Spinoff at 40: How tech transfer brings NASA back down to Earth

Originally published in Goddard View From your memory foam mattress to the digital image sensors in cellphone cameras, NASA technology developed for space exploration often winds up benefiting everyday life on Earth. When NASA was established through the National Aeronautics and Space Act in October 1958, the government called upon the agency not only to explore […]

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Journey to Mars is more than just fiction

Originally published in Goddard View While astronaut Mark Watney was planning his escape from Mars in the 2015 science fiction film “The Martian,” NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center was hard at work helping develop the capabilities needed to send real-life astronauts to Earth’s neighbor. And when the New Horizons spacecraft completed its historic flyby of […]

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Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski Visits NASA Goddard

By Jenny Hottle and Clare Skelly Jan. 6, 2016 Originally published on nasa.gov Sen. Barbara Mikulski visited NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, on Jan. 6, 2016, for a ribbon cutting and town hall event with center employees. “What I saw at Goddard, every time I visited, was people who dare, discover and […]

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Awakening to ‘The Force,’ A Long Time Ago

From the December 2015 issue of Goddard View Across the country and worldwide, millions of moviegoers are lining up to catch “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” For some, the film is merely entertainment. For others, including many at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, the seventh installment of the iconic space fiction series is the latest […]

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Goddard Kicks Off Charitable Giving Campaign

  From the November 2015 issue of Goddard View When a 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck Haiti in 2010, more than 250,000 people were killed and about 300,000 were injured. Nearly 1.5 million people lost their homes. In the wake of the nation’s deadliest disaster in modern history, nonprofit organizations from all over the world stepped up […]

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Annual Museum Lecture Encourages Exploration of ‘Our Violent Universe’

From the October 2015 issue of Goddard View When Ed Weiler first started working at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in the late 1970s, scientists knew a lot about the universe, but some lingering questions about space remained unanswered. Do black holes really exist, or are they just science fiction? Where did the universe come […]

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After 200 Days in Space, Astronauts Make a Landing at Goddard

Published in the September 2015 issue of Goddard View Astronauts Terry Virts and Samantha Cristoforetti spent 200 days conducting some of the most complex science experiments in a zero-gravity environment aboard the International Space Station. Three months after returning, Virts and Cristoforetti are now dedicating part of their time to sharing their spaceflight adventures with […]

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