Solar System Exploration
Our Galactic Neighborhood
Vesta's Surface Comes into View
June 13, 2011
This time-lapse video follows NASA’s Europa Clipper spacecraft as it moves into the High Bay 1 clean room at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
How NASA Moves a Spacecraft: Europa Clipper Arrives in Its New Home
The most prominent jets of vapor and icy particles emerging from the south polar terrain of Saturn’s moon Enceladus are shown here in graphical form in a movie clip of a “rotating” Enceladus.
Reconstructing the Past on Enceladus
NASA's Cassini spacecraft discovered hydrogen in the plume of gas and icy particles spraying from Saturn's moon Enceladus. The discovery means the small, icy moon — which has a global ocean under i...
Ingredients for Life at Enceladus
~3.5 minute video explains how Earth's magnetosphere protects us from the fury of the Sun and is essential in allowing Earth to develop into a habitable planet.
NASA ScienceCasts: Earth's Magnetosphere
This movie sequence shows highlights of the Cassini spacecraft's Sept. 26, 2005, flyby of the odd, icy moon Hyperion.
Flight to Hyperion
One of the Hubble Space Telescope’s most iconic images is the Hubble Ultra Deep Field, which unveiled myriad galaxies across the universe, stretching back to within a few hundred million years of t...
One Image, One Million Galaxies
NASA’s first asteroid sample return mission, OSIRIS-REx, will make a daring attempt to “TAG” asteroid Bennu.
NASA's Asteroid Heist: The Challenges of TAG
This guided tour of Mars' Jezero Crater from NASA’s Perseverance rover provides a glimpse of the Martian landscape from the rover's highest vantage point yet in the “Séítah” region.
Explore Mars' Jezero Crater with NASA's Perseverance Rover
This animation demonstrates how deformation in the icy surface of Europa could transport subsurface ocean water to the moon’s surface.
Europa's Ocean Ascending
Probe Landing on Titan
Probe Landing on Titan
Venus and Jupiter part ways following their March 1 rendezvous, while Ceres reaches opposition, and is worth hunting for using binoculars.
What's Up: March 2023 Skywatching Tips from NASA
This life-like movie sequence captures Saturn's rings during a ring plane crossing--which Cassini makes twice per orbit--from the spacecraft's point of view.
The Great Crossing
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
This graphic and animation depicts a cross-section of the Saturnian moon Titan.
An Ocean Runs Through It
On Aug. 21, 2017, a solar eclipse passed over North America. People throughout the continent experienced a partial solar eclipse, and a total solar eclipse passed over a narrow swath of land stretc...
What Spacecraft Saw During the 2017 Solar Eclipse
Credit: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center
NASA's Solar System Trek team uses real data to creative flyovers of Valles Marineris on Mars and the Grand Canyon on Earth.
Grand Canyons of Earth and Mars
What's Up for May? This month, a rocky planet round-up, and a super blood Moon eclipse!
What's Up: May 2021 [Video]
Vesta and Ceres reside in the boundary area of the asteroid belt, where the composition of bodies changes from being almost dry to showing the effects of hydration.
What's Up for July 2011?
Explore Earth's magnetic 'dent'
Earth's Magnetic Dent
NASA's Cassini spacecraft stared at Saturn for nearly 44 hours on April 25 to 27, 2016, to obtain this movie showing just over four Saturn days.
Staring at Saturn
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
NASA's Cassini has found salt in Saturn's E ring, hinting that the moon Enceladus could have an underground liquid reservoir, perhaps even an ocean.
Briny Breath of Enceladus
Striking 3-D detail highlights a towering mountain, the brightest spots and other features on dwarf planet Ceres in a new video from NASA's Dawn mission.
Tour Weird Ceres: Bright Spots and a Pyramid-Shaped Mountain
This visualization shows the unusual motions of the Earth and Sun as viewed from the South Pole of the Moon.
Earth and Sun from the Moon's South Pole
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New Horizons continues to shed light on the mysterious planets and smaller bodies of the outer solar system.
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