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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.

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Press Releases & Feature Stories

LRO Finds Widespread Evidence of Young Lunar Volcanism

10.12.2014
Scores of distinctive rock deposits seen by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter provide strong evidence the moon’s volcanic activity slowed gradually instead of stopping abruptly a billion years ago.

NASA Mission Points to Origin of ‘Ocean of Storms’ on Earth’s Moon

10.01.2014
Using data from NASA’s Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL), mission scientists have solved a lunar mystery almost as old as the moon itself.

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.

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.
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Overview

The Planetary Geodynamics Laboratory carries out research on the structure, dynamics, and evolution of the solid Earth, moon, and planets using in-situ and remote-sensing data. Relevant data types include imagery, geodetic information derived from spacecraft tracking and space geodetic networks, gravity, topography, and magnetic field information.

Laboratory research is built around mission support, measurements, and modeling. It works toward improved understanding of the dynamics of the solar system, how and why Earth is similar to -- and different from -- other planetary bodies, and the current and likely future state of the Earth, especially regarding hazards to humans.

Processes currently being studied at the Laboratory include impact cratering, volcanism, seismicity, mass redistribution (including ice mass change), sea level change, rotational variations, spin-orbit coupling, and core dynamo generation of magnetic fields.

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