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NASA Rocket Chasing the Source of the Sun’s Hot Atmosphere

Mon, 05/17/2021 - 12:00
After glimpsing faint but widespread super-heated material in the Sun’s outer atmosphere, a NASA sounding rocket is going back for more. This time, they’re carrying a new instrument optimized to see it across a wider region of the Sun. The Extreme Ultraviolet Normal Incidence Spectrograph, or EUNIS for short, will launch no earlier than May 18.

A New Space Instrument Captures Its First Solar Eruption

Mon, 05/17/2021 - 10:00
During a close solar pass in February, the Solar Orbiter Heliospheric Imager – the only instrument on Solar Orbiter led by a US principal investigator – captured its first solar eruption.

New NASA Data Sheds (Sun) Light on Climate Models

Fri, 05/14/2021 - 10:25
Scientists at the University of Michigan, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, and University of Colorado Boulder recently used TSIS-1 SSI data in a global climate model for the first time.

Hubble Spots a Cosmic Cloud’s Silver Lining

Fri, 05/14/2021 - 09:45
This image taken with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope showcases the emission nebula NGC 2313.

Laser Communications: Empowering More Data Than Ever Before

Wed, 05/12/2021 - 14:00
Launching this summer, NASA’s Laser Communications Relay Demonstration (LCRD) will showcase the dynamic powers of laser communications technologies. With NASA’s ever-increasing human and robotic presence in space, missions can benefit from a new way of “talking” with Earth.

'The Invisible Network' Podcast - Episode 16: Commercialization | Marketplace

Wed, 05/12/2021 - 11:00
NASA is fostering a commercial space economy. In this episode of "The Invisible Network" podcast, we look at how NASA is working with industry to nurture a space communications marketplace.

NASA Extends University of Maryland Cooperative Agreement For Research

Wed, 05/12/2021 - 10:22
NASA has extended the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD) cooperative agreement to continue valuable research performed by the Center for Research and Exploration in Space Science & Technology II (CRESST II).

Webb’s Golden Mirror Wings Open One Last Time on Earth

Tue, 05/11/2021 - 12:50
For the last time while it is on Earth, the world’s largest and most powerful space science telescope opened its iconic primary mirror.

NASA Goddard Visitor Center Offering Free Virtual Field Trips This Summer

Tue, 05/11/2021 - 09:37
The visitor center at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, is offering virtual field trips for groups looking for STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) engagement this summer.

OSIRIS-REx Bids Farewell to Asteroid Bennu

Tue, 05/11/2021 - 08:32
OSIRIS-REx bids farewell to Asteroid Bennu and begins its long journey home.

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft Heads for Earth with Asteroid Sample

Mon, 05/10/2021 - 15:22
After nearly five years in space, NASA’s Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft is on its way back to Earth with an abundance of rocks and dust from the near-Earth asteroid Bennu.

Tracking Carbon from the Ocean Surface to the Twilight Zone

Mon, 05/10/2021 - 14:47
A sea-ward journey funded by NASA and the National Science Foundation sets sail in the northern Atlantic for the month of May—the sequel to a complimentary, and yet contrasting, expedition that took place in the northern Pacific in 2018.

NASA Scientist Elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Mon, 05/10/2021 - 09:41
Dr. Anne Thompson of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx MOMs Help Asteroid Mission Thrive

Fri, 05/07/2021 - 10:55
MOM is NASA speak for Mission Operation Managers. A NASA MOM manages all the activities associated with communicating with the spacecraft and keeping it safe and healthy.

Hubble Gazes at a Cluster Full of Cosmic Clues

Fri, 05/07/2021 - 08:45
This detailed image features Abell 3827, a galaxy cluster that offers a wealth of exciting possibilities for study.

NASA Invites Public, Media to Watch Asteroid Mission Begin Return to Earth

Thu, 05/06/2021 - 16:41
NASA invites the public and the media to watch its first asteroid sample return mission begin a two-year cruise home at 4 p.m. EDT Monday, May 10, on NASA Television, the NASA app, and the agency’s website.

NASA Awards Earth Science Data and Information System Contract

Thu, 05/06/2021 - 16:16
NASA has awarded the Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS) Evolution and Development (EED)-3 contract to Raytheon Company of Riverdale, Maryland.

Dust Storms and Valley Fever in the American West

Thu, 05/06/2021 - 10:00
Valley fever is a dangerous threat to human health – and cases are on the rise in the arid southwestern United States, as wind from increasing dust storms can transport the fungal spores that cause the disease. Valley fever is caused by the Coccidioides fungus, which grows in dirt and fields and can cause fever, rash and coughing. Using NASA resear

Media Invited to Virtual Briefing as NASA’s Webb Prepares for Launch

Wed, 05/05/2021 - 16:51
Media will have the opportunity to see the iconic golden mirror of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope open for the last time on Earth during a virtual briefing Tuesday, May 11, at 1 p.m. EDT (10 a.m. PDT).

NASA's Lucy High Gain Antenna Up Close

Wed, 05/05/2021 - 12:45
Lucy's epic journey to observe Jupiter's Trojan asteroids requires a reliable communications link back to Earth, and so the spacecraft is outfitted with a 6.5-ft. (2-meter)-wide high gain antenna for this task.