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An artistic interpretation of Curiosity’s view high up on a Martian mountain was created by mission team members.
NASA's Curiosity Rover Sends a Picture Postcard From Mars
The camera aboard NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) spacecraft imaged Saturn on Oct. 13, 2021.
NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Images Saturn
NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has completed this year's grand tour of the outer solar system.
Hubble's Grand Tour of the Outer Solar System
New Juno findings provide a fuller picture of Jupiter’s colorful atmospheric features, and offer clues about what's below the clouds.
NASA's Juno: Science Results Offer First 3D View of Jupiter Atmosphere
A study shows how the chemicals in an exoplanet’s atmosphere can reveal whether the temperature on its surface is too hot for liquid water.
How to Find Hidden Oceans on Distant Worlds? Use Chemistry
JPL's lucky peanuts are an unofficial tradition at big mission events.
What Are JPL's Lucky Peanuts?
The next full Moon is the Hunter's Moon, the Travel Moon, and the Lucy Moon.
Full Moon Guide: October - November 2021
A new paper details how the hydrological cycle of the now-dry lake at Jezero Crater is more complicated than originally thought.
NASA's Perseverance Sheds More Light on Jezero Crater's Watery Past
This year, the minimum extent of Arctic sea ice dropped to 1.82 million square miles (4.72 million square kilometers).
NASA Finds 2021 Arctic Summer Sea Ice 12th-Lowest on Record
The lander cleared enough dust from one solar panel to keep its seismometer on through the summer, allowing scientists to study three big quakes.
NASA's InSight Finds Three Big Marsquakes, Thanks to Solar-Panel Dusting
Researchers will use Webb to observe 17 actively forming planetary systems.
NASA's Webb to Explore Forming Planetary Systems
Scientists found evidence that an area on Mars called Arabia Terra had thousands of "super eruptions" over a 500-million-year period.
NASA Confirms Thousands of Massive, Ancient Volcanic Eruptions on Mars
Perseverance successfully collected its first pair of rock samples, and scientists already are gaining new insights into the region.
NASA's Perseverance Rover Collects Puzzle Pieces of Mars' History
Data received late Sept. 1, 2021, from NASA’s Perseverance rover indicate the team has achieved its goal of successfully coring a Mars rock.
NASA's Perseverance Rover Successfully Cores Its First Rock
The rover will abrade a rock this week, allowing scientists and engineers to decide whether that target would withstand its powerful drill.
NASA's Perseverance Plans Next Sample Attempt
Drought is a complicated problem that requires lots of data. Satellites from NASA and its partners help collect that data.
Drought Makes its Home on the Range
Gene Roddenberry would have been 100 years old on Aug. 19, 2021, and we at NASA celebrate his legacy.
Star Trek and NASA: Celebrating the Connection
The images show Venus approaching from the left while the Sun is off-camera to the upper right.
During Close Pass, Solar Orbiter Captures Venus' Glare
The next full Moon goes by many names including the Buck Moon.
Full Moon Guide: July – August 2021
The probe flew closer to Jupiter's largest moon, Ganymede, than any other spacecraft in more than two decades.
Ride With Juno As It Flies Past the Solar System's Biggest Moon and Jupiter
A puzzler about the gas giant’s intense northern and southern lights has been deciphered.
40-Year Mystery Solved: Source of Jupiter's X-Ray Flares Uncovered
Some places on Earth are so extreme that NASA uses them as stand-ins for other worlds. These locations are called planetary analogs.
10 Things to Know About Planetary Analogs
What to expect when the Mars 2020 Perseverance rover arrives at the Red Planet on Feb. 18, 2021.
NASA's Next Mars Rover Is Ready for the Most Precise Landing Yet
Astronomers using Hubble watched a mysterious dark vortex on Neptune abruptly steer away from a likely death on the giant blue planet.
Dark Storm on Neptune Reverses Direction
A planet in an unlikely orbit around a double star 336 light-years away may offer a clue to a mystery closer to home: the hypothesized "Planet Nine."
Hubble Pins Down Weird Exoplanet with Far-Flung Orbit