Solar System Exploration
Our Galactic Neighborhood
September 17, 2004
~2 minute video featuring aurora data and graphical analysis, part of the NASA CONNECT video classroom series.
NASA CONNECT Graphing Simulation
Spacecraft at JPL
Spacecraft at JPL
This mosaic strip – extending across the hemisphere that faced the New Horizons spacecraft as it flew past Pluto on July 14, 2015 – now includes all of the highest-resolution images taken by the NA...
Close-Up of Pluto's Surface
Teams are working to prepare missions to bring the samples collected by the Mars Perseverance rover back to Earth.
Testing Mars Sample Return
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
In August 2012, a long filament of solar material coalesced in the Sun's atmosphere.
Solar Filament Coalesces in Sun's Atmosphere
On unexplored worlds, the sound of science is a harmonious melody of chimes, clicks and mechanical whirrs.
Musical Descent to Titan
NASA's Director of Planetary Science, Jim Green, discusses the Jan. 20 Astronomical Journal science paper that points to the possibility of a new "Planet 9" in our solar system beyond Pluto.
A New Planet in our Solar System? NASA Takes a Look
Join us in our search for life beyond Earth.
An update on findings from Cassini's latest flyby of Saturn's largest moon, Titan.
Cassini at Saturn Sept. 22, 2006
Venus and Jupiter part ways following their March 1 rendezvous, while Ceres reaches opposition, and is worth hunting for using binoculars.
What's Up: March 2023 Skywatching Tips from NASA
This animation demonstrates how deformation in the icy surface of Europa could transport subsurface ocean water to the moon’s surface.
Europa's Ocean Ascending
Filters, pixels and math star in this narrated cartoon.
How Does a Spacecraft Take a Picture?
This is the first footage of one orbiting robotic spacecraft taken by another orbiting robotic spacecraft at Earth's moon.
Spacecraft Pass Each Other at the Moon
Celebrate Earth Day 2018 with these images of Earth from afar.
Earth from Afar
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]
Striking 3-D detail highlights a towering mountain, the brightest spots and other features on dwarf planet Ceres in a new video from NASA's Dawn mission.
Tour Weird Ceres: Bright Spots and a Pyramid-Shaped Mountain
An overview video of the OSIRIS-REx mission.
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
Spacecraft Full Stack
Spacecraft Full Stack
Lucy launched on Oct. 16, 2021, but when the spacecraft began to unfurl its solar arrays, it encountered an anomaly.
Lucy's Solar Powered Journey Continues
This visualization shows the unusual motions of the Earth and Sun as viewed from the South Pole of the Moon.
Earth and Sun from the Moon's South Pole
Four short videos (<4 minutes) examine the challenges of NASA's Parker Solar Probe Mission to touch the Sun. The spacecraft will enter the Sun's atmosphere, the corona, and make its closest appr...
Parker Solar Probe
Catch some close pairings of the Moon with Jupiter, Mars, and Venus.
What's Up: January 2022
NASA JPL Software Engineer Melissa Soriano describes the third potential target for Scientist for a Day contestants: Pluto's moon Charon.
NASA Scientist for a Day 2019-2020: Target No. 3 - Charon
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In a first, scientists have seen direct evidence of active volcanism on Earth’s twin, setting the stage for the agency’s VERITAS mission to investigate.
Magellan Data Reveals Volcanic Activity on Venus
New Horizons continues to shed light on the mysterious planets and smaller bodies of the outer solar system.
New Horizons Team Discusses Discoveries from the Kuiper Belt
Research reveals a new explanation for how the icy shell of Jupiter’s moon Europa rotates at a different rate than its interior.
Ocean Currents May Affect Rotation of Europa's Icy Crust
Based on observations from several NASA missions, the map details the path of the Moon’s shadow as it crosses the contiguous U.S. during eclipses in 2023 and 2024.
New NASA Map Details 2023 and 2024 Solar Eclipses in the US
Venus may be losing heat from geologic activity in regions called coronae, possibly like early tectonic activity on Earth.
Venus' ‘Squishy' Outer Shell May Be Resurfacing the Planet
Dr. Nicola Fox will serve as the associate administrator for the agency’s Science Mission Directorate.
NASA Administrator Selects New Head of Science