Solar System Exploration
It appears some pieces of asteroid Vesta ended up on asteroid Bennu, according to observations from NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft.
NASA's OSIRIS-REx to Asteroid Bennu: "You've got a little Vesta on you…"
A small satellite mission to study small “rubble pile” asteroids has received NASA approval to proceed to the next phase of development.
Milestone for Mission to Send SmallSats on Deep Space Journey
The asteroid, which is being studied by NASA's OSIRIS-REx, shows some surprising activity on its surface.
Why Is Asteroid Bennu Ejecting Particles Into Space?
NASA’s first mission to explore the Trojan asteroids passed a critical milestone and is officially authorized to transition to its next phase.
Lucy Mission One Step Closer to Exploring the Trojan Asteroids
An SUV-size space rock flew past Earth over the weekend – coming closer to Earth than any other known NEA.
Tiny Asteroid Buzzes by Earth - the Closest Flyby on Record
The spacecraft is on track to touch asteroid Bennu's surface during its first sample collection attempt on Oct. 20.
Rehearsal Puts NASA's OSIRIS-REx on a Path to Sample Collection
OSIRIS-REx is almost ready for touchdown on Bennu. On Aug. 11, the spacecraft will perform its “Matchpoint” rehearsal.
One Rehearsal Away from Touching Asteroid Bennu
Dawn spacecraft data answers two big questions: Is there liquid inside Ceres, and how long ago was it geologically active?
Mystery Solved: Bright Areas on Ceres Come From Salty Water Below
The Earth has one less asteroid to worry about thanks to the research of an international team of scientists at the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico.
Arecibo Observatory Returns from Tropical Storm Isaias Lockdown to Track Asteroid for NASA
NASA’s first asteroid sampling spacecraft is making final preparations to grab a sample from asteroid Bennu.
OSIRIS-REx is One Rehearsal Away from Touching Asteroid Bennu
Lucy will fly by seven different Trojan asteroids that are orbiting the same distance from the Sun as Jupiter.
NASA's Lucy Mission Passes Critical Mission Milestone
The next full Moon will be midday on Monday, August 3, 2020.
August 2020: The Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon
In the fall of 2022, NASA’s DART spacecraft will reach its destination: asteroid Didymos and its small moonlet Dimorphos.
Predicting the Unpredictable: DART's Dive into an Asteroid
A comet visiting from the most distant parts of our solar system is putting on a spectacular nighttime display.
Comet NEOWISE Slides by Sun, Provides Treat for Observers
Psyche, the NASA mission to explore a metal-rock asteroid of the same name, recently passed a crucial milestone.
Building NASA's Psyche: Design Done, Now Full Speed Ahead on Hardware
The next full Moon will be early Sunday morning, July 5, 2020. There also will be a partial penumbral eclipse of the Moon.
July 2020: The Next Full Moon is the Buck Moon
Didymos B is getting an official name of its own: Dimorphos.
NASA's First Planetary Defense Mission Target Gets a New Name
Images from OSIRIS-REx show rocks on asteroid Bennu appear to be cracking.
OSIRIS-REx Discovers Sunlight Can Crack Rocks on Asteroid Bennu
Asteroid 2002 NN4 will safely pass Earth on June 6 at a distance of approximately 3.2 million miles. There is no danger to Earth.
Small Asteroid to Safely Fly by Earth
This view is a mosaic of sample site Osprey on asteroid Bennu created from images collected by NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft.
OSIRIS-REx Swoops Over Sample Site Osprey
The Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon, Mead Moon, Honey Moon, Vat Purnima, Poson Poya, and the LRO Moon.
The Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon
Recently discovered object 2019 LD2, originally believed to be the first cometary “Jupiter Trojan” asteroid, turned out to be an interloper comet masquerading as a member of the Trojan population.
UPDATE: Astronomers recategorize asteroid-like comet detected by ATLAS telescope
What can asteroids tell us about the early solar system? The James Webb Space Telescope will help unravel these mysteries.
NASA's Webb Will Study the ‘Building Blocks' of Our Solar System
NASA’s first asteroid sample return mission is officially prepared for its long-awaited touchdown on asteroid Bennu’s surface.
OSIRIS-REx Ready for Touchdown on Asteroid Bennu
A large near-Earth asteroid will safely pass by our planet on April 29, providing astronomers with an exceptional opportunity to study the 1.5-mile-wide object in great detail.
Asteroid 1998 OR2 to Safely Fly Past Earth