Solar System Exploration
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
The Lucy spacecraft undergoes integration and testing at the Lockheed Martin cleanroom in Denver Colorado.
NASA's Lucy in the Cleanroom
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
Nayi Castro serves as OSIRIS-REx mission operations manager or "MOM” for short. She shares her thoughts on OSIRIS-REx leaving Bennu.
OSIRIS-REx 'MOM' Says Goodbye to an Asteroid
Members of NASA’s Planetary Defense Coordination Office will participate in a “tabletop exercise” to simulate an asteroid impact scenario.
NASA to Participate in Tabletop Exercise Simulating Asteroid Impact
Without searching for these asteroid companions before launch, Lucy runs the risk of encountering an unexpected binary pair.
Hide and Seek – How NASA's Lucy Mission Team Discovered Eurybates' Satellite
New images taken during OSIRIS-REx's final flyover on April 7, 2021, reveal the aftermath of the spacecraft's historic encounter with the asteroid.
NASA's OSIRIS-REx Leaves its Mark on Asteroid Bennu
NASA’s OSIRIS-REx completed its last flyover of Bennu on April 7 and is now slowly drifting away from the asteroid;
NASA's OSIRIS-REx Completes Final Tour of Asteroid Bennu
NASA’s Lucy spacecraft has successfully completed thermal vacuum testing of both solar panels.
NASA's Lucy Stretches Its Wings in Successful Solar Panel Deployment Test
OSIRIS-REx will get one last close encounter with Bennu as it performs a final flyover to capture images of the asteroid’s surface.
NASA OSIRIS-REx's Final Asteroid Observation Run
Set to launch next year, the agency’s Psyche spacecraft will explore a metal-rich asteroid in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.
NASA Begins Final Assembly of Spacecraft Destined for Asteroid Psyche
The near-Earth object was thought to pose a slight risk of impacting Earth in 2068, but now radar observations have ruled that out.
NASA Analysis: Earth Is Safe From Asteroid Apophis for 100-Plus Years
Seen here in late 2020, the Lucy spacecraft is lifted back to its dolly as the Lockheed Martin team in Denver, Colorado, continues production.
NASA's Lucy Spacecraft Gets a Lift
The interplanetary interloper won’t come closer than 1.25 million miles to Earth, but it will present a valuable scientific opportunity for astronomers.
Asteroid 2001 FO32 Will Safely Pass by Earth March 21
Whether you're doing it for the nerd cred or the pie, this week on #10Things, we've got all the ways you can celebrate #PiDay with NASA.
10 Ways to Celebrate Pi Day with NASA on March 14
A wayward young comet-like object orbiting among the giant planets has found a temporary parking place along the way.
Comet Makes a Pit Stop Near Jupiter's Asteroids
As astronomers discovered asteroids hiding in Jupiter’s Lagrange points, they began referring to them as “Trojan asteroids.”
How Were the Trojan Asteroids Discovered and Named?
The next full Moon will be early Saturday morning, Feb. 27 at 3:17 AM EST. The Moon will appear full from Thursday night through Sunday morning.
The Next Full Moon is the Snow, Storm, and Hunger Moon
JPL's lucky peanuts are an unofficial tradition at big mission events.
What Are NASA's Lucky Peanuts?
DART will still arrive at Didymos within a few days of the originally scheduled impact date of Sept. 30, 2022.
DART Launch Moves to Secondary Window
A months-long integration and testing phase culminated with a successful review and the start of space-environment testing for DART.
DART Mission Heats Up, Enters Environmental Testing
With less than a year to launch, NASA’s Lucy mission’s third and final scientific instrument has been integrated onto the spacecraft.
Final Scientific Instrument Installed in NASA's First Mission to Trojan Asteroids
Before departing for Earth on May 10, OSIRIS-REx will perform a final flyby of Bennu – capturing its last images of sample collection site Nightingale.
NASA's OSIRIS-REx to Fly a Farewell Tour of Bennu
Now just a year and a half from launch, the mission to explore a metal-rich asteroid will soon begin assembling and testing the spacecraft.
NASA's Psyche Mission Moves Forward, Passing Key Milestone