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Caltech researchers used the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter to determine that surface water left salt minerals behind as recently as 2 billion years ago.
NASA's MRO Finds Water Flowed on Mars Longer Than Previously Thought
Scientists have announced that samples collected by Curiosity are rich in a type of carbon associated with biological processes on Earth.
NASA's Curiosity Rover Measures Intriguing Carbon Signature on Mars
The Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon, Ice Moon, the Moon after Yule, and the Old Moon.
Full Moon Guide: January - February 2022
This page showcases our resources for those interested in learning more about Venus.
Deploying a new space telescope; deflecting an asteroid with a spacecraft; and visiting a metal-rich asteroid. NASA has a busy 2022 calendar.
10 Things to Watch for in Planetary Science for 2022
Our 2021 round-up of NASA planetary science is packed with the year’s most spectacular images, ground-breaking discoveries, and incredible mission events.
NASA Planetary Science Highlights: 2021
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
The next full Moon is the Beaver Moon, and there will be a near-total lunar eclipse.
Full Moon Guide: November - December 2021
Short for Venus Mass Spectrometer, VMS is one of five instruments aboard the DAVINCI descent probe.
Meet VMS – the Briefcase-Sized Chemistry Lab Headed to Venus
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
27 years have passed since NASA’s Magellan mission last orbited Venus. Here are ten mysteries of Venus that NASA scientists are still grappling with.
Ten Mysteries of Venus
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
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
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
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
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