Solar System Exploration
Our Galactic Neighborhood
September 17, 2004
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
Join the journey as NASA’s Psyche mission team launches in 2022 to explore a unique metallic asteroid orbiting the sun between Mars and Jupiter.
NASA's Psyche Mission to an Asteroid: Official NASA Trailer
To prepare the new Perseverance rover for its big day on Mars, NASA’s Mars 2020 mission team conducted a wide array of tests to ensure a successful entry, descent, and landing at the Red Planet.
Preparing to Land Perseverance
Following critical mirror alignment steps, the Web team is confident the observatory will meet or exceed its science goals.
NASA's Webb Reaches Alignment Milestone, Optics Working Successfully
We know what the Red Planet looks like from the outside – but what's going on under the surface of Mars?
Mars in a Minute: What's Inside Mars?
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
Phillip Chamberlin expresses his enthusiasm for science and describes how he became a research astrophysicist.
Through the Eyes of Scientists - Meet Phillip Chamberlin
NASA has dozens of robotic spacecraft exploring our solar system – and beyond. So how exactly do we navigate spacecraft that are so far away?
How Do We Know Where Faraway Spacecraft Are?
Possible ‘Survivor' Planet Spotted Hugging a White Dwarf Star
Potential Planet Hugging White Dwarf Star
In this video captured by NASA’s Perseverance rover, the agency's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter took the first powered, controlled flight on another planet on April 19, 2021.
First Video of NASA's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter in Flight
A simulated flyover of the most intriguing landmarks on giant asteroid Vesta, as seen by NASA's Dawn spacecraft.
Dawn Spacecraft's Farewell Portrait of Giant Asteroid Vesta
Known as the "Mother of Hubble," Dr. Nancy Grace Roman was instrumental in taking the Hubble Space Telescope from an idea to reality.
NASA's First Chief Astronomer, the Mother of Hubble
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
Explore Earth's magnetic 'dent'
Earth's Magnetic Dent
This spectrogram and video show a changing pattern of radio waves from Saturn known as Saturn Kilometric Radiation, as detected by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
Saturn's Radio Period Crossover
Hidden details of our home galaxy — the Milky Way — are revealed in different wavelengths.
Milky Way in Multiple Wavelengths
This visualization tracks the trajectory of the Voyager 2 spacecraft through the solar system.
Voyager 2 Trajectory through the Solar System
Have you ever seen a meteorite streaking across the sky? If so, you may very well have seen part of the asteroid, Vesta!
Dawn, Mission to the Asteroid Belt
Unveiling Rogue Planets
Unveiling Rogue Planets
Go, Atlas. Go, Centaur. Go, InSight! NASA's InSight mission launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base for Mars on May 5, 2018—the first interplanetary launch from the West Coast.
InSight Mission to Mars Launch
The geocentric phase, libration, position angle of the axis, and apparent diameter of the Moon throughout the year 2020.
Moon Phase and Libration, 2020
A harvest moon and a blue moon, Mars is up all night, and a journey beyond the galaxy.
What's Up - October 2020 [VIDEO]
NASA's Oceans Melting Greenland (OMG) mission recently concluded a six-year field campaign in Greenland to measure how much the ocean is contributing to global sea-level rise by melting Greenland’s...
NASA's Oceans Melting Greenland – Mission Complete
This is an animated artist interpretation of the area surrounding the Huygens landing site, based on images and data returned Jan. 14, 2005.
Huygens Landing Site Revisited
This animation, derived from data obtained by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft, shows how plasma swirling around Saturn is correlated to bursts of radio waves emanating from the planet.
Saturn Plasma and Radio Waves, as Seen by Cassini
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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