Science instruments are state-of-the-art tools for acquiring information about planetary geology, atmosphere, and environmental conditions. This includes technologies for remote sensing, mapping and observation capabilities, analyzing light from the universe, and even searching for signs of life.
The Mars Oxygen In-Situ Resource Utilization Experiment, or MOXIE, is an instrument aboard the Perseverance rover on the Red Planet. It’s testing a way for future explorers to produce oxygen from the Martian atmosphere for burning fuel and breathing.
The Coronagraph Instrument on the Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope demonstrates technology that allows astronomers to directly image planets in orbit around other stars by greatly reducing the glare from the host star. It will be far more powerful than any other coronagraph ever flown, capable of seeing planets that are almost a billion times fainter than their star.
Mission and Impact
NASA seeks to improve our ability to access and travel through space; land more mass in more locations throughout the solar system; live and work in deep space and on planetary bodies; build next generation air vehicles, and transform the ability to observe the universe and answer profound questions in earth and space sciences.