In 2017 and 2018, three comets will pass near the Earth providing the opportunity to observe and study these icy interlopers.
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We once thought oceans made our planet unique, but we’re now coming to realize that ‘ocean worlds’ are all around us.
Technology Infused: The Mars 2020 mission has recently adopted a baseline that includes SMD-sponsored technology developments that will enable its rover to drive faster, more safely, and with improved energy efficiency. Planetary rovers have traditionally been limited by the available computational power of space-qualified processors. For example, when the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) rover drives autonomously, its limited computation capability forces it to stop for a substantial period while the navigation software identifies a hazard-free path using acquired imagery.
Stop what you’re doing and mark your calendar. Jupiter can be viewed at opposition from sunset on April 7, 2017 to sunrise on April 8, 2017.
Discovery is an ongoing program that offers the scientific community the opportunity to assemble a team and design exciting, focused investigations that complement NASA's larger planetary science explorations
The Mars Exploration Program is a science-driven program that seeks to understand whether Mars was, is, or can be, a habitable world.
Technology Infused: The Lunar polar Hydrogen Mapper (LunaH-Map) mission is a CubeSat that will detect the amount of hydrogen at the moon’s South Pole.
NASA has selected ten studies under the Planetary Science Deep Space SmallSat Studies (PSDS3) program, to develop mission concepts using small satellites to investigate Venus, Earth’s moon, asteroids, Mars and the outer planets.
NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center lost four of its greatest minds in the past several months. Phil Sabelhaus, Marty Davis, Neil Gehrels and Piers Sellers made indelible contributions to space exploration during their decades of service to NASA. This video honors the legacies of these individuals and their lasting impact on the spaceflight community.
Technology Development: When the Galileo mission’s probe entered the Jovian atmosphere in December 1995, it experienced temperatures twice as hot as the surface of the sun, and required carbon phenolic shields to protect its onboard payload from the intense heat. Since that mission, NASA has not flown a spacecraft that required protection from such extreme heat. Recently, however, the NRC Planetary Science Decadal Survey has recommended that NASA consider in situ science missions to Venus and Saturn as a high priority in the New Frontiers competed mission set.