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Moon and Mars Missions

Humans Return to the Moon

Constellation Program

NASA is returning to the moon to build a sustainable long term human presence. The Constellation Program is building the Ares rockets and Orion crew capsule.

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Robotic Lunar Exploration

The Mission Objectives of the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) include confirming the presence or absence of water ice in a permanently shadowed crater at the Moon?s South Pole.

A pair of missions will map the lunar surface and search for water at the south pole.

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› LCROSS Lunar Impactor

Mars Exploration

mars missions

Get the latest information on the Phoenix Mars Lander and NASA's other spacecraft orbiting and roving the Red Planet.

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Latest Features

  • Steel arrives at Stennis Space Center for construction of the A-3 Test Stand.

    Steel Work Begins for A-3 Test Stand

    Construction is under way at Stennis Space Center on the A-3 Test Stand that will test the engine for the nation's next generation of moon rockets.

  • Small Pressurized Rover (SPR)

    NASA Tests Rover Concepts in Arizona

    NASA is practicing for future lunar road trips on the moon-like terrain of Arizona.

  • Ares I-X Segments shipped out of Wellsville, Ohio

    Ares I-X Segments Travel the Nation's Mighty Rivers

    NASA's Glenn Research Center in Cleveland ships completed segments of the Ares I-X flight test rocket to Kennedy Space Center on the Delta Mariner.

  • LRO entering a thermal vac chamber

    Next Moon Mission Begins Thermal Vacuum Test

    NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has begun environmental testing in a thermal vacuum that simulates the harsh rigors of space.

  • Stars of Constellation

    Stars of Constellation

    NASA's Constellation Program isn't just about building the next generation spacecraft, but launching explorers that will help us learn more about our world. Discover the faces behind the hardware that will send humans to the moon and beyond.

Latest News Releases

  • NASA To Hold Small Business Symposium

    10.30.08 - NASA will host the inaugural Small Business Symposium and Awards Ceremony Nov. 17-18 in Washington

  • NASA And Korea Sign Statement Of Intent For Future Cooperation

    10.30.08 - NASA and Korea signed a joint statement of intent identifying potential interest in cooperation in civil space and aeronautics activities.

  • NASA Orbiter Reveals Details of a Wetter Mars

    10.28.08 - NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has observed a new category of minerals spread across large regions of Mars. This discovery suggests that liquid water remained on the planet's surface a billion years later than scientists believed, and it played an important role in shaping the planet's surface and possibly hosting life.

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