Solar System Exploration
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Our solar system is a stormy place. Join us on a tour of storms.
10+ Things: Tour of Storms Across the Solar System
Magellan became the first planetary probe to be launched by the Space Shuttle in 1989.
30 Years Ago: Magellan Off to Map Venus
This site is among seven NASA sites nominated this year for a Webby. People's Voice voting is underway.
NASA Garners 7 Webby Award Nominations
Just as dust gathers in corners and along bookshelves in our homes, dust piles up in space too. But when the dust settles in the solar system, it’s often in rings.
What Scientists Found After Sifting Through Dust in the Solar System
The next full Moon will be on Feb. 19, 2019.
February 2019: The Next Full Moon is the Crow Moon
A Japanese research group has identified a giant streak structure among the clouds covering Venus based on observation from the spacecraft Akatsuki.
Giant Pattern Discovered in the Clouds of Venus
November brings planets, an asteroid, a comet and the Leonids meteor shower.
What's Up - November 2018
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
September nights! Planets bright! Milky Way sights!!
What's Up - September 2018
What's up in the night sky this month? Enjoy a ringside seat for Saturn, plus a night long parade featuring Venus, Jupiter, Mars and Vesta!
What's Up - June 2018
There are over 3,700 planets in our galaxy. Spend Memorial Day barbecuing it up on any of these alien worlds.
10 Ways to BBQ on an Exoplanet
Every time you take a breath of fresh air, it’s easy to forget you can safely do so because of Earth’s atmosphere. What makes the atmosphere special, and how do other planets’ atmospheres compare?
10 Things: Planetary Atmospheres
At sunset, catch elusive Mercury, bright Venus, the Zodiacal Light, Mars, Saturn, and Jupiter between midnight and dawn.
What's Up - March 2018
Venus may have had a shallow liquid-water ocean and habitable surface temperatures for up to 2 billion years of its early history, according to computer modeling of the planet’s ancient climate.
NASA Climate Modeling Suggests Venus May Have Been Habitable
The exploration of the solar system is uniquely poised to bring planetary scientists, worldwide, together under the common theme of understanding the origin, evolution and bodies of our solar neighborhood.
International Mission Opportunities and Participation
Astrophysics Division assets have been used in the past to support planetary science research activities and planetary missions.
How Astrophysics Division Assets Are Helping Planetary Science
Dr. Jim Green, director of NASA Planetary Science, speaks to attendees of the 2013 IAA Planetary Defense Conference in April 2013.
Message to Attendees of the 2013 IAA Planetary Defense Conference
The transit of Venus across our Sun for about 7 hours (begining 6:09 PM Eastern US on June 5th) is an astronomical event that will not occur again until 2117.
Last Chance to View Venus Transit Our Sun!
In August 1962 NASA launched Mariner 2 to Venus and a new era in solar system exploration began.
Call for Papers: Solar System Exploration at 50!
Juno, the second mission in NASA's New Frontiers Program, launched flawlessly on Friday, August 5th, on a journey to Jupiter.
Juno to Jupiter: On Its Way!
NASA stands for National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
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Astronomers have known for many years that stars form when the cores of giant clouds of cold molecular material fragment and collapse.
Free-Floating Planets Confirmed
When the three main engines of the Space Shuttle thunder to life during the launch of Discovery, their roar not only marks astronauts once again venturing into space but also trumpets a salute to the man whose vision made such a journey possible.
March 16th Marks 75th Anniversary of First Liquid Fueled Rocket Launch
Charles (Charlie) F. Hall, manager of three of NASA's most daring and exciting early scientific space missions, died August 26 in a Mountain View, CA hospital following a brief illness.
Famed NASA Pioneer Project Manager Charles Hall Dead at 79
Astronomers from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the U.S. Naval Observatory have solved the ancient mystery of the origin of the Chinese calendar, it was reported to the 182nd meeting of the American Astronomical Society today in Berkeley, Calif.
Astronomers Solve Ancient Mystery of the Chinese Calendar