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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.

Welcome to the Planetary Systems Laboratory at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. We are located in Greenbelt, Maryland, just outside of Washington, DC, in NASA's first science center, where our scientists are part of the world's largest Earth and space science research organization. These pages will introduce you to our work exploring the bodies of our solar system and planets around other stars. You will find information about our research and instrument work, along with scientific data and links to original publications.

Press Releases & Feature Stories

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.

Friction from Tides Could Help Distant Earths Survive, and Thrive

07.08.2014
New computer modeling by Goddard scientists shows that friction could be the key to survival for some distant Earth-sized planets traveling in dangerous orbits.

Future of Titan to be Discussed at Library of Congress Lecture

06.20.2014
In a free public lecture on June 26, Goddard scientist Carrie Anderson will discuss possibilities for the future of Saturn’s moon Titan once the Sun expands into a red giant and becomes more luminous.

NASA Experiments Recreate Aromatic Flavors of Titan

06.13.2014
NASA scientists have created a new recipe that captures key flavors of the brownish-orange atmosphere around Saturn’s largest moon, Titan.
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Overview

Researchers in the Planetary Systems Laboratory place special emphasis on study of the atmospheres of solar system bodies based on observations in the infrared spectral region. They investigate atmospheric physical processes in a broad context by comparing Earth's atmosphere to those of other planets. In addition, the Laboratory specializes in the design of novel optical and infrared instruments and detectors.

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Contact Us

General inquiries about the scientific programs at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center may be directed to the Office of Public Affairs at 1.301.286.8955.

                                                                                                                                                                                        
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