Solar System Exploration
Spacecraft Full Stack
September 17, 2004
Spacecraft Full Stack
This is the first footage of one orbiting robotic spacecraft taken by another orbiting robotic spacecraft at Earth's moon.
Spacecraft Pass Each Other at the Moon
This is a compilation of the Saturn hexagon movies released on Dec. 5, 2013.
Saturn's Unique Hexagon Movies
This is an animated artist interpretation of the area surrounding the Huygens landing site, based on images and data returned Jan. 14, 2005.
Huygens Landing Site Revisited
The moon Prometheus slowly collides with the diffuse inner edge of Saturn's F ring in this movie sequence of Cassini images.
A recreation of Huygen's historic descent to Saturn's giant moon Titan in January 2005.
Approaching Titan a Billion Times Closer
On Earth, the ocean floor is home to hydrothermal vents that spout hot water, nourishing life in an otherwise inhospitable environment. Scientists think similar vents could exist on other worlds.
Earth: Undersea Seeps, Vents, and Volcanoes
This spectrogram and video show a changing pattern of radio waves from Saturn known as Saturn Kilometric Radiation, as detected by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
Saturn's Radio Period Crossover
NASA's New Horizons spacecraft launched toward Pluto in 2006, but the mission can trace its start back to 1930, when Clyde Tombaugh discovered the small planet and opened the door to a new, mysteri...
The Year of Pluto
Ion propulsion isn’t something found only in science fiction. JPL engineer Mike Meacham looks at how ion engines are being used to drive NASA's Dawn spacecraft through the solar system.
Crazy Engineering: Ion Propulsion for the Dawn Mission
This movie created from images obtained by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft shows a propeller-shaped structure created by a hidden, embedded moon moving through one of Saturn's rings.
Propeller Churns the A Ring
This data visualization represents twenty years' worth of data showing the abundance of life both on land and in the sea.
Earth: Our Living Planet
This is a computer simulation of the final stage of the growth of a "clump" in Saturn's rings.
Giovanni Cassini, the astronomer, discovers a moon near Saturn. Half is dark as coal. The other half, bright as snow. Three centuries later, Cassini, the spacecraft, flies by for a close look.
Backstage Pass to Iapetus
Mating of LVA
Mating of LVA
The heavens often seem vast and unchanging as seen from Earth, but movement in the skies is the norm. The relative motions of both Cassini and Enceladus over a 15-minute period create the movement ...
Nevertheless, It Moves
As the solar wind flows from the sun, it creates a bubble in space known as the "heliosphere" around our solar system.
The Bubble of Our Solar System
This new animation shows us that Saturn's moon Titan has more in common with Earth than we thought.
Titan Canyon Country
This three-frame animation from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows the swirling clouds in a vortex spawned by a great northern storm on Saturn. The clouds are moving in a clockwise direction.
Sungrazing comets are a special class of comets that come very close to the sun at their nearest approach, a point called perihelion.
What is a Sun-Grazing Comet?
Everyone likes to check the weather in a far away destination before they travel there. This is especially true for spaceflight, where the destination may be where no one has gone before.
Space Weather to the Edge of the Solar System
Bob Anderson describes his work as a geologist who helps design and uses robots to collect data about Mars.
Through the Eyes of Scientists - Meet Bob Anderson
This movie shows a quick succession of multiple products of Titan's surface from the Cassini orbiter and the European Space Agency's Huygens probe.
Huygens Landing Site Movie
The Helioseismic Magnetic Imager (HMI) aboard the Solar Dynamics Observatory takes a series of images every 45 seconds in a very narrow range of wavelengths in visible light of the solar photospher...
The Active Sun from SDO: HMI Dopplergram
This animated graphic shows how Saturn and its moon Enceladus are electrically linked.
Saturn and Enceladus Electrical Link
This movie sequence shows highlights of the Cassini spacecraft's Sept. 26, 2005, flyby of the odd, icy moon Hyperion.
Flight to Hyperion
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