Solar System Exploration
December 7, 2004
+ View Full Size This image was obtained by Cassini's radar instrument during a flyby on Oct. 28, 2005. The radar antenna was pointing toward Titan at an altitude of 1,353 kilometers (841 miles)...
Titan Radar Swaths (T-8 Flyby, Oct. 28, 2005)
Shadows cast onto Saturn by its rings, visible here as dark bands, move steadily towards the equator and grow thinner as equinox approaches. The Sun will cross Saturn's ring plane on Aug. 10, 20...
Shadows on the Move
It is spring in the Northern hemisphere when NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter took this image.
A World of Snowy Dunes
Cassini's ability to remain precisely and steadily pointed at targets, such as Saturn's moon Mimas (seen here) yields sharp images despite the relatively high speed at which the spacecraft moves. ...
This image shows the visual and infrared mapping spectrometer instrument just before it was attached to NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Cassini launched in 1997 and has been exploring the Saturn system ...
Cassini's Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer
The terminator encroaches upon Penelope, one of the largest craters on Saturn's moon Tethys. Two other large craters, Polyphemus and Phemius, are visible near the limb in this view of the southern ...
Penelope on Tethys
NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured this view as it neared icy Enceladus for its closest-ever dive past the moon's active south polar region.
The existence of oceans or lakes of liquid methane on Saturn's moon Titan was predicted more than 20 years ago.
Liquid Lakes on Titan
Saturn's two largest moons meet in the sky in a rare embrace. Smog-enshrouded Titan (5,150 kilometers, or 3,200 miles across) glows to the left of airless Rhea (1,528 kilometers, or 949 miles acros...
Titan's surface revealed July 3, 2004 Full-Res: PIA06407 Piercing the ubiquitous layer of smog ...
Titan's surface revealed
New images provided by the visual infrared mapping spectrometer on the Cassini spacecraft reveal a diverse array of clouds in the depths of Saturn. This new view on the right side shows clouds at ...
A New View of Saturn
This composite image shows a sliver of Pluto's large moon, Charon, and all four of Pluto's small moons, as resolved by the Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) on the New Horizons spacecraft.
Family Portrait of Pluto's Moons
The Cassini spacecraft peers at the pitted surface of the small and irregularly-shaped moon Hyperion. See Chiseled Away to learn how these pits are created on low-density Hyperion (270 kilometers,...
This image, taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft on June 16, 2015, shows a portion of the southern hemisphere of dwarf planet Ceres from an altitude of 2,700 miles (4,400 kilometers), with a resolution ...
Dawn Survey Orbit Image 17
Bright icy fractures, or linea, cover the trailing hemisphere of Saturn's moon, Dione. The Cassini spacecraft imaged the fractured terrain at high resolution in October 2005 (See At Carthage Line...
This pair of images, taken by the Cassini spacecraft radar mapper on two different Titan passes on Dec. 11, 2006 (T21 left), and Oct. 29, 2005 (T8 right), represent two different views of a field o...
Two Sides of Dunes
High Haze in Color (Close-up) October 26, 2004 Full-Res: PIA06123 A global detached haze layer and discrete cloud-like features high ...
High Haze in Color (Close-up)
Saturn's two ring-embedded moons are pictured here, along with clearly visible signs of their perturbing effects on the ring edges that border the gaps they inhabit. These ripples along the ring e...
Daphnis and Pan
The Cassini spacecraft captures a "mutual event" between Titan and Mimas in front of a backdrop of the planet's rings. This image was snapped shortly before Saturn's largest moon passed in front of...
Big Obscures Small
This global, colorized image of the giant asteroid Vesta from NASA's Dawn mission reveals how the minerals are distributed on the surface.
Vesta in the Infrared
A huge arrow-shaped storm blows across the equatorial region of Titan in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, chronicling the seasonal weather changes on Saturn's largest moon. This storm cr...
Titan's Arrow-Shaped Storm
This image shows Saturn, its ring structure and satellites to relative scale unless otherwise noted. By David Seal (P-46507BC). For a high resolution image, click here.
Saturn Satellites, Rings
A short but fierce "gullywasher" rainstorm of methane falls on the mountains surrounding the intriguing flows of Titan's Hotei Arcus in this artist's concept by Michael Carroll, based upon radar ma...
Rainy Day at Hotei Arcus
A view of Hurricane Isidore from the Atmospheric Infrared Sounding System (AIRS) on Aqua. At the time Aqua passed over Isidore, it was classified as a Category 3 (possibly 4) hurricane, with mini...
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