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First Interactive Mosaic of Lunar North Pole

First Interactive Mosaic of Lunar North Pole : An interactive mosaic from LRO covers the north pole of the moon from 60 to 90 degrees latitude at a resolution of 2 meters per pixel. Close-ups of Thales crater (right side) zoom in to reveal detail.

Press Releases & Feature Stories

NASA Team Lays Plans to Observe New Worlds

07.23.2014
It can take decades to mature an astrophysics flagship mission from concept to launch pad. Given the long lead times, it’s time to lay plans for a future flagship mission.

Canada Contributes to NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Mission

07.22.2014
The Canadian Space Agency announced that it will furnish a sophisticated laser-based mapping system, designed to create unprecedented 3-D maps of asteroid Bennu, for NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission.

A New Look at the Apollo 11 Landing Site

07.22.2014
In honor of the 45th anniversary of Apollo 11’s touchdown on the moon, NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter offers a fresh perspective on the historic landing site.

Lunar Pits Could Shelter Astronauts, Reveal Details of How 'Man in the Moon' Formed

07.22.2014
New observations from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter reveal more than 200 steep-walled lunar pits, some of which might lead to caves that future astronauts could explore and use for shelter.

Map of Mars Highlands Reveals Persistent Effects of Water and Ice

07.11.2014
A new geologic map of ancient Martian highlands produced by scientists at Goddard and the Planetary Science Institute provides new insights into the role of water in modifying the planet’s surface.
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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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