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A journey to Jupiter: Amateur astronomers create 1,000-image video of planet in motion

Peter Rosén • May 09, 2017

Peter Rosén shares an amazing animation of Jupiter made from more than 1,000 images taken by 91 amateurs from around the world.

Capturing Martian Weather in Motion

Justin Cowart • November 04, 2016

Still images of Mars often give a false impression that Mars is a dead planet—but time-lapse imaging from the European Mars Express spacecraft reveals the planet as it really is.

New Gems from the Moon

Bill Dunford • October 10, 2016

More than seven years after the end of its mission, JAXA has released the entire data set from Kaguya's HDTV cameras.

MOM's Second Anniversary at Mars

Sandhya Ramesh • October 05, 2016

On Mars Orbiter Mission’s second anniversary of Mars arrival, ISRO has (finally!) made available to the public data from its first year in orbit.

Approaching Neptune

Emily Lakdawalla • March 11, 2016

Image processing enthusiast Ian Regan is working on a cool new version of the Voyager 2 Neptune approach movie.

Three space fan visualizations of New Horizons' Pluto-Charon flyby

Emily Lakdawalla • August 25, 2015

It has been a difficult wait for new New Horizons images, but the wait is almost over; Alan Stern announced at today's Outer Planets Advisory Group meeting that image downlink will resume September 5. In the meantime, a few space fans are making the most of the small amount of data that has been returned to date.

Pluto and Charon spin among the stars

Emily Lakdawalla • June 16, 2015

I've spent a happy couple of days playing with raw data downloaded from the New Horizons website, making animations of the dances of Pluto and Charon.

Real-time sunset on Mars

Emily Lakdawalla • May 24, 2015

Pause your life for six minutes and watch the Sun set....on Mars. Thank you, Glen Nagle, for this awe-inspiring simulation based on Curiosity's sol 956 sunset images.

New Horizons spots Nix and Hydra circling Pluto and Charon

Emily Lakdawalla • February 18, 2015

A series of images just sent to Earth from New Horizons clearly shows Pluto's moons Nix and Hydra orbiting the Pluto-Charon binary.

Riding With Cassini Through 2014

Bill Dunford • December 31, 2014

Video: see some of the sights Cassini saw this year.

The Science of “Bennu’s Journey”

Dante Lauretta • November 25, 2014

The OSIRIS-REx project released Bennu’s Journey, a movie describing one possible history of our target asteroid – Bennu. The animation is among the most highly detailed productions created by Goddard’s Conceptual Image Laboratory.

Don't Miss This Great New Video About Europa

Casey Dreier • November 21, 2014

JPL released a slick new video highlighting the significance of Europa, the moon of Jupiter with more liquid water than the Earth.

From Mercury orbit, MESSENGER watches a lunar eclipse

Emily Lakdawalla • October 10, 2014

Watch as our enormous moon -- a quarter the diameter of the planet -- just winks out as it passes into Earth's long shadow, in an animation captured from more than 100 million kilometers away.

Mattias Malmer's amazing 3D views of Churyumov-Gerasimenko

Emily Lakdawalla • October 02, 2014

I'm thrilled to be able to share with you all a spectacular set of images of Rosetta's comet, produced from NavCam data by a master space image processing enthusiast.

New Postcards from Mars

Bill Dunford • August 18, 2014

The latest snaphots from the "Mars Webcam" include something special.

Twinkling worlds in motion: New Horizons' first optical navigation images of Pluto and Charon

Emily Lakdawalla • August 07, 2014

What's that in the distance? A binary star? Those are two little round worlds dancing in circles, whirling around a point in space located between the two of them. It's Pluto and Charon, clearly separated by New Horizons' camera.

Voyager 3 Project

Peter Rosén • July 08, 2014

In 1979, the Voyager 1 probe took a stunning series of images on its final approach to Jupiter. Thirty-five years later, almost to the day, a group of seven Swedish amateur astronomers set out to replicate this odyssey, but with images taken with their own ground-based telescopes.

Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter's Ongoing Adventure

Samuel Lawrence • May 29, 2014

A few people think that when it comes to the Moon, because we’ve “been there, and done that,” there is nothing new left to discover. But that viewpoint could not be farther from the truth!

Pretty pictures: Rosetta's comet is now acting like one!

Emily Lakdawalla • May 15, 2014

New photos from ESA's comet-chaser show its destination comet, 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, developing a coma.

Illustris: A realistic virtual universe

Mat Kaplan • May 08, 2014

Watch another universe unfold as simulated by Illustris, using a model that required 8,000 processors running in parallels 3 months to create!

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