Solar System Exploration
Release of Probe
September 17, 2004
Release of Probe
RTG fit and test
RTG fit and test
The most prominent jets of vapor and icy particles emerging from the south polar terrain of Saturn’s moon Enceladus are shown here in graphical form in a movie clip of a “rotating” Enceladus.
The Seven Sisters meet the evening star, Mars continues its getaway, and unpacking the Moon illusion.
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Winds around Jupiter's Great Red Spot are simulated in this JunoCam view that has been animated using a model of the winds there.
Great Red Spot Rotation (Animation)
When NASA’s Perseverance rover travels to Mars to search for signs of life, it’s important that the spacecraft doesn’t bring along any Earth bacteria.
Protecting Mars from Earth Bacteria
Engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, awaited the final transmission from the Cassini spacecraft as it plunged into Saturn's atmosphere ending its 20-year voyage of...
Final Moments in Cassini Mission Control
Look up to the night sky just before dawn, or after dusk, and you might see a faint column of light extending up from the horizon. That luminous glow is the zodiacal light, or sunlight reflected to...
Juno Discovers Mars' Dust Storms Fill Solar System
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
This animation of Vesta is made from images taken with Dawn's framing camera.
Vesta's Coat of Many Colors
Cassini mission planners created this animation to showcase Cassini's final 22 orbits - the mission's Grand Finale.
Grand Finale Orbits - Side View
The small moon Mimas passes in front of the larger moon Rhea, which is partly obscured by Saturn's rings, in this movie from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
Before a Veiled Rhea
See highlights from the scene at JPL on April 26-27, 2017, and some of the first raw images the spacecraft sent back from its closest-ever look at Saturn’s atmosphere.
Cassini's First Dive Between Saturn and Its Rings
Welcome to the Scientist for a Day 2018-2019 essay contest.
Scientist for a Day - Introduction
Dawn spacecraft successfully launched September 27th, 2007.
NASA's Dawn Spacecraft Launches September 27, 2007
This 4K visualization shows the Moon's phase and libration at hourly intervals throughout 2022, as viewed from the Northern Hemisphere.
Moon Phases 2022
The Dawn spacecraft visited the asteroid 4 Vesta for the time period May 3, 2011 to Sept. 5, 2012.
Dawn's Approach to Vesta
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
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
This guided tour of Mars' Jezero Crater from NASA’s Perseverance rover provides a glimpse of the Martian landscape from the rover's highest vantage point yet in the “Séítah” region.
Explore Mars' Jezero Crater with NASA's Perseverance Rover
The shadow of Saturn's moon Tethys seems to disappear as it crosses the planet's rings, demonstrating variations in the density of particles across the rings.
Shadow from the Dark Side
This video highlights Dawn's top accomplishments during its orbit around the giant asteroid Vesta.
Dawn's Greatest Hits at Vesta
Learn why NASA studies volcanoes and how volcanoes on Earth can teach us about volcanoes on other worlds in our solar system.
Erupting Volcano Demonstration
This movie shows what it was like for NASA's Stardust spacecraft to fly by comet Tempel 1.
Stardust Swoops by Tempel 1
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
This video takes viewers on a virtual tour of Vesta's south polar basin, the 'snowman' set of craters and a crater called Oppia.
Touring Vesta's Craters
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New Study Finds Unexpected Temperature Changes on Neptune
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NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has determined the size of the largest icy comet nucleus ever seen by astronomers.
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