Solar System Exploration
By the Numbers
By the Numbers
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
This page showcases our resources for those interested in learning more about Saturn and Titan.
Saturn and Titan Resources
Voyager 2 made its closest approach to Saturn on Aug. 25, 1981. The mission revealed a planet so phenomenal scientists had to go back.
40 Years On, Remembering Voyager's Legacy at Saturn
The Next Full Moon is a Blue Moon, and is also known as the Hungry Ghost Moon.
Full Moon Guide: August - September 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
The next full Moon goes by many names including the Buck Moon.
Full Moon Guide: July – August 2021
Researchers at NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland have imagined a new, early-stage concept for a lander to Saturn’s moon Titan.
Glenn Researchers Study New, Futuristic Concept to Explore Titan
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
Hubble is giving astronomers a view of changes in Saturn’s vast and turbulent atmosphere as the planet’s northern hemisphere summer transitions to fall.
Hubble Sees Changing Seasons on Saturn
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
JPL's lucky peanuts are an unofficial tradition at big mission events.
What Are NASA's Lucky Peanuts?
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?
They focus on our star, but three of NASA’s Sun-watching spacecraft have also captured unique views of the planets.
Unique Solar System Views from Sun-Watching Spacecraft
Jupiter, left, and Saturn, right, above Chapel Hill, North Carolina, during the “great conjunction.”
Saturn and Jupiter's Great Conjunction
Skywatchers are in for a treat soon as Jupiter and Saturn appear to merge into what's become popularly known as the "Christmas Star."
The Great Conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn
Tips for photographing the sky during December's conjunction of Saturn and Jupiter
How to Photograph the Conjunction of Saturn and Jupiter
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