Solar System Exploration
Io in Eclipse
September 17, 2004
Io in Eclipse
This new animation shows us that Saturn's moon Titan has more in common with Earth than we thought.
Titan Canyon Country
In this movie, strung together from a series of images provided by the framing camera on NASA's Dawn spacecraft, we see a full rotation of Vesta, which occurs over the course of roughly five hours.
Vesta Full Rotation Movie
The flight over Charon begins high over the hemisphere New Horizons saw on its closest approach, then descends over the deep, wide canyon of Serenity Chasma.
Flyover: Pluto Moon Charon
Release of Probe
Release of Probe
Animation of Cassini's final orbit, leading to a pass by the moon Titan which sends the spacecraft plunging into Saturn on Sept. 15, 2017.
Cassini's Final Orbit
Studying Venus not only teaches us about our own planet, but also about many planets beyond our solar system.
Venus: The Mysterious Planet
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
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
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
This animation shows a color-coded map from NASA's Dawn mission revealing the highs and lows of topography on the surface of dwarf planet Ceres.
Ceres Topographic Globe Animation
Bob Anderson describes his work as a geologist who helps design and uses robots to collect data about Mars.
Through the Eyes of Scientists - Meet Bob Anderson
A short film from 1969 showing Ranger 9 images as it approached the Moon.
Ranger 9 Impact
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
Welcome to the Scientist for a Day 2018-2019 essay contest.
Scientist for a Day - Introduction
What might a wet Mars have looked like? This artist's concept attempts to fill in the blanks.
Mars: Wet to Dry Animation
Sound waves from the nascent universe, called baryon acoustic oscillations (BAOs), left their imprint on the cosmos by influencing galaxy distribution. Researchers have explored this imprint back t...
Echoes of the Universe's Creation
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
For 13 years the spacecraft’s incredible, truly otherworldly images have revealed the wonder of Saturn in surprising, often awe-inspiring ways.
Cassini: The Wonder of Saturn (Video)
What’s the latest news from Mars? NASA’s InSight lander and MarCO CubeSats are on their way to the Red Planet, a tiny helicopter will hitch a ride with the Mars 2020 rover mission, and Curiosity’s ...
Mars Report: May 2018
Hello from Saturn, essentially on the opposite side of the sun as seen from Earth! This annual occurrence called solar conjunction, when Saturn (and Cassini) nearly disappear behind the sun.
What's Up? Solar Conjunction
Clouds move above Titan's large methane lakes and seas near the moon's north pole in this movie made from images taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
Northern Clouds in Motion
Seeking August 2020 skywatching highlights? The Moon poses with the planets, and the Perseid meteors peak!
What's Up: August 2020 [Video]
The sequence of seven images in this animation shows sunspots as viewed by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover from June 27 to July 8, 2015. From Mars, the rover was in position to see the opposite side of...
Tracking Sunspots from Mars, Summer 2015
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
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Three sounding rocket missions to test a supersonic parachute proved their worth with the successful landing of Perseverance.
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NASA’s Parker Solar Probe captured stunning views of Venus during its close flyby of the planet in July 2020.
Parker Solar Probe Offers Stunning View of Venus
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Since the explosion of a star on Feb. 24, 1987, researchers have been hunting the squashed stellar core that should have been left behind.
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