Solar System Exploration
Spacecraft at JPL
September 17, 2004
Spacecraft at JPL
Team members reflect on what has made the NASA/ESA Cassini mission such an epic journey—the extraordinary spacecraft, tremendous science and historic international collaboration.
Cassini: A Saturn Odyssey
Surrounding Earth is a giant magnetic field called the magnetosphere. Its shape is defined not only by the planet's north and south magnetic poles, but also by a steady stream of particles coming i...
Modeling Earth's Magnetism
Radar Mapping Titan
Radar Mapping Titan
In August 2012, a long filament of solar material coalesced in the Sun's atmosphere.
Solar Filament Coalesces in Sun's Atmosphere
Cassini mission planners created this animation to showcase Cassini's final 22 orbits - the mission's Grand Finale.
Grand Finale Orbits Petal Plot
NASA's Dawn is the first spacecraft to orbit two extraterrestrial targets.
Using Ion Propulsion to Explore New Worlds
Clara, Sugar Plum Fairy, move aside. Saturn's moons give Tchaikovsky's classic ballet, "The Nutcracker," a graceful new spin in this video compiled from some 61 images taken by the Cassini spacecra...
Saturn Moon Ballet
What can you see in the February sky? Stars and planets with distinct red and blue colors, like Mars and Sirius.
What's Up: February 2019 Skywatching from NASA
Great Red Spot
Great Red Spot
This colorized flyover movie from NASA's Cassini mission takes viewers over the two largest seas on Saturn's moon Titan and nearby lakes.
Flying over an Extraterrestrial Land of Lakes
A shortened, 54-second version of Cassini's Grand Finale animation showing the spacecraft's final moments.
Cassini's Final Moments
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
The volcanic peak Idunn Mons (at 46°S, 214.5°E) in Imdr Regio.
Venus is Alive - Geologically Speaking
This animation shows the last 30 seconds of Cassini's X- and S-band radio signals as they disappeared from mission control on Sept. 15, 2017.
Cassini's last X- and S-band radio signals
As millions of people observed the total lunar eclipse on October 8, 2014, MESSENGER was also watching from Mercury.
Lunar Eclipse From Mercury
These two false-color views from NASA's Cassini spacecraft show detailed patterns that change during one Saturn day within the huge storm in the planet's northern hemisphere.
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 presents a series of animations showing NASA's Dawn spacecraft traveling to and operating at the giant asteroid Vesta.
Animation of Dawn's Visit to Vesta
In this Voyager Update from the night of the Neptune encounter (25 August 1989), now Voyager Project Manager, Suzy Dodd speaks with such guests as Jay Holberg and Bill Kurth concerning the Voyager ...
Voyager 2 Neptune Encounter with Suzy Dodd
We know what the Red Planet looks like from the outside – but what's going on under the surface of Mars?
Mars in a Minute: What's Inside Mars?
The Cassini mission’s epic 13-year exploration of Saturn is coming to a close. On Sept. 15, the spacecraft will make a planned plunge into the atmosphere of Saturn in order to protect pristine icy ...
A Journey's End
Episode 1: What is a dwarf planet?
Space Shorts: What is a Dwarf Planet?
What's Up for November? Mercury transits across the Sun, and the dimming of the "Demon star," Algol.
What's Up: November 2019 [Video]
Scientists working with NASA's Dawn spacecraft have created a new video showing the giant asteroid Vesta as the spacecraft approaches this unexplored world in the main asteroid belt.
Vesta's Surface Comes into View
Dwarf planet Ceres is shown in these false-color renderings, which highlight differences in surface materials.
Ceres Rotation and Occator Crater
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Curiosity Mars Rover Takes a New Selfie Before Record Climb
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Mars Perseverance Rover Gets Its Sample Handling System
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