Solar System Exploration
Arrival at Saturn
September 17, 2004
Arrival at Saturn
On June 30, 2004 (PDT), as mission controllers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory held their collective breath, the international Cassini-Huygens mission successfully arrived in orbit around Saturn.
Flashback: Cassini Arrival at Saturn
When depicting an eclipse path, data visualizers have usually chosen to represent the moon's shadow as an oval. By bringing in a variety of NASA data sets, visualizer Ernie Wright has created a new...
Tracing the 2017 Solar Eclipse
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
NASA scientists pioneered new techniques to effectively peer beneath Greenland's thick ice sheet and into the crust itself.
Earth: Greenland's Geologic Past
Bands of eastward and westward winds on Jupiter appear as concentric rotating circles in a movie composed of Cassini images which have been reprojected to appear as if the viewer were floating over...
Jupiter Polar Winds Movie
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?
NASA’s Psyche mission is preparing for a 1.5 billion-mile (2.4 billion-kilometer) trip to a metal-rich asteroid with the same name.
NASA's Psyche Spacecraft Prepares for Trip to Asteroid by Testing Solar Arrays
Bob Anderson describes his work as a geologist who helps design and uses robots to collect data about Mars.
Through the Eyes of Scientists - Meet Bob Anderson
MESSENGER captured this departure sequence of Venus after a close flyby of the planet in 2007.
MESSENGER Bids Farewell to Venus
Video from the Mastcam-Z instrument aboard NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover captured a close-up view of the 13th flight of the agency’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter, on Sept. 4, 2021.
Ingenuity Mars Helicopter's Flight 13: Zoomed-In View From Perseverance
A scientist's interpretation and visualization of the January 2005 descent and landing of the European Space Agency’s Huygens probe on Titan.
Descent to Titan
A mission concept to explore Saturn's moons Titan and Enceladus.
Titan Saturn System Mission
This graphic shows in a series of three images how Saturn's rings, after they became tilted relative to Saturn's equatorial plane, would have transformed into a corrugated ring.
Tilting Saturn's Rings
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)
Like boot prints on the Moon, NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft left its mark on asteroid Bennu. Now, new images — taken during the spacecraft's final fly-over on April 7, 2021 — reveal the aftermath of...
OSIRIS-REx Leaves its Mark on Asteroid Bennu
Discover the solar system through the eyes of the Lucy mission team. This episode features flight navigator Coralie Adam.
Driving a Spacecraft: Lucy Goes to Space
Learn more about the best-known black hole systems in our galaxy and its neighbor, the Large Magellanic Cloud.
NASA Visualization Rounds Up the Best-Known Black Hole Systems
Teams are working to prepare missions to bring the samples collected by the Mars Perseverance rover back to Earth.
Testing Mars Sample Return
Episode 1: Launch. Meet Lucy as she prepares for the first-ever journey to the Trojan asteroids, a population of primitive small bodies orbiting in tandem with Jupiter.
Lucy's Journey: Episode 1
This movie, made from data obtained by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, shows Saturn's southern aurora shimmering over approximately 20 hours as the planet rotates.
Dancing Southern Lights of Saturn
NASA's Cassini spacecraft, in orbit around Saturn for nearly 13 years, is beginning its Grand Finale — and it's thanks to some Crazy Engineering! A team of engineers called astrodynamicists use ma...
Crazy Engineering: Astrodynamics
This video shows the intriguing Occator Crater on Ceres, home to the dwarf planet's brightest area.
NASA's Dawn Spacecraft Flight Over Occator Crater
Dwarf planet Ceres is shown in these false-color renderings, which highlight differences in surface materials.
Ceres Rotation and Occator Crater
Cassini mission planners created this animation to showcase Cassini's final 22 orbits - the mission's Grand Finale.
Grand Finale Orbits - Side View
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