Solar System Exploration
By the Numbers
By the Numbers
By the Numbers
By the Numbers
The next full Moon will be on Thursday afternoon, Oct. 1, 2020. The Moon will appear full from Wednesday morning through Saturday morning.
October 2020: The Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon
Cyclones at the north pole of Jupiter appear as swirls of striking colors in this extreme false color rendering of an image from NASA’s Juno mission.
Cyclones of Color at Jupiter's North Pole
Jupiter's volcanically active moon Io casts its shadow on the planet in this dramatic image from NASA's Juno spacecraft.
Moon Io Casts Shadow On Jupiter
The Hubble image includes a new storm brewing on Jupiter, and a cousin of the famous Great Red Spot region gearing up to change color.
Hubble Captures Crisp New Portrait of Jupiter's Storms
The next full Moon will peak after midnight on Wednesday morning, Sept. 2, 2020, The Moon will appear full for about three days around this time, from Monday evening through Thursday morning.
September 2020: The Next Full Moon is the Corn, Fruit, Barley, and Hungry Ghost Moon
NASA's Mars Odyssey spacecraft has captured these six infrared views of the Martian moon Phobos.
New results from the Juno mission suggest Jupiter is home to what's called "shallow lightning."
'Shallow Lightning' and 'Mushballs' Reveal Ammonia to Juno Scientists
Researchers have designed an ambitious observing program that will conduct some of Webb's first scientific observations.
NASA's Webb Telescope Will Study Jupiter, Its Rings, and Two Intriguing Moons
The next full Moon will be midday on Monday, August 3, 2020.
August 2020: The Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon
Infrared images from NASA's Juno spacecraft are providing the first glimpse of Ganymede's icy north pole.
Juno Takes First Images of Jovian Moon Ganymede's North Pole
NASA's next giant leap may be aided by tiny lunar robots that would help scout the lunar surface.
NASA Announces Mini Payload Challenge Winners
Technicians recently finished applying more than 180 blocks of ablative material to the heat shield for the Orion spacecraft.
Heat Shield Milestone for First Crewed Orion Mission
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
This image from NASA’s Juno spacecraft captures several storms in Jupiter’s southern hemisphere.
"Clyde's Spot" on Jupiter
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
NASA has taken the next steps toward building Space Launch System (SLS) solid rocket boosters for as many as six additional flights.
NASA Plans More SLS Rocket Boosters to Launch Artemis Moon Missions
Didymos B is getting an official name of its own: Dimorphos.
NASA's First Planetary Defense Mission Target Gets a New Name
Planetary scientist Geronimo Villanueva created the sunset simulations while building a tool for a possible mission to Uranus.
NASA Scientist Simulates Sunsets on Other Worlds
The rocket booster segments that will help power NASA’s first Artemis flight test mission around the Moon arrived at KSC.
Rocket Motors for First Artemis Moon Mission Arrive at Spaceport
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
This enhanced-color image from NASA’s Juno spacecraft captures the striking cloud bands of Jupiter’s southern latitudes.
Jupiter's Racing Stripes
Scientists are using modern image processing techniques to create new views of Europa's surface.
Newly Reprocessed Images of Europa Show 'Chaos Terrain' in Crisp Detail
NASA's Lunar Flashlight, a briefcase-sized satellite, or CubeSat, will detect surface ice believed to be at the bottom of craters on the Moon that have never been exposed to sunlight. This may help provide water for astronauts exploring the Moon during the Artemis program.
CubeSat to Shine a Laser Light on Moon's Darkest Craters
Before NASA’s mighty Space Launch System (SLS) rocket can blast off from the agency’s Kennedy Space Center to send the Orion spacecraft into lunar orbit, teams across the country conduct extensive tests. Guiding that effort are NASA test directors, or NTDs.
NASA Test Directors Eagerly Await Artemis Launch