Solar System Exploration
By the Numbers
By the Numbers
By the Numbers
By the Numbers
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
New analysis of data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft finds auroras at Saturn's poles may keep its atmosphere warm.
Data From NASA's Cassini May Explain Saturn's Atmospheric Mystery
Fun — and even educational — NASA activities to do at home.
10+ Things to Do with NASA at Home
Whether you're doing it for the nerd cred or the pie, this week on #10Things, we've got all the ways you can celebrate #PiDay with NASA.
10 Ways to Celebrate Pi Day with NASA on March 14
NASA is preparing to send the drone-like Dragonfly to the intriguing moon, Titan. Here are five reasons Saturn's largest moons is so enticing.
Why is NASA Sending Dragonfly to Titan? Here are Five Reasons
The Voyager imaging team asked for the photo to show Earth’s vulnerability — to illustrate how small, fragile and irreplaceable it is on a cosmic scale.
10 Things You Might Not Know About Voyager's Famous 'Pale Blue Dot' Photo
Spitzer, designed to reveal the far, cold and dusty side of the universe, made discoveries its designers never even imagined, including a previously unseen ring of Saturn.
10 Things Spitzer Taught Us About Our Solar System
The first map showing the global geology of Saturn's largest moon, Titan, has been completed and fully reveals a dynamic world of dunes, lakes, plains, craters and other terrains.
The First Global Geologic Map of Titan Completed
The next full Moon will be on Sunday afternoon, October 13, 2019, The Moon will appear full for about three days centered on this time, from Saturday morning to Tuesday morning.
October 2019: The Next Full Moon is the Hunter's Moon
Cassini scientists have found the ingredients for amino acids condensed onto ice grains emitted by Saturn's sixth-largest moon.
New Organic Compounds Found in Enceladus Ice Grains
Mini robots that can roll, fly, float and swim, then morph into a single machine? Together they form Shapeshifter, a developing concept for a transformational vehicle to explore treacherous, distant worlds.
NASA Designing Shapeshifting Robots for Saturn's Moons
Saturn is so beautiful that astronomers cannot resist using the Hubble Space Telescope to take yearly snapshots of the ringed world when it is at its closest distance to Earth.
Saturn's Rings Shine in Hubble's Latest Portrait
A new theory, based on radar data from NASA's Cassini mission, proposes that some of Titan's lakes formed when pockets of nitrogen blew out basins that filled with methane.
New Models Suggest Titan Lakes Are Explosion Craters
The next full Moon will be early Saturday morning, September 14, 2019. Find out what else to watch for in the skies during the next few weeks.
September 2019: The Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon
Robots can drive on the plains and craters of Mars, but what if we could explore cliffs, polar caps and other hard-to-reach places on the Red Planet and beyond?
For Climbing Robots, the Sky's the Limit
NASA has announced that our next destination in the solar system is the unique, richly organic world Titan.
NASA Selects Flying Mission to Study Titan for Origins, Signs of Life
After its launch in 2021, NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope will observe Saturn as part of a comprehensive solar system program.
NASA's Webb Telescope Will Survey Saturn and its Moon Titan
After nearly 16 years of exploring the cosmos in infrared light, NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope will be switched off permanently on Jan. 30, 2020.
How NASA's Spitzer Has Stayed Alive for So Long
Images collected during Cassini's superclose orbits in 2017 are giving scientists new insight into the complex workings of the rings.
NASA's Cassini Reveals New Sculpting in Saturn Rings
There’s way more to Saturn than its rings. The planet also boasts a collection of exotic, and still mysterious, moons.
10 Things: Unsolved Mysteries of Saturn's Moons
Our solar system is a stormy place. Join us on a tour of storms.
10+ Things: Tour of Storms Across the Solar System
Dust and ice from Saturn's vast rings accretes onto the moons embedded within and near the rings.
Cassini Finds Saturn's Rings Coat Tiny Moons
Meet the women leading two of humankind's two most distant space missions.
Women at the Helm
Scientists have reproduced in the lab how the ingredients for life could have formed deep in the ocean 4 billion years ago. The results of the new study offer clues to how life started on Earth and where else in the cosmos we might find it.
NASA Study Reproduces Origins of Life on Ocean Floor