Solar System Exploration
Release of Probe
September 17, 2004
Release of Probe
This computer-generated animation shows all of Cassini's orbits - affectionaly called the "ball of yarn" by mission planners.
The Ball of Yarn: Cassini's Orbits
This frame from a video from NASA's Dawn mission shows dwarf planet Ceres in false-color renderings, which highlight differences in surface materials.
Ceres Rotation and Occator Crater (Video)
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
MESSENGER captured this departure sequence of Venus after a close flyby of the planet in 2007.
MESSENGER Bids Farewell to Venus
NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft gave humanity its first glimpse of Neptune and its moon Triton in the summer of 1989.
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 computer-generated view shows the view from the perspective of the Cassini spacecraft as it dives between the rings and Saturn's cloud tops.
Cassini Dive Ride Along
A simulated flyover of the most intriguing landmarks on giant asteroid Vesta, as seen by NASA's Dawn spacecraft.
Dawn Spacecraft's Farewell Portrait of Giant Asteroid Vesta
Where is the edge of the solar system? The answer is not so simple.
Where is the Edge of the Solar System?
Radar Mapping Titan
Radar Mapping Titan
Change is detected on Saturn’s moon Titan, in these three composite images from data taken during flybys in October 2005, January 2006 and March 2006 by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft.
Titan's Chilly Volcanoes?
This image shows that NASA's Dawn mission detected abundances of hydrogen in a wide swath around the equator of the giant asteroid Vesta. The hydrogen probably exists in the form of hydroxyl or wat...
Hydrogen Hotspots on Vesta
In this movie, strung together from a series of images provided by the framing camera on NASA's Dawn spacecraft, we see a full rotation of Vesta, which occurs over the course of roughly five hours.
Vesta Full Rotation Movie
NASA's Director of Planetary Science, Jim Green, discusses the Jan. 20 Astronomical Journal science paper that points to the possibility of a new "Planet 9" in our solar system beyond Pluto.
A New Planet in our Solar System? NASA Takes a Look
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
NASA’s Parker Solar Probe mission launched Aug. 12, 2018, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
Parker Solar Probe Launch
The bright crescent of Saturn's moon Enceladus slides past distant Rhea in this mutual event, or occultation, movie from Cassini.
Enceladus Transits Rhea
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
NASA's Cassini spacecraft has spotted a glowing patch of ultraviolet light near Saturn's north pole that marks the presence of an electrical circuit that connects Saturn with its moon Enceladus.
Movie of Enceladus 'Footprint' on Saturn
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
My name is Mana. Europa is my favorite It is that it is one of the very few places in our solar system that could potentially have life.
Scientist for a Day Option 3: Europa
This animation glides along the shoreline of Ontario Lacus, the largest lake on the southern hemisphere of Saturn’s moon Titan.
Flying Over Ontario Lacus
Two crescent moons dance around Saturn as far-off Dione slips behind its sibling moon Rhea.
Rhea Eclipses Dione
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
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NASA's Mars 2020 Rover Completes Its First Drive
NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory has observed a magnetic explosion the likes of which have never been seen before.
NASA's SDO Sees New Kind of Magnetic Explosion on Sun
Researchers have created the first map of wind circulation in the upper atmosphere of a planet besides Earth, using data from NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft.
NASA's MAVEN Maps Winds in the Martian Upper Atmosphere that Mirror the Terrain Below and Gives Clues to Martian Climate
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Catch the Geminids Meteor Shower Dec. 13-14
Jupiter's south pole has a new cyclone.
NASA's Juno Navigators Enable Jupiter Cyclone Discovery
After a year scoping out asteroid Bennu’s boulder-scattered surface, the team leading NASA’s first asteroid sample return mission has officially selected a sample collection site.
X Marks the Spot: NASA Selects Site for Asteroid Sample Collection