Planetary Magnetospheres Laboratory (695) Home

Full View of Asteroid Vesta

Full View of Asteroid Vesta: As the Dawn spacecraft travels to its next destination, this mosaic synthesizes some of the best views the spacecraft had of the giant asteroid Vesta.

Press Releases & Feature Stories

NASA's MAVEN spacecraft makes final preparations for Mars

09.08.2014
On Sept. 21, 2014, the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution spacecraft will complete roughly 10 months of travel and enter orbit around the Red Planet.

Electric Sparks May Alter Evolution of Lunar Soil

08.21.2014
Severe solar storms could generate enough electric charge in the top layer of the lunar surface to crack moon dust and may have changed the very nature of the moon's polar soil.

Goddard to Explore Mars’ Atmosphere with MAVEN

06.25.2014
Goddard Space Flight Center contributes in many ways to NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) mission, which will investigate how and why the Red Planet has been losing its atmosphere.

New NASA Model Reveals the Invisible World of Electric Asteroids

06.25.2014
Computer modeling funded by NASA’s Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute can predict and visualize interactions between the solar wind, solar radiation, and the surface of asteroids.

MAVEN Ion Analyzer to Look at Key Player in Atmosphere Loss

05.14.2014
Once the MAVEN spacecraft reaches Mars, the Solar Wind Ion Analyzer will measure ions in the solar wind to help figure out how and why the planet has been losing its atmosphere over billions of years.
See all Press Releases & Feature Stories »

Laboratory News

There are no Laboratory news items at this time.

More Laboratory News »

Overview

The Planetary Magnetospheres Laboratory conducts research on solar system magnetic fields, solar system radio astronomy, and planetary dust, exosphere, and plasma environments. The Laboratory also develops new concepts for autonomous space research and operations through external partnerships.

Presently, the Laboratory is developing four in-house flight instruments for planetary, heliophysics, and military applications. Funded research includes investigations of the Sun (STEREO), Mercury(MESSENGER), Earth(RBSP), the Moon (NLSI, ETDP), Mars (MAVEn), Jupiter (Juno), and Saturn (Cassini).

Magnetometers developed at the Laboratory have flown to the Moon and every planet in the solar system at least once, and sometimes multiple times across different missions. Radio astronomy research targets the planets, the Sun, and their space environments and is partnered through international collaborations.

Contact Us

Christa A Kronser
301.286.0966
Administrative Assistant [695]
                                                                                                                                                                                        
NASA Logo, National Aeronautics and Space Administration