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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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NASA’s Newest Mars Mission Enters Orbit

09.21.2014
NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft successfully entered Mars orbit at 10:24 p.m. EDT Sunday, Sept. 21, where it will prepare to study the Red Planet’s upper atmosphere as no mission has done before.

Investigating the Martian Atmosphere (video)

09.17.2014
MAVEN will be the first spacecraft devoted to studying the Red Planet's upper atmosphere, in an effort to understand how the Martian climate has changed over time.

NASA Mars Spacecraft Ready for Sept. 21 Orbit Insertion

09.17.2014
NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft is nearing its scheduled Sept. 21 insertion into Martian orbit. The mission timeline will place the spacecraft in orbit at approximately 9:50 p.m. EDT.

NASA's MAVEN spacecraft makes final preparations for Mars

09.08.2014
On Sept. 21, 2014, the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution spacecraft will complete roughly 10 months of travel and enter orbit around the Red Planet.

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.
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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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