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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.

Are We Alone in the Universe? NASA Calls for New Framework

10.27.2021
NASA scientists are encouraging the scientific community to establish a new framework that provides context for findings related to the search for life.

Ten Mysteries of Venus

10.20.2021
The surface of Venus is inhospitable for life: barren, dry, crushed under an atmosphere about 90 times the pressure of Earth’s and roasted by temperatures two times hotter than an oven. Was it always that way? Could Venus have been a habitable world with oceans? This is one of many mysteries associated with Venus that DAVINCI will investigate.

NASA, ULA Launch Lucy Mission to ‘Fossils’ of Planet Formation

10.16.2021
NASA’s Lucy mission, the agency’s first to Jupiter’s Trojan asteroids, launched at 5:34 a.m. EDT Saturday on a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida.

How the Sun Affects Asteroids in Our Neighborhood

10.15.2021
Like all the planets, asteroids exist in the heliosphere, the vast bubble of space defined by the reaches of our Sun’s wind. Directly and indirectly, the Sun affects many aspects of existence within this pocket of the universe. Here are a few of the ways the Sun influences asteroids like the Trojans in our solar system.

NASA's Lucy Mission: A Journey to the Young Solar System

10.05.2021
NASA’s Lucy spacecraft will launch in October 2021 on a 12-year journey to Jupiter’s Trojan asteroids. The Lucy mission will include three Earth gravity assists and visits to eight asteroids. Called “Trojans” after characters from Greek mythology, most of Lucy’s target asteroids are left over from the formation of the solar system.

Global Trio of Orbiters Shows Small Dust Storms Help Dry Out Mars

08.16.2021
By combining observations from three international spacecraft at Mars, scientists were able to show that regional dust storms play a huge role in drying out the Red Planet.

NASA to Explore Divergent Fate of Earth's Mysterious Twin with Goddard's DAVINCI+

06.02.2021
NASA's DAVINCI+ mission is set to explore Venus to determine if it was habitable and understand how these similar worlds ended up with such different fates.

NASA Selects 2 Missions to Study "Lost Habitable" World of Venus

06.02.2021
NASA has selected two new missions to Venus, Earth's nearest planetary neighbor.

Avi Mandell Focuses on Worlds Out of This World

05.18.2021
Acting Director Avi Mandell, of the Sellers Exoplanet Environments Collaboration, focuses his attention on worlds out of this world.

NASA's OSIRIS-REx Leaves its Mark on Asteroid Bennu

04.15.2021
Like boot prints on the Moon, NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft left its mark on asteroid Bennu. New images, taken during the spacecraft's final fly-over on April 7 before heading back to Earth, reveal the aftermath of its historic encounter and "TAG" sample collection at the asteroid in October 2020.

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 Scientists Discover ‘Weird’ Molecule in Titan’s Atmosphere

10.27.2020
NASA scientists identified a molecule in Titan’s atmosphere that has never been detected in any other atmosphere.

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Unlocks More Secrets from Asteroid Bennu

10.08.2020
NASA’s first asteroid sample return mission now knows much more about the material it’ll be collecting in just a few weeks.

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx to Asteroid Bennu: “You’ve got a little Vesta on you…”

09.21.2020
It appears some pieces of asteroid Vesta ended up on asteroid Bennu, according to observations from NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft. The new result sheds light on the intricate orbital dance of asteroids and on the violent origin of Bennu.

NASA’s Lucy Mission One Step Closer to Exploring the Trojan Asteroids

08.28.2020
NASA’s first mission to explore the Trojan asteroids is one step closer to launch. The Discovery Program’s Lucy mission passed a critical milestone and is officially authorized to transition to its next phase.

Giada Arney, Research Space Scientist, Will Look for Life on Exoplanets

08.25.2020
Giada Arney, Research Space Scientist, will look for life on exoplanets, including remotely observable signs of life called biosignatures.

NASA’s Lucy Mission Passes Critical Mission Milestone

08.03.2020
NASA’s Lucy mission's critical components, and subsystems, scientific instrumentation, electrical and communication systems, and navigation systems are coming together.

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.

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.

Daria Pidhorodetska Presses Forward In Her Quest to Study Exoplanets

03.17.2020
Daria Pidhorodetska Presses Forward In Her Quest to Study Exoplanets

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.

OSIRIS-REx Swoops Over Sample Site Nightingale

03.10.2020
On March 3, 2020, the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft flew over the sample site Nightingale, taking observations from an altitude of 820 feet (250 m).

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