Solar System Exploration
Tour of Asteroid Bennu
October 12, 2020
Take a Tour of Asteroid Bennu
Spacecraft Full Stack
Spacecraft Full Stack
This colorized flyover movie from NASA's Cassini mission takes viewers over the two largest seas on Saturn's moon Titan and nearby lakes.
Flying over an Extraterrestrial Land of Lakes
Video from NASA’s Mars 2020 Perseverance rover chronicles major milestones during the final minutes of its entry, descent, and landing (EDL) on the Red Planet on Feb. 18, 2021, as the spacecraft pl...
Watch NASA's Perseverance Rover Land
This colorized movie from NASA's Cassini mission shows a polar projection of the curious six-sided jet stream at Saturn's north pole known as "the hexagon" in the infrared.
Looking Down on the Hexagon in Infrared
This short computer-animated film highlights Cassini's accomplishments and Saturn and reveals the science-packed final orbits between April and September 2017.
Cassini's Grand Finale
Dr. Bonnie Buratti describes her background as well as her role as a senior research scientist.
Through the Eyes of Scientists - Meet Bonnie Buratti
The U.S.-European oceanographic satellite Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich launched to Earth's orbit on Nov. 21, 2020, aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. During a five-and-a-half-year prime mission, it wi...
Launch of Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich Satellite
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
The tumbling and irregularly shaped moon Hyperion rotates away from the Cassini spacecraft in this movie taken during a distant encounter in Dec. 2005.
Rough and Tumble Hyperion
NASA's Dawn spacecraft flys over dwarf planet Ceres which Dawn has been orbiting for mre than a year, providing us with fascinating views of an alien world.
Unveiling Ceres (Animation)
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
Perseverance has a twin: Meet OPTIMISM
NASA's Cassini scientists waited years for the right conditions to produce the first movie that shows lightning on another planet - Saturn.
This animation shows the Cassini-Huygens spacecraft being captured in orbit at Saturn in 2004.
Cassini Tour Beginning
The volcanic peak Idunn Mons (at 46°S, 214.5°E) in Imdr Regio.
Venus is Alive - Geologically Speaking
Bands of eastward and westward winds on Jupiter appear as concentric rotating circles in a movie composed of Cassini images which have been reprojected to appear as if the viewer were floating over...
Jupiter Polar Winds Movie
Discover the solar system through the eyes of the Lucy mission team. This episode features flight navigator Coralie Adam.
Driving a Spacecraft: Lucy Goes to Space
This is an animated artist interpretation of the area surrounding the Huygens landing site, based on images and data returned Jan. 14, 2005.
Huygens Landing Site Revisited
December 2, 2020, marked the 25th anniversary of the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory, or SOHO – a joint mission of the European Space Agency and NASA. Since its launch on that date, the mission ...
Decades of Sun from SOHO
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
NASA’s Curiosity rover explores Mount Sharp, a 5-mile-tall (8-kilometer-tall) mountain within the basin of Gale Crater on Mars.
NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover Finds A Changing Landscape
Discover the mysteries of the solar system through the eyes of the Lucy mission and its team members.
Exploring the Solar System: Lucy Goes to Space
We know what the Red Planet looks like from the outside – but what's going on under the surface of Mars?
Mars in a Minute: What's Inside Mars?
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