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Press Releases

Press Releases Press Releases lists the most recent news items related to either the projects or the science of the Solar System Exploration theme. Press releases are archived back to 01-September-1998.


Calendar The NASA Solar System Exploration Launches and Events Calendar lists planned mission activities month by month, from 1998 through 2020. The listed events link to the corresponding mission pages.

The Space Calendar covers space-related activities and anniversaries for the coming year. Included are over 1,600 links to related home pages.

Integrated Launch Assessment is a launch forecast of anticipated dates for the NASA Space Shuttle and NASA payloads on expendable vehicles. It does not cover U.S. Air Force and commercial launches. It is an assessment of the earliest possible dates for upcoming NASA missions based on current planning or prelaunch preparations, and therefore, is not necessarily final.

The award-winning kids'website Space Place has a New Millennium Calendar with lots of interesting dates in science history for kids and educators.

The Solar System Exploration Website also maintains a list of the Missions Events and Anniversaries for the upcoming year.

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Latest Images

Latest Images Latest Images displays some of the most current mission images as they have been recently received from NASA spacecraft and their project teams.


Voyager: The Grand Tour
(Real Video, 15 min 3 sec - courtesy of JPL)

Mars Videos
"Journey to Mars" Flash presentation
(Narrated by Dan Cleese, Mars Chief Scientist - courtesy of JPL)

Viking Legacy
(Real Video, 2 min 20 sec - courtesy of JPL)

Viking Legacy and Mars Exploration
(Real Video, 7 min - courtesy of JPL)

Sojourner, FIDO, and Future Mars Rovers
(Real Video, 7.4 Mb - courtesy of the Solar System Ambassador Program)

Tumbleweed Mars Rovers
(Real Video, 3.4 Mb - courtesy of the Solar System Ambassador Program)

Jupiter Videos
Io and Galileo
(Real Video, 13 Mb - courtesy of the Solar System Ambassador Program)

Excerpt on Jupiter from Voyager's Grand Tour
(Real Video, 2 min 53 sec - courtesy of JPL)

Saturn Videos
Saturn, Titan, and Cassini
(Real Video, 9.8 Mb - courtesy of the Solar System Ambassador Program)

Excerpt on Saturn from Voyager's Grand Tour
(Real Video, 2 min 42 sec - courtesy of JPL)

Uranus Videos
Excerpt on Uranus from Voyager's Grand Tour
(Real Video, 2 min 5 sec - courtesy of JPL)

Neptune Videos
Excerpt on Neptune from Voyager's Grand Tour
(Real Video, 2 min 55 sec - courtesy of JPL)

Image Archives

Latest Images NASA's Planetary Photojournal provides you with easy access to over 2000 images of planets, moons, and astroids, taken by robotic spacecraft such as Voyager, Magellan, Galileo, Mars Pathfinder, and Mars Global Surveyor. New images are added weekly. The system allows you to download images in a variety of file formats from GIF to TIFF.

The NASA Regional Planetary Image Facilities, an international system of planetary image libraries, maintain photographic and digital data as well as mission documentation and cartographic data. Each facility's general holdings contain images and maps of planets and their satellites taken by solar system exploration spacecraft.

Science Data

Latest Images The Planetary Data System (PDS) archives and distributes digital data from past and present NASA planetary missions, astronomical observations, and laboratory measurements. The PDS is sponsored by NASA's Office of Space Science to ensure the long-term usability of data, to stimulate research, to facilitate data access, and to support correlative analysis.

The National Space Science Data Center (NSSDC) provides access to a wide variety of astrophysics, space physics, solar physics, lunar, and planetary data from NASA space flight missions, in addition to selected other data and some models and software.

Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature
Ever wonder how a planetary feature got its name? Where its located? How big it is? If there IS a feature named Bob or Botticelli? Search the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature brought to you by the U.S. Geological Survey, Flagstaff, AZ.

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Planetary Science Research Discoveries (PSRD) is an educational site devoted to sharing the fascinating discoveries being made in planetary and space sciences through NASA-sponsored research.

The Science Information Systems Newsletter reports on the areas of science data management, high performance computing, science networking, and advanced information systems research and technology across all disciplines of NASA's Office of Space Science.

The Lunar and Planetary Information Bulletin is published by the Lunar and Planetary Institute.

Discovery Dispatch is a quarterly newsletter from NASA's Discovery Program, whose goal is to accomplish frequent, high-quality scientific investigations using innovative and efficient management approaches. It seeks to keep performance high and expenses low by using new technologies and strict cost caps.

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Other Resources

Basics of Spaceflight Learners' Workbook (revised 2001) aids in identifying and understanding the general concepts associated with space flight in general and deep space missions in particular. It offers a broad scope of limited depth, presented in 18 chapters. Specific learning objectives are listed at the beginning of each chapter in terms of what you are expected to be able to do upon finishing the chapter.

NASA Products/Services Source List provides info on obtaining information on NASA, publications, educational programs, NASA Television, spacecraft models, airplane models, and model rocket sales, space suits, stamps, coins, medals, photography, space-type freeze-dehydrated Foods, solar system, charts, astronomy briefs, maps, planets/satellites, satellite imagery and aerial photos of the Earth, Landsat Earth imagery and digital products, video, audio, planetariums & observations, public interest space groups, and other space agencies.

Recent Additions

Recent Additions shows the latest changes that have been made on the SSE website.

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