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LRO View of Earth: This image shows a colorized view of Earth from the moon-based perspective of NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter.

Press Releases & Feature Stories

NASA Identifies Ice Cloud Above Cruising Altitude on Titan

10.24.2014
NASA scientists have identified an unexpected high-altitude methane ice cloud on Saturn's moon Titan that is similar to exotic clouds found far above Earth's poles.

MAVEN Ultraviolet Image of Comet Siding Spring’s Hydrogen Coma

10.23.2014
NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft captured an ultraviolet image of hydrogen surrounding comet Siding Spring. The cloud was about a half degree across, comparable in size to Earth’s moon as seen from Earth.

NASA-led Study Sees Titan Glowing at Dusk and Dawn

10.22.2014
New maps of Saturn’s moon Titan reveal large patches of two trace gases shining brightly near the north pole, on the dusk side of the moon, and near the south pole, on the dawn side.

Planetary Scientist: A Job That's Out of This World

10.22.2014
Melissa Trainer’s job as a planetary scientist lets her travel virtually to Mars, Titan and other extreme solar-system environments.

NASA's MAVEN Studies Passing Comet and Its Effects

10.21.2014
NASA's newest orbiter at Mars, MAVEN, took precautions to avoid harm from a dust-spewing comet that flew near Mars today and is studying the flyby's effects on the Red Planet's atmosphere.
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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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