Solar System Exploration
By the Numbers
Lunar Phases and Eclipses
By the Numbers
Lunar Phases and Eclipses
Astronomers discovered the rocket body heading toward a lunar collision late last year. Impact occurred on March 4. LRO spotted the crater.
NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Spots Rocket Impact Site on Moon
NASA has extended the planetary science missions of eight of its spacecraft due to their scientific productivity and potential to deepen our knowledge.
Exploration Extended for 8 Planetary Science Missions
NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) rocket with the Orion spacecraft atop has arrived at Launch Pad 39B at Kennedy Space Center.
NASA's Mega Moon Rocket, Spacecraft Complete First Roll to Launch Pad
NASA thinks the time is right to study one of the last unopened Apollo-era lunar samples.
NASA Studies ‘New' 50-Year-Old Lunar Sample to Prep for Return to Moon
This February’s calendar has lots of twos. There was 02-02-2022 and now 02-22-2022 – which some people are calling “Twosday.”
10 Things in Space That Come in Twos
The Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon, Ice Moon, the Moon after Yule, and the Old Moon.
Full Moon Guide: January - February 2022
Our 2021 round-up of NASA planetary science is packed with the year’s most spectacular images, ground-breaking discoveries, and incredible mission events.
NASA Planetary Science Highlights: 2021
Snoopy, the Zero G Indicator for the Artemis I mission, was delivered to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center on Dec. 2, 2021.
Snoopy to Fly Aboard Artemis I
You can have all the dates and times for all the Moon phases for 2022 at your fingertips by building your own Moon phases calendar and calculator!
Make a Moon Phases Calendar and Calculator – NEW for 2022
Finding plumes at Europa is an exciting prospect, but scientists warn it’ll be tricky, even from up close.
Are Water Plumes Spraying from Europa? NASA's Europa Clipper is on the Case
The heat shield skin for the Artemis IV mission, the third crewed mission to the Moon, is now at Moffett Federal Airfield.
NASA's Super Guppy Arrives in California with Future Artemis Heat Shield
The camera aboard NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) spacecraft imaged Saturn on Oct. 13, 2021.
NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Images Saturn
NASA Administrator Bill Nelson laid out the path forward for early Artemis missions that will pave the way for lunar surface missions.
NASA Outlines Challenges, Progress for Artemis Moon Missions
A team of shoebox-sized rover scouts was recently put to the test at a NASA Glenn Research Center lab.
CADRE of Mini Rovers Navigate Simulated Lunar Terrain
JPL's lucky peanuts are an unofficial tradition at big mission events.
What Are JPL's Lucky Peanuts?
In 2023, NASA’s Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover (VIPER) will land near the western edge of the Nobile Crater at the Moon’s South Pole.
NASA's Artemis Rover to Land Near Nobile Region of Moon's South Pole
The rover will be delivered to the Moon's surface in late 2023. VIPER is the first resource-mapping mission on the surface of another celestial body.
NASA to Announce Landing Site for Artemis Lunar Robotic Rover
The Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon, the Fruit Moon, the Barley Moon, and the Corn Moon.
Full Moon Guide: September - October 2021
The facility that houses the world’s most powerful space simulation chambers has now been named for the world’s most famous astronaut.
NASA Dedicates Facility to Honor Neil Armstrong's Legacy
A new online visualization tool will enable anyone to see what sea levels will look like anywhere in the world in the decades to come.
NASA, International Panel Provide a New Window on Rising Seas
Fragments from deep within the Moon may provide a better understanding of how the Moon, the Earth, and other worlds evolved.
NASA Identifies Likely Locations of the Early Molten Moon's Deep Secrets
The shadows cast by the roughness of the Moon’s surface create small cold spots for water ice to accumulate even during the harsh lunar daytime.
NASA Study Highlights Importance of Surface Shadows in Moon Water Puzzle
For the first time, astronomers have uncovered evidence of water vapor in the atmosphere of Jupiter's moon Ganymede.
Hubble Finds First Evidence of Water Vapor at Jupiter's Moon Ganymede
NASA has selected SpaceX to provide launch services for Earth’s first mission to conduct detailed investigations of Jupiter's moon Europa.
NASA Awards Launch Services Contract for Europa Clipper Mission
The next full Moon goes by many names including the Buck Moon.
Full Moon Guide: July – August 2021