Solar System Exploration
NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) launched at 1:21 a.m. ET on Nov. 24, 2021, from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California.
NASA, SpaceX Launch DART: First Test Mission to Defend Planet Earth
DART team members have filled the spacecraft with fuel, and are running rehearsals as they approach launch on Nov. 23, 2021.
NASA's DART Prepares for Launch in First Planetary Defense Test Mission
DART is the first mission that will demonstrate asteroid deflection by changing an asteroid’s motion in space through kinetic impact.
An Overview of NASA's Double Asteroid Redirect Test (DART)
This page showcases our resources for those interested in learning more about the Lucy Mission.
Lucy Mission Resources
New research found that Bennu's highly porous rocks are responsible for the surface's surprising lack of fine regolith.
NASA Mission Helps Solve a Mystery: Why Are Some Asteroid Surfaces Rocky?
NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) spacecraft has arrived in California, its final stop on Earth.
DART Arrives at Vandenberg Space Force Base, Its Final Stop Before Launch
NASA’s Lucy spacecraft launched Oct. 16, 2021, on a 12-year journey to Jupiter’s Trojan asteroids.
NASA's Lucy Mission: A Journey to the Young Solar System
JPL's lucky peanuts are an unofficial tradition at big mission events.
What Are JPL's Lucky Peanuts?
Set to launch next year, NASA’s Psyche mission marks the first time the agency has set out to explore an asteroid richer in metal than rock or ice.
Science of Psyche: Unique Asteroid Holds Clues to Early Solar System
DART's mission is to determine if flying a spacecraft into a small solar system body could be a reliable technique to deflect an asteroid.
DART Gets Its CubeSat Companion, Its Last Major Piece
Futuristic electric thrusters emitting a cool blue glow will guide the Psyche spacecraft through deep space to a metal-rich asteroid.
Solar Electric Propulsion Makes NASA's Psyche Spacecraft Go
What's the next big thing? What might space missions in 2050 and beyond set out to discover?
Visionary Tech Concepts Could Pioneer the Future in Space
Seven days after this historic milestone, a massive antenna at NASA’s Deep Space Network Goldstone complex imaged another, far larger object.
Planetary Radar Observes 1,000th Near-Earth Asteroid Since 1968
As part of NASA’s Discovery Program, the mission to explore a metal-rich asteroid is well on its way to an August 2022 launch.
One Year Out: NASA's Psyche Mission Moves Closer to Launch
The Next Full Moon is a Blue Moon, and is also known as the Hungry Ghost Moon.
Full Moon Guide: August - September 2021
Models and lab tests suggest the asteroid could be venting sodium vapor as it orbits close to the Sun, explaining its increase in brightness.
Fizzing Sodium Could Explain Asteroid Phaethon's Cometlike Activity
Perched atop a stand in a high-ceilinged clean room, DART is beginning to look like the intrepid spacecraft that will aim itself directly into an asteroid.
DART Gets Its Wings: Spacecraft Integrated with Solar Arrays and Camera
NASA researchers used OSIRIS-REx spacecraft data to better understand movements of the potentially hazardous asteroid Bennu through 2300.
NASA Spacecraft Provides Insight into Asteroid Bennu's Future Orbit
NASA's first spacecraft to explore the Trojan asteroids arrived July 30 at the agency's Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida.
NASA Begins Launch Preparations for First Mission to the Trojan Asteroids
When NASA’s DART spacecraft begins its final mission phase, it will see a 4-megapixel view of nothing but a few very dim dots of light.
SMART Nav: Giving Spacecraft the Power to Guide Themselves
The solar sailing CubeSat is one of several payloads hitching a ride on Artemis I, the first integrated flight of NASA's SLS and the Orion spacecraft.
NASA Solar Sail Asteroid Mission Readies for Launch on Artemis I
Asteroids, sometimes called minor planets, are rocky remnants left over from the early formation of our solar system.
Picturing Our Solar System's Asteroid Belt
NASA approved the Near-Earth Object Surveyor space telescope to move to the next phase of mission development after a successful review.
NASA Approves Asteroid Hunting Space Telescope to Continue Development
After nearly five years in space, NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft is on its way back to Earth with rocks and dust collected from asteroid Bennu.
NASA's OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft Heads for Earth with Asteroid Sample
NASA's first asteroid sample return mission begins a two-year cruise home on May 10, 2021.
NASA Invites Public, Media to Watch Asteroid Mission Begin Return to Earth