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Radar Mapping Titan
September 17, 2004
Radar Mapping Titan
Clouds move above the large methane lakes and seas near the north pole of Saturn’s moon Titan in this movie made from images taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
Titan's Northern Polar Clouds
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
Experience the “Web Around Asteroid Bennu” in this interactive, 360° video, optimized for mobile devices and desktop browsers.
A Web Around Asteroid Bennu in 360°
November 2020 skywatching highlights: Look for the Pleiades, the Moon with Jupiter and Saturn, and Earthshine illuminating the Moon.
What's Up: November 2020 Skywatching Tips from NASA
Sending the first Artemis mission to the Moon in preparation for human missions, landing a new rover on Mars, and launching the James Webb Space Telescope into space, expanding our ability to see d...
NASA in 2021
On Nov. 30, 2016, NASA's Cassini mission begins a daring set of ring-grazing orbits, skimming past the outside edge of Saturn's main rings.
Cassini's High-Flying, Ring-Grazing Orbits
Before NASA’s #DARTmission could launch on its journey to slam into an asteroid — in the name of science — it had to be designed, built, launched, and flown.
#DARTmission: Engineer Builds Spacecraft to Impact Asteroid
While NASA's Cassini spacecraft was pointed to study Saturn's F ring, it happened to catch a globular star cluster passing through the camera's field of view.
Catching a Cluster of Stars
This Pride Month, NASA celebrates the significant contributions of LGBTQ+ employees.
Together We Rise
The Artemis missions will build a community on the Moon, driving a new lunar economy and inspiring a new generation.
Why the Moon?
This animation shows the geocentric phase, libration, position angle of the axis, and apparent diameter of the Moon throughout the year 2019, at hourly intervals. The imagery is based on actual dat...
Moon Phase and Libration, 2019
Astronomy highlights for February 2020: it's the best time of the year to view Mercury; Mars disappears behind the Moon; and the bright red star on Orion’s shoulder, Betelgeuse, has been acting wei...
What's Up: February 2020 [Video]
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
What are some skywatching highlights in June 2021? Catch Saturn and Jupiter in the morning, and the constellation Scorpius after dark! Plus skywatchers in the Northeast U.S., Eastern Canada, and No...
What's Up: June 2021 [Video]
This visualization shows the orbits of NASA-related near-Earth science missions that are considered operational as of March 2017.
NASA's Earth Science Mission Fleet: March 2017
This short animation created by Cassini's mission planning team shows how a Titan flyby will be used to move the spacecraft's course from orbiting Cassini's outer ring (F ring) to an orbit that tak...
Entering Final Orbits: Cassini's Grand Finale
Perseverance has a twin: Meet OPTIMISM
March 2022 skywatching highlights: Saturn with Venus and Mars in the a.m., the Hyades star cluster, and stars with known exoplanets that you can find without a telescope.
What's Up: March 2022
Scientists have discovered that water is being released from the Moon during meteor showers.
Water Released from Moon: Director's Cut
The most prominent jets of vapor and icy particles emerging from the south polar terrain of Saturn’s moon Enceladus are shown here in graphical form in a movie clip of a “rotating” Enceladus.
JPL's Dawn mission is en route to rendezvous with the main-belt asteroids Vesta and Ceres, and is using ion propulsion to get there.
Advanced Propulsion for JPL Deep Space Missions
Near-Earth asteroid Bennu is a rubble pile of rocks and boulders left over from the formation of the solar system.
Asteroid Bennu's Surprising Surface Revealed by NASA Spacecraft
No one really knew what Vesta looked like until NASA’s Dawn spacecraft decided to drop in on it. Now, images taken by the spacecraft have been stitched together to create a virtual flyover of the j...
A harvest moon and a blue moon, Mars is up all night, and a journey beyond the galaxy.
What's Up - October 2020 [VIDEO]
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