Solar System Exploration
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Unveiling Rogue Planets
August 31, 2020
Unveiling Rogue Planets
November 2021 skywatching highlights: Planets after sunset, a partial lunar eclipse, and the familiar stars of winter return.
What's Up: November 2021
This time-lapse video shows the space station's Candarm2 maneuvering NASA’s EMIT mission onto the exterior of the station.
EMIT (Earth Surface Mineral Dust Source Investigation) Gets Installed on International Space Station
After nearly 300 million miles (470 million km), NASA’s Perseverance rover completes its journey to Mars on Feb. 18, 2021. But, to reach the surface of the Red Planet, it has to survive the harrowi...
Perseverance Arrives at Mars: Feb. 18, 2021 (Mission Trailer)
A new video from NASA's Dawn spacecraft takes us on a flyover journey above the surface of the giant asteroid Vesta.
NASA's Journey Above Vesta
The shadow of Saturn's moon Tethys seems to disappear as it crosses the planet's rings, demonstrating variations in the density of particles across the rings.
Shadow from the Dark Side
After decades of exploration, Voyager 1 reaches a historic milestone for mankind, interstellar space.
Voyager Reaches Interstellar Space
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 7 - "Earth Gravity Assist"
One of the Hubble Space Telescope’s most iconic images is the Hubble Ultra Deep Field, which unveiled myriad galaxies across the universe, stretching back to within a few hundred million years of t...
One Image, One Million Galaxies
This Pride Month, NASA celebrates the significant contributions of LGBTQ+ employees.
Together We Rise
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
This new animation shows us that Saturn's moon Titan has more in common with Earth than we thought.
Titan Canyon Country
This artist's concept shows "tides" on Titan raised by Saturn's gravity, as detected by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
Squeezing and Stretching Titan
Near-Earth asteroid Bennu is a rubble pile of rocks and boulders left over from the formation of the solar system.
Asteroid Bennu's Surprising Surface Revealed by NASA Spacecraft
This data visualization represents twenty years' worth of data showing the abundance of life both on land and in the sea.
Earth: Our Living Planet
A shortened, 54-second version of Cassini's Grand Finale animation showing the spacecraft's final moments.
Cassini's Final Moments
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
The scientific community is incredibly excited to have these two highly complementary observatories operating together.
Hubble and Webb: A New Golden Age of Astronomy
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
Where is the edge of the solar system? The answer is not so simple.
Where is the Edge of the Solar System?
JPL's Dawn mission is en route to rendezvous with the main-belt asteroids Vesta and Ceres, and is using ion propulsion to get there.
Advanced Propulsion for JPL Deep Space Missions
This video from NASA's Dawn mission shows that the gravity field of Vesta closely matches the surface topography of the giant asteroid Vesta.
Vesta's Shape and Gravity
This movie shows Mercury's globe as it rotates.
Mercury False Color Rotation Movie
Cassini stares deep into the swirling hurricane-like vortex at Saturn's south pole, where the vertical structure of the clouds is highlighted by shadows.
Looking Saturn in the Eye
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In a first, scientists have seen direct evidence of active volcanism on Earth’s twin, setting the stage for the agency’s VERITAS mission to investigate.
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New Horizons continues to shed light on the mysterious planets and smaller bodies of the outer solar system.
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Research reveals a new explanation for how the icy shell of Jupiter’s moon Europa rotates at a different rate than its interior.
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Venus may be losing heat from geologic activity in regions called coronae, possibly like early tectonic activity on Earth.
Venus' ‘Squishy' Outer Shell May Be Resurfacing the Planet
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