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The most massive planet in our solar system -- with dozens of moons and an enormous magnetic field -- Jupiter forms a kind of miniature solar system. It resembles a star in composition, but did not grow big enough to ignite. The planet's swirling cloud stripes are punctuated by massive storms such as the Great Red Spot, which has raged for hundreds of years.

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Planetary Seasons
Planetary Seasons
Planetary seasons are caused by two factors: axial tilt and variable distance from the sun (orbital eccentricity).Read More...
Planets Aligning in the Sunset Sky
Planets Aligning in the Sunset Sky
The sunset of May 26th will be extra special. On that date, Venus, Jupiter and Mercury will gather in the fading twilight to form a bright triangle only three degrees wide.Read More...
Solar System Exploration @ 50: What the Experts Picked
Research... at a Glance
Solar System Exploration @ 50: What the Experts Picked
Here is what the experts had to say about their favorite moments last 50 years of planetary robotic exploration.Read More...
NASA Celebrates Four Decades of Plucky Pioneer 11
NASA Celebrates Four Decades of Plucky Pioneer 11
Forty years ago, on April 5, 1973, a small, ambitious spacecraft launched from Cape Canaveral, heading towards the third-brightest point of light in the night sky.Read More...
50 Years of Robotic Planetary Exploration: David Kring, Senior Staff Scientist, Universities Space Research Association, Houston; Principal Investigator, LPI-JSC
50 Years of Robotic Planetary Exploration: David Kring, Senior Staff Scientist, Universities Space Research Association, Houston; Principal Investigator, LPI-JSC
We asked them and here is what the experts had to say about the last 50 years of planetary robotic exploration.Read More...
50 Years of Robotic Planetary Exploration: Julie Castillo-Rogez, Planetary Geophysicist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)
50 Years of Robotic Planetary Exploration: Julie Castillo-Rogez, Planetary Geophysicist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)
We asked them and here is what the experts had to say about the last 50 years of planetary robotic exploration.Read More...
State of the Solar System
State of the Solar System
As the president prepares to give his annual State of the Union Address, we offer our own update from the ongoing exploration of our cosmic neighborhood.Read More...
50 Years of Robotic Planetary Exploration: Neil Gehrels, Astrophysicist at NASA's Goddard Spaceflight Center
50 Years of Robotic Planetary Exploration: Neil Gehrels, Astrophysicist at NASA's Goddard Spaceflight Center
We asked them and here is what the experts had to say about the last 50 years of planetary robotic exploration.Read More...
Earth at Perihelion
Earth at Perihelion
In January, our planet made its annual closest approach to the sun. But don't expect things to warm up.Read More...
50 Years of Robotic Planetary Exploration: Claudia Alexander, Project Scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory
50 Years of Robotic Planetary Exploration: Claudia Alexander, Project Scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory
We asked them and here is what the experts had to say about the last 50 years of planetary robotic exploration.Read More...
50 Years of Robotic Planetary Exploration: Ashley Stroupe (Robotics Software Engineer / Mars Rover Driver at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory)
50 Years of Robotic Planetary Exploration: Ashley Stroupe (Robotics Software Engineer / Mars Rover Driver at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory)
We asked them and here is what the experts had to say about the last 50 years of planetary robotic exploration.Read More...
50 Years of Robotic Planetary Exploration: Jim Kasting (Distinguished Professor of Geoscience at Penn State University)
50 Years of Robotic Planetary Exploration: Jim Kasting (Distinguished Professor of Geoscience at Penn State University)
We asked them and here is what the experts had to say about the last 50 years of planetary robotic exploration.Read More...
50 Years of Robotic Planetary Exploration: Ralph Carruth (Manager, Materials and Processes Laboratory at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center)
50 Years of Robotic Planetary Exploration: Ralph Carruth (Manager, Materials and Processes Laboratory at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center)
We asked them and here is what the experts had to say about the last 50 years of planetary robotic exploration.Read More...
50 Years of Robotic Planetary Exploration: Amanda Hendrix (Planetary Scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory)
50 Years of Robotic Planetary Exploration: Amanda Hendrix (Planetary Scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory)
We asked them and here is what the experts had to say about the last 50 years of planetary robotic exploration.Read More...
50 Years of Robotic Planetary Exploration: Suzanne Dodd (Project Manager for the Voyager Interstellar Mission at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory)
50 Years of Robotic Planetary Exploration: Suzanne Dodd (Project Manager for the Voyager Interstellar Mission at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory)
We asked them and here is what the experts had to say about the last 50 years of planetary robotic exploration.Read More...
50 Years of Robotic Planetary Exploration: Dave Doody (Realtime Flight Operations Lead Engineer at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory)
50 Years of Robotic Planetary Exploration: Dave Doody (Realtime Flight Operations Lead Engineer at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory)
We asked them and here is what the experts had to say about the last 50 years of planetary robotic exploration.Read More...
50 Years of Robotic Planetary Exploration: Steve Vance (Planetary Scientist/Astrobiologist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory)
50 Years of Robotic Planetary Exploration: Steve Vance (Planetary Scientist/Astrobiologist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory)
We asked them and here is what the experts had to say about the last 50 years of planetary robotic exploration.Read More...
How Deep Must Life Hide to Be Safe on Europa?
How Deep Must Life Hide to Be Safe on Europa?
Jupiter's icy moon Europa is subject to constant and significant blasts of radiation. Researchers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory are now attempting to determine how deep life must lay beneath the moon's crust in order to survive.Read More...
50 Years of Robotic Planetary Exploration: Michelle Thaller (Assistant Director of Science for Communications at the Goddard Space Flight Center)
50 Years of Robotic Planetary Exploration: Michelle Thaller (Assistant Director of Science for Communications at the Goddard Space Flight Center)
We asked them and here is what the experts had to say about the last 50 years of planetary robotic exploration.Read More...
50 Years of Robotic Planetary Exploration: Jeff Cuzzi (Research Scientist at NASA Ames Research Center)
50 Years of Robotic Planetary Exploration: Jeff Cuzzi (Research Scientist at NASA Ames Research Center)
We asked them and here is what the experts had to say about the last 50 years of planetary robotic exploration.Read More...
50 Years of Robotic Planetary Exploration: David Grinspoon (Curator of Astrobiology at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science)
50 Years of Robotic Planetary Exploration: David Grinspoon (Curator of Astrobiology at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science)
We asked them and here is what the experts had to say about the last 50 years of planetary robotic exploration.Read More...
An Alignment of Planets in the Sunset Sky
An Alignment of Planets in the Sunset Sky
The brightest planets in the night sky are aligning for a must-see show in late February and March 2012. You can start looking tonight.Read More...
Radioisotope Power Systems:  Power to Explore
Research... at a Glance
Radioisotope Power Systems: Power to Explore
For more than four decades, Radioisotope Power Systems (RPS) have played a critical role in the exploration of space, enabling missions of scientific discovery to destinations across the solar system.Read More...
50 Years of Robotic Planetary Exploration: Fran Bagenal (Professor of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences at the University of Colorado, Boulder and Co-Investigator for the New Horizons Mission)
The Night After Christmas Sky Show
The Night After Christmas Sky Show
On Dec. 26th, Venus and the crescent Moon will gather together for a beautiful night-after-Christmas sky show.Read More...
50 Years of Robotic Planetary Exploration: Amy Simon-Miller (Astrophysicist at the Goddard Space Flight Center)
50 Years of Robotic Planetary Exploration: Amy Simon-Miller (Astrophysicist at the Goddard Space Flight Center)
We asked them and here is what the experts had to say about the last 50 years of planetary robotic exploration.Read More...
Jupiter's
Jupiter's "Grand Tack" Reshaped the Solar System
Jupiter, long settled in its position as the fifth planet from our sun, was a rolling stone in its youth.Read More...
What Lies Inside Jupiter?
What Lies Inside Jupiter?
The goal of the Juno mission is to answer the question: " What lies inside Jupiter?"Read More...
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Planetary Seasons
Planetary Seasons
Planetary seasons are caused by two factors: axial tilt and variable distance from the sun (orbital eccentricity).Read More...
Planets Aligning in the Sunset Sky
Planets Aligning in the Sunset Sky
The sunset of May 26th will be extra special. On that date, Venus, Jupiter and Mercury will gather in the fading twilight to form a bright triangle only three degrees wide.Read More...
Solar System Exploration @ 50: What the Experts Picked
Research... at a Glance
Solar System Exploration @ 50: What the Experts Picked
Here is what the experts had to say about their favorite moments last 50 years of planetary robotic exploration.Read More...
NASA Celebrates Four Decades of Plucky Pioneer 11
NASA Celebrates Four Decades of Plucky Pioneer 11
Forty years ago, on April 5, 1973, a small, ambitious spacecraft launched from Cape Canaveral, heading towards the third-brightest point of light in the night sky.Read More...
50 Years of Robotic Planetary Exploration: David Kring, Senior Staff Scientist, Universities Space Research Association, Houston; Principal Investigator, LPI-JSC
50 Years of Robotic Planetary Exploration: David Kring, Senior Staff Scientist, Universities Space Research Association, Houston; Principal Investigator, LPI-JSC
We asked them and here is what the experts had to say about the last 50 years of planetary robotic exploration.Read More...
50 Years of Robotic Planetary Exploration: Julie Castillo-Rogez, Planetary Geophysicist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)
50 Years of Robotic Planetary Exploration: Julie Castillo-Rogez, Planetary Geophysicist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)
We asked them and here is what the experts had to say about the last 50 years of planetary robotic exploration.Read More...
State of the Solar System
State of the Solar System
As the president prepares to give his annual State of the Union Address, we offer our own update from the ongoing exploration of our cosmic neighborhood.Read More...
50 Years of Robotic Planetary Exploration: Neil Gehrels, Astrophysicist at NASA's Goddard Spaceflight Center
50 Years of Robotic Planetary Exploration: Neil Gehrels, Astrophysicist at NASA's Goddard Spaceflight Center
We asked them and here is what the experts had to say about the last 50 years of planetary robotic exploration.Read More...
Earth at Perihelion
Earth at Perihelion
In January, our planet made its annual closest approach to the sun. But don't expect things to warm up.Read More...
50 Years of Robotic Planetary Exploration: Claudia Alexander, Project Scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory
50 Years of Robotic Planetary Exploration: Claudia Alexander, Project Scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory
We asked them and here is what the experts had to say about the last 50 years of planetary robotic exploration.Read More...
50 Years of Robotic Planetary Exploration: Ashley Stroupe (Robotics Software Engineer / Mars Rover Driver at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory)
50 Years of Robotic Planetary Exploration: Ashley Stroupe (Robotics Software Engineer / Mars Rover Driver at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory)
We asked them and here is what the experts had to say about the last 50 years of planetary robotic exploration.Read More...
50 Years of Robotic Planetary Exploration: Jim Kasting (Distinguished Professor of Geoscience at Penn State University)
50 Years of Robotic Planetary Exploration: Jim Kasting (Distinguished Professor of Geoscience at Penn State University)
We asked them and here is what the experts had to say about the last 50 years of planetary robotic exploration.Read More...
50 Years of Robotic Planetary Exploration: Ralph Carruth (Manager, Materials and Processes Laboratory at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center)
50 Years of Robotic Planetary Exploration: Ralph Carruth (Manager, Materials and Processes Laboratory at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center)
We asked them and here is what the experts had to say about the last 50 years of planetary robotic exploration.Read More...
50 Years of Robotic Planetary Exploration: Amanda Hendrix (Planetary Scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory)
50 Years of Robotic Planetary Exploration: Amanda Hendrix (Planetary Scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory)
We asked them and here is what the experts had to say about the last 50 years of planetary robotic exploration.Read More...
50 Years of Robotic Planetary Exploration: Suzanne Dodd (Project Manager for the Voyager Interstellar Mission at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory)
50 Years of Robotic Planetary Exploration: Suzanne Dodd (Project Manager for the Voyager Interstellar Mission at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory)
We asked them and here is what the experts had to say about the last 50 years of planetary robotic exploration.Read More...
50 Years of Robotic Planetary Exploration: Dave Doody (Realtime Flight Operations Lead Engineer at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory)
50 Years of Robotic Planetary Exploration: Dave Doody (Realtime Flight Operations Lead Engineer at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory)
We asked them and here is what the experts had to say about the last 50 years of planetary robotic exploration.Read More...
50 Years of Robotic Planetary Exploration: Steve Vance (Planetary Scientist/Astrobiologist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory)
50 Years of Robotic Planetary Exploration: Steve Vance (Planetary Scientist/Astrobiologist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory)
We asked them and here is what the experts had to say about the last 50 years of planetary robotic exploration.Read More...
How Deep Must Life Hide to Be Safe on Europa?
How Deep Must Life Hide to Be Safe on Europa?
Jupiter's icy moon Europa is subject to constant and significant blasts of radiation. Researchers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory are now attempting to determine how deep life must lay beneath the moon's crust in order to survive.Read More...
50 Years of Robotic Planetary Exploration: Michelle Thaller (Assistant Director of Science for Communications at the Goddard Space Flight Center)
50 Years of Robotic Planetary Exploration: Michelle Thaller (Assistant Director of Science for Communications at the Goddard Space Flight Center)
We asked them and here is what the experts had to say about the last 50 years of planetary robotic exploration.Read More...
50 Years of Robotic Planetary Exploration: Jeff Cuzzi (Research Scientist at NASA Ames Research Center)
50 Years of Robotic Planetary Exploration: Jeff Cuzzi (Research Scientist at NASA Ames Research Center)
We asked them and here is what the experts had to say about the last 50 years of planetary robotic exploration.Read More...
50 Years of Robotic Planetary Exploration: David Grinspoon (Curator of Astrobiology at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science)
50 Years of Robotic Planetary Exploration: David Grinspoon (Curator of Astrobiology at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science)
We asked them and here is what the experts had to say about the last 50 years of planetary robotic exploration.Read More...
An Alignment of Planets in the Sunset Sky
An Alignment of Planets in the Sunset Sky
The brightest planets in the night sky are aligning for a must-see show in late February and March 2012. You can start looking tonight.Read More...
Radioisotope Power Systems:  Power to Explore
Research... at a Glance
Radioisotope Power Systems: Power to Explore
For more than four decades, Radioisotope Power Systems (RPS) have played a critical role in the exploration of space, enabling missions of scientific discovery to destinations across the solar system.Read More...
50 Years of Robotic Planetary Exploration: Fran Bagenal (Professor of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences at the University of Colorado, Boulder and Co-Investigator for the New Horizons Mission)
The Night After Christmas Sky Show
The Night After Christmas Sky Show
On Dec. 26th, Venus and the crescent Moon will gather together for a beautiful night-after-Christmas sky show.Read More...
50 Years of Robotic Planetary Exploration: Amy Simon-Miller (Astrophysicist at the Goddard Space Flight Center)
50 Years of Robotic Planetary Exploration: Amy Simon-Miller (Astrophysicist at the Goddard Space Flight Center)
We asked them and here is what the experts had to say about the last 50 years of planetary robotic exploration.Read More...
Jupiter's
Jupiter's "Grand Tack" Reshaped the Solar System
Jupiter, long settled in its position as the fifth planet from our sun, was a rolling stone in its youth.Read More...
What Lies Inside Jupiter?
What Lies Inside Jupiter?
The goal of the Juno mission is to answer the question: " What lies inside Jupiter?"Read More...
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