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Naiad and Thalassa race around the ice giant in odd orbits seemingly to avoid each other.
NASA Finds Neptune Moons Locked in ‘Dance of Avoidance'
On Nov. 12, 2019, NASA’s Parker Solar Probe team released scientific data collected during the spacecraft’s first two solar orbits to the general public.
First Parker Solar Probe Science Data Released to Public
In a fitting tribute to the farthest flyby ever conducted by spacecraft, the Kuiper Belt object 2014 MU69 has been officially named Arrokoth, a Native American term meaning “sky” in the Powhatan/Algonquian language.
Far, Far Away in the Sky: New Horizons Kuiper Belt Flyby Object Officially Named 'Arrokoth'
A new paper identifies a ring of minerals at the rover's landing site that are ideal for fossilizing microbial life.
NASA's Mars 2020 Will Hunt for Microscopic Fossils
Scientists have found that oxygen in the air above Gale Crater on Mars behaves in a way that, so far, cannot be explained through any known chemical processes.
With Mars Methane Mystery Unsolved, Curiosity Serves Scientists a New One: Oxygen
From our perspective on Earth, Mercury looked like a tiny black dot gliding across the Sun’s face.This only happens about 13 times a century.
Mercury Transit in Pictures
The Lunar IceCube mission, led by Morehead State University in Morehead, Kentucky, will study water distribution and interaction on the Moon.
Lunar IceCube Mission to Locate, Study Resources Needed for Sustained Presence on Moon
NASA scientists opened an untouched rock and soil sample from the Moon returned to Earth on Apollo 17.
NASA Opens Previously Unopened Apollo Sample Ahead of Artemis Missions
Five new research papers detail Voyager 2's observations since it exited the heliosphere, or the protective bubble of particles and magnetic fields created by our Sun.
Voyager 2 Illuminates Boundary of Interstellar Space
NASA is sending a mobile robot to the South Pole of the Moon.
New VIPER Lunar Rover to Map Water Ice on the Moon
NASA’s Lucy mission successfully completed its Critical Design Review on Oct. 18.
NASA's Lucy Mission Clears Critical Milestone
NASA will provide live coverage on NASA Television of key events at the 70th International Astronautical Congress (IAC), which takes place Oct. 21-25.
NASA to Provide Coverage of Key Events at 70th International Astronautical Congress