Solar System Exploration
Solar System Exploration
Arrokoth (2014 MU69)
Arrokoth (2014 MU69)
The path through the solar system is a rocky road. Asteroids, comets, Kuiper Belt Objects—all kinds of small bodies of rock, metal and ice are in constant motion as they orbit the Sun. But what’s the difference between them? Why do these miniature worlds fascinate space explorers so much?
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NASA has extended the planetary science missions of eight of its spacecraft due to their scientific productivity and potential to deepen our knowledge.
Exploration Extended for 8 Planetary Science Missions
Researchers have expanded the Pluto photo album to include a portion of the dwarf planet's landscape they're calling the “dark side.”
Using "Charon-light," Researchers Image Pluto's Dark Side in Faint Moonlight
JPL's lucky peanuts are an unofficial tradition at big mission events.
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NASA’s Chief Scientist Jim Green has announced that he will retire in early 2022 after more than 40 years of service at NASA.
NASA Chief Scientist Jim Green to Retire in 2022
On April 17 New Horizons will reach a rare milepost – 50 astronomical units from the Sun or 50 times farther from the Sun than Earth is.
NASA's New Horizons Reaches a Rare Space Milestone
How dark does space get? NASA's New Horizons spacecraft is helping answer that question.
New Horizons Spacecraft Answers Question: How Dark Is Space?
Measurements from NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft are revising our estimates of one key property of the interstellar medium: how thick it is.
New Evidence Our Neighborhood in Space Is Stuffed With Hydrogen
New research reveals that Pluto's ice caps are created through an entirely different process than ice caps on Earth.
Pluto's Ice Caps Made of Methane, Turns Earth's Process Upside Down
A spacecraft has sent back pictures of the sky from so far away that some stars appear to be in different positions than we'd see from Earth.
NASA's New Horizons Conducts the First Interstellar Parallax Experiment
Data from NASA’s New Horizons mission are providing new insights into how planets and planetesimals – the building blocks of the planets – were formed.
New Horizons Team Uncovers a Critical Piece of the Planetary Formation Puzzle
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'
NASA’s New Horizons mission team has published the first profile of the farthest world ever explored, a planetary building block and Kuiper Belt object called 2014 MU69.
NASA's New Horizons Team Publishes First Kuiper Belt Flyby Science Results
The Southwest Research Institute will conduct the largest Hubble Space Telescope solar system program ever — a survey of the Kuiper Belt.
Hubble to Conduct Largest-Ever Survey of Kuiper Belt
The farthest object ever explored is slowly revealing its secrets, as scientists piece together the puzzles of the Kuiper Belt object NASA's New Horizons spacecraft flew past on New Year's Day, four billion miles from Earth.
A Prehistoric Puzzle in the Kuiper Belt
Meet the women leading two of humankind's two most distant space missions.
Women at the Helm
The highest resolution images offer about 110 feet (33 meters) per pixel.
New Horizons Spacecraft Returns Its Sharpest Views of Ultima Thule
New data shows 2014 does not have the snowman shaped it seemed in early images. The larger lobe, nicknamed “Ultima,” more closely resembles a giant pancake and the smaller lobe, nicknamed “Thule,” is shaped like a dented walnut.
New Horizons' Evocative Farewell Glance at Ultima Thule
The wonders – and mysteries – of Kuiper Belt object 2014 MU69 continue to multiply as NASA's New Horizons spacecraft beams home new images.
New Horizons' Newest and Best-Yet View of Ultima Thule
Data from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft, which explored Kuiper Belt object Ultima Thule earlier this week, is yielding scientific discoveries daily.
New Discoveries from NASA's New Horizons
Images of the Kuiper Belt object Ultima Thule unveil the very first stages of solar system's history.
NASA's New Horizons Mission Reveals Entirely New Kind of World
NASA's New Horizons spacecraft flew past Ultima Thule in the early hours of New Year's Day, ushering in the era of exploration from the enigmatic Kuiper Belt.
New Horizons Successfully Explores Ultima Thule
Closest approach takes place in the early morning hours of New Year's Day—12:33 a.m. EST—marking the most distant close exploration of worlds ever completed by humankind.
New Horizons Spacecraft Homing in on Kuiper Belt Target
A schedule of events surrounding the New Horizons flyby of Kuiper Belt Object MU69.
New Horizons Flyby: Where to Watch
A message from Thomas Zurbuchen, the associate administrator of NASA's Science Missions Directorate, to Alan Stern, New Horizons principal investigator of the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colorado.
From the NASA Associate Administrator: Go New Horizons!