Solar System Exploration
Our Galactic Neighborhood
September 17, 2004
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
Welcome to the Scientist for a Day 2018-2019 essay contest.
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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.
On Sept. 25, 2135, an asteroid called Bennu will make a close flyby of Earth. Our planet’s gravity will tweak Bennu’s path, making it a challenge to calculate its future trajectory. During the flyb...
OSIRIS-REx Sheds Light on Asteroid Bennu
No one really knew what Vesta looked like until NASA’s Dawn spacecraft decided to drop in on it. Now, images taken by the spacecraft have been stitched together to create a virtual flyover of the j...
Seeking September 2020 skywatching highlights? Catch Venus and Mars with the Moon, and spot the flickering star Fomalhaut.
What's Up: September 2020 [Video]
At approximately 4:16 p.m. EDT on May 10, 2021, NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft will fire its main thrusters for seven minutes and start its long journey home with more than 60 grams (2.1 ounces) of a...
OSIRIS-REx Departure from Bennu Trailer
Go behind the scenes to see how NASA created its "Visions of the Future" posters.
Behind the Scenes of Creating Visions of the Future
This short animation created by Cassini's mission planning team shows the spacecraft's final orbits - starting with the Ring-Grazing orbits in November 2016 and transitioning to the Grand Finale or...
Cassini's Ring-Grazing and Grand Finale Orbits
New science, mined from the archives. Data from NASA's Galileo orbiter launched a generation ago yields new evidence of plumes, eruptions of water vapor, from Jupiter's moon Europa.
Re-analyzing Old Data Reveals New Evidence at Europa
This video drops in on mission control for NASA's Voyager spacecraft as Voyager 1 sends back data from the far reaches of our solar system.
Voyager 35 Years Later
This movie shows what it was like for NASA's Stardust spacecraft to fly by comet Tempel 1.
Stardust Swoops by Tempel 1
: This mosaic combines views captured by Cassini as it made the first dive of the mission's Grand Finale on April 26, 2017, and shows details in bands and swirls in the atmosphere.
Cassini Noodle Mosaic of Saturn
A total lunar eclipse, Leonid meteors, and the Moon visits Mars, Saturn, and Spica.
What's Up: November 2022 Skywatching Tips from NASA
An update on findings from Cassini's latest flyby of Saturn's largest moon, Titan.
Cassini at Saturn Sept. 22, 2006
This visualization shows the unusual motions of the Earth and Sun as viewed from the South Pole of the Moon.
Earth and Sun from the Moon's South Pole
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
Lloyd French talks about the adventures that await in science and in life.
Through the Eyes of Scientists - Meet Lloyd French
Arrival at Saturn
Arrival at Saturn
Edward Stone describes how he was always interested in what was new as a young man and how space physics got his attention.
Through the Eyes of Scientists - Meet Edward Stone
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
NASA/JPL Science Writer Jay Thompson outlines the challenges in the latest Scientist for a Day essay content.
NASA Scientist for a Day 2019-2020: Introduction
This artist's concept shows the European Space Agency's Huygens probe descent sequence.
Huygens Descent Sequence
This time-lapse video follows NASA’s Europa Clipper spacecraft as it moves into the High Bay 1 clean room at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
How NASA Moves a Spacecraft: Europa Clipper Arrives in Its New Home
This visualization tracks the trajectory of the Voyager 2 spacecraft through the solar system.
Voyager 2 Trajectory through the Solar System
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The next full Moon will be on Sunday, Feb. 5, 2023. The Moon will appear full from early Saturday morning through early Tuesday morning.
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Scientists have completed the longest-ever study tracking temperatures in Jupiter’s upper atmosphere where its signature colorful striped clouds form.
40-Year Study Finds Mysterious Patterns in Temperatures at Jupiter
After revealing a trove of details about the moons Ganymede and Europa, the mission to Jupiter is setting its sights on sister moon Io.
Juno Explores Jovian Moons During Extended Mission