Solar System Exploration
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While past rovers have dug inches into the rusty soils of the Red Planet, NASA is testing out a drill that can go feet deep and operate autonomously with minimal human guidance.
NASA is Testing a Drill to Search for Life on Mars – On Its Own
NASA's efforts to engage a broader audience in exploration through the use of social media and online features was recognized with two Emmy Awards for interactive programming.
NASA Wins Two Emmy Awards for Interactive Mission Coverage
NASA has awarded a contract to Advanced Space of Boulder, Colorado, to develop and operate a CubeSat mission to the same lunar orbit targeted for Gateway.
NASA Funds CubeSat Pathfinder Mission to Unique Lunar Orbit
Two relatively medium-sized asteroids will fly safely past Earth overnight Sept. 13-14 (Eastern U.S. time).
Two Asteroids to Safely Fly by Earth
Comet C/2019 Q4 (Borisov) has excited the astronomical community because it appears to have originated from outside the solar system.
Newly Discovered Comet Is Likely Interstellar Visitor
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
A key tracer used to estimate how much atmosphere Mars lost can change depending on the time of day on the Red Planet, according to new observations by NASA-funded scientists.
NASA Research Gives New Insight into How Much Atmosphere Mars Lost
Here’s a look at four instruments to be delivered to the Moon through NASA’s Commercial Lunar Payload Services provider program.
NASA Science Experiments to be Delivered to Moon by Commercial Landers
NASA has selected three proposals for concept studies of missions that could help us better understand the dynamic space weather system driven by the Sun that manifests near Earth.
NASA Selects Proposals to Advance Understanding of Space Weather
Engineers attached NASA's Mars Helicopter, which will be the first aircraft to fly on another planet, to the belly of the Mars 2020 rover today.
NASA's Mars Helicopter Attached to Mars 2020 Rover
NASA invites U.S. students to submit essays to name NASA's next Mars rover. Kindergarten through 12th grade students have until Nov. 1, 2019 to submit their name.
Name the Rover Contest