Planetary Systems Laboratory (693) Highlights

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Studying the Solar System with NASA’s Webb Telescope

02.08.2016
In addition to looking across vast distances, NASA's James Webb Space Telescope will study planets, moons and small objects in our solar system.

Pluto’s Widespread Water Ice

01.28.2016
Water ice is more prevalent on Pluto’s surface than previously thought, according to new findings based on data from the Ralph/Linear Etalon Imaging Spectral Array (LEISA) on the New Horizons mission.

Pluto's Blue Atmosphere in the Infrared

01.28.2016
This New Horizons image is the first look at Pluto’s atmosphere in infrared wavelengths. It was made with data from the Ralph/Linear Etalon Imaging Spectral Array (LEISA) instrument.
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Local News

Paul Mahaffy Named Director of the Solar System Exploration Division

12/11/2015
Paul Mahaffy has been named the new Director of Goddard’s Solar System Exploration Division. Paul served for nearly 10 years as Chief of the Planetary Environments Laboratory, leading this group’s study of planetary atmospheres and surface environments with emphases on the modeling of atmospheres and surface environments, advanced instrument development, the study of terrestrial planetary analogs, and the development of space-qualified instruments. Paul is currently Principal Investigator of the Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) investigation on the Curiosity rover and of the Neutral Gas and Ion Mass Spectrometer (NGIMS) on the MAVEN Mars orbiter. He previously participated in a wide range of planetary missions, including those to Jupiter, Saturn, comets, and the moon.

AAAS Names NASA Goddard Scientists 2015 Fellows

12/03/2015
Three scientists in the Sciences and Exploration Directorate have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Lucy McFadden (693), Jose Rodriguez (614) and Compton Tucker (618) are among 347 AAAS members awarded this honor for their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. Congratulations!
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Images

Full View of Asteroid Vesta

10/03/2013
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.

Two Generations of Windblown Sediments on Mars

10/03/2013
This colorful scene is situated in the Noctis Labyrinthus region of Mars, perched high on the Tharsis rise in the upper reaches of the Valles Marineris canyon system.

Stormy Saturn

11/28/2011
Saturn's northern storm marches through the planet's atmosphere in the top right of this false-color mosaic from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
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