Solar System Exploration
Earth's Magnetic Dent
August 24, 2020
Explore Earth's magnetic 'dent'
Episode 1: Launch. Meet Lucy as she prepares for the first-ever journey to the Trojan asteroids, a population of primitive small bodies orbiting in tandem with Jupiter.
Lucy's Journey: Episode 1
How can you communicate with Mars spacecraft when the Sun is in the way? Learn more about 'solar conjunction' in this 60-second video.
Mars in a Minute: What Happens When the Sun Blocks our Signal?
SDO collected images of the rarest predictable solar event—the transit of Venus across the face of the Sun in 2012.
Venus Transit Across the Sun (2014)
NASA’s Parker Solar Probe mission launched Aug. 12, 2018, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
Parker Solar Probe Launch
The Cassini mission’s epic 13-year exploration of Saturn is coming to a close. On Sept. 15, the spacecraft will make a planned plunge into the atmosphere of Saturn in order to protect pristine icy ...
A Journey's End
This 4K visualization shows the Moon's phase and libration at hourly intervals throughout 2021, as viewed from the Northern Hemisphere. Each frame represents one hour.
Moon Phases 2021 – Northern Hemisphere
Like boot prints on the Moon, NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft left its mark on asteroid Bennu. Now, new images — taken during the spacecraft's final fly-over on April 7, 2021 — reveal the aftermath of...
OSIRIS-REx Leaves its Mark on Asteroid Bennu
This movie, built with data collected during the European Space Agency's Huygens probe on Jan. 14, 2005, shows the operation of the Descent Imager/Spectral Radiometer camera during its descent and ...
Titan Descent Data Movie with Bells and Whistles
NASA's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter will make history's first attempt at powered flight on another planet.
Ingenuity Mars Helicopter: Attempting the First Powered Flight on Mars
Go, Atlas. Go, Centaur. Go, InSight! NASA's InSight mission launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base for Mars on May 5, 2018—the first interplanetary launch from the West Coast.
InSight Mission to Mars Launch
Amateur video: Follow the Cassini spacecraft during its journey to and near Saturn.
The Cassini Journey
Cassini mission planners created this animation to showcase Cassini's final 22 orbits - the mission's Grand Finale.
Grand Finale Orbits Petal Plot
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 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
Final Assembly at the Cape
Final Assembly at the Cape
A mission concept to explore Saturn's moons Titan and Enceladus.
Titan Saturn System Mission
What can you see in the March sky? Jupiter and other planets in the morning, the start of spring with the spring equinox and viewing an open star cluster called the Beehive.
What's Up: March 2019 Skywatching from NASA
A harvest moon and a blue moon, Mars is up all night, and a journey beyond the galaxy.
What's Up - October 2020 [VIDEO]
What's Up for November? Mercury transits across the Sun, and the dimming of the "Demon star," Algol.
What's Up: November 2019 [Video]
NASA’s Dawn: Highlighting Bright Areas of Ceres
NASA's Dawn: Highlighting Bright Areas of Ceres
Winds around Jupiter's Great Red Spot are simulated in this JunoCam view that has been animated using a model of the winds there.
Great Red Spot Rotation (Animation)
Welcome to the Scientist for a Day 2018-2019 essay contest.
Scientist for a Day - Introduction
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 visualization shows the orbits of NASA-related near-Earth science missions that are considered operational as of March 2017.
NASA's Earth Science Mission Fleet: March 2017
Filters, pixels and math star in this narrated cartoon.
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