NASA Science Missions

Featured Missions

Upcoming mission milestones showcase the breadth and depth of NASA science.

Artist Rendering of NISAR


Launching in September 2024, NISAR will systematically map Earth and study changes to ice sheets, glaciers, and sea ice in fine detail, as climate change warms the air and ocean.

A spacecraft hovers over a reddish striped moon with planet Jupiter in the background.

Europa Clipper

Europa Clipper is launching Oct. 10, 2024 with the main science goal of determining whether there are places below the surface of Jupiter’s icy moon, Europa, that could support life.

Artist's concept of the Lucy orbiter with its distinctive round solar panels as it flies past a Trojan asteroid near Jupiter.


Launched in October 2021, Lucy will explore a record-breaking number of asteroids, flying by three asteroids in the solar system’s main asteroid belt, and by eight Trojan asteroids that share an orbit around the Sun with Jupiter.


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NASA’s Advanced Composition Explorer (ACE) collects and analyzes particles of solar, interplanetary, interstellar and galactic origins. The data contributes to our understanding of the Sun, its interaction with Earth, and…

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An artist's rendering of NASA's ACE spacecraft.

All Science Missions


Artist's concept of the Aqua spacecraft above Earth.


Earth Orbiter

an illustration of the Aura spacecraft in orbit, seen from below


Earth Orbiter

an illustration of calipso in space


Earth Orbiter

an illustration of the Cloudsat spacecraft in orbit around Earth


Earth Orbiter


Multiple Microsatellites


Earth Orbiter

An artist’s rendering of the ICESat-2 satellite with a solar panel coming off to the right and lasers beaming to the Earth which curves across the bottom of the screen.


Earth Orbiter


The Ionospheric Connection Explorer studies the frontier of space: the dynamic zone high in our atmosphere where Earth weather and…

Artist illustration of a gold-colored satellite against a dark atmosphere


The Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) is the nation’s advanced series of polar-orbiting environmental satellites.

Artist's concept of PACE spacecraft


PACE will help us better understand our ocean and atmosphere by measuring key variables associated with cloud formation, particles and…


PREFIRE measures a little-studied portion of the radiant energy emitted by Earth for clues about sea ice loss, ice-sheet melting,…


TEMPO, or Tropospheric Emissions: Monitoring of Pollution, is the first space-based instrument to continuously measure air quality above North America…