Solar System Exploration
September 17, 2004
It was a busy decade for Cassini. Here is the breakdown.
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This illustration shows the various steps that lead to the formation of the aerosols that make up the haze on Titan, Saturn's largest moon. When sunlight or highly energetic particles from Satur...
The Formation of Titan's Haze
This false-color image of Saturn was constructed by combining three images at three different infrared wavelengths. The image at the upper left was taken at 1.3 microns, where both Saturn and its ...
Saturn's Kaleidoscope of Color
The Cassini composite infrared spectrometer obtained temperature maps of Saturn's main rings (A, B and C) that showed ring temperatures decreasing with increasing solar phase angle (the change of t...
Slower Spinning Rings #1
During its final months, the Cassini spacecraft will climb repeatedly high above the planet’s north pole and then dive between the planet and the innermost edge of its dazzling rings.
Orbit Plot: Cassini Grand Finale (Artist's Concept)
Version B of the asteroids installment of our solar system poster series.
Asteroids Poster - Version B
The Mariner Mark II spacecraft that was designed to handle both the CRAF, Comet Rendezvous Asteroid Flyby mission, and the Cassini mission.
Early Cassini Concept: Mariner Mark II
Artist's concept of Mars Global Surveyor in orbit above the Red Planet.
Mars Global Surveyor (Artist's Concept)
This illustration shows NASA’s Cassini spacecraft about to make one of its dives between Saturn and its innermost rings as part of the mission's Grand Finale.
Cassini Grand Finale Dive (Illustration)
Animated view of the last seven years of Cassini orbits.
Solstice Mission Orbits (2010-2017): Cassini Grand Finale (Artist's Concept)
This graphic depicts the interplanetary flight path beginning with launch from Earth on 15 October 1997, followed by gravity assist flybys of Venus (26 April 1998 and 24 June 1999), Earth (18 Augus...
This graphic shows the trajectories for the Cassini spacecraft during its flybys of the icy moon Enceladus on Oct. 9 and 31, 2008. The Oct. 9 flyby is the closest flyby yet of any moon of Saturn...
Cassini's E5 and E6 Trajectories
We are on the cusp of exploring what may be the best place in our solar system to look for life beyond Earth. That place is Jupiter’s moon Europa. Join us for the Europa Clipper's journey to an oce...
Europa Clipper: Journey to an Ocean World Poster
An artist's concept of NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
Spitzer Space Telescope (Artist's Concept)
Diagram of the Cassini spacecraft and Huygens probe.
Cassini Diagram No. 8
Topography on Titan October 28, 2004 Full-Res: PIA06989 This graph, produced using preliminary altimetry data from Cassini's radar instrument, show...
Topography on Titan
This mosaic, made from radar images obtained by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, shows mountainous terrain on Saturn's moon Titan in the moon's northern hemisphere, north of the Aaru region. The annotate...
Mountains North of Aaru on Titan
An artist's concept of the Cassini spacecraft crossing Saturn's ring plane during one of the mission's final orbit.
Ring Crossing: Cassini Grand Finale (Artist's Concept)
This map of the surface of Saturn's moon Mimas illustrates the regions that were imaged by Cassini during the spacecraft's flyby of the moon on Aug. 2, 2005. At closest approach, the spacecraft pas...
Mimas: Closer Than Ever Before
This still is from a short computer-animated film that highlights Cassini's accomplishments and Saturn and reveals the science-packed final orbits between April and September 2017.
This still is from a short computer-animated film that highlights Cassini's accomplishments and Saturn and reveals the science-packed final orbits between April and September 2017. Download the vi...
Holiday greetings from the Cassini mission to Saturn.
Happy Holidays 2017
Cassini is a cooperative project of NASA, the European Space Agency and the Italian Space Agency. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, Ca...
Diagram of the Cassini Spacecraft
MLS measures lower stratospheric temperature and concentrations of H2O, O3, ClO, BrO, HCl, OH, HO2, HNO3, HCN and N2O, for their effects on (and diagnoses of) ozone depletion, transformations of gr...
Ozone Measurements Out on a Limb
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