NASA’s Mars Perseverance rover landing observed by the Green Bank Telescope

NSF/GBO/JPL/NASA/Amber Bonsall

This “waterfall image” is actually three separate observations combined to show NASA’s Mars Perseverance rover as it enters the Martian atmosphere before touching down on the red planet. Green Bank Observatory Data Analyst Amber Bonsall created this image using data received by the Green Bank Telescope (GBT). The GBT was pointed at Mars to observe communications from the rover as it landed February 18th, 2021 at 3:55 p.m. EDT.


Green Bank Telescope Data a part of Breakthrough Listen’s Most Comprehensive Search to Date

The Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope (GBT) is the worlds largest steerable telescope, standing 485-feet tall, weighing over 17 million pounds, with a 2.3 acre surface.

Reanalysis of Breakthrough Listen Data to Include Other Stellar Objects in the Field Yields Most Comprehensive SETI Search to Date

Independent team combines existing radio telescope data with new catalogs to search over 200 times more stars than before


COVID-19, and Lightning, Won’t Stop Green Bank Telescope Operations

COVID-19 has changed the way life and works looks for the nation. The National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Green Bank Telescope (GBT) is no different. When a lightning strike from spring storms damaged equipment on the world’s largest fully-steerable radio telescope, staff developed a plan that would allow them to complete repairs safely in a very confined space.