Solar System Exploration
By the Numbers
By the Numbers
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
The Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon, the Fruit Moon, the Barley Moon, and the Corn Moon.
Full Moon Guide: September - October 2021
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
This page showcases our resources for those interested in learning more about Saturn and Titan.
Saturn and Titan Resources
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
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
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 Next Full Moon is a Blue Moon, and is also known as the Hungry Ghost Moon.
Full Moon Guide: August - September 2021
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
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
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
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
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