Solar System Exploration
By the Numbers
By the Numbers
By the Numbers
By the Numbers
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
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.
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
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
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
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
Meet the women leading two of humankind's two most distant space missions.
Women at the Helm
Quite a few candles have been lit since NASA was born on Oct. 1, 1958. Here’s a quick look back at some highlights from six decades of exploration—and a glimpse of what’s ahead.
10 Things: Happy Birthday, NASA
Legendary explorers and visionaries, real and fictitious, are among those immortalized in the first set of official surface-feature names for Pluto's largest moon, Charon.
Pluto's Largest Moon Gets Its First Official Feature Names
We're talking about the ice giants. These are two enormous planets in our outer solar system: Uranus and Neptune.
Gravity Assist: Ice Giants (Uranus & Neptune) with Amy Simon
It's never too late to appreciate the far-reaching influence the Voyagers have had—including pop culture.
The Voyagers in Popular Culture
In a flurry of new moon discoveries in late 2000 and early 2001, it was announced by this author - and several other sources - that the planet Uranus had 21 moons.
Uranus 'Loses' a Moon: The 'New' Official Moon Count of the Solar System