Solar System Exploration
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The next full Moon goes by many names including the Buck Moon.
July 2021: The Next Full Moon is the Buck Moon
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
JPL's lucky peanuts are an unofficial tradition at big mission events.
What Are NASA's Lucky Peanuts?
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
NASA's Perseverance Mars rover has been attached to the rocket that will send it to the Red Planet this summer.
NASA's Perseverance Rover Attached to Atlas V Rocket
What drives Perseverance's mission and what will it do at the Red Planet? Here are seven things to know.
7 Things to Know About the Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover Mission
A proposed mission called VERITAS seeks to transform our understanding of Venus.
VERITAS: Exploring the Deep Truths of Venus
NASA's InSight lander has been using its robotic arm to help the heat probe known as the "mole" burrow into Mars.
NASA's InSight Flexes Its Arm While Its 'Mole' Hits Pause
A device called SHERLOC will help the next Mars rover detect chemicals linked to the existence of life.
Device to Help Mars Perseverance Rover Search for Signs of Life
The competition will help advance the design of a mechanical rover to explore the surface of Venus.
NASA's Venus Rover Challenge Winners Announced
NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has started a road trip that will continue through the summer across roughly a mile (1.6 kilometers) of terrain.
Curiosity Mars Rover's Summer Road Trip Has Begun
This image from NASA’s Juno spacecraft captures several storms in Jupiter’s southern hemisphere.
"Clyde's Spot" on Jupiter
The next full Moon will be early Sunday morning, July 5, 2020. There also will be a partial penumbral eclipse of the Moon.
July 2020: The Next Full Moon is the Buck Moon
A new mission competing for selection under NASA's Discovery Program would try to untangle the mysteries of Neptune's strange moon Triton.
Proposed NASA Mission Would Visit Neptune's Curious Moon Triton
You may be able to help Curiosity rover drivers better navigate Mars using the online tool AI4Mars to label terrain features.
NASA's Mars Rover Drivers Need Your Help
NASA has selected four Discovery Program investigations to develop concept studies for new missions.
NASA Selects Four Possible Missions to Study the Secrets of the Solar System
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
Naiad and Thalassa race around the ice giant in odd orbits seemingly to avoid each other.
NASA Finds Neptune Moons Locked in ‘Dance of Avoidance'
Humanity's first and (so far) last visit to the outermost giant planet in our solar system was a monumental event for scientists and the public alike.
30 Years Ago: Voyager 2's Historic Neptune Flyby
Our solar system is a stormy place. Join us on a tour of storms.
10+ Things: Tour of Storms Across the Solar System
The next-generation radiometer is being developed to study the atmospheres of Uranus or Neptune, but could be used to study any atmosphere.
Next-Generation NASA Instrument Advanced to Study the Atmospheres of Uranus and Neptune