Where did we come from? Are we alone in the Universe? We can only answer these questions by exploring the planets and other worlds of our solar system and beyond. Learn why these worlds are so important, and how you can get involved.

Your Guide to Mercury

Mercury, the innermost planet, can teach us how the planets formed and what the early solar system was like when life arose on Earth.

Your Guide to Venus

Venus may have had oceans and been habitable to life before being transformed into an inhospitable wasteland.

Earth

Earth is our home and the only world known so far to harbor life.

Your Guide to the Moon

The Moon is the only world besides Earth ever visited by humans. By studying it, scientists can piece together Earth’s origin story.

Your Guide to Mars

Mars, the Red Planet, once had liquid water on the surface and could have supported life. We don't know how it changed to the cold, dry desert-world it is today.

Asteroids, Comets, and Other Small Worlds

There are countless asteroids, comets, and small worlds in our solar system to explore besides the planets.

Your Guide to Jupiter

Jupiter, our largest planet, teaches us how solar systems evolve. Its four planet-like moons make it a solar system of its own.

Your Guide to Saturn

Saturn is the crown jewel of our solar system. It has a stunning set of rings, diverse moons, and so much more to explore.

Uranus

Uranus may be the butt of many jokes, but there's more to this ice giant than meets the eye.

Neptune

Chilly Neptune has winds that travel faster than the speed of sound on Earth.

Your Guide to Exoplanets

We know of more than 4,000 planets orbiting other stars. Does one of them host life as we know it?

A Pale Blue Dot

Look again at that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us.

Latest Articles

Here's How Scientists Mapped the Perseverance Rover's Landing Site

The maps will help plan scientific field trips for the rover as it explores an ancient river delta.

The Next 10 Years

Six scientists share the major planetary science discoveries of the past decade, and the questions that will drive the next 10 years of solar system exploration.

Star Trek: Picard Gets the Martian Landscape Right

The visual effects for the new television series Star Trek: Picard show a wonderfully realistic Mars in panoramic views that obviously rely upon NASA and ESA imagery. This article is spoiler-free except for the disclosure of an important event depicted in the opening moments of the show.

Is the Moon a Stepping Stone or a Cornerstone for Mars?

New legislation proposed in the House of Representatives would radically shift NASA's human spaceflight efforts away from the Moon and back to Mars.

< 1 23 ... 673 >