Solar System Exploration
Solar System Exploration
Earth's Magnetic Dent
August 24, 2020
Explore Earth's magnetic 'dent'
December 2020 skywatching highlights: Catch some Geminid meteors, then see Jupiter and Saturn get their closest in decades on the December solstice.
What's Up: December 2020 [Video]
This Pride Month, NASA celebrates the significant contributions of LGBTQ+ employees.
Together We Rise
February 2022 skywatching highlights: Jupiter stands alone after sunset, Venus is brilliant in the morning, and the Orion Nebula is well placed for evening skywatchers.
What's Up: February 2022
A short film from 1969 showing Ranger 9 images as it approached the Moon.
Ranger 9 Impact
Lucy will be the first mission to explore the Trojan asteroids – small bodies left over from the formation of the solar system.
Lucy Mission Overview: Journey to Explore the Trojan Asteroids
Take a virtual ride with Voyager 1 and 2 past Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune.
Voyage of Discovery
As the moon Enceladus eclipses its neighbor Mimas, Cassini records a scene possible only around the time of Saturn's approaching equinox.
Sound waves from the nascent universe, called baryon acoustic oscillations (BAOs), left their imprint on the cosmos by influencing galaxy distribution. Researchers have explored this imprint back t...
Echoes of the Universe's Creation
Ben Holt tells how he fell in love with the ocean as a teenager and how that lead to a career as a research scientist.
Through the Eyes of Scientists - Meet Ben Holt
On unexplored worlds, the sound of science is a harmonious melody of chimes, clicks and mechanical whirrs.
Musical Descent to Titan
This animation shows the last 30 seconds of Cassini's X- and S-band radio signals as they disappeared from mission control on Sept. 15, 2017.
Cassini's last X- and S-band radio signals
Part of the shadow of Saturn's moon Mimas appears as if it has been woven through the planet's rings in this unusual series of images from Cassini.
Weaving a Shadow
NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter takes off and lands in this video captured on April 25, 2021, by Mastcam-Z, an imager aboard NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover.
Perseverance Rover's Mastcam-Z Captures Ingenuity's Third Flight
On February 24, 1987, observers in the southern hemisphere saw a new object in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a small satellite galaxy to the Milky Way. This was one of the brightest supernova explosi...
Supernova 1987A Sonification
NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter made a record-breaking 25th flight on April 18, 2022.
NASA"s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter Captures Record Flight
What has Perseverance accomplished since landing on Mars in February 2021? Surface Operations Mission Manager Jessica Samuels reflects on a year filled with groundbreaking discoveries.
NASA's Perseverance Mars Rover Milestones - 2021 Year in Review
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
Ceres' lack of giant impact basins presents a puzzle to scientists.
Ceres' Missing Large Craters
This artist's concept shows the European Space Agency's Huygens probe descent sequence.
Huygens Descent Sequence
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
The Cassini spacecraft arrived at Saturn in June 2004 and is now halfway through its mission. A new photo essay showcases some stunning images returned by the mission.
Photo Essay: Two Years at Saturn
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
This movie was built with data collected during the 147-minute plunge through Titan's thick orange-brown atmosphere to a soft sandy riverbed by the European Space Agency's Huygens Descent Imager/Sp...
A View from Huygens
This animated graphic shows how Saturn and its moon Enceladus are electrically linked.
Saturn and Enceladus Electrical Link
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