Solar System Exploration
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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
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
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 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
Researchers have expanded the Pluto photo album to include a portion of the dwarf planet's landscape they're calling the “dark side.”
Using "Charon-light," Researchers Image Pluto's Dark Side in Faint Moonlight
The lives and accomplishments of both women aviation pioneers have now been honored with the naming of landmarks on Pluto.
Pluto Landmarks Named for Aviation Pioneers Sally Ride and Bessie Coleman
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 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
On April 17 New Horizons will reach a rare milepost – 50 astronomical units from the Sun or 50 times farther from the Sun than Earth is.
NASA's New Horizons Reaches a Rare Space Milestone
A technique for scanning Mars rocks for microscopic fossils is also being developed to hunt for microbes on Enceladus, Titan, and Europa.
Probing for Life in the Icy Crusts of Ocean Worlds
A proposed mission called Io Volcano Observer (IVO) would visit Jupiter’s moon Io, which is a true volcanic wonderland.
Io Volcano Observer: Following the Heat and Hunting Clues to Planet Evolution
Phobos orbits through a stream of charged atoms and molecules that flow off the atmosphere of Mars, new research shows.
Could Phobos Help Reveal Secrets of the Martian Past?
NASA’s VIPER will be the first off-world rover to have its brains split in two as it explores the Moon’s surface in search of water ice.
VIPER's Many Brains are Better than One
For Artemis astronauts traveling to the Moon, two space weather instrument suites, NASA’s HERMES and ESA’s ERSA, will provide an early forecast.
Lunar Gateway Instruments to Improve Forecasting for Artemis Astronauts
Plumes of water vapor that may be venting into space from Jupiter's moon Europa could come from within the icy crust itself, according to new research.
Potential Plumes on Europa Could Come From Water in the Crust
New experiments re-create the environment of Europa and find that the icy moon shines, even on its nightside. The effect is more than just a cool visual.
Europa Glows: Radiation Does a Bright Number on Jupiter's Moon
NASA scientists have identified a molecule in Titan’s atmosphere that has never been detected in any other atmosphere.
NASA Scientists Discover ‘Weird' Molecule in Titan's Atmosphere
Made of a pair of two-wheeled vehicles, DuAxel is designed to descend craters and near-vertical cliffs on the Moon, Mars, and beyond.
This Transforming Rover Can Explore the Toughest Terrain
New research reveals that Pluto's ice caps are created through an entirely different process than ice caps on Earth.
Pluto's Ice Caps Made of Methane, Turns Earth's Process Upside Down
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