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Launched in 1977, the twin Voyager probes are NASA’s longest-operating mission and the only spacecraft ever to explore interstellar space.
Voyager, NASA's Longest-Lived Mission, Logs 45 Years in Space
On March 27, 2022, Lucy’s science team discovered that the smallest of the mission’s Trojan asteroid targets, Polymele, has a satellite of its own.
NASA's Lucy Team Discovers Moon Around Asteroid Polymele
The Space Launch System, and the Orion spacecraft for the Artemis I mission arrived at the launch pad on Aug. 17, 2022.
Artemis I Moon Rocket Arrives at Launch Pad Ahead of Historic Mission
Six of these small satellites will work together to create the largest radio telescope ever launched.
First of NASA's SunRISE SmallSats Rolls Off Production Line
The next full moon is called the Sturgeon Moon and it’s a marginal supermoon.
Full Moon Guide: August - September 2022
The ECOSTRESS instrument is helping scientists learn why some parts of a wildfire burn more intensely than others.
NASA Data on Plant ‘Sweating' Could Help Predict Wildfire Severity
When NASA’s Orion spacecraft travels beyond the Moon during Artemis I, the spacecraft will carry a host of mementos.
Artemis I Becomes Cultural, Educational Time Capsule for Trip Around Moon
Following Lucy's launch on Oct. 16, 2021, an unexpected challenge surfaced for the first-ever Trojan asteroids mission.
NASA Team Troubleshoots Asteroid-Bound Lucy Across Millions of Miles
The huge amount of water vapor hurled into the atmosphere could end up temporarily warming Earth’s surface.
Tonga Eruption Blasted Unprecedented Amount of Water Into Stratosphere
Webb has peered into the chaos of the Cartwheel Galaxy, revealing new details about star formation and the galaxy’s central black hole.
Webb Captures Stellar Gymnastics in The Cartwheel Galaxy
EMIT will help answer questions about how mineral dust from Earth’s arid regions affects climate.
NASA's Mineral Dust Detector Starts Gathering Data
When NASA put a lander and the first rover on Mars a quarter century ago, they changed how we explore other worlds.
NASA Marks 25 Years Since Pathfinder Touched Down on Mars