Solar System Exploration
Our Galactic Neighborhood
September 17, 2004
The Heliophysics Big Year is a global celebration of solar science and the Sun’s influence on Earth and the entire solar system.
The Sun's Big Year
Ion propulsion isn’t something found only in science fiction. JPL engineer Mike Meacham looks at how ion engines are being used to drive NASA's Dawn spacecraft through the solar system.
Crazy Engineering: Ion Propulsion for the Dawn Mission
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
Recent findings have led scientists to believe Saturn's moon Titan may have a volcano.
Possible Titan Volcano
My name is Mana. Europa is my favorite It is that it is one of the very few places in our solar system that could potentially have life.
Scientist for a Day Option 3: Europa
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
Six years of exploration through the 'eyes' of the Mars Exploration Rover Spirit.
Spirit of Mars
A mission concept to explore Jupiter's intriguing moon system.
The Europa Jupiter System Mission
Scientists have discovered that water is being released from the Moon during meteor showers.
Water Released from Moon: Director's Cut
Scientists working with NASA's Dawn spacecraft have created a new video showing the giant asteroid Vesta as the spacecraft approaches this unexplored world in the main asteroid belt.
Vesta's Surface Comes into View
This colorful spectrogram represents data collected by Cassini's Radio and Plasma Wave Science instrument as it crossed through Saturn's D ring on May 28, 2017.
Cassini's First D-Ring Crossing
NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter takes off and lands in this video captured on April 25, 2021, by Mastcam-Z, an imager aboard NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover.
Perseverance Rover's Mastcam-Z Captures Ingenuity's Third Flight
Celebrate Earth Day 2018 with these images of Earth from afar.
Earth from Afar
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 7 - "Earth Gravity Assist"
This animation takes the viewer on a simulated journey into Jupiter’s exotic high-altitude electrical storms. Get an up-close view of Mission Juno’s newly discovered “shallow lighting” flashes and ...
Shallow Lightning on Jupiter
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
Discover the mysteries of the solar system through the eyes of the Lucy mission and its team members.
Exploring the Solar System: Lucy Goes to Space
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
With kaleidoscopic forms and hues, these two false-color views from NASA's Cassini spacecraft show the patterns that come and go in the course of one Saturn day within the huge storm in the planet'...
With fingers crossed and eyes wide open, sci-fi fans and scientists savor the joys of discovery...at Iapetus.
Backstage Pass to Iapetus (2007)
The little moon Daphnis and its entourage of waves on the edge of the Keeler gap in Saturn's rings cast long shadows in this movie created from images taken as the planet approaches its mid-August ...
Wave Shadows in Motion
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
Classic video explaining the history, debate and continuing discussion of the definition of a planet.
What is a Planet?
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
Look up to the night sky just before dawn, or after dusk, and you might see a faint column of light extending up from the horizon. That luminous glow is the zodiacal light, or sunlight reflected to...
Juno Discovers Mars' Dust Storms Fill Solar System
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Lunar Flashlight will hunt for surface water ice inside dark regions on the Moon that haven’t seen sunlight in billions of years.
Lunar Flashlight SmallSat Readies for Launch
NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope just scored another first: a molecular and chemical profile of a distant world’s skies.
Webb Reveals an Exoplanet Atmosphere as Never Seen Before
Following a successful launch of NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS), the most powerful rocket in the world, the agency’s Orion spacecraft is on its way to the Moon.
Artemis I Mega Rocket Launches Orion to Moon
The next full Moon will be Tuesday morning, November 8, 2022 at 6:02 AM EST.
The Next Full Moon is the Beaver, Frost, Frosty, or Snow Moon
A closer look at what goes into wrapping up the mission as the spacecraft’s power supply continues to dwindle.
NASA Prepares to Say 'Farewell' to InSight Spacecraft
NASA’s Solar System Ambassadors Program is celebrating its 25th anniversary in Fall 2022.
NASA Solar System Ambassadors: Sharing the Science for 25 Years