Solar System Exploration
Spacecraft Full Stack
September 17, 2004
Spacecraft Full Stack
We are going to the Moon, to stay, by 2024. And this is how.
We Are Going
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?
This movie was built with data collected during the 147-minute plunge through Titan's thick orange-brown atmosphere to a soft sandy riverbed by the European Space Agency's Huygens Descent Imager/Sp...
A View from Huygens
This mosaic strip – extending across the hemisphere that faced the New Horizons spacecraft as it flew past Pluto on July 14, 2015 – now includes all of the highest-resolution images taken by the NA...
Close-Up of Pluto's Surface
Bennu's Journey is a 6-minute animated movie about NASA's OSIRIS-REx mission, asteroid Bennu, and the formation of our solar system.
The Usual Suspects: Science research is like detective work. One scientist takes his case to California's Death Valley, to search for clues surrounding a Titan lake.
The Usual Suspects
Filters, pixels and math star in this narrated cartoon.
How Does a Spacecraft Take a Picture?
NASA’s Cassini mission will come to a spectacular close on September 15, 2017 after almost two decades in space since its launch in 1997.
Science@NASA: Cassini's Finale
This movie, built with data collected during the European Space Agency's Huygens probe on Jan. 14, 2005, shows the operation of the Descent Imager/Spectral Radiometer camera during its descent and ...
Titan Descent Data Movie with Bells and Whistles
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'...
Dwarf planet Ceres is shown in these false-color renderings, which highlight differences in surface materials.
Ceres Rotation and Occator Crater
NASA's Cassini spacecraft, in orbit around Saturn for nearly 13 years, is beginning its Grand Finale — and it's thanks to some Crazy Engineering! A team of engineers called astrodynamicists use ma...
Crazy Engineering: Astrodynamics
This short computer-animated film highlights Cassini's accomplishments and Saturn and reveals the science-packed final orbits between April and September 2017.
Cassini's Grand Finale
This visualization of the Apollo 17 landing site uses real lunar orbiter data to retrace the paths of the astronauts during their three days of exploration.
Apollo 17 Moon Flyover Visualization
NASA's Cassini has found salt in Saturn's E ring, hinting that the moon Enceladus could have an underground liquid reservoir, perhaps even an ocean.
Briny Breath of Enceladus
Sir Arthur C. Clarke's video greeting to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory for Cassini's first close Iapetus flyby in 2007.
Sir Arthur C. Clarke's 2007 Iapetus Flyby Greeting
This video from NASA's Dawn mission shows that the gravity field of Vesta closely matches the surface topography of the giant asteroid Vesta.
Vesta's Shape and Gravity
Cassini mission planners created this animation to showcase Cassini's final 22 orbits - the mission's Grand Finale.
Grand Finale Orbits - Side View
This rotating mosaic of asteroid Bennu is composed of 40 images captured by the PolyCam imager onboard NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft over a four-hour period on Dec. 2, 2018.
Asteroid 101955 Bennu Rotating
The four changes of the seasons, related to the position of sunlight on the planet, are captured in this view from geosynchronous Earth orbit by EUMETSAT's Meteosat-9 satellite.
Seeing Equinoxes and Solstices from Space
Where is the edge of the solar system? The answer is not so simple.
Where is the Edge of the Solar System?
The moon Prometheus slowly collides with the diffuse inner edge of Saturn's F ring in this movie sequence of Cassini images.
As NASA marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing, here are five things to know about the Moon that you can share with others.
What's Up Video: July 2019 Skywatching Tips from NASA
Studying Venus not only teaches us about our own planet, but also about many planets beyond our solar system.
Venus: The Mysterious Planet
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Astronomers using the Chandra X-ray Observatory spotted a black hole hurling hot material into space at close to the speed of light.
Black Hole Outburst Caught on Video
Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope are finding planets have a tough time forming in the crowded Westerlund 2 star cluster.
In Planet Formation, It's Location, Location, Location
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