Solar System Exploration
RTG fit and test
September 17, 2004
RTG fit and test
A short film from 1969 showing Ranger 9 images as it approached the Moon.
Ranger 9 Impact
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
Vesta and Ceres reside in the boundary area of the asteroid belt, where the composition of bodies changes from being almost dry to showing the effects of hydration.
What's Up for July 2011?
The Dawn spacecraft visited the asteroid 4 Vesta for the time period May 3, 2011 to Sept. 5, 2012.
Dawn's Approach to Vesta
What can you see in the February sky? Stars and planets with distinct red and blue colors, like Mars and Sirius.
What's Up: February 2019 Skywatching from NASA
Cassini scientist Dr. Kevin Baines discusses Saturn's Cyclones.
Kevin Baines on Saturn's Cyclones
This animation shows the last 30 seconds of Cassini's X- and S-band radio signals as they disappeared from mission control on Sept. 15, 2017.
Cassini's last X- and S-band radio signals
As Titan Turns
As Titan Turns
The Cassini spacecraft arrived at Saturn in June 2004 and is now halfway through its mission. A new photo essay showcases some stunning images returned by the mission.
Photo Essay: Two Years at Saturn
The moon Tethys is joined by two smaller moons in this movie from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
Moons in Motion
Dark spokes dance around Saturn's B ring in this series of movies comprised of images taken with Cassini's wide-angle camera.
'Tis the Season for Spokes
This video highlights Dawn's top accomplishments during its orbit around the giant asteroid Vesta.
Dawn's Greatest Hits at Vesta
Amateur video: Follow the Cassini spacecraft during its journey to and near Saturn.
The Cassini Journey
This animated graphic shows how Saturn and its moon Enceladus are electrically linked.
Saturn and Enceladus Electrical Link
This colorized movie from NASA's Cassini mission shows a polar projection of the curious six-sided jet stream at Saturn's north pole known as "the hexagon" in the infrared.
Looking Down on the Hexagon in Infrared
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
What incredible things will the Cassini spacecraft at Saturn see and do over the next few years?
Cassini: Coming Attractions at Saturn
Glowing like a neon lasso, Saturn’s aurora is seen spinning above Saturn’s north pole over the course of most of a Saturn day in this movie made from multiple images taken by the ultraviolet imagin...
Ultraviolet Aurora Movie
Clouds move above Titan's large methane lakes and seas near the moon's north pole in this movie made from images taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
Northern Clouds in Motion
Trouble pronouncing Rosetta and Philae's target comet? We called in some expert help.
They called it CG
NASA's New Horizons spacecraft launched toward Pluto in 2006, but the mission can trace its start back to 1930, when Clyde Tombaugh discovered the small planet and opened the door to a new, mysteri...
The Year of Pluto
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)
This movie captured by NASA'S Cassini spacecraft shows a south polar vortex, or a swirling mass of gas around the pole in the atmosphere, at Saturn’s moon Titan.
Titan's South Polar Vortex in Motion
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
MESSENGER captured this departure sequence of Venus after a close flyby of the planet in 2007.
MESSENGER Bids Farewell to Venus
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Barred spiral galaxy NGC 4907 shows its starry face from 270 million light-years away in this new Hubble image.
Hubble Sees Near and Far
The Earth has one less asteroid to worry about thanks to the research of an international team of scientists at the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico.
Arecibo Observatory Returns from Tropical Storm Isaias Lockdown to Track Asteroid for NASA
NASA’s first asteroid sampling spacecraft is making final preparations to grab a sample from asteroid Bennu.
OSIRIS-REx is One Rehearsal Away from Touching Asteroid Bennu
Vast areas of the Martian night sky pulse in ultraviolet light, according to images from NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft.
MAVEN Observes Martian Night Sky Pulsing in Ultraviolet Light
This method simulates how scientists will search for evidence of life beyond Earth on exoplanets.
Hubble Uses Moon as 'Mirror' to Study Earth's Atmosphere
This photograph shows a starry sky above the Earth's atmospheric glow as the International Space Station orbits our home world.
Starry Sky Above the Earth's Atmospheric Glow