Solar System Exploration
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The little moon Daphnis and its entourage of waves on the edge of the Keeler gap in Saturn's rings cast long shadows in this movie created from images taken as the planet approaches its mid-August ...
Wave Shadows in Motion
Ion propulsion isn’t something found only in science fiction. JPL engineer Mike Meacham looks at how ion engines are being used to drive NASA's Dawn spacecraft through the solar system.
Crazy Engineering: Ion Propulsion for the Dawn Mission
Rosaly Lopes shares how she was inspired to help the exploration of space and how that lead to her role as a planetary scientist.
Through the Eyes of Scientists - Meet Rosaly Lopes
Hidden details of our home galaxy — the Milky Way — are revealed in different wavelengths.
Milky Way in Multiple Wavelengths
Two crescent moons dance around Saturn as far-off Dione slips behind its sibling moon Rhea.
Rhea Eclipses Dione
Team members reflect on what has made the NASA/ESA Cassini mission such an epic journey—the extraordinary spacecraft, tremendous science and historic international collaboration.
Cassini: A Saturn Odyssey
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
On March 6, the Dawn spacecraft will slip into orbit around Ceres, a dwarf planet located in the main asteroid belt.
Destination Ceres - Breakfast at Dawn
Where is the edge of the solar system? The answer is not so simple.
Where is the Edge of the Solar System?
What can you see in the February sky? Stars and planets with distinct red and blue colors, like Mars and Sirius.
What's Up: February 2019 Skywatching from NASA
This short animation created by Cassini's mission planning team shows how a Titan flyby will be used to move the spacecraft's course from orbiting Cassini's outer ring (F ring) to an orbit that tak...
Entering Final Orbits: Cassini's Grand Finale
This animated movie shows the simulated solar wind velocity from March 21 to May 10, 2013.
Animation of Spaceweather Predictors 2
The Helioseismic Magnetic Imager (HMI) aboard the Solar Dynamics Observatory takes a series of images every 45 seconds in a very narrow range of wavelengths in visible light of the solar photospher...
The Active Sun from SDO: HMI Dopplergram
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
We know what the Red Planet looks like from the outside – but what's going on under the surface of Mars?
Mars in a Minute: What's Inside Mars?
Mark Hofstadter describes the lure of science -- of discovering something new -- and his path to becoming a planetary scientist.
Through the Eyes of Scientists - Meet Mark Hofstadter
Everyone likes to check the weather in a far away destination before they travel there. This is especially true for spaceflight, where the destination may be where no one has gone before.
Space Weather to the Edge of the Solar System
This colorized flyover movie from NASA's Cassini mission takes viewers over the two largest seas on Saturn's moon Titan and nearby lakes.
Flying over an Extraterrestrial Land of Lakes
On Jan. 22, 2012, the Sun erupted with a solar flare, a coronal mass ejection, and a burst of highly energetic protons known as solar energetic particles.
Jupiter is at its biggest and brightest, Mercury and Mars appear ultra-close after sunset for two nights and how you can observe the Moon's tilted orbit.
What's Up: June 2019 Skywatching Tips from NASA
NASA’s Parker Solar Probe mission launched Aug. 12, 2018, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
Parker Solar Probe Launch
Soar over the giant asteroid Vesta in 3-D. Put on your 3-D glasses for this ride over asteroid Vesta.
Soar Over Asteroid Vesta in 3-D
This is a compilation of the Saturn hexagon movies released on Dec. 5, 2013.
Saturn's Unique Hexagon Movies
This movie is made up of over 600 consecutive images taken on March 16 to March 18, 2007, with the Cassini Magnetopsheric Imaging Instrument's ion and neutral camera.
Movie of Saturn's "Ring Current"
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