellows

04.30.2020
Twenty-nine scientists working at or affiliated with NASA have been named Fellows of the American Astronomical Society (AAS), the major organization of professional astronomers in North America.

NASA Missions Help Reveal the Power of Shock Waves in a Nova Explosion

04.13.2020
Unparalleled observations of a nova outburst in 2018 by a trio of satellites, including two NASA missions, have captured the first direct evidence that shock waves powered most of the explosion's visible light.

New NASA Podcast Helps Listeners Explore Our ‘Curious Universe’

04.06.2020
NASA’s newest podcast is taking listeners on an adventure to explore the wonders of Earth and help unravel the mysteries of the universe.

NASA Science Keeps the Lights On

04.02.2020
Across NASA’s many missions, thousands of scientists, engineers, and other experts and professionals all over the country are doing what they do best, but now from home offices and via video conferencing. With most personnel supporting missions remotely to keep onsite staff at a minimal level in response to COVID-19, the Agency is moving ahead strongly with everything from space exploration to using our technology and innovation to help inform policy makers.

Statement on NASA Goddard’s Coronavirus Prep Actions

03.13.2020
Goddard has canceled all non-mission-essential visits to its facilities. Goddard also is closing its Visitor Centers at Greenbelt and at Wallops Flight Facility, Virginia.

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