Solar System Exploration
September 17, 2004
The Sun emitted a significant solar flare on Dec. 19, 2014.
Holiday Lights on the Sun: Imagery of a Solar Flare
The interaction of the solar wind with the Martian moon Phobos creates a complex electrical environment that could impact future exploration.
Electric Charging on Martian Moon Phobos
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
A short film from 1969 showing Ranger 9 images as it approached the Moon.
Ranger 9 Impact
SDO collected images of the rarest predictable solar event—the transit of Venus across the face of the Sun in 2012.
Venus Transit Across the Sun (2014)
This movie was built with data collected during the 147-minute plunge through Titan's thick orange-brown atmosphere to a soft sandy riverbed by the European Space Agency's Huygens Descent Imager/Sp...
A View from Huygens
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
An overview video of the OSIRIS-REx mission.
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
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
Flight across Titan
Flight across Titan
The history-making Viking 1 mission launched 35 years ago.
Viking, Mars Trailblazer
Orange and white stripes slide against each other, and huge oval storms gyrate in the NASA's Cassini spacecraft's first color movie clip of Jupiter.
Cassini's First Color Movie of Jupiter
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
Rotating asteroids have a tough time sticking to their orbits. Their surfaces heat up during the day and cool down at night, giving off radiation that can act as a sort of mini-thruster.
How Sunlight Pushes Asteroids
Here is a rover's eye view of driving, scooping and drilling during Curiosity's first year on Mars, August 2012 through July 2013.
Twelve Months in Two Minutes; Curiosity's First Year on Mars
Cassini scientist Dr. Kevin Baines discusses Saturn's Cyclones.
Kevin Baines on Saturn's Cyclones
Filters, pixels and math star in this narrated cartoon.
How Does a Spacecraft Take a Picture?
This computer-generated animation shows all of Cassini's orbits - affectionaly called the "ball of yarn" by mission planners.
The Ball of Yarn: Cassini's Orbits
This visualziation shows the major fragments of comet Showmaker-Levy 9 colliding with Jupiter in 1994.
Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 Jupiter Impact (Visualization)
NASA’s Parker Solar Probe mission launched Aug. 12, 2018, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
Parker Solar Probe Launch
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 volcanic peak Idunn Mons (at 46°S, 214.5°E) in Imdr Regio.
Venus is Alive - Geologically Speaking
Dawn spacecraft successfully launched September 27th, 2007.
NASA's Dawn Spacecraft Launches September 27, 2007
Credit: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
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NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory has observed a magnetic explosion the likes of which have never been seen before.
NASA's SDO Sees New Kind of Magnetic Explosion on Sun
Researchers have created the first map of wind circulation in the upper atmosphere of a planet besides Earth, using data from NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft.
NASA's MAVEN Maps Winds in the Martian Upper Atmosphere that Mirror the Terrain Below and Gives Clues to Martian Climate
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Catch the Geminids Meteor Shower Dec. 13-14
Jupiter's south pole has a new cyclone.
NASA's Juno Navigators Enable Jupiter Cyclone Discovery
After a year scoping out asteroid Bennu’s boulder-scattered surface, the team leading NASA’s first asteroid sample return mission has officially selected a sample collection site.
X Marks the Spot: NASA Selects Site for Asteroid Sample Collection