Solar System Exploration
Io in Eclipse
September 17, 2004
Io in Eclipse
This artist's concept shows the European Space Agency's Huygens probe descent sequence.
Huygens Descent Sequence
New science, mined from the archives. Data from NASA's Galileo orbiter launched a generation ago yields new evidence of plumes, eruptions of water vapor, from Jupiter's moon Europa.
Re-analyzing Old Data Reveals New Evidence at Europa
After a 15-year wait, equinox arrived at Saturn and Cassini was there to witness the spectacle of light and shadow.
Equinox at Saturn
Since the 1960’s, scientists have suspected that frozen water could survive in cold, dark craters at the Moon’s poles.
Water on the Moon
Mark Hofstadter describes the lure of science -- of discovering something new -- and his path to becoming a planetary scientist.
Through the Eyes of Scientists - Meet Mark Hofstadter
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...
This video shows the intriguing Occator Crater on Ceres, home to the dwarf planet's brightest area.
NASA's Dawn Spacecraft Flight Over Occator Crater
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
Keeping a close watch on the outer portion of Saturn's B ring, NASA's Cassini spacecraft records the complex inward and outward movement of the edge of the ring.
Galactic Behavior for the Outer B Ring
This animation shows "beacons" of hot air seen in the infrared that appeared during a great springtime storm on Saturn from January 2011 to March 2012.
Infrared Hotspots in a Monster Saturn Storm
This three-frame animation from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows the swirling clouds in a vortex spawned by a great northern storm on Saturn. The clouds are moving in a clockwise direction.
This movie shows Mercury's globe as it rotates.
Mercury False Color Rotation Movie
An aurora, shining high above the northern part of Saturn, moves from the night side to the day side of the planet in this movie recorded by Cassini.
Northern Aurora in Motion
This animation shows the Cassini-Huygens spacecraft being captured in orbit at Saturn in 2004.
Cassini Tour Beginning
Watch the NASA-JPL press briefing announcing Cassini's final orbits recorded at JPL on April 4, 2017.
Grand Finale Preview Press Conference (April 4, 2017)
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
RTG fit and test
RTG fit and test
Probe Landing on Titan
Probe Landing on Titan
NASA's Cassini scientists waited years for the right conditions to produce the first movie that shows lightning on another planet - Saturn.
This movie, made from images obtained by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft of the outer edge of Saturn’s B ring, reveals the combined effects of a tugging moon and oscillations that can naturally occur in ...
Oscillations at B Ring Edge
This animated movie shows the simulated solar wind velocity from March 21 to May 10, 2013.
Animation of Spaceweather Predictors 2
At the end of the last Apollo 15 moon walk, Commander David Scott (pictured above) performed a live demonstration for the television cameras.
The Apollo 15 Hammer-Feather Drop
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"
Sir Arthur C. Clarke's video greeting to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory for Cassini's first close Iapetus flyby in 2007.
Sir Arthur C. Clarke's 2007 Iapetus Flyby Greeting
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
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Europa Clipper will explore Jupiter's icy moon in-depth during multiple flybys, studying whether Europa could harbor conditions suitable for life.
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If our eyes could see high-energy radiation called gamma rays, the Moon would appear brighter than the Sun! That’s how NASA’s Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope has seen our neighbor in space for the past decade.
Moon Glows Brighter Than Sun in Images From NASA's Fermi
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NASA Selects Proposals to Demonstrate SmallSat Technologies to Study Interplanetary Space
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