06.26.13 - Dolores H. Hill from the Lunar and Planetary Lab of the University of Arizona, Tucson is the recipient of the Citizen Science Champions of Change Award for her work on "Target Asteroids!"
06.24.13 - Goddard's Amateur Radio Club participated in the American Radio Relay League's 99th Field Day event over the June 22 and 23 weekend.
06.21.13 - Hubble aptured this image of nearby spiral galaxy Messier 61, about the size of the Milky Way, but located 55 million light-years away from Earth.
This weekend sees the occurrence of 2013's biggest (in appearance) moon, called a "super moon."
06.20.13 - On June 20, 2013, at 11:24 p.m., the sun erupted with an Earth-directed coronal mass ejection, a solar phenomenon that can send billions of tons of particles into space that can reach Earth 1-3 days later.
06.20.13 - This interacting galaxy duo is collectively called Arp 142. The pair contains the disturbed, star-forming spiral galaxy NGC 2936, along with its elliptical companion, NGC 2937 at lower left.
06.24.13 - The sounding rocket launch for a five-minute trip to study a global, electrical current called the dynamo, sweeping through the ionosphere has been delayed. It is rescheduled for Tuesday, June 25.
06.19.13 - Images crafted from a year's worth of data collected by the Suomi NPP satellite provide a vivid depiction of worldwide vegetation.
06.19.13 - Scientists explain how energetic particles penetrating lunar soil can create molecular hydrogen from water ice, providing insight into how radiation alters water ice throughout the solar system.
06.20.13 - Setting two world records in two consecutive months, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., helped share some of NASA's amazing accomplishments.
06.18.13 - Geophysicist Scott Luthcke finds weighing the ice sheets is sometimes easier than coaching his three daughters in field hockey.
06.18.13 - Mathematician-turned-instrument scientist James "Bryan" Blair takes an unconventional approach and is always looking for that next mountain to climb.
06.18.13 - NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter or LRO, in orbit around the moon for four years, has forever changed our view of our nearby neighbor.
06.19.13 - At the end of June 2013, NASA will launch its newest set of instruments to watch the sun: the Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph, or IRIS.
06.14.13 - This fisheye image shows NASA’s four Magnetospheric Multiscale, or MMS, observatories inside the cleanroom at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.
06.14.13 - NASA's 2013 HS3 mission will investigate whether Saharan dust and its associated warm and dry air, known as the Saharan Air Layer favors or suppresses the development of tropical cyclones.
06.14.13 - The study confirms long-held suspicions about how stellar-mass black holes produce their highest-energy light.
06.14.13 - In this image, the twisted shape hides a number of features. In the very complex and disturbed central region, scientists have distinguished two nuclei, remains of two different galaxies.
06.14.13 - Assembly of James Webb Space Telescope's primary mirror backplane support structure, is a step closer to completion with the recent addition of the backplane support frame.
06.13.13 - Some 100 campers from the Deaf-Blind Camp of Maryland visited Goddard on June 12 to learn about NASA with a variety of hands-on activities.
06.13.13 - MAVEN is designed to answer questions about the Martian atmosphere. Extremely high resolution ultraviolet imagery may help piece together the big picture.
06.13.13 - Of the almost 900 known planets outside our solar system, this is the first to be found at such a great distance from its star.
06.13.13 - Ocean waters melting the undersides of Antarctic ice shelves are responsible for most of the continent's ice shelf mass loss, a new study by NASA and university researchers has found.
06.12.13 - On June 11, 2013, at 2 p.m. EDT, the sun erupted with a coronal mass ejection or CME, a solar phenomenon that can send billions of tons of solar particles into space that can affect electronic systems in satellites.
06.12.13 - NASA visualizers overlay a 3-dimensional model of the moon based on data from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter into the shadow of the moon during a lunar transit image from SDO.
06.11.13 - Landsat 8 is operational and producing more than 400 images per day, adding to the deep archive collected since 1972.
06.11.13 - Numbers guy Brian Christopher Thomas puzzles out new ways to work the budget system rather than have the budget system work us.
06.11.13 - Web developer Maggie Masetti is all about the big bang theory, from working with our Dr. John Mather, who proved the theory, to visiting the set of the television show.
06.07.13 - The early start of the 2013 season appears to be caused by a change in atmospheric “teleconnections,” connections between different layers of the atmosphere that operate over great distances.
06.08.13 - The Solar Dynamics Observatory captures the sun emitting a M5.9 class, a mid-level solar flare, peaking at 6:49pm on June 7, 2013.
06.07.13 - Using an innovative satellite technique, NASA scientists have determined that a previously unmapped type of wildfire in the Amazon rainforest is responsible for destroying several times more forest than has been lost through deforestation in recent years.
06.07.13 - University and NASA researchers predict that the severity of the 2013 fire season will be considerably higher than in 2011 and 2012 for many Amazon forests in the Southern Hemisphere.
06.07.13 - The so-called Trifid of the North is a large, dusty region that is currently forming new stars. These stars are very hot and therefore appear to be very blue.
06.06.13 - A Black Brant XII suborbital sounding rocket carrying the Cosmic Infrared Background ExpeRiment (CIBER) was successfully launched at 11:05 p.m., June 5 from Wallops.
06.05.13 - A NASA team delivered a sophisticated microwave radiometer specifically designed to overcome the pitfalls that have plagued similar Earth-observing instruments in the past.
06.05.13 - Astronomers has discovered evidence of a significant number of black holes that accompanied the first stars in the universe.
06.04.13 - Nearly 400 high school, college and graduate students, as well as educators, began summer internships at Goddard on June 3.
06.04.13 - A flash of light from a stellar outburst has provided a rare look at the 3-D structure of material ejected by an erupting nova.
06.04.13 - Teacher and NASA Television star Erin McKinley is an enthusiastic, eternal learner.
06.04.13 - To optical physicist turned inventor John Hagopian, everything is a puzzle and the game is to make connections that are not obvious.
06.04.13 - The new map's improved precision will lead to better calculations of Antarctic ice volume and its potential contribution to sea level rise.
06.04.13 - Understanding how energy travels through the lowest layers of the sun's atmosphere is the goal of NASA's Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph scheduled to launch on June 26, 2013.
06.03.13 - NASA's Scientific Balloon Program successfully launched, for the second time, the largest solar telescope ever to leave ground, to observe the sun's magnetic fields.
06.03.13 - NASA's Hubble Space Telescope will have two opportunities in the next few years to hunt for Earth-sized planets around the red dwarf Proxima Centauri.
06.03.13 - The new UV surveys are the most detailed ever of the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds, the Milky Way's closest neighbor galaxies.
05.31.13 - This new Hubble image captures an ongoing cosmic collision between two galaxies — a spiral galaxy is in the process of colliding with a lenticular galaxy.
05.31.13 - Paul Geithner, the deputy technical project manager for the Webb telescope answered questions about the Webb's Mid-Infrared Instrument, or MIRI, instrument.
05.30.13 - NASA transferred operational control of the Landsat 8 satellite (formerly LDCM) to the U.S. Geological Survey in a ceremony in Sioux Falls, S.D.
05.30.13 - A mystery of the moon that imperiled astronauts and spacecraft on lunar missions has been solved using measurements made by NASA's GRAIL mission combined with LRO data.
05.30.13 - On May 20, 2013, the MMS mission team at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center reached an unprecedented milestone: completing the fourth of four observatories, all built for a single mission.
05.29.13 - NASA's multi-year Hurricane and Severe Storms Sentinel mission may explore tropical cyclones of Cape Verde origins when it takes to the skies again this August.
05.29.13 - In late June 2013, NASA will launch a new set of eyes to offer the most detailed look ever of the sun's lower atmosphere, known as the interface region.
05.29.13 - NASA's Swift X-ray Telescope has observed a spinning, crushed core of a massive star suddenly slowing down.
05.28.13 - Arkansas farm girl-turned-astrophysicist never thought she would be in a rap video about the James Webb Space Telescope that was shown on the “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” show.
05.29.13 - NASA's HS3 airborne mission will revisit the Atlantic Ocean to investigate storms using additional instruments and for the first time two Global Hawks.
05.26.13 - On May 26, 2013 at 3:24 p.m. EDT, the sun erupted with a non-Earth directed CME traveling at 550 miles per second.
05.24.13 - The regions where new stars are being born in this starburst galaxy are highlighted by sparkling bright blue regions along the galactic arms.
05.23.13 - New observations by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope of the glowing gas shroud around an old, dying, sun-like star reveal a new twist.
05.23.13 - NASA's Operation IceBridge hosted three science teachers during their recent Arctic field campaign, giving these educators a first-hand polar science experience that they could use to teach and inspire their students.
05.22.13 - A new feature of the Landsat Data Continuity Mission will help ensure scientists get a cloud-free view of Earth from space.
05.22.13 - The sun emitted a mid-level solar flare, an M7 class, on the morning of May 22, 2013.
05.21.13 - NASA and NOAA satellites observed the severe storm system that spawned the Moore, Okla., tornado on May 20, 2013.
05.21.13 - In Antarctica in January, 2013 scientists released 20 balloons, to study the giant radiation belts surrounding Earth and how they lose particles, causing electrons from the belts to stream down toward the poles.
05.20.13 - Coronal mass ejections that accompanied X-class flares early last week, arrived at Earth over the weekend and sparked a geomagnetic storm and aurora.
05.20.13 - NASA is getting ready to launch a new mission to observe a mysterious region of the solar atmosphere that may be crucial to understanding what powers space weather.
05.20.2013 - A NASA team built a first-of-a-kind testbed to simulate the distinctive signature of pulsars - which radiate in regular bursts anywhere from seconds to milliseconds.
05.20.13 - Scientists seek to gain answers to questions about the formation of stars and galaxies with the launch of the CIBER sounding rocket on June 4 from Wallops.
05.17.13 - On 5:24 a.m. EDT on May 17, 2013, the sun erupted with an Earth-directed coronal mass ejection or CME, a solar phenomenon that can send billions of tons of solar particles into space.
05.17.13 - This Hubble image shows the galaxy cluster Abell S1077. The matter condensed in such clusters is so high their gravity warps the fabric of spacetime.
05.16.13 - 99% of all of Earth’s land ice is locked into the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets. But from 2003 to 2009, the world’s other glaciers contributed just as much to sea level rise as the two ice sheets combined.
05.16.13 - NASA's first mission to sample an asteroid is moving ahead into development and testing in preparation for its launch in 2016.
05.16.2013 - A team of scientists has won a berth on a tiny satellite to explore one of NASA's last frontiers in climate studies: the imbalance in Earth's energy budget.
05.15.13 - The Landsat Data Continuity Mission offers a look at Earth from space with a crisper view than our eyes alone would be capable of.
05.15.13 - in the Goddard clean room engineers worked meticulously to implant part of the eyes of the James Webb Space Telescope.
05.15.13 - NASA and the Air Force are requesting research and development proposals to define the type of spacecraft computing needed for future missions.
05.15.13 - Scientists using images from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter have estimated that the planet is bombarded by more than 200 small asteroids or bits of comets per year forming craters at least 12.8 feet (3.9 meters) across.
05.14.13 - The sun's third significant solar flare in under 24 hours -- and the strongest so far of 2013 -- peaked at 9:11 p.m. EDT on May 13, 2013.
05.13.13 - Some people worry that a gigantic "killer solar flare" could hurl enough energy to destroy Earth, but this is not actually possible.
On May 10, 2013, the sun experienced what's called an annular eclipse -- when the moon moves directly in front of the sun, but doesn't obscure it completely. This leaves a thin, fiery ring, the annulu...
05.10.13 - RRM uses the space station as a test bed for repair and refueling maneuvers to prepare for in orbit satellite-servicing tasks.
05.10.13 - 2MASX is an ultraluminous infrared galaxy which emits a tremendous amount of light at infrared wavelengths. Scientists connect this to intense star formation.
05.10.13 - Another delivery of the James Webb Space Telescope's flight mirrors arrived at a NASA facility during the week of April 29, 2013.
05.13.13 - NASA successfully launched the Far-ultraviolet Off Rowland-Circle for Imaging and Spectroscopy (FORTIS) experiment at 1 a.m. EDT, May 11, from the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico.
05.09.13 - The launch of a NASA Terrier-Improved Orion sounding rocket on May 9 brought to an end a very successful campaign studying ionospheric activity and its impact on radio, communication and navigation signals.
05.09.13 - Google has compiled more than a quarter-century of images of Earth taken from space into an interactive time-lapse experience.
05.09.13 - Hubble found the building blocks for Earth-sized planets in an unlikely place – the atmospheres of a pair of burned-out stars called white dwarfs.
05.10.13 - On May 10, 2013, Earth, the sun and the moon lined up to create a solar eclipse visible from the South Pacific.
05.08.13 - NASA engineer Acey Herrera checks copper test wires inside the thermal shield of an instrument for the James Webb Space Telescope.
05.07.13 - The Equatorial Vortex Experiment was successfully conducted on May 7 from the Marshall Islands when a NASA Terrier-Oriole sounding rocket was launched followed by the launch of a Terrier-Improved Malemute sounding rocket 90 seconds later.
05.06.13 - As LDCM flew over Indonesia's Flores Sea April 29, it captured an image of Paluweh volcano spewing ash into the air.
05.06.13 - A video of smoke from California’s Springs Fire was created by animating satellite imagery from NOAA’s GOES-15 satellite.
05.03.13 - An integrated science, technology, engineering and mathematics program focused on NASA's forthcoming Webb telescope, has named its 2012-2013 first place team.
05.03.13 - A NASA-led modeling study provides new evidence that global warming may increase the risk for extreme rainfall and drought.
05.03.13 - These thin, blood-red shells of gas are remnants from when an unstable progenitor star exploded violently as a supernova around 600 years ago.
05.03.13 - A record-setting blast of gamma rays from a dying star in a distant galaxy has wowed astronomers around the world.
05.03.13 - The sun emitted a mid-level solar flare on May 3. Large enough flares can disrupt radio signals, but this flare's "blackout" has already subsided.
05.01.13 - A NASA sounding rocket supporting a study of ionosphere and its impact on radio transmissions was launched at 3:38 a.m. EDT, May 1 from Roi-Namur, Republic of the Marshall Islands.
05.01.13 - NASA will test a new robotic explorer, dubbed GROVER, in Greenland from early May to early June 2013.
05.02.13 - The first of six instruments that will fly on GOES-R, NOAA’s next-generation of geostationary operational environmental satellites, has been completed on schedule, seven months before its scheduled installation onto the spacecraft.
05.01.13 - An asteroid that will be explored by a NASA spacecraft has a new name, thanks to a third-grade student in North Carolina.
05.01.13 - NASA is inviting members of the public to submit their names and a personal message online for a DVD to be carried aboard a spacecraft that will study the Martian upper atmosphere.
04.30.13 - The varied colors and topography of national forests in the Pacific Northwest's Cascade Mountains provide a great test for LDCM's eyesight.
04.30.13 - NASA scientists don't often learn that their spacecraft is at risk of crashing into another satellite...
04.30.13 - NASA's Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) mission begins collecting ground data in northeastern Iowa that will evaluate how well satellite rainfall data can be used for flood forecasting.
04.29.13 - IceBridge scientists begin another season of research activity over Arctic ice sheets and sea ice with the first of a series of science flights from Greenland on Wednesday.
04.26.13 - Dr. Paul Racette raises consciousness by bridging how Native Americans and Western scientists view the world.
04.26.13 - PV Cep is a favorite target for amateur astronomers because the fan-shaped nebulosity, known as GM 1-29 or Gyulbudaghian’s Nebula, changes over a timescale of months.
04.25.13 - Jennifer Wiseman, senior project scientist for Hubble, discusses the history and the status of the pioneering space telescope.
04.25.13 - On the night of April 24 and the morning of April 25, 2013, the sun erupted with two coronal mass ejections (CMEs), solar phenomena that can send billions of tons of solar particles into space.
04.25.13 - A NASA-funded sounding rocket mission will launch this spring to observe the formation of electrical storms in Earth's upper atmosphere that can negatively affect satellite communication and global positioning signals.
04.23.13 - This image of Comet ISON was captured April 10, when the comet was slightly closer to the Sun than Jupiter, 386 million miles, or 394 million miles from Earth.
05.10.13 - Since it first provided images of the sun in spring 2010, SDO has had virtually unbroken coverage of the sun's rise toward solar maximum.
04.22.13 - An image from NASA's LDCM satellite may look like a simple black-and-white image of a dramatic landscape, but it tells a story of temperature.
04.22.13 - SLICE will study the space between the stars known as interstellar space.
04.22.13 - Light is more than meets the eye -- the human eye, that is. This spring's HyspIRI airborne campaign took a look at light that we can't see to study Earth's chemistry.
04.22.13 - From the very beginning it was a looming ticking countdown clock to get the Thermal Infrared Sensor (TIRS) instrument ready for the Landsat Data Continuity Mission launch.
04.21.13 - The sun erupted three times over April 20 and 21, sending billions of tons of solar particles into space. The eruptions (called CMEs) were not Earth-directed.
04.19.13 - Palomar 2 is part of a group of 15 globular clusters discovered in the 1950s. They were discovered relatively recently because they are so faint.
04.19.13 - The iconic Horsehead Nebula seen in a new, infrared light marks the 23rd anniversary of the famous observatory's launch aboard the space shuttle Discovery on April 24, 1990.
04.23.13 - The EUNIS experiment was successfully launched at 1:30 pm EDT on April 23, 2013 from the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. Preliminary data shows that the experiment performed as planned.
04.17.13 - IRIS spacecraft arrives at VAFB for final preparations for a NET May 28 launch aboard a Pegasus rocket.
04.16.13 - Once a satellite is in orbit, it's not ready to take measurements until a series of check-out procedures have been performed.
04.16.13 - SLAMS, or short large amplitude magnetic structures, have been spotted in the froth of waves in front of Earthspace as it moves through the solar system. They create a magnetic mirror reflecting fast ion beams into space.
04.16.13 - Three unusually long-lasting stellar explosions discovered by NASA's Swift satellite represent a new class of gamma-ray bursts that likely arise from dying stars hundreds of times larger than the sun.
04.15.13 - On April 16, 2008, a suite of NASA instruments was launched to study a unique region of space: the electrically charged portion of the upper atmosphere called the ionosphere, a region crucial for radio communications.
04.15.13 - Scientists at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. are currently rehearsing with the placement of the Webb's Microshutter Array into the NIRSpec.
04.12.13 - GPM will set a new standard for precipitation measurements from space by joining forces with countries around the world.
04.12.13 - The soft glow in this image is NGC 2768, an elliptical galaxy located in the northern constellation of Ursa Major (The Great Bear).
04.16.13 - The CME impact on April 13 was weak but it still produced high latitude aurora. The sun emitted a mid-level flare, peaking at 3:16 a.m. EDT on April 11, 2013 accompanied by an Earth-directed CME.
04.11.13 - The short video, 'For Good Measure' explains why scientists turn to satellites to get a worldwide view of rainfall.
04.11.13 - An ice cloud taking shape over Titan’s south pole is the latest sign that the change of seasons is setting off a cascade of radical changes in the atmosphere of Saturn's largest moon.
04.10.13 - Building and launching the Landsat Data Continuity Mission required teams of people across the United States.
04.09.13 - The international society for optics and photonics known as SPIE has awarded the 2013 George W. Goddard award to NASA Goddard's Harvey Moseley.
04.08.13 - X-ray observations from the Japan-led Suzaku satellite are providing a better understanding of the star that met its demise as Kepler's supernova, an event witnessed in 1604 by the famed German astronomer Johannes Kepler.
04.05.13 - NICER will not only reveal why neutron stars are the densest objects in nature, but also demonstrate navigation technology that could revolutionize travel to the far reaches of the solar system and beyond.
04.05.13 - Visible as a small, sparkling hook in the dark sky, J082354.96 is a starburst galaxy, so named because of the incredibly high rate of star formation occurring within it.
04.05.13 - This new combination video of NOAA's GOES-13 and GOES-15 satellite data shows two rounded images of the Earth as if you were simultaneously looking at the Atlantic and Pacific oceans with very wide-set eyes.
04.04.13 - "Success Through Interdependence" was the theme of the American Astronautical Society's (AAS) 51st Robert H. Goddard Memorial Symposium held March 19-21 at the Marriott Hotel in Greenbelt, Md.
04.04.13 - Hubble found the farthest supernova ever recorded. Supernova SN Wilson, named after American President Woodrow Wilson, exploded more than 10 billion years ago.
04.04.13 - Researchers discover on Io a mysterious eastward offset between where volcanoes are and where they are perdicted to be.
04.04.13 - On April 4, 1983, space shuttle Challenger began its maiden voyage carrying a new satellite that would revolutionize low-Earth orbit communications.
04.03.13 - The Arctic Ocean's icy cover reached its annual maximum extent on February 28. At 5.82 million square miles, the 2013 sea ice winter extent is the fifth lowest in the satellite era.
04.03.13 - Photos from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter show how the parachute that helped NASA's Curiosity rover land on Mars last summer has subsequently changed its shape on the ground.
04.03.13 - An instrument that will measure the composition of Mars' upper atmosphere has been integrated to NASA's MAVEN spacecraft.
04.03.13 - In October 2011, a NASA-funded sounding rocket called CHAMPS flew up through noctilucent ice clouds to measure the meteoric smoke that seeds the clouds.
04.02.13 - This video takes a look back at the best views of Earth from space in 2012.
03.29.13 - NASA's Solar Radiation and Climate Experiment (SORCE) satellite has been providing data on the sun's irradiance for 10 years.
03.29.13 - The object in this image is Jonckheere 900 or J 900, a planetary nebula — glowing shells of ionized gas pushed out by a dying star.
03.29.13 - The Swift satellite observed a comet that may become one of the most dazzling seen in decades when it rounds the sun later this year.
03.26.13 - This time-lapse video shows engineers working on some of the James Webb Space Telescope's flight components to ensure they will work perfectly together in space.
03.26.13 - The Goddard-built MAVEN magnetometer will be a sensitive tool investigating what remains of the Red Planet’s magnetic "shield" and interactions with solar wind.
03.22.13 - The twisted, wormlike structure of this galaxy is most likely the result of a collision and subsequent merger of two galaxies. Such interactions are quite common.
03.21.13 - Turning on new satellite instruments is like opening new eyes. On March 21, LDCM released its first images of Earth.
03.20.13 - IceBridge scientists begin another season of research activity over Arctic ice sheets and sea ice with the first of a series of science flights from Greenland on Wednesday.
03.19.13 - NASA issued a video and photos showing the practice run of the James Webb Space Telescope in the giant clean room at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.
03.19.13 - NASA ended its successful GRAIL mission by intentionally crashing the twin spacecraft into the moon. Another satellite observed the event.
03.15.13 - A massive backplane that will hold the primary mirror of NASA's James Webb Space Telescope nearly motionless while it peers into space is another step closer to completion.
03.15.13 - Ring galaxies are mysterious objects. They are thought to form when one galaxy slices through the disk of another, larger, one.
03.15.13 - NASA's Swift satellite has uncovered the previously unknown remains of a shattered star which ranks among the youngest-known supernova remnants in our Milky Way galaxy.
03.15.13 - If conditions are right, electrified lunar dust may be able to leap back and forth over shadowy areas on the moon.
03.17.13 - Friday's fast moving CME has reached Earth and sparked a mild geomagnetic storm. Will higher latitude skies be turned green for St. Patrick's Day?
03.14.13 - The six science instruments of MAVEN's Particles and Fields Package that will characterize the solar wind and ionosphere of Mars have been integrated with the spacecraft.
03.14.13 - A new laser-based system will enable rates of satellite communications similar in capability to high-speed fiber optic networks on Earth.
03.13.13 - Looking up through hundreds of colored filters and spectral glasses, 526 people shattered the record for the Largest Astronomy Lesson at South by Southwest.
03.13.13 - NASA's week-long History of Winter workshop allows elementary and secondary science teachers to work hand-in-glove with glaciologists while learning about research tools and techniques used in field studies of snow and ice.
03.13.13 - A coronal mass ejection (CME) began at 8:36 p.m. EDT on March 12, 2013, and may pass by three NASA satellites: Spitzer, Kepler and Epoxi. A second CME began at 6:54 a.m. EDT on March 13, 2013 and may pass Earth.
03.14.13 - NASA's Cassini spacecraft tracks the shifting shape of holes in Jupiter's atmosphere over time.
03.11.13 - A combination of extreme cold temperatures, man-made chemicals and a stagnant atmosphere were behind what became known as the Arctic ozone hole of 2011, a new NASA study finds.
03.11.13 - On Mar. 11, 2013, NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory caught a rare sight on camera: the sun with both Earth and the moon passing in front of it.
03.10.13 - Vegetation growth at Earth's northern latitudes increasingly resembles lusher latitudes to the south, according to a NASA-funded study.
03.11.13 - The Global Precipitation Measurement mission is happy to announce the top ten winners of the "Let It Snow" photo competition. Thank you to everyone who submitted their best pictures of winter. From January 7th through February 4th 2013, over 1,000 photos were submitted via Flickr and Instagram. We loved all of your entries and thoroughly appreciate your participation.
03.08.13 - This image, speckled with blue, white, and yellow light, shows part of the spiral galaxy IC 5052.
03.08.13 - Using data from an aging NASA spacecraft, researchers have found signs of an energy source in the solar wind that has caught the attention of fusion researchers.
03.07.13 - This 'Methuselah star,' cataloged as HD 140283, has been known about for more than a century because of its fast motion across the sky.
03.07.13 - The merging of two low pressure areas into a storm on March 6 brought winter weather advisories and warnings to the Mid-Atlantic.
03.07.13 - NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has provided images allowing scientists for the first time to create a 3-D reconstruction of ancient water channels below the Martian surface.
03.05.13 - Hurricane Sandy came ashore in northern New Jersey Oct. 29, 2012, and as the powerful storm made its way along the east coast it brought damage to NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Va.
This photograph shows support structures wrapped in gold thermal blankets that look like a golden cage. The structure is housed within the vacuum chamber called the Space Environment Simulator, or SES...
03.05.13 - A phenomenon called gravitational lensing gives this spiral galaxy the look of a simulated alien from the 1970s "Space Invaders!" arcade game.
03.04.13 - The Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (Suomi NPP) satellite, a partnership between NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), transitioned to NOAA operational organization control.
02.27.13 - Goddard scientists turn ice into tiny test tubes to learn how chemicals involved in life might survive in space.
03.04.13 - Cyclone Rusty's heavy rains created sediment filled rivers and tributaries that flowed northwest into the Southern Indian Ocean.
03.01.13 - It may look like something from "The Lord of the Rings," but this fiery swirl is actually a planetary nebula known as ESO 456-67.
02.28.13 - The NASA's GPM mission and our partners at the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) are holding a design challenge for people around the world to develop an Anime character for GPM. The winning character will star in a comic series that will teach students about GPM and precipitation science.
02.28.13 - The GOES-R satellite currently being built has new technology that may help provide earlier warnings for severe weather.
02.28.13 - Shortly after the Van Allen Probes launched to study the radiation belts around Earth, they saw something no one had ever seen before: a new configuration, showing an extra, third belt extending out into space.
02.27.13 - Aquarius, NASA’s first satellite instrument specifically built to study the salt content of ocean surface waters, has shown some remarkable variations in its first year of data.
02.27.13 - The Vela pulsar traces out a loopy, hypnotic pattern reminiscent of art produced by a children's toy in this video created with data from NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope.
02.26.13 - Science writer Laura Betz shares her experiences assisting with weather balloons used to prepare for the recent launch of the Landsat Data Continuity Mission.
"Big Red" isn't a golden retriever or a NASA engineer, it's the nickname for a small chamber that helps ensure equipment can withstand very cold temperatures that would be experienced in space.
02.22.13 - HH 151 is a bright jet of glowing material trailed by an intricate, orange-hued plume of gas and dust, located some 460 light-years away in the constellation of Taurus.
02.22.13 - Sometimes NASA engineers and astronauts use an underwater stage to choreograph their space-based productions.
02.21.13 - A NASA Goddard scientist has created a set of necessary equations to describe a kind of magnetic wave, known as an Alfvén wave, in the solar wind.
02.20.13 - Over the course of Feb. 19-20, 2013, scientist watched a giant sunspot form in under 48 hours.
02.20.13 - On July 19, 2012, the sun treated viewers to one of its dazzling magnetic displays -- a phenomenon known as coronal rain.
02.20.13 - American manufacturing is critical to the development of NASA’s scientific instruments, satellites and telescopes – specifically the James Webb Space Telescope.
02.19.13 - NASA has released a summary report on findings from a panel that investigated the unsuccessful 2011 launch of the agency's Glory spacecraft.
02.19.13 - In THEMIS's sixth year in space, it is helping to show how even small variations in the magnetosphere can sometimes cause extreme space weather responses, helping scientist map and predict events in this complex system.
02.19.13 - Everything is bigger in Texas and a life-sized model of the world's largest space telescope, NASA's James Webb Space Telescope will be on display at the South by Southwest Interactive Festival
02.19.13 - Goddard employee Susan Hendrix admits to being an avid dog lover and volunteers with two local Shetland Sheepdog rescues in her spare time.
02.15.13 - This large “flying V” is actually two distinct objects — a pair of interacting galaxies known as IC 2184. Both the galaxies are seen almost edge-on here.
02.14.13 - A smaller version of an instrument now flying on NASA's Van Allen Probes has won a coveted spot aboard an upcoming NASA-sponsored Cubesat mission -- the perfect platform for this pint-size, solid-state telescope.
02.14.13 - The United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space has a new item is on the agenda: space weather.
02.14.13 - NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope reveals the first clear-cut evidence the expanding debris of exploded stars produces some of the fastest-moving matter in the universe.
02.13.13 - NASA data and scientists contributed to a new study out of the United Kingdom that shows Arctic sea ice volume declining in recent years.
02.12.13 - Satellites have provided views of the historic winter-time nor'easter that brought more than two feet of snow to portions of New England on Feb. 8 and 9, 2013.
02.12.13 - A new study using data from a pair of gravity-measuring NASA satellites finds that large parts of the arid Middle East region lost freshwater reserves rapidly during the past decade.
02.12.13 - The European Space Agency (ESA) has selected three NASA-nominated science teams to participate in their planned Euclid mission, including one team led by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.
02.12.13 - The European Space Agency (ESA) selected three NASA-nominated science teams to participate in their planned Euclid mission, including one led by Goddard.
02.11.13 - In its third year in space, NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) has also offered several new, unexpected doors to scientific inquiry.
02.10.13 - Landsat 5 sets the new Guinness World Records title for Longest-Operating Earth Observation Satellite.
02.09.13 - A Coronal Mass Ejection was released by a long duration solar flare early on February 9, 2013.
A massive winter storm is coming together as two low pressure systems are merging over the U.S. East Coast. A satellite image from NOAA's GOES-13 satellite on Feb. 8 shows a western frontal system app...
02.08.13 - MAVEN is assembled and is undergoing environmental testing at Lockheed Martin Space Systems facilities, near Denver.
02.08.13 - This thin, glittering streak of stars is the spiral galaxy ESO 121-6, which lies in the southern constellation of Pictor (The Painter's Easel).
02.08.13 - Following six historic days of operations, NASA's Robotic Refueling Mission demonstrated remotely controlled robots could refuel satellites.
02.07.13 - According to NASA's Near Earth Object program, there are more than 1,300 potentially hazardous asteroids that have a very small chance of hitting us someday because their orbits come close to Earth's orbit. The main difficulty is obtaining sufficient observations to predict their orbits with enough certainty to find out if any of them might actually hit us at some point.
02.07.13 - Using an emerging technology called lobster-eye optics, scientists developed an x-ray camera of sorts to study a poorly understood behavior of the solar wind.
02.07.13 - Two of NASA's great observatories have teamed up to uncover a mysterious infant star that behaves like a strobe light.
02.07.13 - In the evening of Feb. 5, 2013, the sun erupted with two coronal mass ejections or CMEs that may glance near-Earth space.
02.06.13 - NASA Goddard scientists headed to Annapolis on Feb. 1, 2013, for Aerospace@Annapolis, an annual overview of the aerospace industry held for the benefit of Maryland state lawmakers.
02.06.13 - The public is invited to participate in a free webinar to promote citizen science that involves rain and snow measurements across the United States.
02.07.13 - The principal investigator for VISIONS (VISualizing Ion Outflow via Neutral atom imaging during a Substorm), Goddard's Doug Rowland provided images and updates of the team preparations and the launch.
02.05.13 - Renowned astro-photographer Robert Gendler combined Hubble archive data with his own ground-based observations to assemble a photo illustration of the magnificent spiral galaxy M106.
02.05.13 - The James Webb Space Telescope marked another year of significant progress in 2012 as flight instrumentation was completed and delivered to NASA.
02.05.13 - Using NASA's Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX), scientists have devised the best model yet for the appearance of a vast ribbon of neutral atoms that curls through the boundaries of Earth's solar system.
02.04.13 - Just 96 days since launch, the Van Allen Probes have already provided new insights into the structure and behavior of the radiation belts that surround Earth.
02.04.13 - To say that Alice Harding, an astrophysicist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., has a passion for pulsars is a bit of an understatement.
01.31.13 - The GPM Core Observatory completed thermal vacuum testing at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. on Jan. 16, 2013. After twelve days to carefully remove the testing equipment, stow the High Gain Antenna and GPM Microwave Imager, and lift the spacecraft out of the thermal vacuum test chamber, the spacecraft was moved back to the clean room on Jan. 28.
02.01.13 - Two species of dinosaur left footprints in Cretaceous-era mud on what is now the Goddard campus. The fossilized tracks have been removed for future study and display.
02.01.13 - The galaxy in this image marks a transitional phase - a young star-forming galaxy settles down to become a massive, red and dead galaxy.
02.07.13 - A sounding rocket to study the aurora and how oxygen and hydrogen escape Earth's atmosphere may launch as early as Feb. 2, 2013, but the team has a two-week window in order to find the perfect launch conditions.
01.31.13 - On July 18, 20012, scientists used NASA's SDO to see for the first time the formation of something they had long known was at the heart of many eruptive events on the sun: a flux rope.
01.31.13 - A small, Earth-directed Coronal Mass Ejection erupted early this morning.
01.31.13 - A new video takes viewers behind the scenes for a special look at one of the many mirrors of the upcoming Webb telescope.
01.30.13 - A powerful cold front moving from the central United States to the East Coast is wiping out spring-like temperatures.
01.31.13 - An unprecedented mission is being built at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. The center is simultaneously building four identical spacecraft for the Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission due to launch in late 2014.
01.25.13 - Globular clusters are roughly spherical collections of extremely old stars, and around 150 of them are scattered around our galaxy. This is not one of them.
01.24.13 - One of the two slow-moving ejections from Jan. 23 is Earth-directed. In the past, CMEs of this speed have not caused substantial geomagnetic storms.
01.24.13 - NASA's Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission clean room is buzzing with activity as engineers work on all four observatories at the same time.
01.23.13 - NASA's "Chamber A" thermal vacuum testing chamber has been upgraded and remodeled to accommodate testing the James Webb Space Telescope.
01.23.13 - Nearly 200,000 light-years from Earth, the Large Magellanic Cloud floats in space, in a long and slow dance around the Milky Way.
01.24.13 - NASA has joined the European Space Agency's (ESA's) Euclid mission, a space telescope designed to investigate the cosmological mysteries of dark matter and dark energy.
01.22.13 - Specialized instruments in ground-based and space-based solar telescopes, observe light far beyond the ranges visible to the naked eye. Different wavelengths convey information about different components of the sun.
01.18.13 - NASA's next Small Explorer mission, the Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS), which will study the little-understood lower levels of the sun's atmosphere has been fully integrated and final testing is underway.
01.17.13 - NASA beamed an image of the Mona Lisa to the LRO spacecraft as part of the first demo of laser communication with a satellite at the moon.
01.17.13 - Saturn's largest moon may look much younger than it really is because its craters are getting erased.
01.16.13 - David Starr, project scientist of the PODEX experiment, discusses a new class of instruments that could reshape the next generation of atmospheric science.
01.15.13 - NASA scientists say 2012 was the ninth warmest of any year since 1880, continuing a long-term trend of rising global temperatures.
01.14.13 - On Jan. 13, 2013, at 2:24 a.m. EST, the sun erupted with an Earth-directed coronal mass ejection or CME. The CME left the sun at speeds of 330 miles per second and is expected to impact Earth around Jan. 16.
01.14.13 - A new way of studying and visualizing Earth science data from NASA and the U.S. Geological Landsat satellite program is resulting in, for the first time, the ability to tease out the small events that can cause big changes.
01.14.13 - A new kind of television made headlines at the 2013 annual Consumer Electronics Show in early January: Ultra High Definition TV. The TV needs content and NASA's SDO has four months worth of sun movies for them.
01.10.13 - NASA's Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) is scheduled to launch Feb. 11 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
01.10.13 - Measuring tip-to-tip across its two outsized spiral arms, NGC 6872 spans more than 522,000 light-years, making it more than five times the size of our Milky Way galaxy.
01.08.13 - Researchers now realize even tiny solar variations can have a significant effect on Earth's terrestrial climate.
01.10.13 - In mid-January, NASA will take the next step in advancing robotic satellite-servicing technologies as it tests the Robotic Refueling Mission.
01.08.13 - Newly released Hubble Space Telescope images of a vast debris disk encircling the nearby star Fomalhaut, and of a mysterious planet circling it, may provide forensic evidence of a titanic planetary disruption in the system.
01.18.13 - Goddard producers have picked their favorite videos from 2012. Now it's your turn to choose!
01.03.13 - NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured this solar eruption on Dec. 31, 2012, as it rises and falls with the grace and polished movement of a ballet dancer.
12.21.12 - NASA's Global Precipitation Measurement mission is proud to announce the follow-up to our popular Extreme Weather Photo Contest!
03.19.13 - NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft has imaged the final resting places on the moon of both of NASA's GRAIL spacecraft.
01.18.13 - Hubble captured a busy patch of space, scattered with many nearby stars. The field also has numerous galaxies in the background.
01.16.13 - The performance testing for the aft-optics subsystem (AOS) was recently completed by Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., Redondo Beach, Calif.
11.30.12 - Scientists from NASA’s Van Allen Probes mission will discuss some of their preliminary data at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) 2012 Fall Meeting in San Francisco, Ca. on Tue., Dec. 4 at 8:00 a.m. PST.
01.11.13 - NGC 5477, a dwarf galaxy in the Messier 101 group, lacks obvious structure but shows visible signs of ongoing star birth.
01.08.13 - A new study of data obtained by the European Space Agency's Cluster spacecraft may help explain why the flow of electrically charged particles and magnetic fields from the sun, the solar wind, is hotter than it should be.
01.07.13 - Theorists expect gamma-ray outbursts occur only near a galaxy's central black hole. A few rare observations suggested otherwise.
01.04.13 - Astronomers initially thought NCG 5011B and NGC 5011C were the same distance from the Earth. That would make them very close in the cosmos, yet there is no sign of interaction between them.
12.21.12 - The U.S. Geological Survey announced that 29-year-old Landsat 5 will be decommissioned over the coming months.
12.31.12 - A year-end review of major news coming from NASA's Heliophysics Division.
12.28.12 - Hubble provides us this week with a spectacular image of the bright star-forming ring that surrounds the heart of the barred spiral galaxy NGC 1097.
12.28.12 - The Swift team has selected more than 100 images to help celebrate eight years of operations of the satellite's Ultraviolet/Optical Telescope.
12.27.12 - Gathered here are just a few of the shining moments from the Goddard "household" in 2012, from us to you!
12.21.12 - Like finding a silver needle in the haystack of space, the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has produced this beautiful image of the spiral galaxy IC 2233, one of the flattest galaxies known.
12.21.12 - The e-books, produced by the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, showcase the Hubble and Webb space telescopes.
12.21.12 - NASA and NOAA satellites have provided data on the powerful storm that dropped more than a foot of snow in some Midwestern states.
12.21.12 - Two years after WMAP's "retirement," the WMAP science team is releasing its final results, based on nine years of observations.
12.19.12 - Sea ice thickness data gathered in April 2012 by NASA's Operation IceBridge has been used in seasonal sea ice forecasts for the first time.
12.19.12 - This photo shows the James Webb Space Telescope's 'IEC' all wrapped up in a thermal blanket, and looking like a holiday package at a cleanroom at NASA Goddard.
01.03.13 - A new study of images from NASA's Dawn mission examines remarkable, dark-as-coal material that speckles the surface of the giant asteroid Vesta.
12.17.12 - For a second year the NASA Goddard Veterans Advisory Committee conducted an operation in support of those who continue to defend the American liberties we all enjoy.
12.17.12 - NASA has named the site where twin agency spacecraft impacted the moon Monday in honor of the late astronaut Sally K. Ride, who was America's first woman in space and a member of the probes' mission team.
12.18.12 - 'Tis the season for holiday decorating so astronomers using Hubble have photographed a festive-looking nearby planetary nebula called NGC 5189.
12.14.12 - Located in a lonely region of space 4,200 light-years away and difficult to see using an amateur telescope, the lonesome planetary nebula NGC 7354 is often overlooked.
12.14.12 - NASA will provide live commentary of the scheduled lunar surface impacts of its twin Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) spacecraft beginning at 2 p.m. PST (5 p.m. EST) Monday, Dec. 17.
12.13.12 - Installation of the instrument deck is complete on the second of four MMS observatories, which are being assembled at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.
12.13.12 - High-speed jets launched from active black holes possess fundamental similarities regardless of mass, age or environment, a new study finds.
12.13.12 - Twin lunar-orbiting NASA spacecraft that have allowed scientists to learn more about the internal structure and composition of the moon are being prepared for their controlled descent and impact on a mountain near the moon's north pole at about 2:28 p.m. PST (5:28 p.m. EST) Monday, Dec. 17.
12.12.12 - A new X-ray source in the Andromeda galaxy is the first detection of radio-emitting jets from a stellar-mass black hole outside the Milky Way.
12.12.12 - Using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers uncovered a previously unseen population of seven primitive galaxies that formed more than 13 billion years ago, when the universe was less than 4 percent of its present age.
12.11.12 - British-born astronaut and climate scientist Piers Sellers never dreamed that he would meet Queen Elizabeth II.
12.11.12 - A self-portrait of the NASA Mars Rover Curiosity stitches together dozens of images by the camera at the end of the rover's arm.
12.13.12 - NASA has launched an astrophysics mission to study the Diffuse X-ray emission from the Local galaxy (DXL).
12.07.12 - The brilliant cascade of stars through the middle of this image is the galaxy ESO 318-13 as seen by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope.
12.07.12 - Why does the western portion of Australia look so lit up in the new "Black Marble" imagery?
12.06.12 - The Fermi space telescope is now 10 times better at catching brief outbursts of high-energy light produced above thunderstorms.
12.06.12 - Readings from Apollo 14 and 15 dust detectors have been restored and made available to scientists thanks to work by the National Space Science Data Center at Goddard.
12.06.12 - Something is forming intriguing gullies on the giant asteroid Vesta. Scientists with NASA's Dawn mission are trying to figure out what could be creating these features.
12.05.12 - This new look at our planet at night shows the glow of natural and human-built phenomena across Earth in greater detail than ever before.
12.05.12 - Before a lack of rain and record-breaking heat signaled a problem in July 2012, scientists observed another indication of drought in data from NASA and NOAA satellites: plant stress.
12.05.12 - Just 96 days since launch, the Van Allen Probes have already provided new insights into the structure and behavior of the radiation belts that surround Earth.
12.05.12 - Tiny sensor -- made of a potentially trailblazing material just one atom thick and heralded as the 'next best thing' since the invention of silicon -- are now being developed to detect trace elements in Earth’s upper atmosphere and structural flaws in spacecraft.
12.05.12 - On Dec. 15, 2011, NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured footage of Comet Lovejoy approaching the sun. The images and data collected by NASA's solar observing fleet can help scientists learn more about the sun itself.
12.04.12 - Scientists using NASA satellite data and climate models have projected drier conditions likely will cause increased fire activity across the United States in coming decades.
12.05.12 - Twin NASA probes orbiting Earth's moon have generated the highest resolution gravity field map of any celestial body.
12.03.12 - NASA's Curiosity rover analyzed its first solid sample of Mars with a variety of instruments, including the Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instrument suite.
12.03.12 - Engineers got a first-hand look at how the James Webb Space Telescope's sunshield would fold around the observatory while stored in the rocket..
12.03.12 - NASA's Mars Curiosity rover has used its full array of instruments to analyze Martian soil for the first time, and found a complex chemistry within the Martian soil.
11.30.12 - This animation shows the TRMM satellite's space-based measurements of the total rainfall of the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season.
11.30.12 - NASA's 2012 HS3 mission came to an end Nov. 6 when an unmanned Global Hawk aircraft flew a final data-collection mission in the North Pacific Ocean.
11.30.12 - The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope captured an impressive image of the irregular galaxy NGC 5253, the nearest of the compact blue dwarf galaxies.
11.29.12 - The combined imaging power of Hubble and Jansky VLA are shown in this image of spectacular jets powered by a super massive black hole.
12.06.12 - Bright pink nebulae almost completely encircle a spiral galaxy in this NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image of NGC 922.
11.29.12 - A Goddard-built instrument on NASA's MESSENGER mission provided one of three new lines of evidence that water ice exists near the north pole of Mercury.
11.29.12 - Three NASA scientists have been named as fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
11.28.12 - NASA's Cassini spots roiling storm clouds and a swirling vortex at Saturn's north pole.
11.28.12 - The sole secondary mirror and a third primary mirror segment that will fly aboard the Webb telescope are now in a NASA clean room.
11.28.12 - Data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft tie a shift in seasonal sunlight to a wholesale reversal, at unexpected altitudes, in the circulation of the atmosphere of Titan.
11.27.12 - A comparison of a new global catalog of rain-triggered landslides with rain data from TRMM shows 2010 was a devastating year for landslides.
11.27.12 - It’s a digital world. Or is it? NASA technologist Jonathan Pellish isn’t convinced. In fact, he believes a computing technology of yesteryear could potentially revolutionize everything.
11.27.12 - When it rains it pours, goes the saying, and for the last 15 years, tropical rainfall data has poured in, thanks to TRMM.
11.27.12 - The GOES-R Series Program, to replace and upgrade geostationary satellites tracking severe weather across the United States, received a favorable review of plans to launch beginning in 2015.
11.26.12 - On Nov. 23, 2012, the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) satellite concluded environmental testing in a thermal vacuum chamber.
11.26.12 - The sun goes through a natural solar cycle approximately every 11 years. The greatest number of sunspots in any given solar cycle is designated as 'solar maximum.' The lowest number is 'solar minimum.'
11.21.12 - An 11-hour Operation IceBridge mission over Antarctica is not a casual undertaking and takes months of pre-planning. John Sonntag describes what it's like.
11.26.12 - IceBridge completes their five-week field campaign to Antarctica and reflects upon the mission's successes and highlights.
11.24.12 - On Nov. 23, 2012, at 8:54 a.m. EST, the sun released an Earth-directed, slow-moving CME. This is the third Earth-directed CME since Nov. 20.
11.22.12 - On Nov. 21, 2012, at 11:24 a.m. EST, the sun erupted with an Earth-directed coronal mass ejection or CME
11.21.12 - The NASA Black Brant IX sounding rocket carrying the IMAGER payload was successfully launched Nov. 21, 2012.
11.26.12 - NASA's Cassini spacecraft spots another "Pac-Man"-shaped feature, this time on Saturn's moon Tethys.
11.21.12 - Not a cold-weather beverage, COCOA is a piece of equipment that will measure the accuracy of the Webb telescope's primary mirror.
11.21.12 - Nobel laureate and Webb telescope Project Scientist John Mather will answer astrophysics questions on Reddit.com on Nov. 26 at 1 p.m. EST.
11.21.12 - Hubble spotted the spiral galaxy ESO 499-G37, seen here against a backdrop of distant galaxies, scattered with nearby stars.
11.20.12 - On Nov. 20, 2012, at 7:09 a.m. EST, the sun erupted with a coronal mass ejection.
11.20.12 - A new animation highlighting the phases of the Moon has been released by the Scientific Visualization Studio at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
11.19.12 - A "super-Jupiter" discovered around the bright star Kappa Andromedae might be massive enough to qualify as a type of star itself.
11.20.12 - Outgassing isn’t healthy for humans or satellite instruments but a NASA team has created a new way to protect those instruments from its ill effects.
11.16.12 - A remote sensing instrument that will peer into the ultraviolet to offer clues to how Mars might have lost its atmosphere arrived at Lockheed Martin for integration into NASA's MAVEN spacecraft.
11.16.12 - Galaxies glow like fireflies on a dark night in this Hubble image. The upper central galaxy is a gigantic elliptical galaxy designated 4C 73.08.
11.16.12 - The Sun erupted with two prominence eruptions, one after the other over a four-hour period on Nov. 16, 2012, between the hours of 1 and 5 a.m. EST.
11.15.12 - With Hubble and Spitzer and one of nature's own natural "zoom lenses" in space, astronomers have found the most distant galaxy seen in the universe.
11.15.12 - NASA has found a cure for a common phobia--the fear of asking 'stupid' questions. The cure is a rubber chicken named Camilla.
11.15.12 - The hunt for the organic molecules that create proteins and enzymes critical for life here on Earth has largely happened in sophisticated terrestrial laboratories equipped with high-tech gadgetry needed to tease out their pre
11.14.12 - The orbit of Hinode resulted in two eclipses on Nov. 13, 2012, near the time that a total eclipse was visible in Australia.
11.14.12 - In the Grand Canyon, the interns of NASA Goddard's 2012 Lunar and Planetary Science Academy got to explore Mars without leaving Earth.
11.13.12 - A pinch of fine sand and dust became the first solid Martian sample deposited into the biggest instrument suite on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity: the Sample Analysis at Mars, or SAM.
10.25.12 - The IMAGER’s observing target is the distant “Pinwheel Galaxy” located about 25 million light-years away in the constellation Ursa Major.
11.14.12 - On Nov. 13, 2012, a narrow corridor in the southern hemisphere experienced a total solar eclipse.
11.13.12 - On Nov. 12, 2012, the sun emitted a mid-level solar flare, an M6-class, peaking at 9:04 p.m. EST.
11.13.12 - On the morning of Nov. 14, 2012 (Australia time), about an hour after sunrise, the Moon will pass directly in front of the sun. Scientists and sky watchers are converging on the northeast coast of Australia, near the Great Barrier Reef, for a total eclipse of the sun.
11.09.12 - Lorry Lokey, founder of Business Wire, was the guest speaker at the 20th Annual New Technology Reporting Program held by NASA Goddard on Nov. 8.
11.09.12 - Hubble captured a beautiful galaxy in a period of transition from life as a spiral galaxy to a less defined elliptical galaxy. As a lenticular galaxy, NGC 5010 has features of both spirals and ellipticals.
11.09.12 - The sun released an Earth-directed coronal mass ejection at 10:24am EST on Nov. 9, 2012.
11.09.12 - On Nov. 9, 2012, NASA announced that to honor the scientist who helped launch the field of magnetospheric science, the Radiation Belt Storm Probes will be renamed the Van Allen Probes.
11.08.12 - October is National Disability Employment Awareness month, and students from the Maryland School for the Blind visited NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. for a hands-on and audible learning experience.
11.07.12 - Just one year ago, on Oct. 28, 2011, the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (NPP) satellite successfully blasted into orbit. Now it has completed its first year of returning Earth science data.
11.05.12 - An experiment to study the effects of lightning flashes on Earth's atmosphere has taken its first steps on its journey to space. The Firestation experiment has undergone numerous tests to make sure it's ready for flight.
11.02.12 - Curiosity's Goddard-built SAM instrument suite has taken significant steps toward understanding how Mars may have lost much of its original atmosphere.
Overnight on October 4-5, 2012, a mass of energetic particles from the atmosphere of the Sun were flung out into space, a phenomenon known as a coronal mass ejection. Three days later, the storm from ...
11.02.12 - Hubble peered deep into the center of globular cluster NGC 6362, which contains a high concentration of stars with different colors.
11.01.12 - On November 2, a NASA mission called FOXSI was launched from White Sands, New Mexico to study nanoflares on the sun.
11.01.12 - NASA's first small explorer, SAMPEX, has studied the zoo of particles and cosmic rays surrounding Earth since 1992. In early Nov., 2012, the spacecraft's orbit will decay enough that SAMPEX will re-enter Earth's atmosphere.
11.01.12 - Suomi NPP captured a night-time view of New York City, New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania that revealed the extent of the power outages caused from Hurricane Sandy's landfall on October 29.
11.01.12 - Solar systems with life-bearing planets may be rare if they depend on the presence of asteroid belts of just the right mass.
11.01.12 - Fermi has helped make the most accurate measurement of starlight in the universe, establishing the total amount that has ever shone.
As Hurricane Sandy made a historic landfall on the New Jersey coast during the night of Oct. 29, the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on NASA/NOAA's Suomi National Polar-orbiting Part...
10.31.12 - Dust that routinely rises above the world’s deserts causes a more significant localized warming effect than previously thought, a new study based on NASA field research shows.
10.31.12 - Like a Hollywood starlet constantly retouching her makeup, the giant asteroid Vesta is constantly stirring its outermost layer to present a young face.
03.07.13 - Hurricane Sandy came ashore in northern New Jersey Oct. 29, 2012, and as the powerful storm made its way along the east coast it brought damage to NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Va.
10.26.12 - NGC 3738, a starburst galaxy, is in the midst of a violent episode of star formation: converting reservoirs of hydrogen gas into stars.
10.26.12 - On Sept. 1, 2012, the two STEREO spacecraft and Earth were almost exactly equidistant, each with a direct view of a different third of the sun.
The first two mirrors that will fly aboard NASA's James Webb Space Telescope arrived at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. on Sept. 17, 2012. In this photo, one of the two mirrors wa...
10.25.12 - NASA's Cassini spacecraft has tracked the aftermath of a rare massive storm on Saturn, one more forceful than scientists previously thought.
10.25.12 - A second look at Hubble data is reanimating the claim that the nearby star Fomalhaut hosts a massive exoplanet.
10.25.12 - Astronomers using Hubble have obtained a remarkable new view of a whopper of an elliptical galaxy that may have been puffed up by the actions of one or more black holes in its core.
10.24.12 - A new study based on data from ESA's Cluster mission shows that it is easier for the solar wind to penetrate Earth's magnetic environment, the magnetosphere, than had previously been thought.
10.24.12 - Remember the ozone hole? A signature environmental concern of the 1980s has become a signature environmental success story. Scientists at NASA and NOAA keep a close eye on the state of the ozone.
10.24.12 - A warmer lower Antarctic stratosphere led to the second-smallest ozone hole in 20 years, according to NASA and NOAA satellite measurements.
10.23.12 - The sun emitted a significant solar flare on Oct. 22, 2012, peaking at 11:17 p.m. EDT.
10.23.12 - So much dust shrouds one distant galaxy that its stars are entirely hidden, but the Webb telescope may be able to peer through the murk.
10.23.12 - While the Arctic Ocean ice cap has diminished over the last three decades, the sea ice cover at the opposite pole of the planet has expanded.
10.22.12 - Newly named sunspot AR1598 has release an M5 class solar flare. This is the same region that released an M9 flare on Oct. 20, 2012.
10.20.12 - The sun emitted a significant solar flare, an M9, peaking at 2:14 p.m. EDT on Oct. 20, 2012. The associated radio blackout, an R2, has subsided, reports NOAA.
10.19.12 - NASA Chief Technologist Mason Peck visited on Oct. 15, 2012, to meet with some of the center’s most innovative technologists.
10.19.12 - NGC 3344 is a glorious spiral galaxy around half the size of the Milky Way, which lies 25 million light-years distant.
10.19.12 - A study of hundreds of galaxies has revealed an unexpected pattern of change that extends back 8 billion years, or more than half the age of the universe.
10.17.12 - NASA is developing the technology to build Earth-orbiting "service stations" capable of extending the life of Earth-orbiting satellites.
10.18.12 - A pioneering technology capable of atomic-level precision is now being developed to detect what so far has remained imperceptible: gravitational waves or ripples in space-time caused by cataclysmic events.
10.18.12 - The GOES-13 spacecraft, which had been taken out of service because of technical trouble in late September, will return to full operations on Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012.
10.18.12 - Science and art techniques are often quite similar, indeed each area often helps improve techniques in the other. One such case is a technique known as a 'gradient filter' used to examine fine structures on the sun.
10.17.12 - What do Goddard four-year-old pre-schoolers, local middle school students and an amateur radio operator have in common? Unlike most Earthlings, they were able to place an out-of-this-world call to a resident aboard the International Space Station.
10.17.12 - NASA's GPM Core Observatory satellite went through its first complete comprehensive performance test (CPT), beginning on Oct. 4, 2012 at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.
A new photograph taken inside the giant clean room at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., shows what looks like a giant Erector Set supporting a test component of the James Webb Spac...
10.15.12 - The rift in Antarctica's Pine Island Glacier that was discovered by NASA's Operation IceBridge in 2011 has been monitored by researchers around the world.
10.12.12 - Scientists and flight crew members with NASA's airborne mission to study Earth's polar ice are beginning another Antarctic campaign.
10.12.12 - An enormous binary star pair some 4,700 light-years away pounds its surroundings with intense outflows called stellar winds.
10.11.12 - Two weeks after a record low sea ice minimum in the Arctic Ocean, the ice around Antarctica reached its annual winter maximum—and set a record for a new high.
10.11.12 - Planetary nebulae — the expanding, glowing shells of gas coming from sun-like stars at the end of their lives — are some of the most fascinating objects in the night sky.
10.09.12 - Scientists aboard NASA's SPURS ocean research cruise and an astronaut aboard the International Space Station shared notes on exploring space and the sea in a very long-distance phone call.
10.09.12 - Nobel Laureate John Mather responded to questions on Twitter during a tweet-chat on Tuesday, September 25, 2012.
10.04.12 - Orbital Sciences Corporation recently completed Electromagnetic Interference/Capability (EMI/EMC) testing and structural dynamics testing of the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) satellite.
10.05.12 - On September 14, 2012, long-time Goddard employee (who had employee badge number 0010) and retiree Dr. Jaylee Mead, 83, died.
10.08.12 - The CME release on Oct. 4, 2012 has generated a G2-level geomagnetic storm on Earth resulting in aurora in upper latitudes.
10.05.12 - The GOES-14 satellite saw a ring of fog over the southwestern United States on Oct. 4.
10.05.12 - Swift recently detected the presence of a previously unknown stellar-mass black hole.
10.05.12 - Technicians and engineers are completing final system checks and spacecraft inspections on the first of NASA's third-generation Tracking and Data Relay Satellites (TDRS).
10.05.12 - From Sept. 6 to Sept. 29, 2012, NASA's Solar Dynamic Observatory moved into its semi-annual eclipse season. It takes a little work to re-focus right after the eclipse.
10.04.12 - This dazzling image shows the globular cluster Messier 69, or M 69 for short, as viewed through the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope.
10.05.12 - NASA's Hurricane and Severe Storm Sentinel scientists had a fascinating tropical cyclone to study in long-lived Hurricane Nadine, making 5 flights over the storm.
Credit: NASA/Chris Gunn
This photo gives a "worms eye" view of a robot arm holding a surrogate or simulated mirror segment (black hexagonal shape) for NASA's James Webb Space Telesc...
10.04.12 - NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured this minor eruption on the sun on Oct 4, 2012 as it rises and falls with the grace and polished movement of a ballet dancer.
10.03.12 - NASA Earth explorers will take students on virtual trips around the world to inspire them to pursue science, technology, engineering and math careers.
10.02.12 - Engineers from Genesis Engineering Solutions perform a two day "blanket closeout" on the James Webb Space Telescope.
10.01.12 - The Postal Service has released 15 stamps that depict America's diverse landscapes, including views from Landsat 7's perspective.
09.28.12 - This week, we highlight the galaxy NGC 4183, seen here with a beautiful backdrop of distant galaxies and nearby stars.
09.28.12 - NOAA's GOES-13 weather satellite has been temporarily replaced with a back-up GOES satellite as engineers work to fix the satellite's issues.
10.01.12 - The CME launched by the sun on Sept. 27 resulted in aurora dipping into the continental U.S. as far south as Maryland and Ohio on Sept. 30, 2012.
09.27.12 - Gravity waves predicted by Einstein have never been observed directly, but many scientists think that this discovery is just a few years away.
09.27.12 - Farmers are using maps created with free data from NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey's Landsat satellites that show locations that are good and not good for growing crops.
09.26.12 - The New Logistics facility at NASA Goddard, called Building 35, will replace aging Building 16W.
09.25.12 - Scientists are currently flying state-of-the-art, autonomously operated instruments to gather difficult-to-obtain measurements of wind speeds, precipitation, and cloud structures in and around tropical storms.
09.25.12 - The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter is acquiring stereo images of the moon that can be used to generate 3-D views of the moon's surface.
09.25.12 - Ten years' worth of data went into compiling the Hubble eXtreme Deep Field, the deepest view of our universe ever created.
09.24.12 - Two Landsat images appear on the upcoming "Earthscapes" stamps, which will be promoted at a free event Oct. 1 at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.
09.24.12 - The first two of the 18 primary mirrors to fly aboard NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope arrived at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.
09.21.12 - Hubble produced a sharp image of NGC 4634. Its disk slightly warped by ongoing interactions with a nearby galaxy, it shows clearly defined dust lanes and bright nebulae.
09.20.12 - By understanding the morphology, density and temperature of coronal cavities scientists can better understand eruptions on the sun and the space weather that can disrupt technologies near Earth.
09.20.12 - The summer of 2012 will unfortunately be known as the "Summer of Devastating Western Wildfires" and practically not one state out west was spared. Washington State has been hardest hit of late. This satellite image shows a rash of wildfires currently burning in the middle of the state.
09.19.12 - The floating, frozen sea ice covering the Arctic Ocean melted to a record low extent on Sept. 16, 2012, continuing a long-term trend that has seen the summer size of the ice cap shrink dramatically in the past three decades.
09.19.12 - With the combined power of NASA's Spitzer and Hubble space telescopes, as well as a cosmic magnification effect, astronomers have spotted what could be the most distant galaxy ever seen.
09.17.12 - In 1977, Pawan Bhartia took a job at NASA that would lead to a role in the discovery and stabilization of the Antarctic ozone hole.
09.17.12 - Over the next few weeks, an ER-2 high altitude research aircraft will take part in the development of two future satellite instruments.
09.17.12 - A new European meteorological satellite soared into space Sept. 17 with five instruments developed at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.
The powerful primary mirrors of the James Webb Space Telescope will be able to detect the light from distant galaxies. The manufacturer of those mirrors, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. of Boulder...
09.14.12 - This image portrays a beautiful view of the galaxy NGC 7090, as seen by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. The galaxy is viewed edge-on from the Earth.
09.12.12 - Summer drought was easy to see in the southern United States in 2011. The lingering, subtle drought of winter was also visible to an unusual pair of satellites.
09.13.12 - Radio waves, recorded by RBSP's EMFISIS instrument, are at frequencies that are audible to the human ear and are emitted by the energetic particles in the Earth’s magnetosphere.
09.12.12 - Immediately after launch, RBSP entered a 60-day commissioning phase of operations, where all of the spacecrafts’ systems and instruments are activated, monitored, and made ready for the two-year primary science mission.
09.12.12 - STScI created the new video called 'Infrared: Beyond the Visible,' to help explain the purpose and benefits of using infrared light in astronomy.
09.12.12 - Just three days after launch, live data of the particles in the Van Allen radiation belts from the two RBSP spacecraft, provides full science data right out of the box.
09.07.12 - NASA has begun its latest hurricane science field campaign by flying an unmanned Global Hawk aircraft over Hurricane Leslie in the Atlantic Ocean during a day-long flight from California to Virginia
09.07.12 - This sparkling picture taken by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope shows the center of globular cluster M 4. The power of Hubble has resolved the cluster into a multitude of glowing orbs, each a colossal nuclear furnace.
09.05.12 - Two very different galaxies drift through space together in this Hubble image. The peculiar galaxy pair is called Arp 116.
09.06.12 - Twice a year, for three weeks near the equinox, SDO moves into its eclipse season -- a time when Earth blocks its view of the sun for a period of time each day
09.05.12 - A NASA-sponsored expedition is set to sail to the North Atlantic's saltiest spot to see how salinity variations are related to global rainfall shifts.
09.05.12 - On August 31, 2012, NASA's MMS mission proved it was ready for its next steps by passing a Systems Integration Review, which deems a mission ready to integrate instruments onto the spacecraft.
09.04.12 - Students worldwide have an opportunity to name an asteroid from which an upcoming NASA mission will return the first samples to Earth.
09.04.12 - On September 1, 2012, a long, whip-like filament erupted on the sun. The eruption, called a coronal mass ejection, caused aurora near Earth on September 3.
08.31.12 - Hubble sees a supernova explosion called SN 2004dg on the edge of NGC 5806, a spiral galaxy in the constellation Virgo. It lies around 80 million light years from Earth.
08.30.12 - NASA's Radiation Belt Storm Probes are flying in Earth orbit after a successful liftoff this morning. The spacecraft are now at home in the Van Allen belts.
08.30.12 - Small patches of ice could make up at most five to ten percent of material in walls of Shackleton crater.
08.29.12 - ACE is a crucial component of NASA's heliophysics fleet, providing warning of incoming space weather. In 15 years, it has also helped map the ingredients and drivers of the vast sea of flowing particles surrounding Earth.
08.31.12 - Suomi NPP captured this view of Hurricane Isaac's clouds (lit by moonlight) and the cities near the Gulf Coast of the United States at 1:57 a.m. local time.
08.28.12 - Powerful fires currently scorching parts of Russia and Africa sent up plumes of smoke into the atmosphere, observed by Suomi NPP.
08.28.12 - Scientists tracked space shuttle exhaust plumes to study airflow in the upper atmosphere. The water vapor spread faster than expected and collected near the Arctic to form noctilucent clouds.
08.30.12 - NASA's Radiation Belt Storm Probes are flying in Earth orbit after a successful liftoff this morning. The spacecraft are now at home in the Van Allen belts.
08.27.12 - The declining sea ice in the Arctic Ocean has melted down to its smallest size since satellite observations began in the late 1970s. The current size of the polar cap surpassed the previous record set in 2007.
08.27.12 - NASA's Operation IceBridge gathers data on changing Arctic sea ice, including new data that could be used in future seasonal sea ice forecasts.
08.25.12 - Due to tropical storm Isaac, the RBSP launch has been postponed until Thursday, Aug. 30. The Atlas V rocket has been rolled back from the pad to protect it from inclement weather.
08.25.12 - Unfavorable weather conditions in and around Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida prompted launch managers to halt today's attempted launch.
08.24.12 - A series of CMEs on August 20, as seen by the SOHO satellite, produces one shaped remarkably like a incandescent light bulb.
08.24.12 - Launch managers have scrubbed the planned liftoff of NASA's Radiation Belt Storm Probes due to an issue with Eastern Range beacon indications.
08.24.12 - Hubble captured the globular cluster Messier 56, located about 33,000 light years from the Earth in the constellation of Lyra.
08.23.12 - Not one, but two nodosaurs passed through the campus of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., between 110 and 112 million years ago.
08.23.12 - What looks like a giant golden spider weaving a web of cables and cords, is actually ground support equipment for the James Webb Space Telescope.
08.22.12 - Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) Observatory Electromagnetic Interference/Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMI/EMC) testing is underway at Orbital Sciences Corporation's Gilbert, Ariz., location.
08.22.12 - This is a limited series of features to introduce some of the many scientists and engineers involved in the MIRI instrument that will fly aboard the James Webb Space Telescope.
08.19.12 - The launch is rescheduled for Friday, Aug. 24 at 4:07am EDT, due to an anomalous engine condition identified during testing of another Atlas vehicle.
08.18.12 - An active region, just beginning to rotate into view, released an M5.6 class solar flare last night at 9:01pm EDT.
08.17.12 - A "Dynamic Duo" from Canada is the latest topic of the "Behind the Webb" series of videos, which highlights technology in NASA's James Webb Space Telescope.
08.17.12 - Many galaxies, like irregular dwarf DDO 190, are comparatively isolated, without close neighbors.
08.14.12 - Scientists used data from NASA's ACE mission to study jets of electrons streaming from the sun known as electron strahl. This aids understanding of the giant space weather system around Earth.
08.15.12 - Scientists using LRO's spectrometer have observed helium in the tenuous atmosphere surrounding the moon.
08.15.12 - HS3, will study hurricanes at the end of the summer, flying two high-altitude, long-duration unmanned aircraft with different instruments over the storms.
08.14.12 - The National Research Council's second decadal survey in solar and space physics is scheduled for release at 1pm EDT on August 15, 2012.
08.16.12 - Astronomers using data from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have caught two clusters full of massive stars that may be in the early stages of merging.
08.14.12 - In the summer of 2011, scientists recorded some of the best movies of sprites ever taken -- movies that can be used to study this poorly understood phenomenon and the forces that create them.
08.13.12 - On July 23, 2012, a massive cloud of solar material erupted off the sun. NASA Goddard scientists clocked the giant cloud, known as a coronal mass ejection, or CME, at speeds between 1,800 and 2,200 miles per second.
08.13.12 - The second of four main instruments to fly aboard NASA's James Webb Space Telescope (Webb) has been delivered to NASA.
08.10.12 - A technologist at Goddard is experimenting with an emerging technology for defending sensitive spacecraft components from the high-velocity bombardments.
08.10.12 - Turning its eye to the Tarantula Nebula, the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has taken this close-up of the outskirts of the main cloud of the Nebula.
08.10.12 - SDO sees a very long, whip-like solar filament extending over half a million miles in a long arc above the sun’s surface. Part of the filament seems to break away, but its basic length and shape seem to have remained mostly intact.
08.09.12 - An unusually strong storm formed off the coast of Alaska on August 5 and tracked into the center of the Arctic Ocean.
08.09.12 - Urban pollution, such as formaldehyde, that winds up in Earth's upper atmosphere can wreak havoc on the ozone layer.
8.09.12 - This NOAA GOES-13 satellite image from August 9 shows some very active tropics with four areas, like a train of storms, that forecasters are watching.
08.08.12 - Late on Aug. 6, 2012, New Zealand’s Mount Tongariro erupted for the first time in 115 years.
08.08.09 - A key ingredient for 'night shining clouds' comes from outer space. Scientists have detected bits of 'meteor smoke' imbedded in them.
08.08.12 - NASA's Hurricane and Severe Storm Sentinel, or HS3, mission will be a complex one for the pilots flying NASA's Global Hawk aircraft from the ground.
08.07.12 - At 1:32 a.m. EDT the late-night landing event at Goddard Space Flight Center was flooded with shouts, applause and more than a few teary eyes at the announcement that the Curiosity rover had touched down safely on the surface of Mars.
08.07.12 - Heliophysicists Spiro Antiochos, James Klimchuk, Douglas Rowland, and the SDO Science Investigation Team received Agency Honor Awards to celebrate their unique contributions to NASA's mission.
08.06.12 - A new statistical analysis by NASA scientists has found that Earth's land areas have become much more likely to experience an extreme summer heat wave than they were in the middle of the 20th century.
08.03.12 - The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope offers this delightful view of the crowded stellar encampment called Messier 68, a spherical, star-filled region of space known as a globular cluster.
08.02.12 - Researchers have observed a distinctive X-ray signal following a black hole's eruption that comes from matter on the verge of falling into it.
08.02.12 - Scientists used satellites to measure for the first time from space the amount of tiny airborne particles entering North America, and concluded that dust, not pollution, is the main ingredient of the imported particles.
08.02.12 - Atmospheric scientist Hongbin Yu describes the implications of a new calculation showing that 64 million tons of dust, pollution and other particles survive a trans-ocean journey to arrive over North America each year.
07.31.12 - The multitude of single-celled algae swirling in this image are most likely coccolithophores, one of Earth’s champions of carbon pumping.
08.02.12 - Curiosity is equipped with an instrument that measures space radiation, which was turned on shortly after launch on Nov. 26, 2011. The instrument has been sending back data during its trip to Mars.
08.02.12 - If a team of technologists succeeds, scientists in the future will make their discoveries with components that fit on a silicon wafer.
08.02.12 - While the Curiosity rover hurtles toward the Martian surface on the night of August 5, people around the world -- and here at Goddard -- will eagerly await word of its safe arrival.
08.01.12 - HS3 is a five-year mission specifically targeted to investigate hurricanes in the Atlantic Ocean basin.
08.01.12 - How did we get here? Are we alone? The answers may lie in carbonaceous meteorites.
08.01.12 - NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center is pleased to announce the start-up of a new geothermal system for Building 25's Network Testing and Training Facility.
07.31.12 - For several years Matthew Showalter has utilized the unique talent and fresh thinking of interns from around the country to collaborate on a project he calls the Innovation Lab.
07.30.12 - The sun emitted a mid-level flare, peaking at 4:55 PM EDT on July 28, 2012. This flare is classified as a M6.2 flare. M-class flares are the weakest flares that can still cause some space weather effects near Earth.
07.30.12 - The Environmental Test Engineering and Integration facility—affectionately nicknamed the “Chamber of Horrors”—ensures that every spacecraft is space-ready.
07.27.12 - "Golden Touch" video takes viewers behind the scenes with the scientists and engineers creating the Webb telescope's components.
07.27.12 - On July 24, 1992, a joint JAXA/NASA mission launched, becoming the vanguard for a set of coordinated missions to study Earth's magnetic environs.
07.27.12 - The galaxy NGC 4700 bears the signs of the vigorous birth of many new stars in this image captured by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope.
07.26.12 - Millions will see London during the 2012 Olympics, but Suomi NPP has an entirely different perspective, as seen in this newly release image.
07.26.12 - The Earth Science Project Office provides management for the Hurricane and Severe Storms Sentinel (HS3) mission flying this year.
07.26.12 - The inspiration behind a NASA scientist's quest to build a specialized X-ray mirror comes from an unusual source: a roll of tape.
07.25.12 - Life can't function with a mix of left- and right-handed amino acids; scientists want to know how life got set up with the left-handed ones.
07.24.12 - The DFS rocket launched successfully on July 24, 2012 from White Sands, NM with nominal data from 3 of the 4 spectrometers aboard. It's primary goal is to significantly advance the state of the art in short wavelength observing solar spectrometers.
07.24.12 - For several days this month, Greenland's surface ice cover melted over a larger area than at any time in more than 30 years of satellite observations.
07.23.12 - On July 14, 2012 a CME crashed into Earth's magnetic field and triggered the most sustained display of auroras in years, giving the world a taste of things to come when Solar Max arrives in 2013.
07.23.12 - The Landsat program has seen a literal world of changes in its 40 years of observing Earth. This interactive compares "before and after" views of some of those changes.
07.23.12 - Landsat has been capturing change for 40 years. NASA and U.S. Geological Survey scientists chose 10 of the most significant images to showcase this mission's valuable returns.
07.23.12 - Beyond the scientific information they supply, some Landsat images are simply striking to look at, presenting spectacular views of mountains, valleys, and islands as well as forests, grasslands, and agricultural patterns.
07.23.12 - NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey selected six out of 172 submissions from the American public and created customized Landsat chronicles of changing local landscapes.
07.23.12 - The launch from Wallops of an inflatable aeroshell/heat shield technology demonstrator sounding rocket was successful.
07.23.12 - Nearly 300 of the world's top chemistry students visited NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center on July 23, 2012, as part of the International Chemistry Olympiad.
07.20.12 - Goddard's "Tree of Life" took a pounding in the June 29 derecho, but the giant willow oak remains strong.
07.20.12 - Thanks to contingency operations, NASA Goddard was able to minimize the effects of the derecho that took power away from millions earlier this summer.
07.20.12 - Hubble captured a crowd of stars that looks rather like a stadium darkened before a show, lit only by the flashes of the audience’s cameras.
07.19.12 - This is a limited series of features to introduce some of the many scientists and engineers involved in the MIRI instrument that will fly aboard the James Webb Space Telescope.
07.19.12 - The sun emitted a mid-level solar flare (M7.7) on July 19, 2012, beginning at 1:13 AM EDT and peaking at 1:58 AM.
07.19.12 - The Landsat program is the longest continuous global record of Earth observations from space -- ever.
07.18.12 - A massive iceberg, or ice island, broke off of the Petermann Glacier in 2010. Nearly two years later, another chunk of ice has broken free.
07.17.12 - Data from the WAVES instrument on NASA's Wind mission provide evidence for a type of plasma wave moving faster than theory predicted it could move. This suggests that a different process may be driving the waves.
07.19.12 - Nicki Viall creates images of the sun reminiscent of Van Gogh, with broad strokes of bright color splashed on a yellow background. The color of each pixel contains information about the history of heating on the sun.
07.17.12 - An innovative NASA solar/space imaging project has received the agency's Hands-On Project Experience Training Opportunity award.
07.16.12 - With two instruments now integrated into LDCM, the spacecraft is a complete observatory.
07.16.12 - NOTE: This event's registration capacity has been reached. No new registrations will be accepted. Witness history from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center’s Visitor Center on Aug. 6, 2012.
07.16.12 - On July 28, 2012, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., just nine days before the Mars rover Curiosity touches down on the Red Planet, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center’s Visitor Center will host an exploration event in anticipation of this interplanetary achievement.
07.18.12 - Two giant donuts of radiation surround Earth, trapped in a region known as the Van Allen Radiation Belts. NASA's RBSP mission will study the material, called plasma, in this mysterious region.
07.13.12 - These images show how two of the most destructive fires in Colorado and New Mexico history grew over a 24-hour time period from June 9 to June 10.
07.13.12 - NGC 4565 has been nicknamed the Needle Galaxy because, when seen in full, it appears as a very narrow streak of light on the sky.
07.15.12 - The arrival of the CME associated with the July 12, 2012 X1.4 class flare, resulted in a geomagnetic storm that caused aurora to appear in lower latitudes than usual.
07.11.12 - A year after helping to discover a fourth moon around Pluto, Hubble has observed a fifth orbiting the distant, icy dwarf planet.
07.10.12 - Astronomers have puzzled over why some puny, extremely faint galaxies in our Milky Way galaxy's back yard contain so few stars. Hubble is helping solve the mystery of these star-starved galaxies.
07.09.12 - As it turns away from Earth, AR1515 releases an M6.9 class solar flare.
07.07.12 - Anticipated for the past week, the sun finally releases an X1.1 class solar flare late on July 6.
07.06.12 - Real-time data for everything from weather forecasts to disaster response is now being beamed to Earth from the nation’s newest Earth-observing satellite.
07.06.2012 - Wildfire smoke has affected large parts of the country, and aerosols have been especially thick over the Midwest.
07.11.12 - The HI-C Sounding Rocket launched successfully on July 11, 2012. HI-C is the highest resolution solar telescope ever to observe the solar corona.
07.05.12 - On July 5, NASA successfully launched SUMI, to study the intricate, constantly changing magnetic fields in the sun's chromosphere.
07.05.12 - UPDATE: SUMI sounding rocket launches successfully and data results look good.
07.05.12 - Satellites offer a unique viewpoint on June's "derecho" storm system, which left millions without electricity in the eastern United States.
07.05.12 - Today's M6.1 solar flare, originating from behemoth sunspot AR1515, is the twelfth M-class flare from that region in the last 3 days.
07.05.12 - Goddard engineers prepare to measure James Webb's Optical Telescope Element in super-cold, vacuum conditions that simulate space.
07.05.12 - Many of the speakers and attendees at NASA’s Second International Workshop on On-Orbit Satellite Servicing are claiming satellite 'service stations' could be achievable in the next five years.
07.04.12 - Even the sun joins in America's Fourth of July celebration, with an M5.3 solar flare.
07.03.12 - Herbig-Haro 110 is a geyser of hot gas from a newborn star that splashes up against and ricochets off the dense core of a cloud of molecular hydrogen.
07.03.12 - The outbursts of V1647 Ori are giving astronomers a glimpse of the extreme childhood of a sun-like star.
07.03.12 - On July 2, 2012, an M5.6 class solar flare erupted from the sun, peaking at 6:52 AM EDT.
07.02.12 - A NASA-funded researcher at the University of Iowa has figured out how to find X-points, places where the magnetic field of Earth connects to the magnetic field of the Sun.
07.06.12 - Camelopardalis, or U Cam for short, is a star nearing the end of its life. As it begins to run low on fuel, it is becoming unstable.
06.28.12 - NASA completed another successful round of Robotic Refueling Mission operations on the International Space Station.
06.29.12 - How will you spend your bonus time on June 30?
06.29.12 - Though this galaxy is tiny compared to our Milky Way, this "vapor" (formally DDO 82) still contains millions of stars.
06.29.12 - NASA's special "Webb-cam"now has "double vision," thanks to a second camera focused on the newly arrived MIRI instrument.
06.28.12 - Astronomers have made an unparalleled observation: significant changes in the atmosphere of a planet located beyond our solar system.
06.28.12 - NASA completed another successful round of Robotic Refueling Mission operations on the International Space Station.
06.27.12 - These images show space- and ground-based views of the Waldo Canyon Fire near Colorado Springs, Colo.
06.27.12 - Michael Studinger, project scientist for the Operation IceBridge mission, discusses NASA's Arctic and Antarctic airborne campaigns.
06.28.12 - Goddard scientists work with many cool things on a daily basis, but few get the chance to be drawn into comic book characters.
06.26.12 - The Committee on Space Research recently announced an award to NASA Astrophysicist Neil Gehrels for research in space science.
06.26.12 - Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have found a puzzling arc of light behind an extremely massive cluster of galaxies residing 10 billion light-years away.
06.25.12 - Scientists studying images from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft have found that heat from within the planet powers the jet streams.
06.25.12 - Would you like to build a satellite to peer into a black hole and uncover its secrets, now you can with a new online game from NASA.
06.22.12 - NASA's Aqua satellite picked up smoke and identified hot spots from fires in Colorado, Nevada, Arizona and New Mexico.
06.22.12 - Messier 10 is a ball of stars that lies about 15,000 light-years from Earth, in the constellation of Ophiuchus (The Serpent Bearer).
06.22.12 - WMAP transformed the science of cosmology by establishing the age, geometry and contents of the universe to astonishing precision.
06.23.12 - Based on the quicklook realtime data, all of the rocket EVE instrument channels appear to have made excellent solar EUV irradiance measurements.
06.20.12 - Scientists mapped Shackleton crater with unprecedented detail using the laser altimeter on LRO and found evidence for ice.
06.19.12 - An annual conference that presents and publishes the best in computer graphics and technical research chose a NASA excerpt as one of its select entries of 2012.
06.19.12 - Astronomers are uncovering an underlying population of fainter quasars that thrive in normal-looking spiral galaxies.
06.18.12 - Countries like Brazil are using NASA satellite data to track and measure their forests in advance of a United Nations effort to reduce climate change.
06.15.12 - The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has captured this view of the dwarf galaxy UGC 5497, which looks a bit like salt sprinkled on black velvet in this image.
06.14.12 - The first instrument that will fly aboard NASA's JWST has been delivered to Goddard. The Mid-Infrared Instrument will allow scientists to study cold and distant objects in greater detail.
06.15.12 - They're Baaaack! The first noctilucent clouds for the 2012 season have been spotted.
06.18.12 - Two CMEs from AR 1504 on June 13-14, delivered a combined blow over the weekend and sparked bright aurora, with some appearing at lower latitudes than usual.
06.14.12 - NASA's Hubble Space Telescope shows a rare view of a pair of overlapping galaxies which look as if they are colliding, but they are actually separated by tens of millions of light-years.
06.13.12 - During the 2012 Arctic campaign, teachers from the United States, Denmark and Greenland joined IceBridge researchers as they surveyed Greenland's sea ice, ice sheet and glaciers.
Colorado's High Park Fire has already burned 41,140 acres or approximately 64 square miles and continues to burn and generate large amounts of smoke seen by NASA satellites.
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06.12.12 - Scientists have for the first time observed especially narrow loops of solar material scattered on the sun's surface. These ultrafine loops may help with determining how temperatures rise throughout the corona.
06.11.12 - It's been a busy first year in space for Aquarius, NASA's pioneering instrument to measure ocean surface salinity from orbit.
06.11.12 - During a powerful solar blast on March 7, the Fermi telescope detected the highest-energy light ever associated with an eruption on our sun.
06.08.12 - Engineers have started integrating instruments on the first of four instrument decks in a newly fabricated cleanroom at Goddard.
06.08.12 - To celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Landsat, the U.S. Geological Survey and NASA would like your help in selecting the top five "Earth as Art" images.
06.11.12 - Fires burning in Siberia recently sent smoke across the Pacific Ocean and into the U.S. and Canada.
06.08.12 - The orange star in the upper left of this Hubble image may have devoured one of its larger planets a few years back, causing it to flare brightly.
06.07.12 - Scientists have made a biological discovery in Arctic Ocean waters as dramatic and unexpected as finding a rain forest in the middle of a desert.
06.07.12 - Ground radar set up on the Eastern Shore of Virginia to validate satellite rain measurements will do double duty for The Nature Conservancy as a tool to track migratory birds.
06.07.12 - On Friday, June 1, 2012 severe weather generated 9 weak tornadoes across Maryland, according to the National Weather Service.
06.06.12 - Earlier this year, NASA completed deep-freeze tests on the James Webb Space Telescope mirrors in a "shroud" at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala.
06.05.12 - NASA's Terra and Aqua recently captured visible images of the large Whitewater-Baldy Complex Fire burning in western New Mexico.
06.04.12 - During the Venus Transit on June 5-6, 2012, the RHESSI science team hopes to improve the accuracy of their measurements of the diameter of the sun, to provide the best measurement ever obtained.
06.04.12 - A kitchen gadget has partly inspired an emerging technology that could answer questions about our sun.
06.04.12 - Located just beyond the tail of Cygnus (The Swan), this butterfly-shaped cloud of glowing gas and dust is the wreckage of a star similar to the Sun.
06.04.12 - Astronomers hope to glimpse a "ring of fire" around Venus during its historic transit across the sun on June 5-6. The apparition, if it is seen, could help crack some of the deepest mysteries of the second planet.
06.01.12 - Beginning this summer, NASA will send "severe storm sentinels" into stormy skies to gather information about hurricane formation and intensity changes.
06.01.12 - Astronaut Don Pettit will photograph the June 5, 2012 Transit of Venus from the ISS. He and the Expedition 31 crew will be the first people in history to see a Venus transit from space.
06.01.12 - Two principal researchers on several airborne sensors had more in common than conducting atmospheric research. Gerry and Andy Heymsfield are brothers.
05.31.12 - An international team of astronomers using data from the European Space Agency's XMM-Newton satellite has identified a long-sought X-ray 'echo' that promises a new way to probe supersized black holes in distant galaxies.
05.31.12 - An M-class flare on May 17, 2012 shot out a burst of solar particles traveling at nearly the speed of light. When they collided with atoms in Earth's atmosphere they caused a ground level enhancement.
05.31.12 - The Milky Way is destined to get a major makeover during an encounter with the Andromeda galaxy, predicted to happen 4 billion years from now.
This image of the Whitewater-Baldy fire, in western New Mexico, was taken on Tuesday, May 29, 2012 at 2000 UTC (4:00 p.m. EDT) from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument...
06.01.12 - NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) will be watching the June 5, 2012 Venus Transit to help calibrate its instruments as well as to learn more about Venus's atmosphere.
05.29.12 - Dartmouth scientists are building 45 payloads--each destined for a trip on a balloon around Antarctica as part of NASA'S BARREL mission.
05.30.12 - Spacecraft and computer simulations reveal the moon's extensive but invisible influence.
05.29.12 - Just before Tropical Storm Bud made landfall on the western coast of Mexico in the state of Jalisco, it was downgraded to a tropical depression.
05.25.12 - ESO 498-G5's spiral arms wind all the way into the center, so its core looks like a bit like a miniature spiral galaxy.
05.23.12 - A team of scientists at Goddard is developing an instrument that would image and characterize planets beyond the solar system possibly from a high-altitude balloon.
05.24.12 - On June 5th, 2012, Venus will pass across the face of the sun, producing a silhouette that no one alive today will likely see again.
05.24.12 - Scientists working on an upcoming asteroid sample return mission have measured their target's drift, caused by the subtle "push" of sunlight.
05.24.12 - NASA researchers are about to fly off on a campaign that will take them into the heart of thunderstorm country.
05.21.12 - The pair of flux gate magnetometers measures the magnetic field at the location of the spacecraft. This instrument will help understand how the solar wind interacts with the planet’s atmosphere.
05.18.12 - Hubble caught this close up of the northern half of NGC891, approximately 30 million light-years away in the constellation of Andromeda.
05.17.12 - NASA technologists will get a chance next summer to relive the good old days when Agency engineers would affix space-age gizmos to rockets just to see if the contraptions worked.
05.21.12 - A technology that mimics the structure of a lobster's eyes is now being applied to a new instrument that could help revolutionize X-ray astronomy and keep astronauts safe on the International Space Station.
05.17.12 - On May 20-21, 2012 an annular eclipse of the Sun will be visible from within a narrow corridor along Earth's northern Hemisphere.
05.17.12 - On May 18, 1980, Mt. St. Helens exploded. More than 30 years later, the landscape is still recovering.
Ask @NASAWebbTelescp and #JWST project scientist and Nobel Laureate John Mather your questions about #JWSTscience, May 17th at 2pm EDT.
05.15.12 - Observations with NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory may help astronomers understand why some supernovas are much more powerful than others.
05.10.12 - Amazon Basin forests are expected to be less vulnerable to wildfires this year, according to the first forecast from a new fire severity model.
05.10.12 - Scientists compile data from IBEX, Voyager, and computer models to show that the heliosphere just isn't moving fast enough to create a bow shock.
05.17.12 - The sun erupted with an M-class flare that peaked at 9:47 PM EDT on May 17, 2012. A CME also burst from the sun at 9:48 PM EDT, traveling at over 930 miles per second.
05.08.12 - TDRS-4 recently completed almost 23 years of operations support and successfully completed end-of-mission de-orbit and decommissioning activities.
05.04.12 - Zooming into the central part of a galaxy cluster — one of the largest structures of the Universe — is rather like looking at the eye of the storm.
05.04.12 - Hubble cannot look at the sun directly, so astronomers are planning to point the telescope at the Earth's moon, using it as a mirror to capture reflected sunlight that is filtered through Venus's atmosphere.
05.03.12 - Representatives from Goddard's Office of Communications and the Applied Engineering and Technology Directorate participated in the University of Maryland's annual spring open-house on April 28.
05.03.12 - A signature of lightning could be used to study atmospheres around other planets and shed light on how the solar system formed.
05.02.12 - Plants are leafing and flowering sooner each year than predicted by controlled experiments designed to predict plant responses to rising temperatures.
05.02.12 - Astronomers have gathered the most direct evidence yet of a supermassive black hole shredding a star that wandered too close.
05.02.12 - This year's symposium held March 28-29 at the Greenbelt, Md. Marriott featured senior representation from NASA and leaders in aerospace policy.
04.30.12 - During the last week of March, 2012, researchers from Goddard, Marshall, SWRI and Japan came together to test a key instrument for the Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission.
04.30.12 - A Texas region containing four of the world's largest wind farms showed an increase in land surface temperature over 9 years.
04.30.12 - Chandra has discovered an extraordinary black hole outburst in spiral galaxy M83, located about 15 million light years from Earth.
04.27.12 - This Hubble image of the Egg Nebula shows one of the best views to date of the brief but dramatic end phase in a star's life.
04.12.12 - Instruments for the Webb telescope are undergoing testing in a giant vacuum chamber at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.
04.26.12 - A water-rich polka dot pattern takes over the traditional rectangular patchwork of fields in this time series animation of 40 years of Landsat images.
04.25.12 - Warm ocean currents attacking the underside of ice shelves are the dominant cause of recent ice loss from Antarctica, based on data from ICESat.
04.20.12 - The Southern Appalachians are one of the rainiest places in the United States, and scientists have discovered that much of it is difficult to detect light rain.
04.24.12 - The center section of the backplane structure that will fly on NASA's James Webb Space Telescope has been completed.
04.24.12 - Titan's atmosphere is a complex factory that covers the moon's icy surface in soot and rains down lakes of liquid methane and ethane. However, its critical resource -- methane -- should not last long.
04.23.12 - NASA has animated imagery from NOAA's GOES-13 satellite to provide a week long look at the Popocatepetl Volcano's activity.
04.12.12 - NASA took part in the celebration of Earth Day's 42nd anniversary on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., from April 20 through April 22, 2012.
04.20.12 - NASA's "Beautiful Earth" educational program combines interactive talks and hands-on workshops for students with live music.
04.20.12 - Since SDO's first light in April, 2010, instruments on the spacecraft have continually observed the ever-changing sun on quiet days and explosive ones: observing over 1000 solar outbursts since its launch.
04.20.12 - These bright stars shine through what looks like a haze in the night sky as part of a young stellar grouping in the Large Magellanic Cloud.
04.20.12 - Mexico's Popocatepetl Volcano has re-awakened and has been emitting gas and ash.
On Thursday, May 10, NASA research scientist Dr. Avi Mandell will describe the exciting journey from the discovery of the first exo-planet orbiting a sun-like star up through NASA's current efforts to tease out the atmospheric structure and composition of the exotic menagerie of planets discovered to date. The free lecture will start promptly at 7 p.m., and registration in advance is strongly encouraged.
04.18.12 - These are among the first clear images, taken from the distance of Earth, to show aurorae on the planet Uranus.
04.18.12 - A new NASA outreach project will enlist the help of amateur astronomers to discover near-Earth objects and study their characteristics.
04.18.12 - The NASA Earth Day 2012 video contest closes to entries on May 31.
04.18.12 - Imagine being on a spacecraft flying backward with its small window facing down toward the moon. Suddenly, Earth rises over the lunar limb.
04.18.12 - As with many technological advances, some of the James Webb Telescope innovations are benefitting humankind in many other industries.
04.17.12 - Young stars are vying for attention in this image of a raucous stellar breeding ground in 30 Doradus, located in the Tarantula Nebula.
04.17.12 - NASA has just released an animation of visible and infrared satellite data showing the development and movement of the Great Plains tornado outbreak.
04.16.12 - MAVEN's large hydrazine propellant tank has been installed in the core structure of the spacecraft.
04.16.12 - On April 16, 2012 a giant prominence erupted from the left/east side of the sun in association with an M1.7 class solar flare.
04.16.12 - NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. is hosting two free events on April 18 in celebration of Earth Day's forty-second anniversary.
04.13.12 - Outbound comet C/2009 P1 (Garradd) provided a nice show for skywatchers last year. Now, it's the target of an ongoing investigation.
04.13.12 - Having so many shining stars piled atop one another makes globular clusters a popular target for amateur skywatchers and scientists.
04.13.12 - Winners of the OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Video Contest show there's more to NASA spinoff technology than meets the eye.
04.12.12 - On April 5, 2010, the sun spewed a two million-mile-per-hour stream of charged particles toward Earth; two NASA Heliophysics System Observatory Missions observed the storm from complementary viewpoints.
04.09.12 - Tens of thousands of ocean currents are captured in this scientific visualization created by NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.
04.06.12 - The expansion of massive salt evaporation projects on the Dead Sea are clearly visible in this time series of images taken by Landsat satellites operated by NASA and the USGS.
04.06.12 - This image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope shows NGC 4980, a spiral galaxy in the southern constellation of Hydra.
04.06.12 - NASA has released five new videos called "Mysteries of the Sun" that describe the science of the sun and its effects on the solar system and Earth.
04.09.12 - Scientists find giant plumes on the sun, newly named "coronal cells" that are over 18,000 miles across, looking like candlesticks on a birthday cake, and might help explain coronal holes.
04.05.12 - Twice a year engineers perform a 360 degree roll of the SDO spacecraft about the spacecraft-sun line. This roll maneuver allows the team to remove the instrument optical distortions from the solar limb.
04.05.12 - NASA's TRMM satellite gathered data above the Texas storm system on April 3, providing a 3-D view of rain intensity and vertical distribution.
04.04.12 - A powerful weather system moved through eastern Texas and dropped at least 15 tornadoes in the Dallas suburbs. This animation of GOES-13 satellite data shows the storms.
04.03.12 - On March 30, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency officially handed off a new satellite instrument to NASA.
04.02.12 - An analysis of two years' worth of data from Fermi is helping narrow down the list of what dark matter could be.
04.02.12 - NASA glaciologist Kimberly Casey has visited six remote glaciers around the world to study what satellites can tell us about particulate pollution on glaciers, and how these particulates impact glacier melting rates.
03.30.12 - NGC 2683 is a spiral galaxy seen almost edge-on, giving it the shape of a classic science fiction spaceship.
03.29.12 - Saudi Arabia is drilling for a resource possibly more precious than oil by tapping hidden reserves of water in the Syrian Desert.
03.29.12 - A new video takes viewers behind the scenes of the Mid-Infrared Instrument (MIRI) that will fly aboard NASA's James Webb Space Telescope.
03.27.12 - NASA's Hurricane Twitter, which posts the web site's updates, exceeded 200,000 followers recently - a landmark that just a few NASA Twitter accounts have reached.
03.27.12 - The first rocket was launched at 4:58 a.m. EDT and each subsequent rocket was launched 80 seconds apart with each releasing a chemical tracer.
03.28.12 - NASA's Cassini spacecraft successfully flies by Saturnian moons.
03.27.12 - The Space Network Ground Segment Sustainment effort successfully completed its latest review, allowing it to proceed to the next phase.
03.23.12 - When the European Space Agency's Automated Transfer Vehicle cargo ship arrives at the Space Station on March 28, it will be packed with supplies.
03.23.12 - This ball of stars is too faint to see with the naked eye, yet Hubble can see over 250,000 individual stars shining in it.
03.23.12 - Did you ever use a flashlight to send a Morse code message to your neighbor at night as a kid?
NanoDays activities, beginning March 24, are part of a nationwide festival of educational programs about nanoscale science and engineering.
03.22.12 - Analysis by Goddard scientists provide basic guidelines to help model some of the largest, most damaging geomagnetically induced currents -- damaging currents in power grids caused by solar storms.
Just after a major earthquake occurred in southwestern Mexico on March 20,2012, NASA produced a satellite view of the region from NOAA's GOES-13 satellite.
03.21.12 - NASA's Dawn spacecraft has revealed unexpected details on the surface of the giant asteroid Vesta.
03.20.12 - The Dual-frequency Precipitation Radararrived on Friday, March 16 and was unloaded today at Goddard.
03.20.12 - Studies using X-ray and ultraviolet observations from NASA's Swift satellite are providing new insights into the elusive origins of an important class of exploding star, called Type Ia supernovas.
On Thursday, April 12, NASA Astrobiologist Dr. Daniel Glavin will look at questions about the nature of life in the universe. The free lecture will start promptly at 7 p.m., and registration in advance is strongly encouraged.
03.19.12 - Did you panic when you heard in recent news that two massive solar flares from the Sun were hitting Earth's atmosphere?
On Thursday, March 8, 2012, NASA cyrospheric scientist Tom Neumann will give a presentation on NASA science in the polar regions, including the next-generation laser altimeter ICESat-2. The free lecture will start promptly at 7 p.m., and registration in advance is strongly encouraged.
03.19.12 - Direct observations linking the tidal pull of Saturn to jets on the moon Enceladus are among the highlights of NASA's Cassini mission discussed at the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference.
03.19.12 - Infrared and microwave satellite imagery from NASA show a weather system that has potential to bring severe weather to the south central U.S. over the next several days.
03.15.12 - Creation of the James Webb Space Telescope was possible as a result of imagining and developing the industrial machines that made it a reality.
03.15.12 - Quasars, which act as gravitational lenses, amplify and distort images of galaxies aligned behind them.
03.14.12 - The relatively mild winter of 2012 has many people asking, "Where's the snow?" These maps show the answer.
03.14.12 - Celebrating 1,000 days in orbit, the LRO team released two new videos.
03.15.12 - Researchers and flight crew with NASA's Operation IceBridge, an airborne mission to study changes in polar ice, begin the 2012 Arctic campaign.
03.13.12 - NASA Visualization Explorer delivers new opportunities to explore research on the sun, planetary bodies, Earth and the universe to your iPad.
03.12.12 - Robotic Refueling Mission on the ISS demonstrated remotely controlled robots and specialized tools performing precise satellite-servicing tasks.
03.16.12 - The breathtaking butterfly-like planetary nebula NGC 6881 is visible here in an image taken by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope.
03.13.12 - On March 13, 2012, the sun erupted with an M7.9-class flare from the same region that has been producing flares and coronal mass ejections all week.
03.13.12 - New movies of Jupiter are the first to catch an invisible wave shaking up one of the giant planet's jet streams, an interaction that also takes place in Earth's atmosphere.
03.12.12 - This mission would put a space telescope outside a vast dust cloud that interfers with infrared, optical and ultraviolet observations.
03.12.12 - Saturn's moon Rhea appears in glorious detail in new images obtained by NASA's Cassini spacecraft
04.06.12 - The archive is named in honor of the United States Senator from Maryland for her career-long achievements and for becoming the longest-serving woman in U.S. Congressional history.
03.09.12 - NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has produced this beautiful image of the galaxy NGC 1483. NGC 1483 is a barred spiral galaxy located in the southern constellation of Dorado.
03.12.12 - Geomagnetic storms at Earth are currently at a rating of G2 (moderate) on a scale of G1 to G5.
03.09.12 - A neutron star near the center of our galaxy erupted with hundreds of X-ray bursts, powered by thermonuclear explosions on the star's surface.
03.08.12 - An explanation of potential near-Earth space reactions to various solar events, like flares or coronal mass ejections.
03.08.12 - One of the main goals of the Apollo 16 mission was to explore and sample a young bright-rayed crater aptly named North Ray crater.
03.09.12 - Geomagnetic storms due to CMEs earlier in the week have increased in strength, and are now rated a G3 on a scale from G1 to G5.
03.07.12 - The sun erupted with one of the largest solar flares of this solar cycle on March 6, 2012 at 7PM EST, an X5.4.
03.07.12 - What happens in Vegas doesn't always stay in Vegas: Las Vegas itself has undergone a massive growth spurt over the past several years.
03.07.12 - A NASA satellite used infrared and microwave "vision" to analyze the storm system that created the March 3 severe weather outbreak in the U.S.
03.07.12 - A new study found that the covering roofs of New York City buildings can drastically cut the sweltering phenomenon called the 'urban heat island.'
03.08.12 - Solar Week provides a week-long series of web-based educational activities for classrooms about our magnetic variable star, the sun, and its interactions with Earth and the solar system.
03.07.12 - NASA's highly anticipated Robotic Refueling Mission began operations on the International Space Station March 7-9, 2012.
03.07.12 - NASA will launch five sounding rockets in approx. five minutes to study high-altitude winds and their connection to the electrical current patterns around Earth.
03.07.12 - This image of the Apollo 11 landing site captured from just 24 km (15 miles) above the surface provides LRO's best look yet at humanity’s first venture to another world.
03.06.12 - This image shows the remnants of not one, but two missions to the moon.
03.05.12 - On March 2, 2012 a new active region on the sun, region 1429, rotated into view. Since arriving, it has let loose two M-class flares on March 2 and 4 and one X1 class flare this morning.
03.05.12 - This new LRO image taken from low altitude shows Apollo 15 hardware and tracks in more detail than seen before.
03.05.12 - A recent study has found clear evidence on Venus for a type of space weather outburst quite common at Earth, called a hot flow anomaly (HFA). These HFA surges can cause the solar wind to reverse its flow and flood backward.
03.02.12 - Consistent measurements are the next step for understanding snow's role in weather patterns and its influence on global climate and water cycles.
03.02.12 - Another powerful weather system is moving through the central and eastern U.S., generating more severe weather.
03.02.12 - The myriad faint stars that comprise the Antlia Dwarf galaxy are more than 4 million light-years from Earth.
03.02.12 - This composite image shows the distribution of dark matter, galaxies, and hot gas in the core of the merging galaxy cluster Abell 520.
03.02.12 - Hundreds of scientists and engineers (even the occasional astronaut) pass through Goddard's gates every day. One of science fiction's most famous astronauts joined the mix on February 29.
03.01.12 - The Global Precipitation Measurement Microwave Imager (GMI) instrument has arrived at Goddard for integration into NASA's upcoming Earth science spacecraft.
03.01.12 - An animation of GOES-13 satellite imagery shows the movement of the front that triggered severe storms and tornadoes in several states February 29, 2012.
02.29.12 - A new NASA study revealed that the oldest and thickest Arctic sea ice is disappearing at a faster rate than the younger and thinner ice at the edges of the floating ice cap that covers the Arctic Ocean.
02.27.12 - A curious correlation between the mass of a galaxy's central black hole and the velocity of stars in a vast, roughly spherical structure known as its bulge has puzzled astronomers for years.
02.27.12 - The weak CME on February 26, 2012 did produce some amazing aurora for high latitude observers.
02.24.12 - Researchers using multiple NASA space observatories have been studying an object known as an ultraluminous X-ray source in the neighboring Andromeda galaxy.
02.24.12 - In 1843, Eta Carinae was the second-brightest star in the night sky. By the 20th century, it was invisible to the naked eye.
02.24.12 - Curiosity, the mini-Cooper-sized rover, is playing the role of stunt double for NASA astronauts, as it monitors radiation levels on its journey to Mars.
02.23.12 - A new satellite instrument suite is now sending back detailed information about the health of the Earth's ozone layer, the shield that protects us from harmful ultraviolet radiation.
03.09.12 - Evidence that there is more than one way to make some components of life increases the likelihood that life emerged elsewhere in the Universe.
02.23.12 - Astrophysicist Will Zhang has experimented with a new technique for efficiently manufacturing super-thin, low-cost curved telescope mirror segments.
02.23.12 - NASA is helping to lead an international effort to upgrade the four systems that supply crucial location information in pinpointing where "here" is.
02.22.12 - The Moon moves between the Solar Dynamics Observatory satellite and the Sun, producing a partial solar eclipse from space.
02.23.12 - Recent data collected by NASA's Cassini spacecraft show a shifting, Earth-like environment at Saturn's moon Titan.
02.21.12 - A new university study using data from NASA's Terra spacecraft finds Earth's clouds got about one percent lower on average during the first decade of the 2000s.
02.21.12 - Even stars that appear static are subject to change -- some because the gas disc from their death throes periodically obscure their brilliance.
02.17.12 - A NASA-led science team has created an accurate, high-resolution map of the height of Earth's forests.
02.16.12 - This edge-on galaxy, called ESO 243-49, is home to a mid-sized black hole that may have been stripped off of a cannibalized dwarf galaxy.
02.17.12 - Even stars that appear static are subject to change -- some because the gas disc from their death throes periodically obscure their brilliance.
02.16.12 - The 60-mile-long Grand Coulee, the largest of the stair-step canyons in eastern Washington, gives the Channeled Scablands its character.
02.16.12 - Formations in the Channeled Scablands help scientists understand the forces that shape planets. NASA interns are applying those lessons to Mars.
02.14.12 - A new NASA satellite instrument that makes a quantum leap forward in detector technology has arrived at Orbital Sciences Corp. in Gilbert, Ariz.
On Tuesday, Apr. 3, 2012, Dr. Ralph Lorenz will discuss Saturn's intriguing moon Titan. The free lecture will start promptly at 7 p.m., and registration in advance is strongly encouraged.
02.10.12 - NASA scientist Tiffany Moisan thrives on studying the ocean and has a passion for educating and inspiring students in ocean sciences.
02.10.12 - Markarian 779 has a distorted appearance because it is likely the product of a recent galactic merger between two spirals.
02.09.12 - Snowmageddon, as the winter of early 2010 was dubbed, entered the history books as the snowiest winter on record for the U.S. East Coast.
02.06.12 - A new interactive NASA art exhibit opens February 9 at the Maryland Science Center in Baltimore that will showcase stunning images of the sun.
02.08.12 - Construction of a new instrument designed to take 3-D measurements of the shapes, sizes and other physical characteristics of both raindrops and snowflakes, is complete; it will be shipped from Japan to Goddard.
02.08.12 - A powerful new infrared instrument, flying on NASA's newest polar-orbiting satellite has started sending its data back to Earth.
02.08.12 - Looking like a hoard of gems fit for an emperor's collection, this deep sky object called NGC 6752 is in fact far more worthy of admiration.
02.08.12 - Ten years since its launch, RHESSI has observed more than 40,000 X-ray flares, helped craft a model of how solar eruptions form, and fueled additional serendipitous science papers on such things as the shape of the sun.
02.07.12 - NASA scientist Jacob Bleacher will discuss “NASA’s Desert RATS” at 11:30 a.m. EST on Tuesday, Feb. 14 in Washington, DC.
02.06.12 - Hubble has imaged the barred spiral galaxy NGC 1073, which is found in the constellation of Cetus (The Sea Monster).
02.02.12 - NASA scientists created a companion image to the wildly popular 'Blue Marble' released Jan. 25, 2012.
02.02.12 - Thanks to the presence of a natural "zoom lens" in space, Hubble got a uniquely close-up look at the brightest "magnified" galaxy yet discovered.
02.01.12 - The Clouds and the Earth's Radiant Energy System instrument had its 'first light' moment aboard the Suomi NPP satellite.
To mark African-American History Month and Engineers Week, Goddard will host a webcast (Feb. 22, 1 p.m. EST) for K-12 teachers and students.
01.31.12 - Scientists have shown that it is possible to detect and measure snow from space, but much remains unknown about snow.
01.31.12 - It's an alien environment out there: the material in the galactic wind doesn't look like the same stuff our solar system is made of.
01.30.12 - Greenhouse gases generated by human activity, not changes in solar activity, are the primary force driving global warming, according to a new NASA study.
01.30.12 - Filled with electrons and charged particles, the radiation belts regularly swell and shrink, but no one is quite sure how. A new study sheds light on how those radiation particles escape.
01.27.12 - Sunspot 1402 fires a parting shot as it rotates around the edge of the sun -- an X1.8 class solar flare and CME.
01.27.12 - The sun is beginning to stir. By the time it's fully awake in about 20 months, the Goddard team charged with tracking its moods will have deployed a greatly enhanced forecasting capability.
01.26.12 - Severe weather is expected to impact the southeastern U.S. today, January 26.
01.26.12 - An ocean ecologist finds a way to utilize Landsat to evaluate global changes to the fragile coral reefs.
01.25.12 - NASA renamed its newest Earth-observing satellite to honor the late Verner E. Suomi, a meteorologist at the University of Wisconsin recognized widely as "the father of satellite meteorology."
01.24.12 - NOAA has devised categories for solar flares and storms. The biggest flares are known as 'X-class flares' based on a classification system that divides solar flares according to their strength.
01.25.12 - Roughly half of the giant asteroid Vesta is expected to be so cold, with so little sunlight, that water ice could have survived there for billions of years.
01.25.12 - The sun erupted late on January 22, 2012 with an M8.7 class flare, an earth-directed coronal mass ejection (CME).
01.19.12 - The global average surface temperature in 2011 was the ninth warmest since 1880, according to NASA scientists.
01.19.12 - On July 6, 2011, a comet was caught doing something never seen before: die a scorching death as it flew too close to the sun. The chance to watch it first-hand amazed even the most seasoned comet watchers.
01.19.12 - After a two month respite from Earth-directed solar events, the Sun sends an M3.2 class flare and CME our way.
01.18.12 - A subset of data that helps map out the sun's magnetic fields was recently released from the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO)
On Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012, Dr. Michelle Thaller will discuss observations that have caused astronomers to completely rethink how the universe is put together. The free lecture will start promptly at 7 p.m., and registration in advance is required.
01.12.12 - NASA's DC-8 research plane will begin six weeks of flights over Canada next week in support of a difficult task of the upcoming Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) mission -- measuring snowfall from space.
01.13.12 - MMS mission requirements lead to construction of a new 'Green' cleanroom, where the four identical spacecraft will be assembled and integrated.
01.11.12 - A new Hubble Space Telescope image centers on the 100-million-solar-mass black hole at the hub of the neighboring spiral Andromeda galaxy, the only galaxy outside the Milky Way visible to the naked eye.
01.11.12 - Peering deep inside the hub of the neighboring Andromeda galaxy, Hubble has uncovered a large, rare population of hot, bright stars.
01.11.12 - The decades-long search for Type Ia supernovae progenitors has taken on special importance due to their use in measuring the acceleration of the universe.
01.10.12 - After three years in space, NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope is now extending its view of the high-energy sky into what to date has been largely unexplored territory.
01.12.12 - A new study by NASA highlights air pollution control measures that, if implemented, could slow the pace of global warming, improve health and boost agricultural production.
01.10.12 - An international team of astronomers has identified the moment when a black hole in our galaxy launched super-fast knots of gas into space.
01.11.12 - Three images taken by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope reveal the emergence of an exploding star, called a supernova.
01.09.12 - The James Webb Space Telescope marked a year of significant progress in 2011 as it continues to come together as NASA's next generation space telescope.
01.10.12 - The 2011 winner of the White House SAVE award, NASA Goddard's Matthew Ritsko, accepted his award on Jan. 9, 2012, from President Obama.
01.10.12 - NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has uncovered the most distant grouping of a cluster of galaxies in the initial stages of development ever observed in the early universe.
01.09.12 - After 16 years in space, RXTE has made its last observation. The satellite provided unprecedented views into the extreme environments around white dwarfs, neutron stars and black holes.
01.04.12 - In late November, the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory's (SOHO) online 'Pick of the Week' reached an impressive milestone: its 500th edition.
01.10.13 - Residents in Calif.'s San Joaquin Valley will see some unusual air traffic over their region in January and February of 2013 -- two NASA aircraft measuring air pollution.
11.13.12 - On Nov. 13, 2012, parts of Earth will experience a total solar eclipse. The JAXA NASA Hinode mission will coordinate its observations with those from the ground, to produce combined, scientifically interesting data.
06.13.12 - To mark its first birthday, a new interactive feature lets you get up close and personal with NASA’s Aquarius mission to study ocean salinity and some of its 'salt sleuths.'
05.02.12 - NASA's twin Radiation Belt Storm Probes arrived May 1, 2012 at the KSC, where launch is scheduled for an August to begin their mission to study the extremes of space weather.
03.16.12 - Public votes STEREO mission as NASA's biggest accomplishment of 2011.
12.27.11 - The women of NASA's Goddard Spaceflight Center in Greenbelt, Md. are going to be highlighted in a new book for an exhibit at the Maryland Women's Heritage Center.
12.22.11 - International Space Station Commander Dan Burbank captured spectacular imagery of Comet Lovejoy on Dec. 21.
12.21.11 - A cosmic alignment of the sun, Earth, and the center of our galaxy on the winter solstice happens every year without event, and poses no danger in 2012.
12.21.11 - Cryogenic testing is complete for the final six primary mirror segments and a secondary mirror that will fly on NASA's James Webb Space Telescope.
12.19.11 - To better assure prompt deliveries and safe flights for Santa and others, higher technology systems are increasingly being used to support the North American Aerospace Defense Command.
On Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012, Dr. Holly Gilbert will discuss the amazing strides scientists have made in understanding the inner workings of our sun over the last 50 years. The lecture will start promptly at 7 p.m., and registration in advance is required.
12.16.11 - An armada of spacecraft witnessed something that many experts thought impossible. Comet Lovejoy flew through the hot atmosphere of the sun and emerged intact.
12.19.11 - None of Goddard's amazing scientific discoveries and technological achievements would be possible without the human element.
12.15.11 - Five scientists from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center have been selected as participating scientists for NASA's Curiosity and Cassini missions.
12.15.11 - An international team of astronomers has identified a candidate for the smallest-known black hole using data from NASA's Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer.
12.15.11 - Engineers working on NASA's James Webb Space Telescope are bringing out the COCOA, but it's not going to help them keep warm.
12.14.11 - Curiosity, launched on Nov. 26 on the Mars Science Laboratory, has begun monitoring space radiation during its 8-month trip from Earth to Mars using an instrument called the Radiation Assessment Detector (RAD) that monitors high-energy atomic and subatomic particles.
12.16.11 - These stories, images and videos represent some of Goddard's 2011 Earth science highlights.
12.16.11 - Given the vastness of space and the long times between supernovae, astronomers can say with certainty that there is no threatening star close enough to hurt Earth.
12.06.11 - NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope presents a festive holiday greeting in the form of a soaring, celestial snow angel.
12.14.11 - NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has acquired more than 100,000 followers on Twitter. LRO joined Twitter on May 29, 2008.
12.15.11 - These stories, images and videos represent some of Goddard's 2011 astrophysics highlights.
12.14.11 - NASA's Radiation Belt Storm Probes (RBSP) will soon enter a challenging series of tests to certify they are ready for their August 2012 launch and two-year mission in Earth's orbit.
12.19.11 - Another view of Comet Lovejoy's solar approach taken by Hinode.
12.14.11 - These stories, images and videos represent some of the 2011 highlights from Goddard in terms of technology developments.
12.13.11 - What's the best way to collect a sample from a comet? NASA engineers think a harpoon may be the answer.
12.12.11 - These stories, images and videos represent some of the 2011 highlights from Goddard in the field of heliophysics, the study of the sun and its interactions with Earth and other bodies.
12.13.11 - Fermi has revealed gamma-rays in the remains of a supernova first seen in 1572.
12.13.11 - These stories, images and videos represent some of the 2011 highlights from Goddard in the field of planetary science.
12.08.11 - New research into Earth's climate history suggests there is potential for rapid climate changes this century if global warming is not abated.
12.08.11 - The study, focusing on Quebec, is one of the first to present a detailed view of how warmer temperatures are influencing plant distribution and density in northern areas of North America.
12.09.11 - LRO will get a moon-based perspective on the final lunar eclipse of 2011, which occurs on December 10.
12.07.11 - TIMED has collected data over almost an entire solar cycle, which lasts about 11 years, creating a new picture of Earth's environment as well as how it responds to changes in the sun.
12.07.11 - Heat pouring off an ancient (and still active) volcano fuels Yellowstone's famous hot springs, mud pots, terraces and geysers, including Old Faithful.
12.06.11 - NASA's Hubble Space Telescope becomes one of the most prolific astronomical endeavors in history after racking up 10,000 scientific papers.
12.06.11 - A typical two-day solar storm could strip hundreds of tons of material from the moon.
12.07.11 - A new study using data from a NASA-built Landsat shows that Kirtland's warblers like to live in young forests and often forests that have been on fire.
12.05.11 - Scientists have unearthed new evidence about ancient droughts that suggest the future could bring even more serious water shortages.
12.01.11 - Scientists have confirmed major reductions in the eastern United States of an air pollutant generated by coal power plants: sulfur dioxide.
11.30.11 - Record-breaking drought in Texas has reduced groundwater levels in much of the state to the lowest levels seen in more than 60 years.
11.30.11 - Earth's magnetic field has flipped its polarity many times over the millennia -- but this causes no dramatic effects, and will not lead to problems in 2012.
11.30.11 - A peculiar cosmic explosion seen by the Swift observatory on Christmas Day 2010 was either a novel type of supernova located billions of light-years away or an unusual collision much closer to home
11.28.11 - Lightning bursts create electromagnetic waves that circle around Earth creating a low frequency wave called Schumann resonance. These have now been detected in space and can be used to study our atmosphere.
11.28.11 - Fermi's Large Area Telescope penetrates the dust of the Milky Way's Great Rift to reveal one of our galaxy's richest-known stellar construction zones.
11.23.11 - Take five NASA employees, add a year-long leadership program, 30 enthusiastic children, homemade rockets, moon buggies, video games, and six hours on a Saturday. What is the result?
11.22.11 - The Visible Infrared Imager Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) onboard NASA's newest Earth-observing satellite, NPP, acquired its first measurements on Nov. 21, 2011.
11.22.11 - A new Hubble image shows a collection of hundreds of thousands of stars in a dwarf galaxy neighbor of the Milky Way.
On Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011, planetary astrophysicist Dr. Tim Livengood will use the Deep Impact mission as an example to describe how scientists and engineers work together to add new tasks to spacecraft already in space. The lecture will start promptly at 7 p.m., and registration in advance is required.
11.21.11 - The most recent evaluations of NASA's TDRS project confirmed all systems go for a third generation upgrade of the orbiting communications network.
11.21.11 - A financial manager at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center won the 2011 Presidential SAVE award.
11.18.11 - Tornadoes are expected to accompany severe storms in the spring and fall seasons. On Nov. 16 TRMM kept watch as tornadoes occurred with a long line of thunderstorms in the Southeastern U.S.
11.18.11 - This mission, established in support of the Operation Warfighter (OWF) program, allows service members to expand employment opportunities and discover new career paths while adjusting to daily life after military service.
11.18.11 - Two new NASA missions, one that will roam the surface and another that will orbit the planet and dip briefly into its upper atmosphere, will try to discover what transformed Mars into its current uninhabitable state.
11.17.11 - The giant steel frame, now at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, will be used to assemble the mirrors and instruments of the Webb telescope.
11.17.11 - New Hubble observations are expanding astronomers' understanding of how galaxies recycle immense volumes of hydrogen gas and heavy elements.
11.16.11 - With seven billion people now living on Earth, the expanding demand for resources is exerting unprecedented pressure on global resources, especially forests, water and food.
11.16.11 - The new topographic map -- the highest resolution ever created -- shows surface shape and features over nearly the entire moon.
11.15.11 - NASA is now accepting submissions for the NASA OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Video Contest, which aims to raise awareness of how NASA technology benefits the public.
11.15.11 - Throughout Earth's 4.5-billion-year lifetime massive supervolcanoes have erupted. However, despite the claims of those who fear 2012,there’s no evidence that such a supereruption is imminent.
11.14.11 - FASTSAT has painted a detailed picture of the dynamic region around Earth, showing a host of interrelated phenomena -- such as electric currents and outflowing particles occurring together.
11.10.11 - Researchers created a model to predict the severity and geographic distribution of fires in the Amazon rain forest and the rest of South America months in advance.
11.10.11 - The Advanced Technology Microwave Sounder on board NASA's newest Earth-observing satellite, NPP, acquired its first low-atmosphere moisture measurements on November 8, 2011.
11.10.11 - Using its near-infrared vision to peer 9 billion years back in time, NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has uncovered an extraordinary population of young dwarf galaxies brimming with star formation.
11.10.11 - As asteroid 2005 YU55 swept past Earth in the early morning hours of Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011, Swift monitored the fast-moving space rock.
11.10.11 - Some people speculate gigantic natural disasters that will destroy Earth as we know it on December 21, 2012 -- but a killer solar flare is a physical impossibility.
11.10.11 - The launch window for the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover opens on Friday, November 25th at 10:25 a.m. ET. Join us from 9:00–11:30 a.m. at the Goddard Visitor Center for a launch event featuring the Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM), an instrument suite on Curiosity built right here at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.
11.09.11 - The heavy heart of a neutron star holds matter on the edge of oblivion. A proposed NASA mission will discover what's inside.
11.08.11 - NASA engineers have produced a material that absorbs more than 99 percent of the light that hits it, across multiple wavelengths.
11.04.11 - The sun sent out two different kinds of solar activity on November 3, 2011 in different directions: an X.19 solar flare and a particularly bright CME.
11.03.11 - As the only large-scale, ongoing survey of the elevation of Antarctica's ice sheet, IceBridge is beginning to return its own record of the continent's changing ice cover.
11.03.11 - This surprisingly powerful pulsar challenges existing theories about how these objects form.
11.01.11 - Five years after its instruments turned on, Hinode has provided some of the highest resolution images of the sun the world had ever seen -- as well as help solve such mysteries as why the sun's atmosphere is a thousand times hotter than its surface.
11.01.11 - NASA's Operation IceBridge makes the first-ever detailed airborne measurements of a major iceberg calving in progress at Pine Island Glacier in Antarctica.
10.31.11 - A late October snowstorm from a Nor'easter blanketed the eastern U.S. from West Virginia to Maine and broke records the weekend before Halloween Monday
10.31.11 - A team of NASA scientists has won funding to study how this sci-fi technology (moving objects with laser light) could be brought into reality.
10.27.11 - NASA's IceBridge team has seen a large -- and unexpected -- crack running across Pine Island Glacier, one of the largest and fastest-moving glaciers in Antarctica.
11.01.11 - The Thermal Infrared Sensor that will fly on the next Landsat satellite completed its first round of thermal vacuum testing at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.
10.27.11 - The number of sunspots on the sun increase and decrease over time in a regular, approximately 11-year cycle. More sunspots mean increased solar activity, when great blooms of radiation and particles blast off the sun.
10.25.11 - On Oct. 25, 2006 STEREO launched to do something never done before: see the entire sun simultaneously.
10.25.11 - A coronal mass ejection (CME) shot off the sun late in the evening of October 21 and hit Earth on October 24 at about 2 PM ET causing red aurora in the U.S.
10.24.11 - Gavin Schmidt, a climate scientist at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, received the Climate Communications Prize from AGU.
On Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011, astrophysicist Jane Rigby will discuss the Hubble Space Telescope, Spitzer Space Telescope and Chandra X-ray Observatory. Explore how this team of observatories works together to answer important questions: How do stars form? Is there really dark matter? Is the universe expanding? The lecture will start promptly at 7 p.m., and registration in advance is required.
10.20.11 - This year's Antarctic ozone hole, which yawns wide every Southern Hemisphere spring, was the ninth largest on record.
10.20.11 - The Earth's thinning ozone layer is synonymous with a singing and dancing seagull named Sid -- at least it is in New Zealand and Australia.
10.19.11 - In the clean room at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, the GPM mission's Core satellite is steadily taking shape.
10.19.11 - For more than a decade, instruments on NASA satellites have revolutionized what scientists know about fire's role in land cover change, ecosystem processes, and the global carbon cycle.
10.19.11 - NASA has released a series of new satellite data visualizations that show tens of millions of fires detected worldwide from space since 2002.
10.19.11 - Solar Week provides a week-long series of web-based educational activities for classrooms about our magnetic variable star, the sun, and its interactions with Earth and the solar system.
10.19.11 - Spiral arm-like structures in the disk of gas and dust around a sun-like star may provide clues to the presence of as-yet-unseen planets.
10.17.11 - Heliophysicist Doug Rowland has secured a 2013 flight opportunity to the ISS for Firestation, a pint-sized instrument studying lightning in Earth's upper atmosphere, and must prepare for a veritable "fire hose" of data.
10.14.11 - Within just the past week, the East Pacific has seen a resurgence in tropical activity with the formation of three tropical systems
10.13.11 - A Hubble survey of 25 galactic clusters reveals the most comprehensive data to date on the distribution dark matter by observing the visual distortion or lensing due to invisible matter in the clusters.
10.12.11 - Baltimore's Maryland Science Center is going to be the "landing site" for the life-sized full-scale model of NASA's James Webb Space Telescope, and it's free for all to see.
10.12.11 - NASA is planning an Oct. 27 launch of the first Earth-observing satellite to measure both global climate changes and key weather variables.
10.12.11 - Dr. Bill Atwood was awarded the prestigious prize for his work on the design, construction and use of Fermi's Large Area Telescope.
10.06.11 - On October 4, 2011, the European Space Agency announced it's two next science missions, including Solar Orbiter, a spacecraft geared to study the powerful influence of the sun.
10.06.11 - A painstaking re-analysis of Hubble Space Telescope images from 1998 has uncovered two extrasolar planets that went undetected at the time.
10.04.11 - Last month the extent of sea ice covering the Arctic Ocean declined to the second-lowest extent on record, narrowly avoiding a new low.
10.04.11 - On October 2, 2011, an exceptionally bright comet headed toward the sun and disintegrated; moments later a large coronal mass ejection (CME) blew off the other side of the sun.
10.04.11 - A profile of Nikolaos Paschalidis, who is in charge of coordinating science and technology advancement efforts of NASA Goddard's Heliophysics division. He builds tiny chips for spacecraft, and thinks big about the future.
10.04.11 - Observations made by Hubble of a special type of supernovae contributed to research on the expansion of the universe that was honored with the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics.
10.02.11 - A NASA-led study looks at unprecedented depletion of Earth's protective ozone layer above the Arctic last winter and spring, caused by prolonged, extremely low temperatures.
09.30.11 - Dr. Barbara Giles has accepted the position of Director for NASA's Science Mission Directorate Heliophysics Division.
09.29.11 - A fleet of spacecraft including the Hubble Space Telescope has uncovered unprecedented details in the surroundings of a black hole.
Join us at the Goddard Visitor Center for the inauguration of the Gerald Soffen Lecture Series on Thursday, October 13. Michael J. Mumma of the Solar System Exploration Division at Goddard Space Flight Center’s Center for Astrobiology will be kicking off the series with a lecture on "The Search for Life on Mars." The lecture will start promptly at 7 p.m., and registration in advance is required.
09.26.11 - Lockheed Martin completed building the primary structure of the MAVEN spacecraft at its Space Systems Company facility near Denver.
09.27.11 - Weather on Venus has a reputation for being consistently bad. New research reveals it may just be bad.
09.27.11 - The severe geomagnetic storm that began yesterday when a CME hit Earth's magnetic field is subsiding.
09.22.11 - Our increasingly active Sun produced a large CME yesterday evening and an X1.4 class flare this morning. This increased solar activity is a normal byproduct as the sun approaches solar max.
09.22.11 - NASA's new Aquarius instrument has produced its first global map of the salinity of the ocean surface, providing an early glimpse of the mission's anticipated discoveries.
09.22.11 - It currently takes 90 minutes to transmit high-resolution images from Mars, but NASA would like to dramatically reduce that time to just minutes
09.20.11 - The sun let loose with at least six coronal mass ejections (CMEs) from 7 PM ET on September 18, 2011 until 1 PM on September 19. One may impact Earth and spark aurora tomorrow.
09.19.11 - NASA is testing an element of the sunshield that will protect the James Webb Space Telescope's mirrors and instruments during its mission to observe the most distant objects in the universe.
09.15.11 - Using the Hubble Space Telescope's Wide Field Camera 3, astronomers have found supermassive black holes growing in surprisingly small galaxies.
09.16.11 - From the time a space shuttle launched until its landing at the Kennedy Space Center, NASA Goddard's space communication networks provided the constant link necessary for every mission.
09.13.11 - The James Webb Space Telescopes mirrors have completed their coating process which allows the Webb telescope's "infrared eyes" to observe extremely faint objects in infrared light.
09.12.11 - After last week's flurry of strong flares from sunspot 1283, solar activity is subsiding as this sunspot rotates over the sun's western limb. Aurora from last week's solar activity will be dancing in the sky for the next several day.
09.08.11 - The first of what will likely be several CME hits occurred this morning sparking a strong geomagnetic storm. Additional hits will occur over the weekend.
09.09.11 - If Fermi's catalog of the universe were a recipe, the two major ingredients would be active galaxies and pure mystery.
09.07.11 - Sunspot 1283 erupted with another flare yesterday that peaked at 6:20 PM ET. This was an X2.1 class flare, some four times stronger than the earlier flare.
09.08.11 - A NASA-led team of scientists took to the Chesapeake Bay this summer to determine how to study water and air quality in coastal regions from space.
09.07.11 - Fifteen percent of the flares have a distinct "late phase flare" some minutes to hours later that has never before been observed. This late phase of the flare pumps much more energy out into space than previously realized.
09.06.11 - NASA's LRO captured the sharpest images ever taken from space of the Apollo 12, 14 and 17 landing sites.
09.06.11 - At 9:35 PM ET on Labor Day, the sun emitted an Earth-directed M5.3 class flare as measured by the GOES satellite.
08.31.11 - As temperatures soared across the Great Plains this July, NASA satellites observed the unusual weather from above.
08.31.11 - On Tuesday, Aug. 30, NASA's next climate science satellite arrived at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California to begin preparations for an October launch.
08.31.11 - New movies created from years of Hubble still images provide new details about the stellar birthing process, showing energetic jets of glowing gas ejected from young stars.
08.24.11 - The U.S. East Coast shook from an unusually strong earthquake for the area on Aug. 23, 2011, centered near Mineral, Va., about 40 miles from Richmond.
08.24.11 - Two studies in the Aug. 25 issue of Nature provide new insights into a cosmic accident that has been streaming X-rays toward Earth.
08.22.11 - NASA selected three proposals today (one of which is from Goddard) to transform space communications, deep space navigation and in-space propulsion capabilities.
08.18.11 - The Webb telescope's MIRI instrument will examine the first light in the universe and the formation of planets around other stars.
08.18.11 - For the first time, a spacecraft far from Earth has turned and watched a solar storm engulf our planet.
08.11.11 - A giant cosmic necklace glows brightly in Hubble's latest image.
08.11.11 - If you would like to know what happens behind that gates of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., you can now get a virtual tour of the facilities and learn about the amazing science and technology that happen at the center.
Today, the GOES-13 satellite captured a visible image of the thick brown smoke streaming from the Lateral West Fire burning in the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge (GDSBWR) in southeastern ...
08.09.11 - On Aug. 9, 2011, the sun unleashed an X6.9 class flare. Though not Earth directed, we may experience radio and communications blackouts.
08.08.11 - Scientists observed for the first time the power of an earthquake and tsunami to break off large icebergs a hemisphere away.
08.08.11 - NPP has successfully completed its most comprehensive end-to-end compatibility test of the actual satellite and all five scientific instruments.
08.08.11 - NASA-funded research has discovered that some of the basic building blocks of life may have been brought to a young Earth by meteorites.
08.03.11 - Fred Herrero realized that to understand Earth's upper atmosphere, he would need an armada of satellites gathering simultaneous measurements.
08.02.11 - Testing to evaluate whether a satellite is ready for space occurs at several levels. Some individual parts and each individual instrument from the satellite go through three types of testing.
08.01.11 - Active solar region 1261 let loose with a short-lived M9.3 flare on Friday Night. No Earth directed affects are expected.
07.29.11 - Motorists in the Baltimore-Washington area have one less thing to keep an eye on as of July 30. NASA’s most recent air quality field study has concluded.
07.28.11 - SOHO and EPOXI combined forces to provide observations on Comet Hartley 2 -- which appears to be an irregular comet, belching chunks of ice and losing water at a surprisingly fast pace.
07.28.11 - While construction of the Webb Telescope, which has the most advanced infrared vision of any observatory, is underway, its technologies are proving useful to human eye health.
07.27.11 - An image showing smoke over the Chesapeake Bay drifting north from wildfires in N.C. and Ga. as viewed by the HSRL aboard NASA Langley’s UC-12 aircraft.
07.27.11 - Ripples in the sun's magnetic field called Alfven waves have been shown to carry more energy than previously thought, possibly enough to drive the intense heating of the corona and to speed the solar wind to 1.5 million mph.
07.27.11 - The continuing heat wave in the United States in July 2011 has broken temperature records in many locations, killed dozens and seen nearly half of all Americans under heat advisories at its peak.
07.21.11 - Astrophotographer Thierry Legault captured what might be the last picture of Atlantis in space--and it was a solar transit.
07.22.11 - The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN mission reached a major milestone last week when it successfully completed its Mission Critical Design Review
07.20.11 - Flooding along the Missouri River continues as shown in recent Landsat satellite images of the Nebraska and Iowa border.
07.20.11 - Hubble Space Telescope's keen vision has found yet another moon (the fourth) orbiting the distant, icy dwarf planet Pluto.
07.19.11 - 'Secondary' may not sound as important as 'primary' but when it comes to the next-generation James Webb Space Telescope a secondary mirror plays a critical role in ensuring the telescope gathers information from the cosmos.
07.21.11 - Atlantis touched down the morning of July 21, 2011, signaling the end of the space shuttle era, a program with 135 launches over 30 years and conceptual roots dating back to the Nixon administration.
07.17.11 - The second of the two ARTEMIS spacecraft entered lunar orbit Sunday morning.
07.06.11 - This July, scientists will launch four rockets from NASA Wallops Flight Facility to study how space winds and charged particles affect the way each other move, causing dynamo currents through the lower atmosphere.
07.15.11 - NASA is postponing the launch of two suborbital sounding rockets from the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia on July 15 to no earlier than 2012.
07.14.11 - NASA researchers have made use of old mathematical techniques and new insights on how CMEs travel.
07.12.11 - Neptune has completed its first full orbit since it was discovered nearly 165 years ago. Hubble commemorated the event with "anniversary pictures."
07.11.11 - NASA has just released new high-resolution videos of the solar event recorded by SDO on June 7, 2011.
07.08.11 - NASA has just released satellite images showing activity this week from volcanoes in the countries of Eritrea, Chile and Indonesia.
07.08.11 - Though Atlantis has embarked on its final flight, work is just beginning for staff at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.
07.07.11 - For the first time ever, SDO has captured a movie of a comet streaking directly in front of the sun.
07.07.11 - New observations from the infrared Herschel Space Observatory reveal that an exploding star expelled the equivalent of between 160,000 and 230,000 Earth masses of fresh dust.
07.07.11 - The visitor center at NASA Goddard will be open the evening of July 12, 2011, for guests to learn about Saturn and gaze at the ringed planet through telescopes. (RSVP required.)
07.05.11 - On July 4, 2011, Hubble logged its one millionth science observation during a search for water in an exoplanet's atmosphere 1,000 light-years away.
06.30.11 - Scientists hope to fill in some of the empty pages of the universe's photo album with the help of an instrument not much thicker than a human hair.
06.30.11 - On June 10, 2011, LRO captured a dramatic sunrise view of Tycho crater.
06.29.11 - Every 3.4 years, a pair of mismatched stars in the southern constellation Crux whisk past each other, shooting out extreme forms of light each time.
06.29.11 - Mirrors are a critical part of a telescope. The quality is crucial, so completion of mirror polishing represents a major milestone.
06.28.11 - The 117-foot P-3B NASA research aircraft on the tarmac at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, Tuesday, June 28, 2011, in Baltimore, Md.
06.28.11 - The first of the two ARTEMIS spacecraft entered lunar orbit this morning. ARTEMIS was the first mission to orbit the moon's Lagrangian points and this is the first ever attempt to move from the Lagrangian into lunar orbit.
06.28.11 - NASA's launching a new mission in summer 2011 to gather data on air pollution and expand our understanding of how it affects us.
06.23.11 - It took one and a half years, over 90 orbit maneuvers, many gravitational boosts and little fuel to move two spacecraft from their orbits around Earth to their new home around the moon.
06.22.11 - In Sept. 1859 the sun unleashed one of the most powerful storms in centuries. This week, officials have gathered in Washington DC to ask themselves a simple question: What if it happens again?
06.23.11 - NASA is diagnosing the air we breathe this summer. The low-altitude P-3B aircraft will be viewable along the I-95/Balt.-Wash. Pkwy during the mission.
06.24.11 - NOAA forecasters declare a 30-35% chance of geomagnetic storms during the next 24 hours due to a fast-moving stream of solar wind, combined with the CME expected to arrive on June 24, 2011.
06.21.11 - LRO has forever changed our view of the moon, literally bringing it into sharper focus and showing us the whole globe in unprecedented detail.
06.16.11 - The NASA/NOAA GOES satellite Project released a satellite animation of two-weeks of eruptions from the Puyehue-Cordón Caulle volcano in Chile.
06.17.11 - Swift discovered a series of powerful X-ray blasts coming from a source in the constellation Draco.
06.16.11 - The first six of 18 segments that will form NASA's James Webb Space Telescope’s primary mirror completed final cryogenic testing this week.
06.16.11 - Arizona's largest fire in history continues to burn and Landsat data is being used to plan firefighting containment strategies and mitigation efforts.
06.16.11 - Resembling looming rain clouds on a stormy day, dark lanes of dust crisscross the giant elliptical galaxy Centaurus A. Hubble’s panchromatic vision, stretching from ultraviolet through near-infrared wavelengths, reveals the vibrant glow of young, blue star clusters and a glimpse into regions normally obscured by the dust.
06.16.11 - Observations from EPOXI show that a little comet called Hartley 2 spews out more water than most other comets its size.
06.15.11 - Several NASA satellites have tracked the ash plume from the eruption of Puyehue-Cordón Caulle around the world.
06.15.11 - What do a changing climate and rising sea levels mean for thousands of small islands that hug the coasts of the world's landmasses?
06.22.11 - Pandora's Cluster appears to be the result o