'Bright Spot' on Ceres Has Dimmer Companion

Dwarf planet Ceres continues to puzzle scientists as NASA's Dawn spacecraft gets closer to being captured into orbit around the object.

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Curiosity Mars Rover's Approach to 'Pahrump Hills'

Curiosity Mars Rover's Approach to 'Pahrump Hills'

This southeastward-looking vista from the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows the "Pahrump Hills" outcrop and surrounding terrain seen from a position about 70 feet (20 meters) northwest of the outcrop. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

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Solar System Missions

Cassini-Huygens to Saturn
Studying Saturn and its rings and moons.
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Dawn, the first spacecraft ever planned to orbit two different bodies after leaving Earth, will orbit Vesta and Ceres, two of the largest asteroids in the solar system.
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The Epoxi mission recycles the already "in flight" Deep Impact spacecraft to investigate two distinct celestial targets of opportunity.
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The Juno spacecraft, currently making its way to Jupiter, will for the first time peer below Jupiter's dense cover of clouds to answer questions about the gas giant and the origins of our solar system.
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Mars Exploration Rovers
Spirit and Opportunity have been exploring Mars since January 2004. Clues found in some rocks indicate liquid water once covered the ground.
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Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter
This orbiter has the most powerful telescopic camera ever to another planet, plus five other scientific instruments.
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Mars Science Laboratory
(MSL) spacecraft -- which includes the newest Red Planet rover, the car-sized Curiosity.
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Mars Odyssey
This orbiter studies Mars' surface composition and radiation environment and has instruments to detect water and shallow buried ice.
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Microwave Instrument on Rosetta Orbiter
This JPL instrument will study gases given off by a comet as the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft orbits the comet. Rendezvous with the comet is scheduled for 2014.
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Voyager 1 and 2 flew past Jupiter and Saturn. Voyager 2 also flew by Uranus and Neptune. Voyager 1 is now approaching interstellar space.
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Hole at 'Telegraph Peak' Drilled by Mars Rover Curiosity NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover Drills at 'Telegraph Peak'

Sample-collection drilling that NASA's Curiosity Mars rover completed Tuesday will likely be the last before the rover departs "Pahrump Hills."

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This artist's concept shows NASA's Dawn spacecraft heading toward the dwarf planet Ceres. NASA Briefing to Discuss First Spacecraft Arrival at a Dwarf Planet

JPL will host a briefing Monday, March 2, about the March 6 arrival of NASA's Dawn spacecraft at the dwarf planet Ceres. The event will be carried live on NASA TV and online.

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Curiosity Self-Portrait at 'Mojave' Site on Mount Sharp Latest Selfie from NASA Mars Rover Shows Wide Context

NASA's Curiosity Mars rover used the camera on its robotic arm to record the pieces of a portrait that shows the rover within a panorama of the area it is studying.

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