Solar System Exploration
Release of Probe
September 17, 2004
Release of Probe
A mission concept to explore Jupiter's intriguing moon system.
The Europa Jupiter System Mission
This audio clip was created from radio signals received by the radio and plasma wave science instrument on the Cassini spacecraft.
Lightning Sounds from Saturn
This graphic and animation depicts a cross-section of the Saturnian moon Titan.
An Ocean Runs Through It
Known as the "Mother of Hubble," Dr. Nancy Grace Roman was instrumental in taking the Hubble Space Telescope from an idea to reality.
NASA's First Chief Astronomer, the Mother of Hubble
This animation shows the geocentric phase, libration, position angle of the axis, and apparent diameter of the Moon throughout the year 2019, at hourly intervals. The imagery is based on actual dat...
Moon Phase and Libration, 2019
Io Color Eclipse
Io Color Eclipse
This movie is made up of over 600 consecutive images taken on March 16 to March 18, 2007, with the Cassini Magnetopsheric Imaging Instrument's ion and neutral camera.
Movie of Saturn's "Ring Current"
Have you ever seen a meteorite streaking across the sky? If so, you may very well have seen part of the asteroid, Vesta!
Dawn, Mission to the Asteroid Belt
Actual images of the July 4, 2005 impact of the Deep Impact probe into comet Tempel 1.
Deep Impact: Approach and Impact
Soar over the giant asteroid Vesta in 3-D. Put on your 3-D glasses for this ride over asteroid Vesta.
Soar Over Asteroid Vesta in 3-D
These false-color mosaics from NASA's Cassini spacecraft chronicle the changing appearance of the huge storm that developed from a small spot in Saturn's northern hemisphere.
Encircling a Giant
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
NASA's Cassini scientists waited years for the right conditions to produce the first movie that shows lightning on another planet - Saturn.
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
The Sun emitted a significant solar flare on Dec. 19, 2014.
Holiday Lights on the Sun: Imagery of a Solar Flare
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
This animation illustrates Jupiter's magnetic field.
Jupiter's Magnetic Field
The interaction of the solar wind with the Martian moon Phobos creates a complex electrical environment that could impact future exploration.
Electric Charging on Martian Moon Phobos
Celebrate Earth Day 2018 with these images of Earth from afar.
Earth from Afar
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
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 artist's concept shows the European Space Agency's Huygens probe descent sequence.
Huygens Descent Sequence
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
At the end of the last Apollo 15 moon walk, Commander David Scott (pictured above) performed a live demonstration for the television cameras.
The Apollo 15 Hammer-Feather Drop
This movie is based on data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft and shows a flyover of an area of Saturn's moon Titan known as Sotra Facula
Flyover of Sotra Facula, Titan
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The spiral pattern shown by the galaxy in this image from Hubble is striking because of its delicate, feathery nature.
Hubble Spots Feathered Spiral
In the Orion Nebula, an enormous bubble that cleared away star-seeding material is now showing signs of birthing stars.
First Signs of Star Birth Caused by Orion's Wind
This image from NASA’s Juno spacecraft captures several storms in Jupiter’s southern hemisphere.
"Clyde's Spot" on Jupiter
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Radar Points to Moon Being More Metallic Than Researchers Thought