Who are we? We find that we live on an insignificant planet of a humdrum star lost in a galaxy tucked away in some forgotten corner of a universe in which there are far more galaxies than people

— Carl Sagan

Solar System Exploration News

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NASA Awards Launch Services Contract for Groundbreaking Astrophysics Mission

Mon, 07/08/2019 - 4:47pm
NASA has selected SpaceX of Hawthorne, California, to provide launch services for the agency’s Imaging X-Ray Polarimetry Explorer (IXPE) mission, which will allow astronomers to discover, for the first time, the hidden details of some of the most exotic astronomical objects in our universe.
Categories: Astronomy, NASA

NASA Awards Contract for WFIRST Science Operations Center

Mon, 07/01/2019 - 4:50pm
NASA has awarded a contract to the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA) Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) in Baltimore, Maryland for the agency’s Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST) mission Science Operations Center (SOC).
Categories: Astronomy, NASA

NASA Selects Teams to Study Our Moon, Mars’ Moons, and More

Fri, 06/28/2019 - 4:13pm
NASA has selected eight new research teams to collaborate on research into the intersection of space science and human space exploration as part of the Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI).
Categories: Astronomy, NASA

NASA's Dragonfly Will Fly Around Titan Looking for Origins, Signs of Life

Thu, 06/27/2019 - 3:59pm
NASA has announced that our next destination in the solar system is the unique, richly organic world Titan. Advancing our search for the building blocks of life, the Dragonfly mission will fly multiple sorties to sample and examine sites around Saturn’s icy moon.
Categories: Astronomy, NASA

NASA to Announce New Solar System Mission, Hold Media Teleconference

Wed, 06/26/2019 - 5:32pm
NASA will announce a major new science mission to explore our solar system during a broadcast of NASA Science Live at 4 p.m. EDT Thursday, June 27. The announcement will air on NASA Television, the agency's website, Facebook Live, YouTube, Periscope and USTREAM.
Categories: Astronomy, NASA

Cyanide Compounds Discovered in Meteorites May Hold Clues to the Origin of Life

Tue, 06/25/2019 - 11:00am
Cyanide and carbon monoxide are both deadly poisons to humans, but compounds containing iron, cyanide, and carbon monoxide discovered in carbon-rich meteorites may have helped power life on early Earth.
Categories: Astronomy, NASA