Solar System Exploration
Solar System Exploration
Final Assembly at the Cape
September 17, 2004
Final Assembly at the Cape
NASA scientists pioneered new techniques to effectively peer beneath Greenland's thick ice sheet and into the crust itself.
Earth: Greenland's Geologic Past
NASA's Dawn spacecraft flys over dwarf planet Ceres which Dawn has been orbiting for mre than a year, providing us with fascinating views of an alien world.
Unveiling Ceres (Animation)
This movie from Cassini, made possible only as Saturn's north pole emerged from winter darkness, shows new details of a jet stream that follows a hexagon-shaped path and has long puzzled scientists.
Spring Reveals Saturn's Hexagon Jet Stream
The Dawn spacecraft visited the asteroid 4 Vesta for the time period May 3, 2011 to Sept. 5, 2012.
Dawn's Approach to Vesta
Thomas Valdez tells how his early penchant for tinkering with things followed a path that led him to a career as a research engineer
Through the Eyes of Scientists - Meet Thomas Valdez
September 2021 skywatching highlights: Planets Jupiter, Saturn, and Venus are easy to spot in the evening sky, and if you're far enough south, you might spot Mercury. Plus, speedy stars Altair and ...
What's Up: September 2021
This video demonstrates the hiss-like radio noise generated by electrons moving along magnetic field lines from the Saturnian moon Enceladus to a glowing patch of ultraviolet light on Saturn.
Hiss from Aurora Caused by Enceladus
August 2021 skywatching highlights: August is prime time for the Perseids, and perhaps the best time this year to enjoy viewing Jupiter and Saturn.
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Credit: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center
Cassini's mission planners created this animation to showcase the mission's final orbits, known as the Grand Finale.
Grand Finale Orbits Begin and End with Titan
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.
Following critical mirror alignment steps, the Web team is confident the observatory will meet or exceed its science goals.
NASA's Webb Reaches Alignment Milestone, Optics Working Successfully
A mission concept to explore Jupiter's intriguing moon system.
The Europa Jupiter System Mission
Celebrate Women's History Month with us as we pay tribute to scientists, engineers, astronauts, and leaders who continue to pave the way for future generations of explorers.
Pioneers to New Frontiers: NASA Women Through the Decades
The volcanic peak Idunn Mons (at 46°S, 214.5°E) in Imdr Regio.
Venus is Alive - Geologically Speaking
NASA's twin GRAIL spacecraft have new names, thanks to some enthusiastic 4th graders from Montana, who reveal the names in dramatic fashion.
Students Choose Spacecraft Names
NASA's Cassini has found salt in Saturn's E ring, hinting that the moon Enceladus could have an underground liquid reservoir, perhaps even an ocean.
Briny Breath of Enceladus
To prepare the new Perseverance rover for its big day on Mars, NASA’s Mars 2020 mission team conducted a wide array of tests to ensure a successful entry, descent, and landing at the Red Planet.
Preparing to Land Perseverance
The four changes of the seasons, related to the position of sunlight on the planet, are captured in this view from geosynchronous Earth orbit by EUMETSAT's Meteosat-9 satellite.
Seeing Equinoxes and Solstices from Space
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
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
Look for Mars close to the Pleiades in the first weeks of March. Then wake up early to observe the giant planets Jupiter and Saturn.
What's Up: March 2021 [Video]
Team members reflect on Spirit's six-years of roving Mars.
Spirit's Triumphs on Mars
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
NASA's Cassini spacecraft made its final approach to Saturn and dove into the planet’s atmosphere on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017 but the science provided by this enduring spacecraft will live on.
Cassini: Mission of Exploration
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