Swirling clouds of Jupiter

A recent picture of Jupiter from NASA's Juno spacecraft. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Gerald Eichstad/Sean Doran

For Your Consideration — NASA Solar System Exploration


    Science never sleeps. So we built an active, real-time encyclopedia—powered by NASA spacecraft data—to explore your galactic neighborhood.

    NASA's Solar System Exploration Website has been a go-to deep dive for the story of deep space exploration since 1998. Our latest version—launched in January 2018—fuses exploration as it happens and historic context like never before. Here's what we've been up to:

    Real-Time, Data-Driven Content

    Real-Time, Data-Driven Content

    • The spinning solar system icon at the top of each page is our new Orrery—launched in December 2018—a real-time view of the solar system driven by active mission navigation SPICE data.

    • Wherever possible, we share moving numbers via API—everything from the current number of asteroids to the one-way light time to Voyager 1 (a little more than 20 hours these days).

    • We celebrate NASA’s science, history and provide context for the next big thing with regular 10 Things updates on the homepage, in our news section and on our destination pages.

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      Social Media

      The site bolsters an active social media presence on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram—and social media amplifies content on our site.

    A Deep Dive for Science

    A Deep Dive for Science



    We consistently rank among NASA's Top 10 agency websites in users and pageviews. The site reached almost 6 million people in 2018. Those visitors logged 4 pages per session and an average session duration of more than five minutes.

    Series of website screenshots from 1998 to 2015.
    Previous versions of this site. The most recent version was launched on Jan. 29, 2018.

    Solar System News