Solar System Exploration
Ring World Highlights
September 17, 2004
Ring World Highlights
January 2021 skywatching highlights: Begin the new year with "perihelion," then catch a glimpse of elusive Uranus and Mercury later in the month.
What's Up: January 2021 [Video]
For hundreds of years, this gaseous giant planet appeared shrouded in colorful bands of clouds extending from dusk to dawn, referred to as zones and belts.
NASA's Juno Spacecraft Reveals the Depth of Jupiter's Colored Bands
The bright crescent of Saturn's moon Enceladus slides past distant Rhea in this mutual event, or occultation, movie from Cassini.
Enceladus Transits Rhea
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
A curated just-for-kids NASA video playlist.
NASA at Home: Videos for Kids
This movie sequence shows highlights of the Cassini spacecraft's Sept. 26, 2005, flyby of the odd, icy moon Hyperion.
Flight to Hyperion
Unedited version of the stellar occultation video.
Stellar Occultation Video
Soar over the giant asteroid Vesta in 3-D. Put on your 3-D glasses for this ride over asteroid Vesta.
Soar Over Asteroid Vesta in 3-D
Celebrate Earth Day 2018 with these images of Earth from afar.
Earth from Afar
The Usual Suspects: Science research is like detective work. One scientist takes his case to California's Death Valley, to search for clues surrounding a Titan lake.
The Usual Suspects
Cassini mission planners created this animation to showcase Cassini's final 22 orbits - the mission's Grand Finale.
Grand Finale Orbits - Side View
WE. ARE. NASA. And after 60 years, we're just getting started.
We Are NASA
The small moon Mimas passes in front of the larger moon Rhea, which is partly obscured by Saturn's rings, in this movie from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
Before a Veiled Rhea
An update on findings from Cassini's latest flyby of Saturn's largest moon, Titan.
Cassini at Saturn Sept. 22, 2006
NASA's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter will make history's first attempt at powered flight on another planet.
Ingenuity Mars Helicopter: Attempting the First Powered Flight on Mars
MESSENGER captured this departure sequence of Venus after a close flyby of the planet in 2007.
MESSENGER Bids Farewell to Venus
Great Dark Spot
Great Dark Spot
Actual images of the July 4, 2005 impact of the Deep Impact probe into comet Tempel 1.
Deep Impact: Approach and Impact
This video describes a computer model that proposes a flow vortex in Saturn's upper atmosphere or ionosphere can explain periodic signatures observed by NASA's Cassini spacecraft in Saturn's magnet...
Diagnosing Saturn's Magnetic Pulse ... and the Beat Goes On
When NASA’s Perseverance rover travels to Mars to search for signs of life, it’s important that the spacecraft doesn’t bring along any Earth bacteria.
Protecting Mars from Earth Bacteria
This movie is made up of over 600 consecutive images taken on March 16 to March 18, 2007, with the Cassini Magnetopsheric Imaging Instrument's ion and neutral camera.
Movie of Saturn's "Ring Current"
This visualziation shows the major fragments of comet Showmaker-Levy 9 colliding with Jupiter in 1994.
Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 Jupiter Impact (Visualization)
Eleven years in the life of the Sun, spanning most of solar cycle 23.
Seeking August 2020 skywatching highlights? The Moon poses with the planets, and the Perseid meteors peak!
What's Up: August 2020 [Video]
Lucy will be the first mission to explore the Trojan asteroids – small bodies left over from the formation of the solar system.
Lucy Mission Overview: Journey to Explore the Trojan Asteroids
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Gas and dust glow in this Hubble image of a Herbig-Haro object in nebula NGC 1977 – part of a complex called The Running Man.
Hubble Witnesses Shock Wave of Colliding Gases in Running Man Nebula
NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) launched at 1:21 a.m. ET on Nov. 24, 2021, from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California.
NASA, SpaceX Launch DART: First Test Mission to Defend Planet Earth
The heat shield skin for the Artemis IV mission, the third crewed mission to the Moon, is now at Moffett Federal Airfield.
NASA's Super Guppy Arrives in California with Future Artemis Heat Shield
An artistic interpretation of Curiosity’s view high up on a Martian mountain was created by mission team members.
NASA's Curiosity Rover Sends a Picture Postcard From Mars
An exhausted star still has some punches to deliver. Astronomers have found a white dwarf that is pummeling a companion object.
Roasted and Shredded by a Stellar Sidekick
Scientists recently added a whopping 301 newly validated exoplanets to the total exoplanet tally.
New Deep Learning Method Adds 301 Planets to Kepler's Total Count