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 …

Journey to Mars is more than just fiction

NASA's MAVEN mission

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 …