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NASA’s Juno mission completed its 50th close pass by Jupiter on April 8, 2023. To mark the 50th close pass, NASA teamed up with Google Arts & Culture to feature a selection of JunoCam images.
Juno Marks 50 Orbits Around Jupiter
Research reveals a new explanation for how the icy shell of Jupiter’s moon Europa rotates at a different rate than its interior.
Ocean Currents May Affect Rotation of Europa's Icy Crust
Scientists have completed the longest-ever study tracking temperatures in Jupiter’s upper atmosphere where its signature colorful striped clouds form.
40-Year Study Finds Mysterious Patterns in Temperatures at Jupiter
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NASA-funded scientists have discovered shaded locations within pits on the Moon that always hover around a comfortable 63 F.
NASA's LRO Finds Lunar Pits Harbor Comfortable Temperatures
To most of us, dust is an annoyance. But these tiny particles that float about and settle on surfaces play an important role across the solar system.
10 Things: Dust in the Wind (on Mars and Well Beyond)
On April 9, 2022, the JunoCam instrument captured what it would look like to ride along with the Juno spacecraft.
Juno Skims the Cloud Tops of Jupiter
Science instruments and other hardware for the spacecraft will come together in the mission’s final phase before a launch to Europa in 2024.
NASA Begins Assembly of Europa Clipper Spacecraft
A new study finally reveals higher-frequency X-rays and explains why they eluded another mission 30 years ago.
NASA Telescope Spots Highest-Energy Light Ever Detected From Jupiter
Europa Clipper will need to know its orientation while traveling from Earth to Jupiter and in orbit around Jupiter. To accomplish this, it will use the stars.
Europa Mission Dispatch: Tracking the Stars
The Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon, Ice Moon, the Moon after Yule, and the Old Moon.
January 2022: The Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon, or Ice Moon
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
NASA's Juno spacecraft captured sounds of Jupiter's moon Ganymede during a June 7, 2021, close flyby.
NASA's Juno Spacecraft ‘Hears' Jupiter's Moon
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
NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has completed this year's grand tour of the outer solar system.
Hubble's Grand Tour of the Outer Solar System
During its 36th low pass over Jupiter, NASA’s Juno spacecraft captured this view of striking Jupiter's cloud bands and swirls.
Mocha Swirls in Jupiter's Turbulent Atmosphere
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
New Juno findings provide a fuller picture of Jupiter’s colorful atmospheric features, and offer clues about what's below the clouds.
NASA's Juno: Science Results Offer First 3D View of Jupiter Atmosphere
NASA scientists are calling for a framework that provides context for findings related to the search for life.
Are We Alone in the Universe? NASA Calls for New Framework
JPL's lucky peanuts are an unofficial tradition at big mission events.
What Are JPL's Lucky Peanuts?
Hubble observations of Europa have revealed the presence of persistent water vapor – but, mysteriously, only in one hemisphere.
Hubble Finds Evidence of Persistent Water Vapor in One Hemisphere of Europa
Winds in the outermost "lane" of Jupiter's Great Red Spot are accelerating – a discovery made possible by Hubble.
Hubble Shows Winds in Jupiter's Great Red Spot Are Speeding Up
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.
September 2021: The Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon; the Fruit or Barley Moon