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STEREO Shows Comet ISON Approaching the Sun

STEREO Shows Comet ISON Approaching the Sun: NASA's Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory, or STEREO, is monitoring Comet ISON as it approaches the sun.

Press Releases & Feature Stories

MAVEN Spacecraft Returns First Mars Observations

09.24.2014
MAVEN’s first observations of the extended upper atmosphere around Mars have come in, revealing hydrogen, oxygen and reflected sunlight, as well as a composite view from 36,500 kilometers.

NASA’s Newest Mars Mission Enters Orbit

09.21.2014
NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft successfully entered Mars orbit at 10:24 p.m. EDT Sunday, Sept. 21, where it will prepare to study the Red Planet’s upper atmosphere as no mission has done before.

Investigating the Martian Atmosphere (video)

09.17.2014
MAVEN will be the first spacecraft devoted to studying the Red Planet's upper atmosphere, in an effort to understand how the Martian climate has changed over time.

NASA Mars Spacecraft Ready for Sept. 21 Orbit Insertion

09.17.2014
NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft is nearing its scheduled Sept. 21 insertion into Martian orbit. The mission timeline will place the spacecraft in orbit at approximately 9:50 p.m. EDT.

NASA Research Gives Guideline for Future Alien Life Search

09.11.2014
Simulations of exoplanet atmospheres indicate that detection of ozone and oxygen is not enough to indicate a biological source; the presence and absence of other key gases needs to be considered.
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Overview

The Solar System Exploration Division conducts theoretical and experimental research to explore the solar system and understand the formation and evolution of planetary systems. Laboratories within the Division investigate areas as diverse as astrochemistry, planetary atmospheres, extrasolar planetary systems, earth science, planetary geodynamics, space geodesy, and comparative planetary studies.

To study how planetary systems form and evolve, Division scientists develop theoretical models as well as the investigations and space instruments to test them. The researchers participate in planetary and earth science missions; collect, interpret, and evaluate measurements; and publish conclusions based on this research. The Division archives and disseminates the data, provides expert user support, and offers education and public outreach programs about the Division's science missions and services.

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