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Hubble Shows Jupiter's Great Red Spot is Smaller than Ever Measured

Hubble Shows Jupiter's Great Red Spot is Smaller than Ever Measured: Images of Jupiter's Great Red Spot, taken by the Hubble Space Telescope over a span of 20 years, shows how the planet's trademark spot has decreased in size over the years.

Press Releases & Feature Stories

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.

3-D Study of Comets Reveals Chemical Factory at Work

08.11.2014
A NASA-led team of scientists has created detailed 3-D maps of the atmospheres surrounding comets, identifying several gases and mapping their spread at the highest resolution ever achieved.

NASA Team Lays Plans to Observe New Worlds

07.23.2014
It can take decades to mature an astrophysics flagship mission from concept to launch pad. Given the long lead times, it’s time to lay plans for a future flagship mission.

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 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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