Solar System Exploration
December 18, 2015
MESSENGER Venus departure sequence.
Meet Lucy as she prepares for the first ever journey to the Trojan asteroids, a population of primitive small bodies orbiting in tandem with Jupiter.
Lucy's Journey: Episode 3 - 'The Trojan Asteroids'
Meet Lucy as she prepares for the first journey to the Trojan asteroids, small bodies orbiting in tandem with Jupiter.
Lucy's Journey: Episode 2 - 'The Adventure Begins'
Discover the mysteries of the solar system through the eyes of the Lucy mission and its team members.
Exploring the Solar System: Lucy Goes to Space
Explore NASA’s 70-meter deep space communications antenna located at the Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex in Barstow, California.
Explore NASA's 70-Meter Deep Space Communications Dish (360° Video)
September 2021 skywatching highlights: Jupiter, Saturn, and Venus are easy to spot in the evening sky, and if you're far enough south, you might spot Mercury. Plus, speedy stars Altair and Arcturus...
What's Up: September 2021
As NASA prepares to launch the Orion spacecraft and Space Launch System rocket on the uncrewed Artemis I mission around the Moon, we’ve already begun to take the next step.
Why the Moon?
NASA’s Curiosity rover explores Mount Sharp, a 5-mile-tall (8-kilometer-tall) mountain within the basin of Gale Crater on Mars.
NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover Finds A Changing Landscape
Launched in 1990, the Hubble Space Telescope has revolutionized astronomy. One of NASA's great observatories, Hubble has observed planets inside and outside our solar system and some of the most di...
Hubble Space Telescope Poster
On Sept. 25, 2135, an asteroid called Bennu will make a close flyby of Earth. Our planet’s gravity will tweak Bennu’s path, making it a challenge to calculate its future trajectory. During the flyb...
OSIRIS-REx Sheds Light on Asteroid Bennu
It’s hard to imagine what the surface of a dark, distant asteroid might look like, but NASA’s “Tour of Asteroid Bennu” brings us on a journey to see this landscape up close.
Exploring Asteroid Bennu Through Technology
August 2021 skywatching highlights: August is prime time for the Perseids, and perhaps the best time this year to enjoy viewing Jupiter and Saturn.
What's Up: August 2021
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
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