Solar System Exploration
May 27, 2008 CHARM Telecon
May 27, 2008
History of Saturn's Rings
This poster marks the 10th anniversary of NASA's Dawn mission to asteroid Vesta. The spacecraft orbited and explored Vesta from July 16, 2011, to Sept. 5, 2012.
Dawn Mission to Vesta, 10th Anniversary
On June 7, 2021, NASA’s Juno spacecraft flew closer to Jupiter’s moon Ganymede than any spacecraft in more than two decades. Less than a day later, Juno made its 34th flyby of Jupiter. This animati...
Juno Flies Past the Moon Ganymede and Jupiter, With Music by Vangelis
In the 1970s four spacecraft began their one-way trips out of our Solar System. NASA chose to place plaques on Pioneer 10 and 11 and golden records on Voyager 1 and 2 spacecraft. Continuing this le...
NASA Lucy Mission's Message to the Future
New eye-catching posters celebrate the five-year anniversary of Juno’s orbit insertion at Jupiter in a psychedelic style.
Celebrating 5 Years at Jupiter
Sunsets in July come with an added bonus: a brilliant gem low in the western sky, calling to us to come and explore its many mysteries. This is Venus – our nearest planetary neighbor.
What's Up: July 2021 [Video]
NASA’s Psyche team will measure the asteroid’s magnetic field using a magnetometer. This instrument is composed of two identical high-sensitivity magnetic field sensors located at the middle and ou...
Meet NASA's Psyche Team Who Will Measure the Asteroid's Magnetic Field
Lucy will be the first mission to explore the Trojan asteroids – small bodies left over from the formation of the solar system.
Lucy Mission Overview: Journey to Explore the Trojan Asteroids
This composite image made from seven frames shows the International Space Station in silhouette as it transits the Sun at roughly five miles per second on June 25, 2021. The images were taken from ...
Space Station Transits the Sun
This image taken by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows the very steep outer scarp of north polar layered deposits on Mars. Every year there is a lot of slope activity in the springtime when s...
Springtime on a Polar Cliff
A partial solar eclipse is seen as the Sun rises behind the United States Capitol Building on June 10, 2021, as seen from Arlington, Virginia. The annular or “ring of fire” solar eclipse was only c...
A Partial Solar Eclipse
What are some skywatching highlights in June 2021? Catch Saturn and Jupiter in the morning, and the constellation Scorpius after dark! Plus skywatchers in the Northeast U.S., Eastern Canada, and No...
What's Up: June 2021 [Video]
OSIRIS-REx has imaged Bennu in higher resolution than we have Earth and our own Moon. Since its arrival at the asteroid on Dec. 3, 2018, the spacecraft has discovered boulders the size of buildings...
Imaging Asteroid Bennu
This video shows the James Webb Space Telescope's mirrors during their long string of tests, from individual segments to the final tests of the assembled mirror.
Webb Mirror Beauty
At approximately 4:16 p.m. EDT on May 10, 2021, NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft will fire its main thrusters for seven minutes and start its long journey home with more than 60 grams (2.1 ounces) of a...
OSIRIS-REx Departure from Bennu Trailer
NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter successfully completed a fourth, more challenging flight on the Red Planet on April 30, 2021.
Fourth Flight a Success for NASA's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter
What's Up for May? This month, a rocky planet round-up, and a super blood Moon eclipse!
What's Up: May 2021 [Video]
NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter takes off and lands in this video captured on April 25, 2021, by Mastcam-Z, an imager aboard NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover.
Perseverance Rover's Mastcam-Z Captures Ingenuity's Third Flight
NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter successfully completed a second, more challenging flight on the Red Planet on April 22, 2021.
Second Flight a Success for NASA's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter
While the real OSIRIS-REx spacecraft is working to bring a sample of asteroid Bennu to Earth, you can take your own pocket spacecraft for an adventure right here at home.
#MyOSIRISREx Pocket Spacecraft
NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter became the first aircraft in history to make a powered, controlled flight on another planet on April 19, 2021.
NASA's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter Successfully Completes First Flight
In this video captured by NASA’s Perseverance rover, the agency's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter took the first powered, controlled flight on another planet on April 19, 2021.
First Video of NASA's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter in Flight
Like boot prints on the Moon, NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft left its mark on asteroid Bennu. Now, new images — taken during the spacecraft's final fly-over on April 7, 2021 — reveal the aftermath of...
OSIRIS-REx Leaves its Mark on Asteroid Bennu
What's Up for April? Morning planets, a sunset arch, and finding Leo the lion...
What's Up: April 2021 [Video]
Beginning April 2021, the window opens for the first flight of NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter. It will be history’s first attempt at powered, controlled flight on another planet.
Mars Helicopter Prepares for Takeoff
On March 21, 2021, Arctic sea ice reached its maximum extent for winter 2020-2021, tying with 2007 for the seventh-lowest maximum on record.
2021 Arctic Sea Ice Maximum Extent Ranks 7th-Lowest on Record
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The Perseids are on the Rise!
Seventy-five years ago, Lyman Spitzer envisioned a future for space exploration that deepened our curiosity about the cosmos.
Lyman Spitzer: Making Space For Hubble
A dramatic triplet of galaxies takes center stage in this image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope.
Hubble Spots Squabbling Galactic Siblings
The instrument on the International Space Station is uniquely positioned to provide wildfire responders with a high-resolution look at fire progression.
ECOSTRESS Data Incorporated Into New Wildfire Response Tool
Three studies have cast doubt on the premise of subsurface lakes below the Martian south pole.
Clays, Not Water, Are Likely Source of Mars ‘Lakes'
A new index shows that the world’s rainforests are responding differently to threats like a warming climate and deforestation.
Index Ranks Rainforests' Vulnerability to Climate and Human Impacts