Solar System Exploration
By the Numbers
By the Numbers
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.
Full Moon Guide: January - February 2022
This page showcases our resources for those interested in learning more about ocean worlds.
Ocean Worlds Resources
This page showcases our resources for those interested in learning more about Jupiter.
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
The next full Moon is the Beaver Moon, and there will be a near-total lunar eclipse.
Full Moon Guide: November - December 2021
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 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
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
JPL's lucky peanuts are an unofficial tradition at big mission events.
What Are JPL's Lucky Peanuts?
The next full Moon is the Hunter's Moon, the Travel Moon, and the Lucy Moon.
Full Moon Guide: October - November 2021
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
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 Next Full Moon is a Blue Moon, and is also known as the Hungry Ghost Moon.
Full Moon Guide: August - September 2021
Juno used its infrared instrument during recent flybys of Ganymede to create this map a decade after Juno’s launch.
NASA's Juno Celebrates 10 Years With New Infrared View of Moon Ganymede
This week in 2011, the Juno mission to Jupiter launched from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center aboard an Atlas V-551 rocket.
This Week in NASA History: Juno Mission to Jupiter Launches
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
The probe flew closer to Jupiter's largest moon, Ganymede, than any other spacecraft in more than two decades.
Ride With Juno As It Flies Past the Solar System's Biggest Moon and Jupiter
A puzzler about the gas giant’s intense northern and southern lights has been deciphered.
40-Year Mystery Solved: Source of Jupiter's X-Ray Flares Uncovered