NASA is conducting an unprecedented array of missions that will seek new knowledge and understanding of Earth, the solar system and the universe.
We’re studying Earth right now through current and future spacecraft helping answer critical challenges facing our planet: climate change, sea level rise, freshwater resources and extreme weather events. As an innovation leader in Earth and climate science, NASA is constantly expanding view of our planet from space, with an exceptional team of experts, and decades of innovative scientific and technical research.
The first human footsteps on Mars will follow rover tracks. A fleet of robotic explorers already is on and around Mars, dramatically increasing our knowledge about the Red Planet. The planet once had conditions suitable for life, making it a rich destination for scientific discovery and robotic and human exploration as we expand our presence into the solar system. The formation of Mars and its evolution are comparable to Earth, helping us learn more about our own planet’s history and future. Future exploration could uncover evidence of life on Mars, answering one of the fundamental mysteries of the cosmos: Does life exist beyond Earth?
Multiple NASA missions are studying our sun and the solar system, unraveling mysteries about their origin and evolution. By understanding variations of the sun in real-time, we can better characterize space weather, which can impact exploration and technology on Earth.
NASA telescopes also are peering into the farthest reaches of the universe and back to its earliest moments of existence, helping us understand the universe’s origin, evolution, and destiny.
It’s an exciting time at NASA as we reach for new heights to reveal the unknown and benefit humankind. See a list of NASA’s current missions and find out what we’re launching next!