Exploring the Solar System

Exploring the Solar System

Visit the remote corners of our solar system, roam the surfaces of planets and moons, and find out where we might one day find signs of life.

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Exploring the Solar System

10 Videos

  • Venus: Death of a Planet

    From the fires of our Sun's birth, twin planets emerged: Venus and Earth. Nature draped one world in the greens and blues of life, while enveloping the other in acid clouds... high heat... and volcanic flows. Why did Venus take such a disastrous turn?

  • Attack of the Sun

    How solar eruptions could threaten our high-tech society. Follow powerful, twisting magnetic fields as they carry clouds of electrified gas in our directions, and threaten to zap our increasingly complex electronic power and communications infrastructure.

  • Mars, World That Never Was

    Did Mars long ago develop far enough for life to arise? If so, does anything still live within Mars' dusty plains, beneath its ice caps, or somewhere underground? Find out how a violent impact may have ruined Mars' chances to become Earth-like.

  • Saturn's Mysterious Moons

    On the first of July 2004, the Cassini probe entered the orbit of Saturn and soon began to compile what has become one of the greatest photographic collections of all time. Here is a giant gas planet, surrounded by colorful rings, guarded by a diverse collection of moons, and millions of tiny moo...

  • Solar Storms and Plasma Rockets

    Join a small team of rocket designers as they open a window into the future of space travel. They are part of a whole new generation of rocketeers who see an otherworldly substance, plasma, as an energy source that may one day fuel humanity's expansion into space. What can we learn, and how far c...

  • Voyager Journey to the Stars

    The two Voyager spacecraft are part of an ancient quest to push beyond our boundaries, to see what lies beyond the horizon. Now tens of billions of kilometers from Earth, these twin spacecraft are streaking out into the void. What will we learn about the Galaxy, the Universe, and ourselves from V...

  • Tour of the Moon

    This virtual tour is based on data from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. Enjoy this "new" Moon and its noteworthy destinations. It's so clear and beautiful you'll want to go there yourself.

  • The Origin of Light

    These exquisite images were developed by NASA's Conceptual Image Lab. They follow the creation of photons in nuclear fusion deep inside the Sun to their tangled route into space.

  • Voyager Leaves the Solar System

    Thirty-six years ago, on Sept. 5, 1977, the Voyager 1 spacecraft was launched from Cape Canaveral, Fla. Finally, in September 2013, NASA officially confirmed that Voyager 1 had reached the interstellar medium in August 2012. This makes Voyager 1 the first spacecraft to exit our solar system, a m...

  • Why Mars Died and Earth Lived

    Did liquid water once flow on Mars? Did the planet support life in any form? The answers may shed light on whether life-bearing planets are the norm in our galaxy run. Or is it a rare gem, with a unique make-up and history that allows it to support life.