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News Archive / Tagged: Goddard Space Flight Center

  • Hubble enters safe mode after encountering gyroscope problem

    Jason RhianOctober 10th, 2018

    An issue has been discovered with one of Hubble's gyroscopes that help point the telescope. What impact will this have on science observations made by the 30-year-old spacecraft?

  • NASA awards WFIRST contract to Ball Aerospace

    Joe LatrellMay 30th, 2018

    The Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST) is starting to become a reality as NASA begins awarding contracts for the construction of key components. Ball Aerospace recently received one of these contracts for the projected $3.2-billion project.

  • Test photo taken as TESS performs lunar flyby

    Joe LatrellMay 22nd, 2018

    NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) took an image using one of the four cameras on board the spacecraft. The image is a two-second exposure centered on the Centaurus constellation in the southern sky.

  • NASA upgrading ground stations used for emergency ISS communications

    Derek RichardsonApril 27th, 2018

    NASA is currently upgrading ground stations utilized in the backup system for communicating with the International Space Station (ISS), the U.S. space agency said in an April 24, 2018, news release.

  • Parker Solar Probe Arrives in Florida

    Christopher PaulApril 13th, 2018

    NASA's Parker Solar Probe has been delivered to an Astrotech Space Operations-owned facility in Titusville, Florida, to begin final preparations before its launch this summer, the U.S. space agency said.

  • Interstellar ‘Oumuamua gives scientists new insights into formation of planetary systems

    Laurel KornfeldApril 5th, 2018

    Interstellar asteroid 'Oumuamua spent only a short time traveling through the Solar System, but its passage is providing scientists with new insights into the formation processes of planetary systems.

  • Parker Solar Probe prepped for delivery to Kennedy Space Center

    Michael ColeMarch 31st, 2018

    GREENBELT, MD -- NASA's Parker Solar Probe (PSP) is getting ready for its flight to space. The spacecraft is currently scheduled for launch in July or August of this year (2018). PSP is NASA's long-awaited mission to explore the Sun's corona and is designed to discover more about the solar wind, and learn how conditions there interact to create space weather.

  • Parker Solar Probe approved for environmental testing

    Christopher PaulOctober 18th, 2017

    The Parker Solar Probe, formerly called Solar Probe Plus, has been certified ready for environmental testing. This means that engineers have inspected the spacecraft and have decided it is ready to be subjected to simulations of the conditions it will face during its launch and operations in space.

  • Webb telescope to spend summer chilling in Houston

    Jim SharkeyJuly 13th, 2017

    While Houston, Texas, may be sweltering in 95-degree Fahrenheit (35 °C) heat this week, NASA's James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) will soon be chilling in a vibration-insolation "hammock", hanging from the ceiling of Chamber A – an enormous thermal vacuum testing facility at NASA's Johnson Space Center.

  • Eyes on: Watching NASA Work on the JWST with ‘Webb-cam’

    Larry KlaesJune 5th, 2017

    NASA has continued its very popular "Webb-cam" monitoring of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) with a special Webb camera installed in NASA's Johnson Space Center clean room in front of the massive thermal vacuum testing chamber known as Chamber A.

  • NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope completes testing at Goddard

    Jim SharkeyMay 5th, 2017

    NASA's James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) successfully completed the center of curvature test, a crucial optical measurement of the telescope's primary mirror prior to cryogenic testing, and the final test at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.

  • Proposed CubeSat mission to study atmospheric processes on Venus

    Tomasz NowakowskiApril 9th, 2017

    A small CubeSat designed to investigate atmospheric processes on Venus has been recently chosen by NASA for further development. The spacecraft, known as the CubeSat UV Experiment (CUVE), is one of ten missions to study Solar System planets and asteroids, selected by the agency under the Planetary Science Deep Space SmallSat Studies (PSDS3) program.

  • Robotic Refueling Mission leaves ISS

    Heather SmithApril 8th, 2017

    After a six-year stay attached to the International Space Station (ISS), NASA’s Robotic Refueling Mission (RRM) payload made its way back to Earth on March 19, 2017, to burn up in the atmosphere inside the trunk of SpaceX's CRS-10 Dragon spacecraft.

  • Laser communications to provide faster connections for Orion

    Paul KnightlyApril 4th, 2017

    NASA engineers are continuing to push the limits of laser communication technology by developing a new system called LEMNOS that is to be tested on the second flight of the Orion spacecraft just beyond the Moon. Also referred to as optical communication, laser communication between a spacecraft and the Earth holds the promise of allowing higher data transmission rates than are currently possible.

  • Most of Mars’ atmosphere lost to space, scientists say

    Jim SharkeyApril 1st, 2017

    According to a new study by scientists working with NASA's MAVEN spacecraft, the Martian atmosphere was mostly stripped away by solar wind and radiation, changing Mars from a world that could have supported life billions of years ago into the frigid desert planet it is today.