Solar System Exploration
September 17, 2004
This sequence of images shows the Sun from its surface to its upper atmosphere and in order of temperature from the first one at 6,000 degrees C on the surface out to about 10 million degrees C.
From Hot to Hottest
Meet Lucy as she prepares for the first ever journey to the Trojan asteroids, a population of primitive small bodies orbiting in tandem with Jupiter.
Lucy's Journey: Episode 3 - 'The Trojan Asteroids'
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
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)
Lloyd French talks about the adventures that await in science and in life.
Through the Eyes of Scientists - Meet Lloyd French
Scientists working with NASA's Dawn spacecraft have created a new video showing the giant asteroid Vesta as the spacecraft approaches this unexplored world in the main asteroid belt.
Vesta's Surface Comes into View
Cassini stares deep into the swirling hurricane-like vortex at Saturn's south pole, where the vertical structure of the clouds is highlighted by shadows.
Looking Saturn in the Eye
The heavens often seem vast and unchanging as seen from Earth, but movement in the skies is the norm. The relative motions of both Cassini and Enceladus over a 15-minute period create the movement ...
Nevertheless, It Moves
On June 7, 2021, NASA’s Juno spacecraft flew closer to Jupiter’s moon Ganymede than any spacecraft in more than two decades. Less than a day later, Juno made its 34th flyby of Jupiter. This animati...
Juno Flies Past the Moon Ganymede and Jupiter, With Music by Vangelis
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
Episode 1: What is a dwarf planet?
Space Shorts: What is a Dwarf Planet?
This new animation shows us that Saturn's moon Titan has more in common with Earth than we thought.
Titan Canyon Country
On Feb. 18, 2021, the world watched live as NASA’s Mars 2020 mission team attempted the most daring part of its mission: landing the Perseverance rover on the surface of Mars. Viewers around the wo...
Perseverance Lands on Mars as the World Watches
These false-color mosaics from NASA's Cassini spacecraft chronicle the changing appearance of the huge storm that developed from a small spot in Saturn's northern hemisphere.
Encircling a Giant
This artist's concept shows "tides" on Titan raised by Saturn's gravity, as detected by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
Squeezing and Stretching Titan
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
Bands of eastward and westward winds on Jupiter appear as concentric rotating circles in a movie composed of Cassini images which have been reprojected to appear as if the viewer were floating over...
Jupiter Polar Winds Movie
What can you see in the December sky? Beautiful pairings of planets and the crescent Moon throughout the month, at sunrise and sunset.
What's Up: December 2019 [Video]
March 2022 skywatching highlights: Saturn with Venus and Mars in the a.m., the Hyades star cluster, and stars with known exoplanets that you can find without a telescope.
What's Up: March 2022
As Huygens descends Titan's atmosphere, Cassini will record the data from 72,000 kilometers (about 44,700 miles).
Tracking Huygens Animation
This is a compilation of the Saturn hexagon movies released on Dec. 5, 2013.
Saturn's Unique Hexagon Movies
This animation illustrates Jupiter's magnetic field.
Jupiter's Magnetic Field
As the moon Enceladus eclipses its neighbor Mimas, Cassini records a scene possible only around the time of Saturn's approaching equinox.
As NASA prepares to launch the Orion spacecraft and Space Launch System rocket on the uncrewed Artemis I mission around the Moon, we’ve already begun to take the next step.
Why the Moon?
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Artemis I Becomes Cultural, Educational Time Capsule for Trip Around Moon
Following Lucy's launch on Oct. 16, 2021, an unexpected challenge surfaced for the first-ever Trojan asteroids mission.
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