Solar System Exploration
December 7, 2004
These four images are among thousands NEAR Shoemaker acquired during several low-altitude passes over Eros from January 25-28, 2001.
Closing in on Eros
This natural color image shows Titan's upper atmosphere -- an active place where methane molecules are being broken apart by solar ultraviolet light and the byproducts combine to form compounds lik...
Titan: Complex 'Anti-greenhouse'
This view from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows cratered terrain on the edge of the giant crater Yalode. This image was taken on June 1, 2016.
Dawn LAMO Image 174
Ring shadows line the face of distant Saturn, providing an exquisite backdrop for the brilliant, white sphere of Enceladus. This icy moon, with its heavily modified surface and towering plume of ic...
Focus on Enceladus
A dynamical interplay between Saturn's largest moon, Titan, and its rings is captured in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
The Synchronicity of Rhythms
This artist's rendering shows the notable bright surface of icy Enceladus. In the foreground, an ice geyser can be seen projecting a jet of vapor into space. Enceladus is considered by some as the ...
Enceladus' Ice Geysers
Dione [dy-OH-nee] is the second densest moon of Saturn, after Titan. Dione is probably composed of a rocky core making up one-third of the moon's mass, and the rest is composed of water-ice. Dione ...
Tethys and Dione, side by side
Dione appears cut in two by Saturn's razor-thin rings, seen nearly edge-on in a view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
This full-frame view of asteroid Vesta was obtained by NASA's Dawn spacecraft with its framing camera on July, 24 2011. This image was taken through the camera's clear filter. The image has a resol...
A Full-Frame View of Vesta
The Cassini spacecraft looks toward the south pole and cratered surface of Saturn's moon Janus. The pole of Janus lies on the terminator about one-third of the way inward from the bottom of the im...
Janus' Cratered South
When seen up close, the F ring of Saturn resolves into multiple dusty strands. This Cassini view shows three bright strands and a very faint fourth strand off to the right.
F for Fabulous
Huygens probe jettison In this artist's rendition, the Huygens probe is finally ejected by the Cassini spacecraft and begins its 22-day coast phase toward Titan. Equipped with six scientific inst...
Huygens probe jettison
+ Visit the Nov. 2 Enceladus Flyby Page In this artist's concept of the Nov. 2, 2009 flyby, Cassini is flying through the mysterious plumes of Enceladus. At its closest point, the Cassini spacecr...
Cassini Returns to the Plumes
NASA's Dawn spacecraft took this view from Ceres on June 16, 2016, showing Ernutet Crater (32 miles, 52 kilometers in diameter) at top.
Dawn LAMO Image 133
A large impact basin dominates the high southern latitudes of Saturn's moon Dione. See Rebounded Craters to learn more from a similar image. Lit terrain seen here is on the anti-Saturn side of Dio...
Dione's Southern Basin
Three of Saturn's diverse family of moons are captured in this view. Smoggy Titan (5,150 kilometers, or 3,200 miles across) hovers above the thin line of the rings. Much smaller Epimetheus (116 ki...
Trio Near the Rings
This image of Aricia AV-L-11, from the atlas of the giant asteroid Vesta, was created from images taken as NASA's Dawn mission flew around the object, also known as a protoplanet.
This image of Ceres is part of a sequence taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft on May 16, 2015, from a distance of 4,500 miles (7,200 kilometers).
Dawn OpNav8 Image 2
Five hours after acquiring Ancient Rift, the Cassini spacecraft turned its cameras back to Tethys for a more southerly view. The southern reaches of Ithaca Chasma are seen here, along with the larg...
Southern Face of Tethys
This false-color mosaic of Saturn shows deep-level clouds silhouetted against Saturn's glowing interior. The image was made with data from Cassini's visual and infrared mapping spectrometer, which ...
Saturn's Silhouetted Clouds
Surface features on Rhea - mostly impact craters in this image - are thrown into sharp relief thanks to long shadows.
Rhea in Relief
Shadows reveal the topography of Saturn's south polar vortex. At high resolution, a new, inner ring of isolated, bright clouds is seen. These clouds are localized regions of convective upwelling, a...
The Yet Yawning Gulf
These are the first raw images returned by the ESA Huygens probe DISR camera after the probe descended through the atmosphere of Titan. (Right) This image shows the surface of Titan with ice block...
First Images from Titan
This picture from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows a crater within the floor of the Mondamin impact basin, which lies in the southern hemisphere of Ceres.
Dawn LAMO Image 94
Gazing Down November 30, 2004 Full-Res: PIA06532 Cassini pierced the ring plane and rounded Saturn o...
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