Solar System Exploration
Spacecraft at JPL
September 17, 2004
Spacecraft at JPL
This sequence of images shows the Sun from its surface to its upper atmosphere and in order of temperature from the first one at 6,000 degrees C on the surface out to about 10 million degrees C.
From Hot to Hottest
What can you see in the October sky? Join the global celebration of International Observe the Moon Night on Oct. 5th, then try to catch the ice giant planets Uranus and Neptune.
What's Up Video: October 2019 Skywatching Tips from NASA
Soar over the giant asteroid Vesta in 3-D. Put on your 3-D glasses for this ride over asteroid Vesta.
Soar Over Asteroid Vesta in 3-D
Watch the NASA-JPL press briefing announcing Cassini's final orbits recorded at JPL on April 4, 2017.
Grand Finale Preview Press Conference (April 4, 2017)
This life-like movie sequence captures Saturn's rings during a ring plane crossing--which Cassini makes twice per orbit--from the spacecraft's point of view.
The Great Crossing
With kaleidoscopic forms and hues, these two false-color views from NASA's Cassini spacecraft show the patterns that come and go in the course of one Saturn day within the huge storm in the planet'...
An update on findings from Cassini's latest flyby of Saturn's largest moon, Titan.
Cassini at Saturn Sept. 22, 2006
NASA's Solar System Trek team uses real data to creative flyovers of Valles Marineris on Mars and the Grand Canyon on Earth.
Grand Canyons of Earth and Mars
This animation illustrates Jupiter's magnetic field.
Jupiter's Magnetic Field
This animation, derived from data obtained by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft, shows how plasma swirling around Saturn is correlated to bursts of radio waves emanating from the planet.
Saturn Plasma and Radio Waves, as Seen by Cassini
This still from a movie shows an image taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft layered on a digital terrain model of an unusual hill containing a dark-rayed impact crater and nearby dark deposit on asteroi...
Dark Hill on Asteroid Vesta Movie
Mating of LVA
Mating of LVA
This movie, made from images obtained by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft of the outer edge of Saturn’s B ring, reveals the combined effects of a tugging moon and oscillations that can naturally occur in ...
Oscillations at B Ring Edge
A recreation of Huygen's historic descent to Saturn's giant moon Titan in January 2005.
Approaching Titan a Billion Times Closer
Team members reflect on Spirit's six-years of roving Mars.
Spirit's Triumphs on Mars
What’s the latest news from Mars? NASA’s InSight lander and MarCO CubeSats are on their way to the Red Planet, a tiny helicopter will hitch a ride with the Mars 2020 rover mission, and Curiosity’s ...
Mars Report: May 2018
Ben Holt tells how he fell in love with the ocean as a teenager and how that lead to a career as a research scientist.
Through the Eyes of Scientists - Meet Ben Holt
This animated movie shows the simulated solar wind velocity from March 21 to May 10, 2013.
Animation of Spaceweather Predictors 2
Animation of Cassini's final orbit, leading to a pass by the moon Titan which sends the spacecraft plunging into Saturn on Sept. 15, 2017.
Cassini's Final Orbit
This graphic shows a 3-D model of 98 geysers whose source locations and tilts were found in a Cassini imaging survey of Enceladus' south polar terrain by the method of triangulation.
Geyser Basin in 3-D (video)
This movie shows what it was like for NASA's Stardust spacecraft to fly by comet Tempel 1.
Stardust Swoops by Tempel 1
Keeping a close watch on the outer portion of Saturn's B ring, NASA's Cassini spacecraft records the complex inward and outward movement of the edge of the ring.
Galactic Behavior for the Outer B Ring
This colorized movie from NASA's Cassini mission shows a polar projection of the curious six-sided jet stream at Saturn's north pole known as "the hexagon" in the infrared.
Looking Down on the Hexagon in Infrared
Great Dark Spot
Great Dark Spot
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Launched in 2003, Spitzer revealed previously hidden features of known cosmic objects and led to discoveries and insights spanning from our own solar system to nearly the edge of the universe.
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