Solar System Exploration
Spacecraft at JPL
September 17, 2004
Spacecraft at JPL
Classic video explaining the history, debate and continuing discussion of the definition of a planet.
What is a Planet?
This video demonstrates the hiss-like radio noise generated by electrons moving along magnetic field lines from the Saturnian moon Enceladus to a glowing patch of ultraviolet light on Saturn.
Hiss from Aurora Caused by Enceladus
This colorful spectrogram represents data collected by Cassini's Radio and Plasma Wave Science instrument as it crossed through Saturn's D ring on May 28, 2017.
Cassini's First D-Ring Crossing
New science, mined from the archives. Data from NASA's Galileo orbiter launched a generation ago yields new evidence of plumes, eruptions of water vapor, from Jupiter's moon Europa.
Re-analyzing Old Data Reveals New Evidence at Europa
This animation shows a color-coded map from NASA's Dawn mission revealing the highs and lows of topography on the surface of dwarf planet Ceres.
Ceres Topographic Globe Animation
Big water news from Saturn's tiny moon Enceladus.
Enceladus: Cold Faithful
Join us in our search for life beyond Earth.
This movie uses data from NASA's Dawn spacecraft to simulate the view from the spacecraft flying over the surface of the giant asteroid Vesta.
Dawn's Virtual Flight over Vesta
A harvest moon and a blue moon, Mars is up all night, and a journey beyond the galaxy.
What's Up - October 2020 [VIDEO]
This new animation shows us that Saturn's moon Titan has more in common with Earth than we thought.
Titan Canyon Country
On October 15, 1997, the Cassini–Huygens spacecraft was launched on an almost 7-year journey to the Saturn system.
Hello, my name is Janelle. I think the best topic is number 2, Titan.
Scientist for a Day Option 2: Titan
For 13 years the spacecraft’s incredible, truly otherworldly images have revealed the wonder of Saturn in surprising, often awe-inspiring ways.
Cassini: The Wonder of Saturn (Video)
Here is a rover's eye view of driving, scooping and drilling during Curiosity's first year on Mars, August 2012 through July 2013.
Twelve Months in Two Minutes; Curiosity's First Year on Mars
This short animation created by Cassini's mission planning team shows the spacecraft's final orbits - starting with the Ring-Grazing orbits in November 2016 and transitioning to the Grand Finale or...
Cassini's Ring-Grazing and Grand Finale Orbits
A curated just-for-kids NASA video playlist.
NASA at Home: Videos for Kids
A new video from NASA's Dawn spacecraft takes us on a flyover journey above the surface of the giant asteroid Vesta.
NASA's Journey Above Vesta
SDO collected images of the rarest predictable solar event—the transit of Venus across the face of the Sun in 2012.
Venus Transit Across the Sun (2014)
At approximately 4:16 p.m. EDT on May 10, 2021, NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft will fire its main thrusters for seven minutes and start its long journey home with more than 60 grams (2.1 ounces) of a...
OSIRIS-REx Departure from Bennu Trailer
This animation based on data obtained by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft shows how the “explosions” of hot plasma on the night side (orange and white) periodically inflate Saturn’s magnetic field (white ...
Saturn's Hot Plasma Explosions
NASA’s Psyche team will measure the asteroid’s magnetic field using a magnetometer. This instrument is composed of two identical high-sensitivity magnetic field sensors located at the middle and ou...
Meet NASA's Psyche Team Who Will Measure the Asteroid's Magnetic Field
A short film from 1969 showing Ranger 9 images as it approached the Moon.
Ranger 9 Impact
A mission concept to explore Saturn's moons Titan and Enceladus.
Titan Saturn System Mission
Meet Lucy as she prepares for the first journey to the Trojan asteroids, small bodies orbiting in tandem with Jupiter.
Lucy's Journey: Episode 2 - 'The Adventure Begins'
NASA's Dawn is the first spacecraft to orbit two extraterrestrial targets.
Using Ion Propulsion to Explore New Worlds
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NASA's Perseverance Rover Cameras Capture Mars Like Never Before
The telescopes found something odd: six "dead" galaxies that had run out of the cold hydrogen gas needed to make stars.
Hubble Finds Early, Massive Galaxies Running on Empty
This year, the minimum extent of Arctic sea ice dropped to 1.82 million square miles (4.72 million square kilometers).
NASA Finds 2021 Arctic Summer Sea Ice 12th-Lowest on Record
The lander cleared enough dust from one solar panel to keep its seismometer on through the summer, allowing scientists to study three big quakes.
NASA's InSight Finds Three Big Marsquakes, Thanks to Solar-Panel Dusting
NASA's Lucy is set to launch in October on the first mission to study the Trojan asteroids – swarms of asteroids associated with Jupiter.
Lucy Is Going to Space!
Researchers will use Webb to observe 17 actively forming planetary systems.
NASA's Webb to Explore Forming Planetary Systems