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NASA Awards Total and Spectral Solar Irradiance Sensor-2 Spacecraft Contract

GSFC News - Thu, 07/02/2020 - 11:59
NASA has awarded the Total and Spectral Solar Irradiance Sensor-2 (TSIS-2) Spacecraft contract to General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems Group of San Diego, California.

Hubble Spots Feathered Spiral

GSFC News - Thu, 07/02/2020 - 08:00
NGC 2275 is classified as a flocculent (or fluffy-looking) spiral galaxy, located 67 million light-years away in the constellation of Cancer. Millions of bright, young, blue stars shine in the complex, feather-like spiral arms, interlaced with dark lanes of dust.

NASA Awards NOAA’s Space Weather Follow On-Lagrange 1 (SWFO-L1) Solar Wind Plasma Sensor (SWiPS)

GSFC News - Wed, 07/01/2020 - 16:00
On behalf of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), NASA has awarded the Space Weather Follow On-Lagrange 1 (SWFO-L1) Solar Wind Plasma Sensor (SWiPS) contract to South West Research Institute (SwRI) in San Antonio, Texas.

July 4, 1997: Sojourner Arrives on the Red Planet

Image of the Day - Wed, 07/01/2020 - 15:30
Hitching a ride on the Mars Pathfinder mission, the Sojourner rover arrived on Mars on July 4, 1997.

Radar Points to Moon Being More Metallic Than Researchers Thought

GSFC News - Wed, 07/01/2020 - 12:00
The Moon’s subsurface might be richer in metals, like iron and titanium, than researchers thought.

A Day's Work: Robert Behnken Updates Power Systems on the Station

Image of the Day - Wed, 07/01/2020 - 09:02
On June 26, 2020, NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Chris Cassidy conducted the first of two spacewalks to swap batteries and upgrade power systems on the International Space Station.

NASA’s TESS Delivers New Insights Into an Ultrahot World

GSFC News - Tue, 06/30/2020 - 11:00
KELT-9 b is one of the hottest planets known. New measurements from NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) have enabled astronomers to greatly improve their understanding of this bizarre world.

NASA Spacecraft Helps Identify Solar Radiation Patterns That Expose the Moon

GSFC News - Tue, 06/30/2020 - 10:00
NASA mission helps scientists identify when the Moon is unprotected from charged particles in space.

Deep Space 1 Spacecraft at 2.3 Million Miles from Earth

Image of the Day - Tue, 06/30/2020 - 08:53
June 30 is Asteroid Day.

An Astronaut's View of Work

Image of the Day - Mon, 06/29/2020 - 09:16
Spacewalkers Bob Behnken (left) and Chris Cassidy (right) in the Quest Airlock on June 26, 2020, before beginning a spacewalk to replace batteries on one of two power channels on the International Space Station.

NASA Awards Contract for Earth Observing Satellite Instrument

GSFC News - Fri, 06/26/2020 - 16:00
NASA has awarded the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) Atmosphere Science Investigator-led Processing System (SIPS) contract to the University of Wisconsin in Madison.

NASA-NOAA’s Suomi NPP Satellite Analyzes Saharan Dust Aerosol Blanket

GSFC News - Fri, 06/26/2020 - 09:49
Dust storms from Africa’s Saharan Desert traveling across the Atlantic Ocean are nothing new, but the current dust storm has been quite expansive and NASA satellites have provided a look at the massive June plume.

Hubble Captures Galaxy on Edge

GSFC News - Fri, 06/26/2020 - 08:13
We don’t see the beautiful spiral arms of galaxy NGC 5907 in this Hubble image because we are viewing it edge-on, like looking at the rim of a plate. It is for this reason that NGC 5907 is also known as the Knife Edge galaxy.

Hubble Captures Galaxy on Edge

Image of the Day - Fri, 06/26/2020 - 08:13
We don’t see the beautiful spiral arms of galaxy NGC 5907 in this Hubble image because we are viewing it edge-on, like looking at the rim of a plate. It is for this reason that NGC 5907 is also known as the Knife Edge galaxy.

Hubble Sees Cosmic Flapping ‘Bat Shadow’

GSFC News - Thu, 06/25/2020 - 10:00
NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope observed a young star’s unseen, planet-forming disk casting a huge shadow across a more distant cloud in a star-forming region – like a fly wandering into a flashlight beam shining on a wall. The feature was dubbed the “Bat Shadow” because it resembles a pair of wings. Now, scientists see the Bat Shadow flapping!

The Space Station's Solar Transit

Image of the Day - Thu, 06/25/2020 - 04:42
This composite image, made from six frames, shows the International Space Station, with a crew of five onboard, in silhouette as it transits the Sun.

NASA, Partner Space Agencies Amass Global View of COVID-19 Impacts

GSFC News - Wed, 06/24/2020 - 15:18
In response to the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, NASA, ESA (European Space Agency), and JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) have joined forces to use the collective scientific power of their Earth-observing satellite data to document planet-wide changes in the environment and human society.

NASA’s TESS, Spitzer Missions Discover a World Orbiting a Unique Young Star

GSFC News - Wed, 06/24/2020 - 11:00
Astronomers using data from NASA's TESS and retired Spitzer Space Telescope have discovered a planet as large as Neptune circling the young star orbiting AU Microscopii.

Watch a 10-Year Time Lapse of Sun From NASA’s SDO

GSFC News - Wed, 06/24/2020 - 10:00
As of June 2020, NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory – SDO – has now been watching the Sun non-stop for over a full decade. From its orbit in space around Earth, SDO has gathered 425 million high-resolution images of the Sun, amassing 20 million gigabytes of data over the past 10 years and enabling countless new discoveries about our closest star.

Mapping the Early Universe with NASA's Webb Telescope

GSFC News - Wed, 06/24/2020 - 09:49
Although many other observatories, including NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, have previously created "deep fields" by staring at small areas of the sky for significant chunks of time, the Cosmic Evolution Early Release Science (CEERS) Survey, led by Steven L. Finkelstein of the University of Texas at Austin, will be the first for Webb.

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