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News Archive / Tagged: Goddard Space Flight Center

  • UPDATE: Blue Origin targeting Wednesday for NS-10 flight

    Jason RhianJanuary 20th, 2019

    After a 2018 postponement, Blue Origin is targeting a new date to send the company's third New Shepard rocket on its fourth flight.

  • OSIRIS-REx spacecraft enters record-breaking orbit around asteroid Bennu

    Jim SharkeyJanuary 2nd, 2019

    Almost overshadowed while New Horizons was zipping past Ultima Thule, another spacecraft went into orbit around an asteroid, albeit a little closer to home.

  • Barely on the job a week, OSIRIS-REx makes major discovery

    Cullen DesforgesDecember 11th, 2018

    On Dec. 3, 2018, NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft arrived at the half-kilometer wide Bennu asteroid to begin a two-year study to inspect, investigate, and eventually collect samples of the materials making up its mysterious surface.

  • Mission to Jupiter’s Trojan asteroids given the go ahead

    Jason RhianOctober 31st, 2018

    NASA's missions to the largest planet in our solar system, Jupiter, have focused on the giant gas planet itself. This could soon change as the space agency has just given the go ahead for the development of a spacecraft designed to study tiny bodies that travel alongside the "king of the planets."

  • Backup Hubble gyroscope encounters anomaly during recovery efforts

    Jason RhianOctober 23rd, 2018

    Engineers encountered a slight hiccup in bringing the Hubble Space Telescope out of safe mode and back to conducting scientific operations.

  • 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.