Solar System Exploration
Release of Probe
December 7, 2004
Release of Probe
Saturn is the second-largest planet in the Solar System. If Saturn and its rings were placed between Earth and Moon, they would barely fit. And that excludes Saturn's diffuse outer E Ring! The di...
Impact-battered Mimas steps in front of Saturn's rings, showing off its giant 130-kilometer (80-mile) wide crater Herschel. The illuminated terrain seen here is on the moon's leading hemisphere. N...
Herschel Sees the Sun
This artist's rendering is imaged near the center of Herschel crater, which occupies a large portion of Mimas' leading hemisphere. The near ice formations comprise the central mountains of the cra...
Herschel Crater, Mimas
The ringed planet wears a broad grin in this image from Cassini, as the icy rings cast long, sweeping shadows across the northern hemisphere. Fantastic details are visible in the bright and dark of...
The dark Cassini Division, within Saturn's rings, contains a great deal of structure, as seen in this color image. The sharp inner boundary of the division (left of center) is the outer edge of the...
Graceful Lanes of Ice
This artist's concept shows a diagram of how the inside of Ceres could be structured, based on data about the dwarf planet's gravity field from NASA's Dawn mission.
Interior Structure of Ceres (Artist's Concept)
The stars of the Pleiades cluster, also known by the names "M45" and "the Seven Sisters," shine brightly in this view from the Cassini spacecraft. The cluster is comprised of hundreds of stars, a f...
The Seven Sisters
In this ten-second exposure, a meteor streaks across the sky above Washington, DC during the annual Perseid meteor shower, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015, in Arlington, Va.
Perseid Meteor Shower - Washington, DC - 2015
Two light sources illuminate Saturn's highly reflective moon Enceladus in this image featuring bright rings and the small moon Pandora in the foreground. This view looks toward the Saturn-facing s...
Dual Illuminated Enceladus
Related QuickTime Movie Mimas' shadow traverses the sunlit side of Saturn's rings in this movie and mosaic showcasing the unusual sights seen at Saturn as the planet approaches its August 2009 equ...
A Shadow's Traverse
A broad and ghostly spoke drifts past under the Cassini spacecraft's gaze. The spoke-forming region of the B ring displays faint longitudinal variations in brightness, from left to right, a feature...
The Search for Spokes
The clouds of Saturn swirl, billow and merge. These bands are layered into stratified cloud decks consisting of droplets of ammonia, ammonium hydrosulfide and water set aloft in a sea of hydrogen a...
World of Swirl
As NASA's Cassini spacecraft turned its imaging cameras to Earth, scientists, engineers and visitors at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., gathered to wave at our robotic photograp...
JPL Waves at Saturn
A new found ring of material, S/2004 1 R, in the orbit of Saturn's moon Atlas has been seen in this view of the region between the edge of Saturn's A ring and the F ring.
The Atlas Ring
This image captures the swirling cloud formations around the south pole of Jupiter, looking up toward the equatorial region.
Jovian ‘Twilight Zone'
This image of a detached large block from Urvara Craters rim was obtained by NASAs Dawn spacecraft on July 16, 2018 from an altitude of about 35 miles (56 kilometers).
Large Block Detached from Urvara Crater's Rim
Recent Cassini images of Saturn's moon Enceladus backlit by the sun show the fountain-like sources of the fine spray of material that towers over the south polar region.
Fountains of Enceladus - Image #2
This view, captured on Oct. 18, 2015 from an altitude of 915 miles (1,470 kilometers) by NASA's Dawn spacecraft, shows northern mid-latitudes on Ceres, including a small impact crater surrounded by...
Dawn HAMO Image 77
The cratered and cracked disk of Saturn's moon Dione looms ahead in this mosaic of images taken by Cassini on Oct.11, 2005, as it neared its close encounter with the icy moon. The images used for ...
Dione in Full View
The brightly reflective moon Enceladus appears before Saturn's rings while the larger moon Titan looms in the distance. Jets of water ice and vapor emanating from the south pole of Enceladus (hint...
The Tale Continues...
This map of the surface of Enceladus illustrates the regions that will be imaged by NASA's Cassini spacecraft during its planned very close flyby on July 14, 2005. At closest approach, the spacecra...
Closer to Enceladus
The geologic diversity of Titan's surface is well illustrated by this synthetic aperture radar image, obtained on Oct. 28, 2005, during the Cassini spacecraft's ninth Titan fly-by and fourth radar ...
A pair of moons and a pair of moon shadows can be seen in this Cassini spacecraft image taken about a month and a half after Saturn's August 2009 equinox. Pan (28 kilometers, or 17 miles across) o...
The Cassini Radar Mapper imaged Titan on Feb. 22, 2008 (as shown on the left) and April 30, 2006 (as shown on the right). These radar images show the outlines of regions "1" and "2" identified by...
Active Cryovolcanic Features on Titan?
This set of images shows the areas mapped so far on Saturn's moon Titan by the Cassini radar mapper using its synthetic aperture radar imaging mode. Labels represent the approximate longitude of ...
Titan (T13) Viewed by Cassini's Radar
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