Solar System NASA Videos

A Narrated Tour of the Moon
Although the moon has remained largely unchanged during human history, our understanding of it and how it has evolved over time has evolved dramatically. Thanks to new measurements, we have new and unprecedented views of its surface, along with new insight into how it and other rocky planets in our solar system came to look the way they do. See some of the sights and learn more here!

Asteroid 2012 DA14 Flight Path
A narrated animation depicting the trajectory of asteroid 2012 DA14 as it travels within the Earth-moon system on Feb. 15, 2013.

Asteroid 2012 DA14 To Whiz Past Earth Safely
The small near-Earth asteroid 2012 DA14 will pass very close to Earth on Feb. 15, 2013. Asteroid 2012 DA14 will be closest to Earth at about 11:24 a.m. PST (2:24 p.m. EST and 1924 UTC), on Feb. 15, when it will be at a distance of about 27,700 kilometers (17,200 miles) above Earth's surface. NASA's Near-Earth Object Program Office can accurately predict the asteroid's path with the observations obtained, and it is therefore known that there is no chance that the asteroid might be on a collision course with Earth. Nevertheless, the flyby will provide a unique opportunity for researchers to study a near-Earth object up close.

Camping Out On An Asteroid
An astronaut and a geologist recently spent three days camping out as though they were on an asteroid. They were inside NASA's Space Exploration Vehicle prototype, flying it virtually in a digital environment as it was parked at the Space Vehicle Mockup Facility at Johnson Space Center.

Dawn Spacecraft's Farewell Portrait of Giant Asteroid Vesta
A simulated flyover of the most intriguing landmarks on giant asteroid Vesta, as seen by NASA's Dawn spacecraft.

Dawn's Greatest Hits at Vesta
This video highlights Dawn's top accomplishments during its orbit around the giant asteroid Vesta.

Epoxi - Mission to Comet Hartley 2
Get ready for a comet close-up! NASA's Epoxi mission will fly by Hartley 2 on Nov. 4, 2010.

Exploring the Inner Solar System
Chief Scientist of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Dr. Jim Garvin, takes us on a journey of Earth, the moon, and our neighboring planets. Why does space matter? Why is exploring these destinations so crucial? Where will humans venture next? Dr. Garvin answers these questions and discusses NASA's past, present, and future of discovery on our nearest neighbors in the solar system.

First Impressions of Stardust-NExT Flyby of Comet
Scientists give first impressions of Stardust NExT flyby of comet Tempel 1.

Hydrogen Hot Spots on Vesta
The animation from NASA's Dawn mission shows abundances of hydrogen in a wide swath around the equator of the giant asteroid Vesta.

Inside the International Space Station- Episode 4 Chapter 3 – Comet Lovejoy
Expedition 30 astronauts Dan Burbank and Don Pettit saw and photographed Comet Lovejoy but weren’t sure what it was at first.

NASA's IBEX Observes Interstellar Matter
The Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX) has directly sampled multiple heavy elements from the Local Interstellar Cloud for the first time. It turns out that this interstellar material is not like the Sun, but the reason for this is unknown. Also, IBEX has caught the interstellar wind that surrounds and compresses our heliosphere and has found that it travels more slowly and in a different direction than previously thought.

NASA Now Minute- Primitive Asteroids- OSIRIS-Rex
Dr. Joseph A. Nuth III, project scientist for the new Origins-Spectral Interpretation-Resource Identification-Security-Regolith Explorer mission, provides an in-depth look at why the OSIRIS-REx mission to a primitive asteroid is so important to understanding our past and how it could impact our future. NASA Now Minutes are excerpts from a weekly current events program available for classroom use at the NASA Explorer Schools Virtual Campus located at:

NASA Radar Images Asteroid Toutatis
This 64-frame movie of asteroid Toutatis was generated from data by Goldstone's Solar System Radar on Dec. 12 and 13, 2012. In the movie clips, the rotation of the asteroid appears faster than it occurs in nature.

Near-Earth Asteroid - Mission Animation
This concept animation shows astronauts in the Space Exploration Vehicle docking with a near-Earth asteroid, performing a spacewalk, and returning to Earth in the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle. This future journey will answer compelling science questions about the solar system’s formation and Earth’s water and organics. It will increase our understanding of the threat of an asteroid impact and ability to mitigate such an event, and enable exploration of the moon, Mars and beyond.

OSIRIS-REx- Journey to an Asteroid
OSIRIS-REx will visit a near-Earth asteroid called Bennu and return with samples that may hold clues to the origins of the solar system and perhaps life itself. It will also investigate the asteroid's chance of impacting Earth in 2182. This narrated video provides an overview of the OSIRIS-REx (short for Origins Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification Security -- Regolith Explorer) mission.

Planetary CSI- Crater Science Investigations
If you want to learn more about the history of Earth and other rocky planets in the solar system, craters are a great place to look. Now, thanks to LRO's LROC instrument, we can take a much closer look at Linné Crater on the moon--a pristine crater that's great to use to compare with other craters!

ScienceCasts- Voyager 1 at the Final Frontier
At the edge of the solar system, Voyager 1 is reporting a sharp increase in cosmic rays that could herald the spacecraft's long-awaited entry into interstellar space.

Stardust Swoops by Tempel 1
This movie shows what it was like for NASA's Stardust spacecraft to fly by comet Tempel 1. For more information visit:

Swift and Hubble Probe an Asteroid Crash
In late 2010, images from the University of Arizona's Catalina Sky Survey, a project of NASA's Near Earth Object Observations Program, revealed an outburst from asteroid Scheila. Swift and Hubble then turned to it and caught the remnants of an asteroid smash-up just weeks after the collision occurred. Credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

Vesta's Coat of Many Colors
This animation of Vesta is made from images taken with Dawn's framing camera. Many of the images were taken at different viewing angles to provide stereo for use in determining the topography. Other images were taken through special infrared and visible light filters in the camera. These infrared and visible light images have been combined and represented in colors that highlight the nature of the minerals on Vesta's surface. Green shows the amount of iron. Scientists have not yet determined the composition indicated by the other colors.

Voyager - 35 Years Later
This video drops in on mission control for NASA's Voyager spacecraft as Voyager 1 sends back data from the far reaches of our solar system.

Voyager 1 Explores the 'Magnetic Highway'
This set of animations show NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft exploring a new region in our solar system called the 'magnetic highway.' In this region, the sun's magnetic field lines are connected to interstellar magnetic field lines, allowing particles from inside the heliosphere to zip away and particles from interstellar space to zoom in.

Voyager 2 Observes Energetic Electrons
This animation shows the Voyager 2 observations of energetic electrons. Voyager 2 detected a dramatic drop of the flux of electrons as it left the sector region. The intense flux came back as soon as Voyager 2 was inside the sector region. Energetic particles have a hard time “navigating” through the sea of bubbles. The bubbles act like traps for these particles. When particles escape the sea of bubbles and access the field lines that connect back to the Sun, they quickly escape along the magnetic field lines, very much like entering a highway. These observations were the unexpected signature of the new scenario.

Voyager Finds Magnetic Foam at Solar System's Edge
The Voyager satellites are now traveling through the outer edge of the solar system, called the heliosheath. Using a computer model based on Voyager data, scientists have shown that the sun's magnetic field becomes bubbly in this region due to reconnection. Because of this, cosmic rays must slowly work their way through the magnetic foam before continuing on toward the sun.

Why Are We Seeing So Many Sungrazing Comets?
Before 1979, there were less than a dozen known sungrazing comets. As of December 2012, we know of 2,500. Why did this number increase? With solar observatories like SOHO, STEREO, and SDO, we have not only better means of viewing the sun, but also the comets that approach it. SOHO allows us to see smaller, fainter comets closer to the sun than we have ever been able to see before. Even though many of these comets do not survive their journey past the sun, they survive long enough to be observed, and be added to our record of sungrazing comets.

WISE Finds Fewer Asteroids near Earth
New observations by NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, show there are significantly fewer near-Earth asteroids in the mid-size range than previously thought.