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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

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.

Onboard Camera Captures Juno's Approach to Earth

12.10.2013
When NASA's Juno spacecraft flew past Earth early in October 2013, recording a first-of-a-kind movie of the approach was a special assignment for an onboard camera system known as a star tracker.
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NASA Highlights Mars, Ozone Hole, and the Sun at American Geophysical Union

12.06.2013
NASA researchers will present new findings on a wide range of Earth and space science topics next week at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU).

NASA Goddard Joins New Virtual Research Institute

12.02.2013
Goddard researchers will lead one of the nine teams selected for NASA's Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI) and participate in four others.

MAVEN mission to Mars lifts off

11.18.2013
NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution, or MAVEN, spacecraft launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 1:28 p.m. on Nov. 18 and began its 10-month journey to the Red Planet.
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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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Christa A Kronser
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