Solar System Exploration
April 3, 2019
Credit: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
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Explore the process that Johannes Kepler undertook when he formulated his three laws of planetary motion.
Orbits and Kepler's Laws
This short animation created by Cassini's mission planning team shows the spacecraft's final orbits - starting with the Ring-Grazing orbits in November 2016 and transitioning to the Grand Finale or...
Cassini's Ring-Grazing and Grand Finale Orbits
This infrared movie from NASA's Cassini mission shows the churning of the curious six-sided jet stream at Saturn's north pole known as "the hexagon."
Hexagon in Silhouette
A new video from NASA's Dawn spacecraft takes us on a flyover journey above the surface of the giant asteroid Vesta.
Vesta False Color Shape Model
The four changes of the seasons, related to the position of sunlight on the planet, are captured in this view from geosynchronous Earth orbit by EUMETSAT's Meteosat-9 satellite.
Seeing Equinoxes and Solstices from Space
This three-frame animation from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows the swirling clouds in a vortex spawned by a great northern storm on Saturn. The clouds are moving in a clockwise direction.
A mission concept to explore Saturn's moons Titan and Enceladus.
Titan Saturn System Mission
This movie captured by NASA'S Cassini spacecraft shows a south polar vortex, or a swirling mass of gas around the pole in the atmosphere, at Saturn’s moon Titan.
Titan's South Polar Vortex in Motion
The volcanic peak Idunn Mons (at 46°S, 214.5°E) in Imdr Regio.
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On unexplored worlds, the sound of science is a harmonious melody of chimes, clicks and mechanical whirrs.
Musical Descent to Titan
From aboard NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center G-III aircraft, this wide angle video of the moon's umbra was captured as they flew over the coast of Oregon, near Lincoln City at 35,00 feet dur...
NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center G-III Captures Eclipse Umbra
This movie, made from data obtained by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, shows Saturn's southern aurora shimmering over approximately 20 hours as the planet rotates.
Dancing Southern Lights of Saturn
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The shadow of Saturn's moon Tethys seems to disappear as it crosses the planet's rings, demonstrating variations in the density of particles across the rings.
Shadow from the Dark Side
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The small moon Mimas passes in front of the larger moon Rhea, which is partly obscured by Saturn's rings, in this movie from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
Before a Veiled Rhea
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Dr. Bonnie Buratti describes her background as well as her role as a senior research scientist.
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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
NASA's Cassini scientists waited years for the right conditions to produce the first movie that shows lightning on another planet - Saturn.
OSIRIS-REx has imaged Bennu in higher resolution than we have Earth and our own Moon. Since its arrival at the asteroid on Dec. 3, 2018, the spacecraft has discovered boulders the size of buildings...
Imaging Asteroid Bennu
: This mosaic combines views captured by Cassini as it made the first dive of the mission's Grand Finale on April 26, 2017, and shows details in bands and swirls in the atmosphere.
Cassini Noodle Mosaic of Saturn
This video shows the intriguing Occator Crater on Ceres, home to the dwarf planet's brightest area.
NASA's Dawn Spacecraft Flight Over Occator Crater
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