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Mars Crater May Actually Be Ancient Supervolcano

Mars Crater May Actually Be Ancient Supervolcano: Scientists from NASA and the Planetary Science Institute in Tucson, Ariz., have identified what could be a supervolcano on Mars—the first discovery of its kind.

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The Long, Strange Trip of Asteroid Bennu

11.18.2014
A new animation from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center depicts what is known and what remains mysterious about the early solar system and asteroid Bennu, the target for the OSIRIS-REx mission.

How Satellite Laser Ranging Got its Start 50 Years Ago

11.13.2014
Fifty years ago, NASA announced the first successful tracking of a satellite using a laser, a technique now standard for precisely determining satellite orbits.

Newest NASA Mars Orbiter Demonstrates Relay Prowess

11.13.2014
The newest node in NASA's Mars telecommunications network -- a radio aboard the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution orbiter -- handled 550 megabits during its first relay of real Mars data.

Mars Spacecraft Reveal Comet Flyby Effects on Martian Atmosphere

11.07.2014
Three orbiters made the first close observations of a comet flyby of Mars, gathering new data about the basic properties of the comet’s nucleus and directly detecting effects on the Mars’ atmosphere.

NASA’s LRO Spacecraft Captures Images of LADEE’s Impact Crater

10.28.2014
NASA’S Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has spied a new crater on the lunar surface, made by the impact of NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer mission.
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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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