Solar System Exploration
September 17, 2004
What can you see in the April sky? The Moon visits Mars in the evening, and later joins Saturn and Jupiter for a spot of tea. Also, how to find Polaris, the North Star.
What's Up: April 2019 Skywatching from NASA
What's Up for August? This month our main focus is the Perseid meteor shower.
What's Up Video: August 2019 Skywatching Tips from NASA
On Jan. 22, 2012, the Sun erupted with a solar flare, a coronal mass ejection, and a burst of highly energetic protons known as solar energetic particles.
NASA's Cassini spacecraft discovered hydrogen in the plume of gas and icy particles spraying from Saturn's moon Enceladus. The discovery means the small, icy moon — which has a global ocean under i...
Ingredients for Life at Enceladus
After decades of exploration, Voyager 1 reaches a historic milestone for mankind, interstellar space.
Voyager Reaches Interstellar Space
This movie shows clouds in the mid-southern latitudes of Saturn's largest moon, Titan, in a series of images captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft a few months after fall began in the southern hemi...
Titan's Moving Mid-Latitude Clouds
This rotating mosaic of asteroid Bennu is composed of 40 images captured by the PolyCam imager onboard NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft over a four-hour period on Dec. 2, 2018.
Asteroid 101955 Bennu Rotating
Eleven years in the life of the Sun, spanning most of solar cycle 23.
Orange and white stripes slide against each other, and huge oval storms gyrate in the NASA's Cassini spacecraft's first color movie clip of Jupiter.
Cassini's First Color Movie of Jupiter
Episode 1: What is a dwarf planet?
Space Shorts: What is a Dwarf Planet?
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
Hello, my name is Janelle. I think the best topic is number 2, Titan.
Scientist for a Day Option 2: Titan
A simplified model of Jupiter's massive magnetic field, known as a magnetosphere.
Jupiter's Magnetic Field Visualization
Cassini mission planners created this animation to showcase Cassini's final 22 orbits - the mission's Grand Finale.
Grand Finale Orbits - Side View
This animation illustrates the path the Cassini spacecraft will take during its four year mission at Saturn.
Cassini Tour Petal Plot
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
This movie shows a quick succession of multiple products of Titan's surface from the Cassini orbiter and the European Space Agency's Huygens probe.
Huygens Landing Site Movie
This is the first footage of one orbiting robotic spacecraft taken by another orbiting robotic spacecraft at Earth's moon.
Spacecraft Pass Each Other at the Moon
The Sun emitted a significant solar flare on Dec. 19, 2014.
Holiday Lights on the Sun: Imagery of a Solar Flare
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
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
What can you see in the December sky? Beautiful pairings of planets and the crescent Moon throughout the month, at sunrise and sunset.
What's Up: December 2019 [Video]
Cassini stares deep into the swirling hurricane-like vortex at Saturn's south pole, where the vertical structure of the clouds is highlighted by shadows.
Looking Saturn in the Eye
The history-making Viking 1 mission launched 35 years ago.
Viking, Mars Trailblazer
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The spacecraft discovered that asteroid Bennu could be active, consistently discharging particles into space.
NASA's OSIRIS-REx Mission Explains Bennu's Mysterious Particle Events
NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission is just days away from selecting the site where the spacecraft will snag a sample from asteroid Bennu.
NASA's OSIRIS-REx in the Midst of Site Selection
The Sun is revealing itself in dramatic detail thanks to NASA's Parker Solar Probe.
First NASA Parker Solar Probe Results Reveal Surprising Details About Our Sun
Four new papers in the journal Nature describe what scientists have learned so far from NASA's Parker Solar Probe.
NASA's Parker Solar Probe Sheds New Light on the Sun
Using data from NASA’s TESS, astronomers have captured an image of an explosive emission of dust, ice and gases from comet 46P/Wirtanen in late 2018.
NASA's Exoplanet-Hunting Mission Catches a Natural Comet Outburst in Unprecedented Detail
This image shows the Vikram Lander impact point and associated debris field.
Vikram Lander Found