Solar System Exploration
Great Red Spot
December 7, 2004
Great Red Spot
Saturn's moon Pan, orbiting in the Encke Gap near the top of the image, casts a short shadow on the A ring in this image taken about six months after the planet's August 2009 equinox. Pan (28 kilo...
+ See Animation These false-color mosaics from NASA's Cassini spacecraft chronicle the changing appearance of the huge storm that developed from a small spot in Saturn's northern hemisphere. Here ...
Encircling a Giant
The Cassini spacecraft captures signs of activity on both sides of the Roche Division -- the region between Saturn's A and F rings. At right, the small moon Daphnis (8 kilometers, or 5 miles acros...
From A to F
The sun's low angle near the terminator throws the craters of Mimas into stark relief. This view looks toward high northern latitudes on Mimas (396 kilometers, or 246 miles across) from a positio...
Full of Holes
These images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft show the Domitia crater in Vesta's northern hemisphere and the topography of the surrounding region, which includes the 'Snowman' craters.
Topography and Albedo Image of Domitia Crater
The left-hand image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows the apparent brightness of asteroid Vesta's surface. The right-hand image is based on this apparent brightness image, with a color-coded height...
Apparent Brightness and Topography Images of Vibidia Crater
Engineers too eager to wait for image processing hand-colored this first-ever TV image of Mars in 1964.
First TV Image of Mars (Hand Colored)
NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows the central area of the south polar basin. This view is rotated by approximately 90°.
Topography of Vesta's South Polar Region IV
Atmospheric Detail and Enceladus June 8, 2004 Full-Res: PIA05403 The high clouds of Saturn's bright equatorial band appear to st...
Atmospheric Detail and Enceladus
Saturn's north polar hexagon appears to be a long-lived feature of the atmosphere, having been spotted in images of Saturn in the early 1980s, again in the 1990s, and then by the Cassini spacecraft...
The Persistent Hexagon
This image was taken on March 10, 2013, and received on Earth March 10, 2013 by NASA's Cassini spacecraft. The camera was pointing toward Rhea at approximately 174,181 miles (280,317 kilometers) aw...
Portrait of a Lady (Raw Image)
+ Annotated version This false-color view of Saturn's moon Mimas from NASA's Cassini spacecraft accentuates terrain-dependent color differences and shows dark streaks running down the sides of som...
Streaked Craters in False-Color
New views of 2014 MU69 reveal a new shape: a "pancake," and a "dented walnut."
Crescent View and New Shape of 2014 MU69
+ See Movie A brilliant spot of sunlight, the opposition effect, travels outward across the rings as the Cassini spacecraft orbits Saturn. This surge in ring brightness is created around the p...
Enceladus' plume was found to have a comet-like chemistry by Cassini's Ion and Neutral Mass Spectrometer during its fly-through of the plume on Mar. 12, 2008. Water vapor, methane, carbon monoxide,...
Comets and Enceladus – Similar Chemistry
Enceladus shows off its tortured south polar terrain, which is crosscut by the roughly parallel furrows and ridges called sulci, or informally, "tiger stripes." Several features on Enceladus were ...
Overexposed Mimas stands starkly against the disk of Saturn as the dim shadow of Epimetheus is captured through the C ring in the planet's rings (right of center at the bottom of the image). In rea...
Saturn and Mimas
The shadow of the moon Mimas has just slipped off Saturn's rings and onto the planet in this Cassini spacecraft image. The shadow is visible as a short dash below the rings' shadows on the planet....
From Rings to Planet
Voyager 2 obtained this high-resolution picture of Saturn's rings on August 22, 1981 when the spacecraft was 4 million km (2.5 million mi) away. Evident here are the numerous "spoke" features in th...
Artist’s version of a star chart, complete with arrows to help locate Saturn. Credit: NASA/JPL
This image, created using data from NASA's Dawn spacecraft, shows craters (blue markings) called 'cold traps'. These shadowed craters may have been collecting ice for billions of years because they...
Shadowed Craters on Ceres
Lakes on Saturn's moon Titan reflect radio waves in varying ways in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Scientists think the variations in reflectivity, or brightness, have to do with the sm...
Different Looks for Titan Lake
Come one, come all! Dressed-up characters and space buffs gathered at San Diego Comic-Con International to wave at Saturn on July 19, 2013. They celebrated a special opportunity for NASA's Cassini ...
Hello Saturn, From Comic-Con
Saturn's moon Prometheus orbits near some of its handiwork in the F ring.
Peering over the shoulder of giant Saturn, through its rings, and across interplanetary space, NASA's Cassini spacecraft spies the bright, cloudy terrestrial planet, Venus. The vast distance from S...
Earth's Twin Seen From Saturn
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