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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.

Welcome to the Planetary Environments Laboratory at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. We are located in Greenbelt, Maryland, just outside of Washington, DC, in NASA's first science center, where our scientists are part of the world's largest Earth and space science research organization. These pages will introduce you to our work exploring the environments throughout the Solar System. You will find information about our people and projects, along with scientific data and links to original publications.

Press Releases & Feature Stories

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.

NASA Experiments Recreate Aromatic Flavors of Titan

06.13.2014
NASA scientists have created a new recipe that captures key flavors of the brownish-orange atmosphere around Saturn’s largest moon, Titan.

NASA Completes LADEE Mission with Planned Impact on Moon's Surface

04.18.2014
NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) carried out its investigation of the moon's thin atmosphere and finished the mission on April 17 with a planned impact on the far side.

Odd Tilts Could Make More Worlds Habitable

04.15.2014
Planets that lean one way, then change orientation within a short geological time might be surprisingly habitable, according to modeling by scientists affiliated with the NASA Astrobiology Institute.

MAVEN on Track to Carry out Science Mission

02.04.2014
The MAVEN spacecraft and all of its science instruments have completed their initial checkout, and all are working as expected.
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Overview

The Planetary Environments Laboratory studies the chemistry of atmospheres and surfaces of planets and their moons. We participate in all phases of planetary investigations, from defining and developing specialized instrumentation to analyzing, interpreting, distributing, and archiving data collected during flight missions. We provide a basis for planetary mission studies through a vigorous program of planetary analog research that includes laboratory simulations of planetary environments, geochemical and isotopic analysis, computational modeling of planetary atmospheres, and field studies of planetary analog sites.

Contact Us

Dr. Paul R Mahaffy
301.614.6379
Chief [699]

General inquiries about the scientific programs at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center may be directed to the Office of Public Affairs at 1.301.286.8955.

                                                                                                                                                                                        
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