Solar System Exploration
The Grand Finale
August 31, 2018
Cassini's final moments.
The International Space Station makes a trail of light in front of the Milky Way in this long exposure image.
The View from Earth: Space Station, Jupiter, Milky Way
What's Up for November? Mercury transits across the Sun, and the dimming of the "Demon star," Algol.
What's Up: November 2019 [Video]
Our galaxy, the Milky Way, is seen above the Doll House in this National Park Service photo from Canyonlands National Park.
Milky Way Galaxy Over Canyonlands National Park
Studying Venus not only teaches us about our own planet, but also about many planets beyond our solar system.
Venus: The Mysterious Planet
What can you see in the October sky? Join the global celebration of International Observe the Moon Night on Oct. 5th, then try to catch the ice giant planets Uranus and Neptune.
What's Up Video: October 2019 Skywatching Tips from NASA
Learn more about black holes, how to find them and how to stay safe should you ever get a chance to visit one.
Guide To Black Hole Safety
This image taken by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft shows sedimentary rock and sand within Danielson Crater, an impact crater about 42 miles or 67 kilometers in diameter, located in the ...
Layers in Mars' Danielson Crater
The latest view of Saturn from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope captures exquisite details of the ring system.
Saturn's Rings Shine in Hubble Portrait
An avalanche near the north pole of Mars, as observed by the HiRISE instrument aboard NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
In this month's sky, look for lovely crescent Moons at the start and end of the month. The September equinox brings the beginning of fall in the Northern Hemisphere. And Mars is at solar conjunctio...
What's Up Video: September 2019 Skywatching Tips from NASA
How can you communicate with Mars spacecraft when the Sun is in the way? Learn more about 'solar conjunction' in this 60-second video.
Mars in a Minute: What Happens When the Sun Blocks our Signal?
This new Hubble Space Telescope view of Jupiter, taken on June 27, 2019, reveals the giant planet's trademark Great Red Spot.
Hubble's New Portrait of Jupiter
What's Up for August? This month our main focus is the Perseid meteor shower.
What's Up Video: August 2019 Skywatching Tips from NASA
A scaled down version of our popular series of exploration posters.
Solar System and Beyond Trading Cards (Complete Set)
A full-sized, 363-foot Saturn V rocket is projected onto the east face of the Washington Monument.
Apollo 11 Saturn V Rocket Projected On The Washington Monument
The Moon sets behind the Jefferson Memorial in Washington 50 years to the day after astronauts Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Buzz Aldrin launched on Apollo 11, the first mission to land astr...
Moonset on the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Launch
Winds around Jupiter's Great Red Spot are simulated in this JunoCam view that has been animated using a model of the winds there.
Great Red Spot Rotation (Animation)
Astronaut Buzz Aldrin, lunar module pilot, is photographed during the Apollo 11 extravehicular activity on the lunar surface.
Aldrin on the Moon
As NASA marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing, here are five things to know about the Moon that you can share with others.
What's Up Video: July 2019 Skywatching Tips from NASA
Comparing Jupiter’s moons Io and Europa with Saturn’s moons Enceladus and Titan.
Moons: Active Worlds
The Apollo 11 landing site as seen by NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft.
Apollo 11 Landing Site
July 1994: For the first time in history, human beings watch a major impact between a comet and a planet.
Scientists Watch Comet Impact Jupiter (1994)
Fragments of comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 approaching Jupiter in 1994.
Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 Fragments (1994)
This visualziation shows the major fragments of comet Showmaker-Levy 9 colliding with Jupiter in 1994.
Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 Jupiter Impact (Visualization)
Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 fragments left Jupiter with a "bruised" appearance in July 1994.
Jupiter "Bruised" by Comet Impact (1994)
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