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The "Exploring Hell: Avoiding Obstacles on a Clockwork Rover" challenge is seeking the public's designs for a sensor that could be incorporated into the design concept.
NASA Wants Your Help Designing a Venus Rover Concept
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
What's Up for January? Morning meteors, Mars meets its "rival," and the Moon comes around for another visit with Venus.
What's Up for January 2020
Why NASA scientists want to go (back) to this most inhospitable planet.
The Return to Venus and What It Means for Earth
The next full Moon will be on Sunday afternoon, October 13, 2019, The Moon will appear full for about three days centered on this time, from Saturday morning to Tuesday morning.
October 2019: The Next Full Moon is the Hunter's Moon
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!