Solar System Exploration
July 10, 2020
Meet NASA's new Mars rover – Perseverance
The animation archived on this page shows the geocentric phase, libration, position angle of the axis, and apparent diameter of the Moon throughout the year 2017, at hourly intervals.
Moon Phase and Libration, 2017
This movie uses data from NASA's Dawn spacecraft to simulate the view from the spacecraft flying over the surface of the giant asteroid Vesta.
Dawn's Virtual Flight over Vesta
This short movie shows the view of Kuiper Belt object 2014 MU69 (nicknamed Ultima Thule) as seen by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft from Dec. 7, 2018 to Jan. 1, 2019. During the approach, Ultima Thu...
Approach to Ultima Thule
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
The flight over Charon begins high over the hemisphere New Horizons saw on its closest approach, then descends over the deep, wide canyon of Serenity Chasma.
Flyover: Pluto Moon Charon
NASA's Cassini spacecraft, in orbit around Saturn for nearly 13 years, is beginning its Grand Finale — and it's thanks to some Crazy Engineering! A team of engineers called astrodynamicists use ma...
Crazy Engineering: Astrodynamics
At the end of the last Apollo 15 moon walk, Commander David Scott (pictured above) performed a live demonstration for the television cameras.
The Apollo 15 Hammer-Feather Drop
With Cassini’s exploration of Saturn coming to a dashing end in a few months, the mission team scheduled an “All Cassini Plus Alumni” group photo on Wednesday, June 21,2017 to commemorate the event.
Behind the Scenes: Cassini Group Photo
This rotating mosaic of asteroid Bennu is composed of 40 images captured by the PolyCam imager onboard NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft over a four-hour period on Dec. 2, 2018.
Asteroid 101955 Bennu Rotating
What’s the latest news from Mars? NASA’s InSight lander and MarCO CubeSats are on their way to the Red Planet, a tiny helicopter will hitch a ride with the Mars 2020 rover mission, and Curiosity’s ...
Mars Report: May 2018
Classic video explaining the history, debate and continuing discussion of the definition of a planet.
What is a Planet?
As NASA marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing, here are five things to know about the Moon that you can share with others.
What's Up Video: July 2019 Skywatching Tips from NASA
This time-lapse video captures a portion of the path that tiny Phobos takes around Mars.
Hubble Sees Phobos Orbiting Mars
NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) rocket's core stage fired all four of its RS-25 engines on March 18, 2021, at Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Mississippi.
Smoke & Fire! NASA Tests the World's Most Powerful Rocket
No one really knew what Vesta looked like until NASA’s Dawn spacecraft decided to drop in on it. Now, images taken by the spacecraft have been stitched together to create a virtual flyover of the j...
: 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
Credit: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center
This view from NASA's Cassini mission is the highest-resolution view of the unique six-sided jet stream at Saturn's north pole known as "the hexagon."
In Full View: Saturn's Streaming Hexagon (black and white)
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
What incredible things will the Cassini spacecraft at Saturn see and do over the next few years?
Cassini: Coming Attractions at Saturn
Lloyd French talks about the adventures that await in science and in life.
Through the Eyes of Scientists - Meet Lloyd French
Cassini mission planners created this animation to showcase Cassini's final 22 orbits - the mission's Grand Finale.
Grand Finale Orbits Petal Plot
Big water news from Saturn's tiny moon Enceladus.
Enceladus: Cold Faithful
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
This animation based on data obtained by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft shows how the “explosions” of hot plasma on the night side (orange and white) periodically inflate Saturn’s magnetic field (white ...
Saturn's Hot Plasma Explosions
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NASA's MRO Finds Water Flowed on Mars Longer Than Previously Thought
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Hubble Sights a Sail of Stars
NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope team will answer questions about the mission’s latest milestones on Jan. 24.
NASA to Discuss Webb's Arrival at Final Destination, Next Steps
NEA Scout will visit an asteroid estimated to be smaller than a school bus – the smallest asteroid ever to be studied by a spacecraft.
NASA Solar Sail Mission to Chase Tiny Asteroid After Artemis I Launch
In preparing for Flight 19, the Mars helicopter team found that unexpected Mars weather can result in a scenario familiar here on Earth: a delayed flight.
Grounded: First Flight Delay Due to Inclement Weather on Another World