Tweaking the Trajectory – NASA’s Europa Clipper

Every part of Europa Clipper’s flight path, or trajectory, is important – from launch in 2024 until end-of-mission in the mid-2030s. But the mission’s scientific target is Europa, so the most complex and demanding segment of the spacecraft’s trajectory is the three years when it performs repeated flybys of the moon. This part of the … Read more

Lucy spacecraft: NASA mission to study asteroids near Jupiter

By Leah Crane An illustration of the Lucy spacecraft passing one of the Trojan asteroids near Jupiter Southwest Research Institute/NASA NASA’s latest mission to study the Trojan asteroids is set to launch on 16 October from Cape Canaveral, Florida, aboard an Atlas V rocket. The Lucy spacecraft will be the first to study these asteroids … Read more

NASA’s Lucy mission toward Jupiter will explore eight never-before-seen worlds

An artist’s concept of Jupiter’s Trojan asteroids. Recent results suggest the rocks are uniformly dark with a hint of burgundy. NASA Far out in Jupiter’s orbit lie the Trojan asteroids — fossils from the rock collection that spawned the giant planets over 4 billion years ago. These hovering time capsules could hold keys that unlock … Read more

10 years after NASA launched its Juno mission to Jupiter, these are its most stunning images of the gas giant

NASA’s Juno spacecraft has been orbiting Jupiter and taking jaw-dropping photos of the gas giant since 2016. Juno has flown past Jupiter’s polar cyclones, anticyclones, auroras, the Great Red Spot, and enormous moons. Citizen scientists touch up Juno’s raw images to highlight storms and clouds in stunning color. These pictures reveal the tumultuous bands of … Read more

Brazilian Amateur Astronomer Detects Possible New Impact On Jupiter

A Brazilian amateur astronomer has discovered what may be a possible flash of a new impact on Jupiter’s equatorial region. Was Jupiter hit again? Brazilian amateur astronomer José Luis Pereira discovered a likely new impact on the Gas Giant of the Solar System on September 13, 2021, at 22:39:30 UTC, 19:39:30 Brasília time. Weather conditions … Read more

NASA wants to fly to Jupiter with SpaceX

Nasa envisions the Europa Clipper mission similar to this illustration. (Graphic: Nasa / JPL Caltech) Note: We have used commission links in this article and marked them with “*”. If an order is placed via these links, receives a commission. The focus is on the more precise conditions on the moon called Europe. Esa … Read more

NASA’s Juno mission celebrates 10 years

Juno captured this infrared view of Jupiter’s largest moon Ganymede on July 20, 2021, as part of a celebration of Juno’s 10th year since its 2011 launch. Image via NASA/ JPL-Caltech/ SwRI/ ASI/ INAF/ JIRAM. NASA’s Juno mission: 10 years since launch The Juno mission to planet Jupiter is celebrating its 10th year since the spacecraft … Read more

Here are NASA’s best images of all the planets in the solar system

Our solar system features eight planets, and each of these planets is very distinguishable as they are all quite different. VIEW GALLERY – 9 IMAGES During the time that humans have been exploring our solar system and the space beyond it, NASA has captured some incredible images of our local planets. Most of the images … Read more