Solar System Exploration
Great Red Spot
December 7, 2004
Great Red Spot
This image shows three slices of a class of meteorites that fell to Earth that NASA's Dawn mission has confirmed as originating from the giant asteroid Vesta.
Meteorites from Vesta
This interesting vortex in Saturn's atmosphere is surrounded by a halo of bright clouds that extend away toward the east and west. Storms like this one seem to be bright at all wavelengths at which...
This global color mosaic of Saturn's moon Tethys was produced from images taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft during its first 10 years exploring the Saturn system.
Color Maps of Tethys (2014)
In this unique mosaic image combining high-resolution data from the imaging science subsystem and composite infrared spectrometer aboard NASA's Cassini spacecraft, pockets of heat appear along one ...
Enceladus' Warm Baghdad Sulcus
Saturn's rings burst out of shadow and curve gracefully around the planet. Prometheus (86 kilometers, or 53 miles across at its widest point) appears as a bright speck touching the inside of the na...
Out of Darkness
In this image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft, bright material extends out from the crater Canuleia on asteroid Vesta. The bright material appears to have been thrown out of the crater during the impac...
Bright Rays from Canuleia Crater
Prometheus speeds ahead of two dark gores in the F ring's inner edge. The ring's bright core swerves and twirls in its wake. Prometheus (102 kilometers, or 63 miles across) is partly lit, at right...
Ahead of the Pack
Saturn's cratered, icy moons, Rhea and Dione, come alive with vibrant color that reveals new information about their surface properties. To create these false-color views, ultraviolet, green and i...
Color Variation Across Rhea and Dione
Dark straw-like patterns dot the bright outer B ring just left of the Huygens Gap in the center of this image from the Cassini spacecraft.
B Ring's Straw-like Clumps
+ View Full Res This raw, unprocessed image of Saturn's moon Enceladus was taken on Oct. 19, 2011. As the spacecraft passed Enceladus, its infrared instruments, cameras and other instruments moni...
Enceladus Flyby E-15 (Raw Image #3)
NASA's Dawn spacecraft took this image on Feb. 4, 2016, showing a double impact feature at high northern latitudes on Ceres, just south of the large crater named Ghanan.
Dawn LAMO Image 135
What appears as a pair of bright dashes at the center of this image is one of the features rings scientists have dubbed "propellers."
Checking in on Bleriot
This montage of Cassini Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) images of the surface of Titan shows four examples of how a newly developed technique for handling noise results in clearer, easier to interpr...
Titan Despeckled Montage
Rhea and Enceladus shared the sky just before the smaller moon passed behind its larger, cratered sibling. This image is part of a "mutual event" series in which one moon passes close to or in fro...
ORIGINAL CAPTION: The Huygens probe, which will study the clouds, atmosphere and surface of Saturn's largest moon, Titan, as part of the Cassini mission to Saturn, is prepared for transport from th...
Cassini kicked off the year with a successful flyby of Titan on Jan. 15. Cassini will add to the wealth of data with new vistas during 13 Titan flybys planned for this year. Raw images from the mos...
Cassini's 'Titanic' Year Begins
Bright, wispy markings stretch across a region of darker terrain on Saturn's moon Rhea. In this extreme false-color view, the roughly north-south fractures occur within strips of material (which ap...
Rhea's Wisps in Color
This poster shows a set of images acquired by the European Space Agency's Huygens probe descent imager/spectral radiometer, in the four cardinal directions (north, south, east, west), at five diffe...
Views of Titan from Different Altitudes
This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows the largest crater on Ceres, called Kerwan. Kerwan is very relaxed and looks like a pancake especially when viewed near Ceres' limb.
Kerwan in Full
+ View Full Res + Original PIA09217, July 2007 This image was obtained by Cassini's radar instrument during a flyby on April 10, 2007. The radar antenna was pointing toward Titan at an altitude...
Titan Radar Swaths (T-28 Flyby, April 10, 2007)
+ Unannotated version Almost all of the hydrocarbon seas and lakes on the surface of Saturn's moon Titan cluster around the north pole, as can be seen in this mosaic from NASA's Cassini mission....
Titan's North: The Big Picture -- Annotated
Haulani Crater is one of the youngest craters on Ceres, as evidenced by its sharp rims and bright, bluish material in this enhanced color composite topographic map from NASA's Dawn spacecraft.
Haulani Crater Topographic Map
This is an artist concept and movie of the view from Cassini during the star occultation that detected "Mittens," the small object to the right of the star. As Cassini watched the star pass behind ...
This 8-image mosaic was acquired during the late afternoon (near 5pm LST, note the long shadows) on Sol 2 as part of the predeploy "insurance panorama" and shows the newly deployed rover sitting on...
Newly Deployed Sojourner Rover
NASA's Cassini spacecraft spied this tight trio of craters as it approached Saturn's icy moon Enceladus for a close flyby on Oct. 14, 2015.
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