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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.

Press Releases & Feature Stories

Vitamin B3, Perhaps Delivered to Ancient Earth by Meteorites

04.17.2014
Goddard's Astrobiology Analytical Laboratory found the vitamin, which can form non-biologically, in multiple meteorites. The presence of water seemed to affect the amount of compound detected.

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.

Construction to Begin on NASA Spacecraft for 2018 Asteroid Visit

04.10.2014
The OSIRIS-REx team has been given the go-ahead to begin building the spacecraft, flight instruments and ground system, and launch support facilities.

NASA's LRO Mission and North America to Experience Total Lunar Eclipse

04.08.2014
During the April 15 eclipse, the moon will be shadowed by Earth, and the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter’s instruments will take a nap.

NASA Releases First Interactive Mosaic of Lunar North Pole

03.18.2014
Using cameras on NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, scientists created an interactive 950-gigabyte mosaic of the moon from 60 degrees north to the pole, with a resolution of 2 meters per pixel.
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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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