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Solar System
Jul 21, 2021
NASA is making final preparations for its Perseverance Mars rover to collect its first-ever sample of Martian rock, which future planned missions will transport to Earth.
Solar System
Jul 15, 2021
As any seasoned road-tripper knows, to get the most out of an adventure, a good map helps.
Solar System
Jul 14, 2021
When NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) spacecraft begins its final mission phase, it will see a 4-megapixel view of nothing but a few very dim dots of light.
Solar System
Jul 14, 2021
The probe flew closer to Jupiter's largest moon, Ganymede, than any other spacecraft in more than two decades, offering dramatic glimpses of both the icy orb and the gas giant.
Solar System
Jul 13, 2021
NASA's Near-Earth Asteroid Scout is tucked away safely inside the agency's powerful Space Launch System (SLS) rocket at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The solar sailing CubeSat is one of several secondary payloads hitching a ride on Artemis I, the first integrated flight of... Read More
Solar System
Jul 13, 2021
A puzzler about the gas giant’s intense northern and southern lights has been deciphered.
Solar System
Jul 12, 2021
As the first-ever mission to the Trojan asteroids, Lucy will survey this enigmatic population of small bodies that orbit the Sun beyond the main asteroid belt - trapped by Jupiter and the Sun so that they have led and followed Jupiter in its orbit.
Solar System
Jul 12, 2021
Ingenuity’s ninth flight provided imagery that will help the Perseverance rover team develop its science plan going forward.
Solar System
Jul 12, 2021
Jupiter’s moon Europa and its global ocean may currently have conditions suitable for life. Scientists are studying processes on the icy surface as they prepare to explore.
Solar System
Jul 8, 2021
Scientists have new evidence that super salty water, or brines, seeped deep through the cracks, between grains of soil in the parched lake bottom at Gale Crater, and altered the clay mineral-rich layers beneath.
Solar System
Jul 8, 2021
Venus blazes as the "Evening Star" following sunset, with a much fainter planet Mars nearby. Catch their super close pairing on July 12. Plus, if you can find your way to dark skies, this is the best time of year to enjoy the magic of the Milky Way.
What's Up in the Solar System
Solar System
Jul 8, 2021
A critical piece of hardware, the Peregrine Ion-Trap Mass Spectrometer, that will fly to the Moon, has been delivered to NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center for integration.
Solar System
Jul 8, 2021
Created at NASA’s JPL, the open-source flight software called F Prime isn’t just powering humanity’s first interplanetary helicopter; it’s also powering inspiration at multiple universities.