Solar System Exploration
NASA's Lucy is set to launch in October on the first mission to study the Trojan asteroids – swarms of asteroids associated with Jupiter.
Lucy Is Going to Space!
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
This page showcases our resources for those interested in learning more about the Lucy Mission.
Lucy Mission Resources
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
NASA’s Lucy undergoes a test to simulate the release of the spacecraft from its launch vehicle.
NASA's Lucy Spacecraft Gets Shocked
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
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