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Explore the solar system at your own pace with this series of interactive features. Find out what's unique about the planets, comets and asteroids in our solar system, wander through a history of robotic exploration and then flip over to the interactive calendar to see what's coming up in space. Check the links at the bottom of the page for more cool interactive web features.

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Eyes on the Solar System

'Eyes on the Solar System' uses video-game technology to recreate the solar system and the spacecraft that explore it within a web-browser. Eyes on the Solar System uses the Unity3D engine and real science and engineering data to recreate the solar system and many of the spacecraft exploring it. Users can explore in both time and space on their own, or access a growing library of features and tours that highlight objects and missions at the click of a button. Data will be updated and refined over time as the hundreds of gigabytes of trajectory data are processed by the development team, more spacecraft are added and maps and models are refined.

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Eyes on the Solar System
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Bright Tails, Black Hearts: Exploration of Comets

Take an interactive journey into the heart of comets, the mysterious icy wanderers of our solar system. Explore a comet's anatomy and life cycle and take a closer look at some of the comets that have been targeted by robotic spacecraft.

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Bright Tails, Black Hearts: Exploration of Comets

Explore Saturn's Moon Enceladus

Until recently, Saturn's tiny moon Enceladus was thought to be cold and dead. But close observations by the Cassini spacecraft have revealed dramatic features and made this frozen world a new target in NASA's search for life. Uncover the many unique features of Enceladus and see the study continue.

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Explore Saturn's Moon Enceladus

The Best of NASA Science 2008: A Year in Review

Take a spin through the 2008 science highlights of NASA. This story unfolds in stunning images, starting with the find of organic materials in a unique meteorite, to the focus on the changes in Earth's climate, all while beginning to unravel the many mysteries of Saturn and its moons. Click now to start the slide show - it's an incredible ride.

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The Best of NASA Science 2008: A Year in Review

The Best of NASA Science 2007: A Year in Review

Take a spin through the 2007 science highlights of NASA. This story unfolds in stunning images, starting with the find of organic materials in a unique meteorite, to the focus on the changes in Earth's climate, all while beginning to unravel the many mysteries of Saturn and its moons. Click now to start the slide show - it's an incredible ride.

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The Best of NASA Science 2007: A Year in Review

Explore Saturn's Moon Titan

Mysterious Titan begins to appear more familiar as the Cassini spacecraft explores the once hidden surface of this Earth-like moon.

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Explore Saturn's Moon Titan

The Best of NASA Science 2006: A Year in Review

Come and tour the month by month science highlights of NASA in 2006. From the Earth re-entry of the Stardust capsule to the discoveries found on Saturn and its rings and moons, to more evidence of water on Mars, 2006 was another exciting year in solar system exploration. Click now to start the slideshow - you won't be disappointed.

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The Best of NASA Science 2006: A Year in Review

Ion Engines

Ion Engines are the most exciting new rocket propulsion system since the Chinese invented the rocket about a thousand years ago. These activities should help you understand how Ion Engines work. Play the first three activities to learn the basics about electric charges. The final activity lets you test your knowledge and skills in operating an ion engine.

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Ion Engines

The Best of NASA Science 2005: A Year in Review

2005 was a very exciting year for science discoveries at NASA. From landing on Saturn's moon Titan to discovering life components in a far off, young universe, take a journey with images and learn all about the exciting exploration discoveries of 2005. Combined with the accomplishments of missions such as Deep Impact and the launch of the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, 2005 offered a rich landscape from which to advance exploration into the next several decades, and beyond.

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The Best of NASA Science 2005: A Year in Review

NASA Solar System Launches & Events Calendar

Tune in to history as it happens. Our interactive calendar showcases what's happening out there in the solar system and back here on Earth. We've included launches, mission events, anniversaries, celestial events and even a few birthdays. There's never a dull moment in space.

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NASA Solar System Launches & Events Calendar

Celestial Selection

Vote early and often for your favorite solar system exploration images in our multimedia gallery. Choose any category (planets, history, spacecraft, kid's drawings, etc.) and click on the "browse" button. The voting menu is that row of five stars under each image. Vote all you like and watch as everyone's favorite images work their way to the top.

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