Solar System Exploration
April 3, 2019
Credit: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center
A large sunspot was the source of a powerful solar flare and a coronal mass ejection (Sept. 6, 2017). The flare was the largest solar flare of the last decade. For one thing, it created a strong sh...
Major Solar Flare
This animation of Vesta is made from images taken with Dawn's framing camera.
Vesta's Coat of Many Colors
This video describes Cassini measurements of high speed streams of tiny dust particles emanating from the vicinity of Saturn.
Cosmic Messengers From Saturn
NASA's Dawn mission will be the first to explore a dwarf planet on March 6, 2015. This video details the spacecraft's approach and orbit insertion.
Destination Dwarf Planet: Dawn Approaches Ceres
Clouds move above Titan's large methane lakes and seas near the moon's north pole in this movie made from images taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
Northern Clouds in Motion
In this Voyager Update from the night of the Neptune encounter (25 August 1989), now Voyager Project Manager, Suzy Dodd speaks with such guests as Jay Holberg and Bill Kurth concerning the Voyager ...
Voyager 2 Neptune Encounter with Suzy Dodd
See highlights from the scene at JPL on April 26-27, 2017, and some of the first raw images the spacecraft sent back from its closest-ever look at Saturn’s atmosphere.
Cassini's First Dive Between Saturn and Its Rings
A meteor shower produced by debris from Halley's Comet, asteroids named after dinosaurs, and a "blue moon" on May 18th.
What's Up: May 2019 Skywatching from NASA
This animation shows "beacons" of hot air seen in the infrared that appeared during a great springtime storm on Saturn from January 2011 to March 2012.
Infrared Hotspots in a Monster Saturn Storm
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
An update on findings from Cassini's latest flyby of Saturn's largest moon, Titan.
Cassini at Saturn Sept. 22, 2006
This graphic and animation depicts a cross-section of the Saturnian moon Titan.
An Ocean Runs Through It
This movie presents a series of animations showing NASA's Dawn spacecraft traveling to and operating at the giant asteroid Vesta.
Animation of Dawn's Visit to Vesta
This video shows the scientists' best guess to date of what the surface of the protoplanet Vesta might look like.
This visualization of the Apollo 17 landing site uses real lunar orbiter data to retrace the paths of the astronauts during their three days of exploration.
Apollo 17 Moon Flyover Visualization
This animation, derived from data obtained by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft, shows how plasma swirling around Saturn is correlated to bursts of radio waves emanating from the planet.
Saturn Plasma and Radio Waves, as Seen by Cassini
My name is Mana. Europa is my favorite It is that it is one of the very few places in our solar system that could potentially have life.
Scientist for a Day Option 3: Europa
Cassini mission planners created this animation to showcase Cassini's final 22 orbits - the mission's Grand Finale.
Grand Finale Orbits - Side View
This audio clip was created from radio signals received by the radio and plasma wave science instrument on the Cassini spacecraft.
Lightning Sounds from Saturn
A recreation of Huygen's historic descent to Saturn's giant moon Titan in January 2005.
Approaching Titan a Billion Times Closer
This mosaic strip – extending across the hemisphere that faced the New Horizons spacecraft as it flew past Pluto on July 14, 2015 – now includes all of the highest-resolution images taken by the NA...
Close-Up of Pluto's Surface
Eleven years in the life of the Sun, spanning most of solar cycle 23.
New science, mined from the archives. Data from NASA's Galileo orbiter launched a generation ago yields new evidence of plumes, eruptions of water vapor, from Jupiter's moon Europa.
Re-analyzing Old Data Reveals New Evidence at Europa
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