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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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Newest NASA Mars Orbiter Demonstrates Relay Prowess

11.13.2014
The newest node in NASA's Mars telecommunications network -- a radio aboard the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution orbiter -- handled 550 megabits during its first relay of real Mars data.

Mars Spacecraft Reveal Comet Flyby Effects on Martian Atmosphere

11.07.2014
Three orbiters made the first close observations of a comet flyby of Mars, gathering new data about the basic properties of the comet’s nucleus and directly detecting effects on the Mars’ atmosphere.

MAVEN Ultraviolet Image of Comet Siding Spring’s Hydrogen Coma

10.23.2014
NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft captured an ultraviolet image of hydrogen surrounding comet Siding Spring. The cloud was about a half degree across, comparable in size to Earth’s moon as seen from Earth.

NASA's MAVEN Studies Passing Comet and Its Effects

10.21.2014
NASA's newest orbiter at Mars, MAVEN, took precautions to avoid harm from a dust-spewing comet that flew near Mars today and is studying the flyby's effects on the Red Planet's atmosphere.

NASA Mission Provides Its First Look at Martian Upper Atmosphere

10.14.2014
MAVEN already has provided our first look at a storm of energetic solar particles at Mars, mapped atmospheric ozone, and obtained the most complete picture of the planet’s extended upper atmosphere.
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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.

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