Solar System Exploration
Our Galactic Neighborhood
April 3, 2019
Credit: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center
After a 15-year wait, equinox arrived at Saturn and Cassini was there to witness the spectacle of light and shadow.
Equinox at Saturn
Discover the mysteries of the solar system through the eyes of the Lucy mission and its team members.
Exploring the Solar System: Lucy Goes to Space
Great Red Spot
Great Red Spot
NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter became the first aircraft in history to make a powered, controlled flight on another planet on April 19, 2021.
NASA's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter Successfully Completes First Flight
Sungrazing comets are a special class of comets that come very close to the sun at their nearest approach, a point called perihelion.
What is a Sun-Grazing Comet?
Unedited version of the stellar occultation video.
Stellar Occultation Video
With fingers crossed and eyes wide open, sci-fi fans and scientists savor the joys of discovery...at Iapetus.
Backstage Pass to Iapetus (2007)
This Pride Month, NASA celebrates the significant contributions of LGBTQ+ employees.
Together We Rise
NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter successfully completed a second, more challenging flight on the Red Planet on April 22, 2021.
Second Flight a Success for NASA's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter
This still from a movie shows an image taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft layered on a digital terrain model of an unusual hill containing a dark-rayed impact crater and nearby dark deposit on asteroi...
Dark Hill on Asteroid Vesta Movie
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
This graphic shows in a series of three images how Saturn's rings, after they became tilted relative to Saturn's equatorial plane, would have transformed into a corrugated ring.
Tilting Saturn's Rings
As the solar wind flows from the sun, it creates a bubble in space known as the "heliosphere" around our solar system.
The Bubble of Our Solar System
Meet Lucy as she prepares for the first journey to the Trojan asteroids, small bodies orbiting in tandem with Jupiter.
Lucy's Journey: Episode 2 - 'The Adventure Begins'
This movie, comprised of several detailed images taken by Cassini's radar instrument, shows bodies of liquid near Titan's north pole.
Radar Shows Evidence of Seas
Following critical mirror alignment steps, the Web team is confident the observatory will meet or exceed its science goals.
NASA's Webb Reaches Alignment Milestone, Optics Working Successfully
A total lunar eclipse, Leonid meteors, and the Moon visits Mars, Saturn, and Spica.
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This video highlights Dawn's top accomplishments during its orbit around the giant asteroid Vesta.
Dawn's Greatest Hits at Vesta
Keeping a close watch on the outer portion of Saturn's B ring, NASA's Cassini spacecraft records the complex inward and outward movement of the edge of the ring.
Galactic Behavior for the Outer B Ring
On October 15, 1997, the Cassini–Huygens spacecraft was launched on an almost 7-year journey to the Saturn system.
Sending the first Artemis mission to the Moon in preparation for human missions, landing a new rover on Mars, and launching the James Webb Space Telescope into space, expanding our ability to see d...
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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
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
September 2021 skywatching highlights: Planets Jupiter, Saturn, and Venus are easy to spot in the evening sky, and if you're far enough south, you might spot Mercury. Plus, speedy stars Altair and ...
What's Up: September 2021
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The solar-powered lander has run out of energy after more than four years of science on the Red Planet.
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Scientists have completed the longest-ever study tracking temperatures in Jupiter’s upper atmosphere where its signature colorful striped clouds form.
40-Year Study Finds Mysterious Patterns in Temperatures at Jupiter
After revealing a trove of details about the moons Ganymede and Europa, the mission to Jupiter is setting its sights on sister moon Io.
Juno Explores Jovian Moons During Extended Mission