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Podcast for audio and video - NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory


Video and audio podcasts from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory feature the latest news on space and science findings from JPL and NASA. Topics include discoveries made by spacecraft studying planets in our solar system, including Mars, Saturn and our home planet, Earth. Missions also study stars and galaxies in our universe. Other topics cover tips for amateur astronomers and updates from the Mars Rover and Cassini missions.


What's Up - August 2019

Aug 1, 2019 2:16


In the August sky, look for the "shooting stars" of the annual Perseid meteor shower for some stargazing delights.

Pit Crew for Mars: NASA's Mars 2020 Rover Gets Some Wheels (time lapse)

Jul 12, 2019 1:16


A team of engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, install the legs and wheels — otherwise known as the mobility suspension — on the Mars 2020 rover.

NASA Climbing Robot Scales Cliffs and Looks for Life

Jul 10, 2019 4:00


LEMUR belongs to a new generation of robots being built by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory that can crawl, walk and even climb rock walls.

Landing NASA’s Mars 2020 Rover with Terrain Relative Navigation

Jul 1, 2019 2:12


The Mars 2020 mission is facing the most challenging landing yet on the Red Planet.

What's Up - July 2019

Jul 1, 2019 3:19


As NASA marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing, here are five things to know about the Moon that you can share with others.

NASA Chopper Ready for a Spin on Mars

Jun 6, 2019 1:35


Can we fly on Mars? The laws of physics may say it's near impossible, but actually flying a heavier-than-air vehicle on the Red Planet is much harder than that.

NASA InSight: A Plan to Get the Mole Moving Again

Jun 5, 2019 2:58


NASA InSight scientist/engineer Troy Hudson gives us the game plan for getting the mission's heat probe, also known as the "mole," digging again on Mars.

What's Up - June 2019

May 31, 2019 2:52


What's up in the June sky? Jupiter is at its biggest and brightest, Mercury and Mars appear ultra-close and how you can observe the Moon's tilted orbit.

Stars of Cepheus as Seen by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope

May 30, 2019 1:58


Soar through this cosmic landscape filled with bright nebulas, as well as runaway, massive and young stars.

NASA’s Curiosity Finds Climate Clues on a Martian Mountain

May 15, 2019 1:38


After spending the better part of a year exploring Mars' Vera Rubin Ridge, NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has moved to a new part of Mount Sharp.

What's Up - May 2019

May 2, 2019 2:52


What's up in the May sky? A meteor shower produced by debris from Halley's Comet, asteroids named after dinosaurs and a "blue moon" on May 18th.

NASA's OCO-3: A New View of Carbon

Apr 2, 2019 2:26


NASA's OCO-3 mission is ready for launch to the International Space Station. This follow-on to OCO-2 brings new techniques and new technologies to carbon dioxide observations of Earth from space.

What's Up - April 2019

Apr 2, 2019 2:25


What can you see in the April sky? The Moon visits Mars in the evening, and later joins Saturn and Jupiter for a spot of tea. Also, how to find Polaris, the North Star.

What's Up - March 2019

Feb 28, 2019 2:32


What can you see in the March sky? Jupiter and other planets in the morning, a change of seasons and an open star cluster called the Beehive.

Opportunity: NASA Rover Complete Mars Mission

Feb 13, 2019 3:51


Drive along with NASA's Opportunity Mars rover and hear the voices of scientists and engineers behind the mission.

What's Up - February 2019

Feb 1, 2019 2:27


What can you see in the February sky? Stars and planets with distinct red and blue colors, like Mars and Sirius.

Mars Report: December 20, 2018

Dec 20, 2018 1:00


NASA's InSight has been busy.

Mars 2020 Landing Site: Jezero Crater Flyover

Dec 13, 2018 2:13


An animated flyover of the Martian surface

Voyager 2 Enters Interstellar Space

Dec 10, 2018 2:51


Forty-one years after it launched into space, NASA's Voyager 2 probe has exited our solar bubble and entered the region between stars.

Sounds of Mars: NASA's InSight Senses Martian Wind

Dec 7, 2018 1:39


Listen to Martian wind blow across NASA's InSight lander.

What's Up - December 2018

Nov 30, 2018 2:47


December brings the Geminids, a visible comet, and a fond farewell.

Episode 8: Arrival

Nov 19, 2018 23:49


InSight is lining up to land on Mars.

What's Up - November 2018

Nov 1, 2018 2:27


November brings planets, an asteroid, a comet and the Leonids

InSight Landing on Mars

Oct 31, 2018 3:15


When NASA's InSight descends to the Red Planet on Nov. 26, 2018, it is guaranteed to be a white-knuckle event.

Crazy Engineering: Space Claw

Oct 15, 2018 2:58


When NASA's InSight lands on Mars, it will be the first mission on another planet to use a robotic arm to grasp instruments and place them on the surface.

Mars in a Minute: How Do You Choose a Landing Site?

Oct 15, 2018 1:00


So, you want to study Mars with a lander or rover – but where exactly do you send it?

OnSight: Virtual Visit to Mars

Oct 10, 2018 0:52


OnSight is mixed-reality software that allows scientists and engineers to virtually walk and meet on Mars.

OMG Mission Video

Oct 1, 2018 4:41


Join JPL scientist Josh Willis as he and the NASA Oceans Melting Greenland (OMG) team work to understand the role that ocean water plays in melting Greenland's glaciers.

What's Up - October 2018

Oct 1, 2018 2:07


Celebrate International Observe the Moon Night with your local astronomy club.

Dusk for Dawn: NASA Mission to the Asteroid Belt

Sep 7, 2018


NASA's Dawn spacecraft turned science fiction into science fact by using ion propulsion to explore the two largest bodies in the main asteroid belt, Vesta and Ceres.

What's Up - September 2018

Aug 30, 2018 2:30


September nights! Planets bright! Milky Way sights!!

Mars in a Minute: How Did Mars Get Such Enormous Mountains

Aug 28, 2018 1:00


Why are the tallest peaks in the solar system found on one of its smallest worlds? Like any planet, how Mars looks outside is tied to what goes on inside.

15 Years in Space: Spitzer Space Telescope

Aug 24, 2018 2:29


Initially scheduled for a 2.5-year primary mission, NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has gone far beyond its expected lifetime -- and is still going strong after 15 years.

Mars Report: August 20 2018

Aug 20, 2018 1:27


What's the latest news from Mars?

What's Up - August 2018

Aug 1, 2018 2:17


Dark moonless nights for the summer Perseid Meteor Shower!

Rare Double Asteroid Revealed

Jul 12, 2018 1:09


Three of the world's largest radio telescopes team up to reveal two objects orbiting each other

Sounds of Saturn: Hear Radio Emissions of the Planet and Its Moon Enceladus

Jul 9, 2018 1:15


New research from the up-close Grand Finale orbits of NASA's Cassini mission shows a surprisingly powerful interaction of plasma waves moving from Saturn to its moon Enceladus.

NASA Mars Report: July 3, 2018

Jul 3, 2018 1:41


A dust storm continues to envelop the Red Planet and Curiosity's labs are back in action.

What's Up - July 2018

Jul 2, 2018 2:31


July's night skies feature Mars opposition on the 27th, when Mars, Earth, and the Sun all line up, and Mars' closest approach to Earth since 2003 on the 31st.

Monitoring Plant Health from Space: The ECOSTRESS Mission

Jun 25, 2018 2:52


ECOSTRESS is a new NASA Earth science mission to study how effectively plants use water by measuring their temperature from space.

What's Up - June 2018

Jun 1, 2018 2:23


What's up in the night sky this month? Enjoy a ringside seat for Saturn, plus a night long parade featuring Venus, Jupiter, Mars and Vesta!

Mars Report: May 24, 2018

May 24, 2018 2:37


What's the latest news from Mars?

Crazy Engineering: GRACE-FO

May 9, 2018 3:34


Crazy Engineering sees double! Twin satellites that will track water movement on Earth and test a new laser measurement technology.

What's Up - May 2018

May 1, 2018 2:57


The moon and Saturn meet Mars in the morning as NASA's Insight spacecraft launches to the red planet on May 5.

NEOWISE: Four Years of Asteroid and Comet Data

Apr 23, 2018 1:07


NASA's asteroid-hunting NEOWISE survey has observed or detected more than 29,000 asteroids in infrared light.

Watching the First Interplanetary Launch from America's West Coast

Apr 6, 2018 2:09


NASA's InSight will be the first interplanetary launch from America's West Coast. Residents in some of California's coastal communities could get a front row seat. Here's when and where to see it.

Mars Report: March 30, 2018

Mar 30, 2018 1:36


NASA's InSight arrives at Vandenberg AFB and readies for launch, Opportunity uses its grinder for the first time in 300 sols, and Curiosity celebrates 2,000 Martian days on the Red Planet.

What's Up - April 2018

Mar 30, 2018 2:05


The Moon, Mars and Saturn form a pretty triangle in early April, The Lyrid Meteors are visible in late April, peaking high overhead on the 22nd.

NASA Mars InSight

Mar 29, 2018 2:31


NASA's next mission to Mars is weeks away from launch.

Mars in a Minute: Are There Quakes on Mars?

Mar 28, 2018 1:00


Are there earthquakes on Mars? Or rather, "marsquakes?" And what could they teach us about the Red Planet? Find out more in this 60-second video from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Mars InSight Arrives at Vandenberg Air Force Base

Mar 7, 2018 0:40


NASA's InSight spacecraft arrived at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, to begin final preparations for launch.

What's Up - March 2018

Mar 1, 2018 2:26


At sunset, catch elusive Mercury, bright Venus, the Zodiacal Light, Mars, Saturn, and Jupiter between midnight and dawn.

NASA Mars Report: Feb. 26, 2018

Feb 26, 2018 1:49


NASA's Curiosity finds crystals, Opportunity celebrates her 5,000th day on Mars and the MarCO smallsats get solar arrays.

Mars in a Minute: What's Inside Mars?

Feb 22, 2018 1:00


We know what "The Red Planet" looks like from the outside -- but what's going on under the surface of Mars? Find out more in the 60-second video from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

What's Up - February 2018

Feb 1, 2018 2:23


This month, in honor of Valentine's Day, we look at celestial star pairs and constellation couples.

The Mars Report

Jan 31, 2018 2:32


This kickoff of a new Mars video series covers Opportunity's 14th anniversary on the Red Planet, Curiosity's spectacular panorama and ice deposits spotted by an orbiter.

Curiosity at Martian Scenic Overlook

Jan 30, 2018 1:53


Curiosity Project Scientist Ashwin Vasavada gives a descriptive tour of the Mars rover's view in Gale Crater. The white-balanced scene looks back over the journey so far.

What's Up - January 2018

Jan 2, 2018 2:10


Quadrantid meteors January 3-4, a West Coast-favoring total lunar eclipse, and time to start watching Mars!

The Bright Stuff: New NASA Dawn Findings at Ceres

Dec 12, 2017 2:29


More than 300 bright spots have been located on the surface of Ceres. Scientists with NASA's Dawn mission say the bright material indicates the dwarf planet is an active, evolving world.

Voyager Images from the Odysseys

Dec 1, 2017 2:48


Sit back and enjoy the view from the Voyagers' epic journey through the solar system. See iconic images of planets and moons, set to music.

What's Up - December 2017

Dec 1, 2017 2:18


Geminids, Ursids, winter constellations

DIY Glacier Modeling with Virtual Earth System Laboratory

Nov 30, 2017 2:03


A new NASA sea level simulator allows anyone with a home computer to try their hand at do-it-yourself glacier modeling.

NASA Begins Building its Next Mars Rover Mission

Nov 28, 2017 3:13


In just a couple of years, NASA's newest rover will be flying to Mars.

Drone Race: Human Versus A.I.

Nov 21, 2017 1:48


JPL engineers put together a drone race to find which is faster - a drone operated by a human or one operated by artificial intelligence.

First Interstellar Asteroid Wows Scientists

Nov 20, 2017 3:15


Scientists were surprised and delighted to detect - for the first time - an interstellar asteroid passing through our solar system.

NASA's Mars 2020 Supersonic Parachute: Test Flight #1

Nov 14, 2017 2:36


The first flight of an advanced supersonic parachute system for Mars 2020. The test took place on Oct. 4, 2017 at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility, Virginia.

What's Up - November 2017

Nov 1, 2017 2:39


Dawn pairing of Jupiter and Venus, Moon shines near star clusters, meteor activity all month long

What's Up - October 2017

Sep 28, 2017 2:21


Planet Pairs, Stellar Superstars, Observe The Moon Night!!

Farewell to Saturn: Highlights from the End of NASA's Cassini Mission

Sep 18, 2017 2:40


On Sept. 15, 2017, Cassini plunged into Saturn, ending its 20-year mission of discovery.

Cassini's Last Looks at Saturn

Sep 15, 2017 1:13


In its final hours, NASA's Cassini spacecraft returned these last looks at Saturn, its rings and moons, as it prepared to end its nearly 20-year voyage in space.

Final Moments in Cassini Mission Control

Sep 15, 2017 1:07


Engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, awaited the final transmission from the Cassini spacecraft as it plunged into Saturn's atmosphere ending its 20-year voyage of discovery.

NASA's Cassini Spacecraft: A Journey's End

Sep 8, 2017 2:21


The Cassini mission's epic 13-year exploration of Saturn is coming to a close.

What's Up - September 2017

Aug 31, 2017 2:04


Take a late summer road trip along the Milky Way. Be sure to stop at Saturn!

Meet Richard, A NASA Solar System Ambassador

Aug 31, 2017 2:09


Richard Stember is a NASA Solar System Ambassador volunteer who shares his passion for space with the public. Is this something that would interest you? You can apply to be an ambassador, too!

Cassini: A Saturn Odyssey

Aug 29, 2017 00:04:33


Team members reflect on what has made the NASA/ESA Cassini mission such an epic journey -- the extraordinary spacecraft, tremendous science and historic international collaboration.

Cassini: The Wonder of Saturn

Aug 24, 2017 2:27


NASA's Cassini spacecraft has explored the Saturn system since 2004, re-writing our understanding of the giant planet, its rings, moons and magnetosphere.

Voyager at 40: Keep Reaching for the Stars

Aug 16, 2017 327


In the late summer of 1977, NASA launched the twin Voyager spacecraft. These remote ambassadors still beam messages back to Earth 40 years later, with data from their deep space travels.

A World Unveiled: Cassini at Titan

Aug 11, 2017 3:10


Saturn's giant, hazy moon Titan has been essential to NASA's Cassini mission during its 13 thrilling years of exploration there.

Rover POV: Five Years of Curiosity on Mars

Aug 2, 2017 5:48


A rover's-eye view of five years in Gale Crater on Mars.

A Guide to Gale Crater

Aug 2, 2017 2:53


The Curiosity rover has taught us a lot about the history of Mars and its potential to support life. Take a tour of its landing site, Gale Crater.

Curiosity's First Five Years of Science on Mars

Aug 2, 2017 2:07


Five years of Martian discoveries after seven minutes of terror.

What's Up - August 2017

Aug 1, 2017 3:09


The total solar eclipse on Aug. 21, 2017, will trace a narrow path across the nation, though most of the U.S. will see a partial eclipse.

Watch Auroras Dance Over Saturn's South Pole

Jul 28, 2017 0:42


NASA's Cassini spacecraft gazed toward high southern latitudes near Saturn's south pole to observe ghostly curtains of dancing light -- Saturn's southern auroras, or southern lights.

What's Up - July 2017

Jul 1, 2017 2:46


Prepare for the August eclipse by observing the moon phases this month. Plus, two meteor showers peak at the end of the month.

NASA Planetary Defense: The Asteroid Hunters

Jun 30, 2017 2:48


Two search projects,one in Arizona, the other in Hawaii,account for about 90% of all near-Earth object discoveries.

How Do We Spot Near Earth Asteroids?

Jun 30, 2017 1:05


Did you ever wonder how NASA spots asteroids that maybe getting too close to Earth for comfort? Watch and learn.

NASA Planetary Defense: Backyard Asteroid Observer

Jun 30, 2017 2:30


Backyard astronomer Robert Holmes of Westfield, Illinois, is part of NASA's army of observers scanning the night sky for asteroids.

NASA at Mars: 20 years of 24/7 exploration

Jun 22, 2017 3:19


No one under 20 has experienced a day without NASA at Mars.

Art of Astrophysics

Jun 8, 2017 2:04


How do you visualize distant worlds that you can't see? A team of artists uses scientific data to imagine exoplanets and other astrophysical phenomena.

Three Years of NEOWISE Asteroid Data

Jun 5, 2017 1:07


This animation shows asteroids and comets observed in infrared by NASA's Near-Earth Object Wide-field Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) mission.

What's Up - June 2017

Jun 1, 2017 2:27


Plan a planet party at midnight and compare features on Jupiter and Saturn.

New Radar Images of Asteroid 2014 JO25

May 9, 2017 0:49


This movie of asteroid 2014 JO25 was generated using radar data collected by NASA's 230-foot-wide (70-meter) Deep Space Network antenna at Goldstone, California on April 19, 2017.

Mars in a Minute: How Long is a Year on Mars?

May 5, 2017 1:00


Mars takes a longer trip around the Sun than Earth does. Find out what that means for spacecraft in this 60-second video.

What's in the Air: Atmospheric Infrared Sounder

May 5, 2017 2:04


The 15-year-old NASA AIRS instrument is an asset for weather forecasters and climate scientists worldwide.

Cassini's First Fantastic Dive Past Saturn

May 3, 2017 1:14


This video was made using images from Cassini's first dive through the gap between Saturn and its rings on April 26, 2017.

Cassini's First Dive Between Saturn and Its Rings

Apr 27, 2017 1:48


After the first-ever dive through the narrow gap between the planet Saturn and its rings, NASA's Cassini spacecraft called home to mission control.

Radar Imagery of Asteroid 2014 JO25

Apr 19, 2017 1:26


This movie of asteroid 2014 JO25 was generated using radar data collected by NASA's Goldstone Solar System Radar in California's Mojave Desert.

Crazy Engineering: Astrodynamics

Apr 19, 2017 3:51


NASA's Cassini spacecraft, in orbit around Saturn for nearly 13 years, is beginning its Grand Finale - and it's thanks to some Crazy Engineering!

Ingredients for Life at Enceladus

Apr 13, 2017 2:02


NASA's Cassini spacecraft discovered hydrogen in the plume of gas and icy particles spraying from Saturn's moon Enceladus.

Cassini's Grand Finale

Apr 4, 2017 3:40


The final chapter in a remarkable mission of exploration and discovery, Cassini's Grand Finale is in many ways like a brand new mission.

What's Up - April 2017

Apr 1, 2017 1:56


Jupiter is visible all night long, and the Lyrid meteors shower puts on a good show April 22 before dawn.

Exploring Ocean Worlds with Robots

Mar 30, 2017 1:38


The search for life beyond Earth needs robots. But to explore distant ocean worlds like Europa, we'll need a new set of tools to drill through ice, reach faraway samples and cross difficult terrain.

15 Years of GRACE Earth Observations

Mar 15, 2017 2:30


For 15 years, the GRACE mission has unlocked mysteries of how water moves around our planet.

What's Up - March 2017

Mar 1, 2017 2:48


This month the moon hides red Aldebaran, Venus and Mercury show their phases.

A Treasure Trove of Planets Found

Feb 22, 2017 1:56


Seven Earth-sized planets have been observed by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope around a tiny, nearby, ultra-cool dwarf star called TRAPPIST-1.

Enceladus: Mystery of the Icy Moon

Feb 16, 2017 2:32


How Cassini's sleuthing revealed an active ocean world.

What's Up - February 2017

Feb 1, 2017 2:32


Use Venus and Mars to find the Zodiacal Light, plus two comets and the brightest asteroid.

Six Ways Opportunity is like a Teenager

Jan 24, 2017 2:20


On January 24, 2017, Opportunity celebrates 13 years on Mars. On Earth, she's officially a teenager -- and behaving like one.

Titan Touchdown

Jan 11, 2017 2:28


On Jan. 14, 2005, ESA's Huygens probe made its descent to the surface of Saturn's hazy moon, Titan.

What's Up - January 2017

Jan 2, 2017 2:32


The moon, Venus, Mars and the Quadrantid Meteor shower ring in the new year!

Flight Over Occator

Dec 15, 2016 2:19


This video shows a flyover of the intriguing crater named Occator on dwarf planet Ceres. Occator is home to Ceres' brightest area.

What's Up - December 2016

Dec 1, 2016 2:40


See Mercury, Venus and Mars all month long and a New Year's Eve comet. With some luck, you may catch some Geminid and Ursid meteors, too.

Cassini's High-Flying, Ring-Grazing Orbits

Nov 22, 2016 1:50


On Nov. 30, 2016, NASA's Cassini mission begins a daring set of ring-grazing orbits, skimming past the outside edge of Saturn's main rings.

Summer Clouds on Saturn's Moon Titan

Nov 7, 2016 0:59


NASA's Cassini spacecraft watched clouds of methane moving across the far northern regions of Saturn's largest moon, Titan, on Oct. 29 and 30, 2016.

What's Up - November 2016

Nov 1, 2016 2:31


This month, see Venus at sunset, Jupiter at dawn, an evening look at Saturn, plus meteors!

Corporal: America's First Guided Ballistic Missile

Oct 27, 2016 0:51


In mid-1944, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory embarked on the "Corporal" program to develop a guided ballistic missile.

Explorer 1: America's First Satellite

Oct 27, 2016 3:10


This footage from the U.S. Army's "The Big Picture" TV series recounts the tense days leading up to the successful launch of America's first satellite in 1958.

History Rediscovered: Early Space Age Tapes

Oct 27, 2016 2:51


Recently rediscovered audio recordings from the JPL archives, highlights the lab's involvement in America's early satellites for communication.

JATO: JPL's First Project for the Army

Oct 27, 2016 1:36


The U.S. Army was the first patron of what would become the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, commissioning the lab to develop "jet-assisted take-off" rockets starting in 1939.

Spacecraft Power

Oct 17, 2016 3:10


There are no gas stations or power outlets in space. That's why NASA's Curiosity rover on Mars--and some other NASA spacecraft that explore the solar system--use something called "radioisotope power."

What's Up - October 2016

Oct 1, 2016 2:53


What's Up for October? Moon Phases, Astronomy Day, Saturn and Venus align with a star.

Four Days at Saturn

Sep 15, 2016 1:52


NASA's Cassini spacecraft stared at Saturn for nearly 44 hours on April 25-27, 2016, to obtain this movie showing just over four Saturn days.

What's Up - September 2016

Sep 1, 2016 2:40


This month: African eclipse, minor meteor showers, moon near Neptune

Spitzer Beyond

Aug 26, 2016 1:42


This mission was designed to last at least two-and-a-half years; 13 years later, Spitzer has operated far beyond the scope of the original mission.

Curiosity Rover Report (August 5, 2016): Four Years on Mars

Aug 4, 2016 2:02


After four years on Mars, Curiosity rover and her operations team are now seasoned explorers, anxious to climb to greater heights on Mount Sharp.

What's Up - August 2016

Aug 1, 2016 2:46


How to spot Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn, as well as the and the annual Perseid meteor shower.

Ceres' Missing Large Craters

Jul 26, 2016 0:49


Ceres' lack of giant impact basins presents a puzzle to scientists. They expected to observe more large craters on the dwarf planet than have been found by NASA's Dawn mission.

'We Conquered Jupiter': Juno Enters Orbit

Jul 6, 2016 2:36


After an almost five-year journey to the solar system's largest planet, NASA's Juno spacecraft successfully entered Jupiter's orbit during a 35-minute engine burn.

What's Up - July 2016

Jul 1, 2016 2:55


What's Up this month? Use Saturn as your guide to a tour of the summer Milky Way. Spot planets, constellations, nebulae and galaxies.

Crazy Engineering: Flying Solar to Jupiter

Jun 22, 2016 3:17


NASA's Juno spacecraft has traveled nearly half a billion miles to reach its destination, Jupiter. Find out how engineers made humanity's most distant solar-powered spacecraft.

Jupiter: Into the Unknown (NASA Juno Mission Trailer)

Jun 15, 2016 2:07


On July 4, NASA's Juno spacecraft will enter orbit around Jupiter and pass closer to the planet than any spacecraft before. First, it must pass the trial of orbit insertion.

America's First Lunar Surveyor Turns 50

Jun 2, 2016 4:40


Surveyor 1 landed on the lunar surface on June 2, 1966, marking humanity's first controlled touchdown on the moon, and the robotic precursor to the Apollo astronaut missions to come.

What's Up - June 2016

Jun 1, 2016 2:53


Find out where to look in the sky this month to find Saturn, Mars, Jupiter and a comet.

Curiosity Rover Report: Mars Weather Report

May 11, 2016 3:32


After two Martian years, Curiosity is more than a Mars geologist, scientist and explorer. It's a Mars weather reporter, too.

What's Up - May 2016

May 2, 2016 2:48


What's Up for May. Two huge solar system highlights: Mercury transits the sun and Mars is closer to Earth than it has been in 11 years.

Crazy Engineering: Starshade/Coronagraph

Apr 27, 2016 4:11


Sometimes light just gets in the way. A look at two technologies that block starlight to give telescopes a better view of distant Earth-like planets.

Two Years of NEOWISE Asteroid Data

Apr 5, 2016 0:35


This movie shows the progression of NASA's Near-Earth Object Wide-field Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) investigation for the mission's first two years following its restart in December 2013.

What's Up - April 2016

Apr 1, 2016 3:17


Jupiter, Mars, the Lyrid meteor shower and 2016's best views of Mercury.

Mixed-Reality Tech Brings Mars to Earth

Mar 30, 2016 1:40


NASA and Microsoft have teamed up to create "Destination: Mars," a guided tour of Mars using the same Hololens technology that helps scientists plan the Curiosity rover's activities.

Flyby Comet Imaged By Radar

Mar 30, 2016 0:39


Radar data of comet P/2016 BA14 taken over three days (March 21-23, 2016), when the comet was between 2.5 million miles and 2.2 million miles from Earth.

Unveiling Ceres

Mar 22, 2016 2:37


NASA's Dawn spacecraft has revealed marvelous sights on dwarf planet Ceres during its first year in orbit.

Magnificent Mars: 10 Years of Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter

Mar 9, 2016 2:20


NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has clocked more than a decade of service at the Red Planet and has yielded scientific discoveries and magnificent views of a distant world.

What's Up - March 2016

Mar 1, 2016 2:46


Jupiter, its moons and moon shadows.

What's Up - February 2016

Feb 1, 2016 2:42


Five morning planets, comet Catalina passes Polaris, and icy Uranus and icy Vesta meet near Valentine's Day.

Flight Over Ceres

Jan 29, 2016 3:43


A colorful animation shows a simulated flight over the surface of dwarf planet Ceres, based on images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft.

What's Up - January 2016

Jan 1, 2016 3:30


What's Up for January? A meteor shower, a binocular comet, and the winter circle of stars!

Curiosity Rover Report (Dec. 15, 2015): First Visit to Martian Dunes

Dec 10, 2015 2:19


Curiosity performs the first investigation of active sand dunes on another planet. Studying the Bagnold Dunes on Mars will help scientists understand the physics of Martian dunes and how they move.

Ceres Rotation and Occator Crater

Dec 8, 2015 1:12


Dwarf planet Ceres is shown in these false-color renderings, which highlight differences in surface materials.

Crazy Engineering: CubeSats

Dec 3, 2015 2:48


Honey, I shrunk the satellites! Mini-satellites are following in the footsteps of cell phones and computers. CubeSats are small but highly capable of performing a variety of space missions.

What's Up - December 2015

Dec 2, 2015 2:17


View Mars this month, and get a preview of great Mars views in 2016, the best since 2005!

15 Years of JPL achievements under Director Charles Elachi

Nov 23, 2015 6:21


As we honor the retirement of Director Charles Elachi, we look back at the JPL achievements of the past 15 years.

A Breathing Planet, Off Balance

Nov 12, 2015 2:32


Earth's land and ocean currently absorb about half of all carbon dioxide emissions from the burning of fossil fuels, but it's uncertain whether the planet can keep this up in the future.