Solar System Exploration
Great Red Spot
December 7, 2004
Great Red Spot
A close-up of Saturn's A ring reveals dozens of small, bright streaks aligned with the orbital direction of the rings. These objects are the propeller-shaped features first captured in Cassini imag...
MESSENGER's Wide Angle Camera (WAC), part of the Mercury Dual Imaging System (MDIS), is equipped with 11 narrow-band color filters.
Mercury's Subtle Colors
N00151527.jpg was taken on February 13, 2010 and received on Earth February 14, 2010. The camera was pointing toward MIMAS at approximately 20,032 kilometers away, and the image was taken using the...
Mimas Flyby Raw Image 1
+ View Video The moon Prometheus slowly collides with the diffuse inner edge of Saturn's F ring in this movie sequence of Cassini images. The oblong moon pulls a streamer of material from the ri...
This image of Claudia AV-L-23, 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.
NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows the central area of the south polar basin. The mountain-central complex is the roughly circular feature in the center of the image.
Topography of Vesta's South Polar Region II
The recently formed south polar vortex stands out in the color-swaddled atmosphere of Saturn's largest moon, Titan, in this natural color view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. The south polar vorte...
Polar Vortex in Color
This Voyager 2 photograph of Titan, taken August 23, 1981 from a range of 2.3 million kilometers (1.4 million miles), shows some detail in the cloud systems on this Saturnian moon. The southern hem...
This view of the twilight sky and Martian horizon taken by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover includes Earth as the brightest point of light in the night sky.
Bright 'Evening Star' Seen from Mars is Earth
+ Unannotated version The northern hemisphere of Saturn's moon Mimas is seen in these polar stereographic maps, mosaicked from the best-available Cassini and Voyager images. Each map is centered ...
Mimas Polar Maps - February 2010
Titan's Many Layers December 16, 2004 Full-Res: PIA06160 Cassini has found Titan's upper atmosphere to consist of a surprising number o...
Titan's Many Layers
The shadow of the moon Epimetheus crosses Saturn's rings in this image taken as the planet approached its August 2009 equinox. The moon Epimetheus (113 kilometers, or 70 miles across), a co-orbita...
The shepherding moon Pandora, near the bottom of the image, casts a shadow on Saturn's thin F ring as the planet nears its August 2009 equinox. Pandora (81 kilometers, or 50 miles across) orbits o...
Although Dione (near) and Enceladus (far) are composed of nearly the same materials, Enceladus has a considerably higher reflectivity than Dione.
A Brighter Moon
Soft light from Saturn lifts the veil of night from the moons Dione (lower left) and Rhea (upper right). A scant crescent on each satellite marks the limit of the Sun's direct reach. The remaining...
Glow of Night
This atlas of Ceres was created using images taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft in June 2015. Researchers used 12,000 points on Ceres to construct a terrain model, which served as the basis for other ...
Ceres Survey Atlas
In Saturn's bluish north, day ends for the dreamy white clouds that stretch here into twilight. This natural color scene shows middle latitudes in Saturn's north at excellent resolution, and with ...
My Blue Heaven
Storm Alley's latest, greatest resident, the recent lightning-producing storm seen by the Cassini spacecraft and Earth-based observers churns away. Turbulent eddies to the west (left) of the storm ...
Against the Current
Saturn's moon Tethys shows off its tortured surface in this Cassini spacecraft image. On the top left of the image there is huge Odysseus Crater. See The Great Basin for a closer view. On the bott...
From just above the plane of Saturn's rings, the Cassini spacecraft snapped this shot of Saturn two months after Saturn's August 2009 equinox, showing the shadow of its rings as a narrow band on th...
These images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft show many craters, which have different states of preservation, in Vesta's Bellicia quadrangle in the northern hemisphere.
Topography and Albedo Image of Different Preservations States of Craters
Like a giant eye for the giant planet, Saturn's great vortex at its north pole appears to stare back at Cassini as Cassini stares at it.
The Eye of Saturn
Pandora and Prometheus, the shepherding moons of the F ring, orbit inside and outside the thin ring. The elongated, potato-like shapes of the two moons are both visible here. Pandora (81 kilometer...
“I create color images out of raw, black & white Cassini images using PaintShop Pro or Photoshop. This usually involves making RGB composites out of the visible, infrared or ultraviolet data. I...
Titan by Maksim Kakitsev
What's that bright point of light in the outer A ring? It's a star, bright enough to be visible through the ring!
Wish Upon a Star
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