Lucy Launches, Begins Multi-Billion-Mile Trek to Explore Dawn of the Solar System

@ULALaunch has launched its 1st Atlas V 401 from the Space Coast in 4+yrs, delivering @NASA’s Lucy mission to explore the very dawn of our Solar System. […]

Weather Looks Favorable for Before-Dawn Saturday Launch of Lucy Mission

@ULALaunch stands primed to launch its 3rd Mighty Atlas of 2021, laden with @NASA Lucy spacecraft to explore the Jovian Trojan asteroids. […]

NASA's Lucy Spacecraft Prepares for First-Ever Four-Billion Mile Journey to Trojan Asteroids

Lucy, in its modified shipping container, lands at Kennedy Space Center in Florida on July 30. It was later transported by truck to its final destination, Astrotech Space Operations, in nearby Titusville. Photo Credit: Lockheed Martin

There have been many missions to various asteroids and comets, by NASA and other space agencies. But one […]

Serendipitous Juno Discovery Suggests Zodiacal Light Caused by Dust from Mars

The zodiacal light is seen as a faint glow that extends upwards just before dawn or just after dusk. Scientists thought the dust that causes it came from asteroids or comets, but now new data from the Juno mission suggests the dust originated on Mars. Photo Credit: A. Fitzsimmons/ESO/Wikipedia

A team of scientists with […]

'Happiness Is...': Remembering STS-34, OTD in 1989

OTD in 1989, the crew of #Atlantis deployed the Galileo probe on a voyage of discovery to giant Jupiter. […]

NASA's Lucy Mission On Track for 2021 Launch

@NASA and @SwRI are one step closer to launching the @LucyMission to Jupiter’s Trojan asteroids next fall. […]

New Discoveries of 'Shallow Lightning' and Ammonia Hail 'Mushballs' on Jupiter Highlight Ninth Anniversary of Juno Launch

Artist’s illustration of high-altitude shallow lightning in water-ammonia clouds on Jupiter. NASA’s Juno spacecraft has discovered evidence for the phenomenon using its Stellar Reference Unit. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Gerald Eichstädt/Heidi N. Becker/Koji Kuramura

Today, Aug. 5, 2020, marks nine years since the launch of Juno, a spacecraft that has revolutionized our knowledge of the largest […]

Back to Triton? Proposed Mission Would Return to Neptune’s Exotic Largest Moon

Neptune’s largest moon Triton as seen by Voyager 2 in 1989. The proposed Trident mission would be the first to return to this bizarre world in over three decades. Photo Credit: Credit: NASA/JPL/USGS

Much of the outer Solar System has now been visited by robotic spacecraft from Earth, including the gas and ice giants […]

Voyager 2 to Enter 11-Month 'Quiet Mode' During Deep Space Network Upgrades

The 70-meter-wide (230-feet-wide) radio antenna at the Deep Space Network’s Canberra site in Australia. It is the only antenna that that communicate with Voyager 2 from the southern hemisphere, and will be undergoing crucial upgrades for 11 months beginning in March. Photo Credit: NASA/Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex

With so many space missions currently exploring […]

NASA's Juno Probe Finds Out How Much Water Jupiter Really Has

Stunning view of Jupiter from the Juno spacecraft. Photo Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Gerald Eichstäd/Seán Doran © CC NC SA

Jupiter is not known as a water world since it has no oceans, lakes or other kinds of liquid water or ice. It doesn’t even have a solid surface beneath its deep, turbulent atmosphere. But there is […]