Solar System Exploration
Release of Probe
December 7, 2004
Release of Probe
Rounding the Rings October 13, 2004 Full-Res: PIA06497 Cassini spied two members of Saturn's family rounding the rings in this image f...
Rounding the Rings
Rhea's devastated surface creates a jagged terminator as mountains and crater rims break-up the line between day and night. Terrain on Rhea's night side is dimly lit by reflected light from Saturn....
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
This image shows Saturn, its ring structure and satellites to relative scale unless otherwise noted. By David Seal (P-46507BC). For a high resolution image, click here.
Saturn Satellites, Rings
Clouds and vortices churn in this beautiful, close-up view of Saturn. This image is part of a series of important Cassini observations designed to provide information about winds and convection on ...
Monitoring the Maelstrom
Built at JPL, the Cassini Spacecraft was shipped by truck to Edwards Air Force Base in the Mohave Desert, where it was loaded into a Boeing C-17 aircraft to be transported for launch at Kennedy Spa...
Cassini on a Boeing C-17
This view from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows different types of terrain located side by side on Ceres: a smooth terrain at right with numerous small impact craters, and a less-cratered, hummocky ter...
Dawn HAMO Image 70
Get an inside view of NASA's Cassini mission to Saturn with JPL's Dr. Kevin Grazier, who also discusses his career covering science fact and fiction.
First Person -- Dr. Kevin Grazier
In this synthetic aperture radar image obtained by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, two generally similar features, upper center and lower right, appear to be low mountains with grooves running roughly i...
New Wrinkles on Titan
The shadow of the moon Mimas creates a smudge on the southern hemisphere of Saturn in this view from the Cassini spacecraft. Mimas does not appear here, but it does cast its shadow on the planet i...
Smudge of a Shadow
As it departed its encounter with Saturn's moon Dione, Cassini sailed above an unreal landscape blasted by impacts. The rising Sun throws craters into sharp contrast and reveals steep crater walls...
Saturn's Layered Bands September 24, 2004 Full-Res: PIA06484 With alternating light and dark bands, Saturn's south pole looks somethi...
Saturn's Layered Bands
Galileo and Cassini Image Two Giant Plumes on Io March 29, 2001 Two tall volcanic plumes and the rings of red material they have deposited onto surrounding surface areas appear in images...
Plume of Io
This image of Ceres is part of a sequence taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft April 24 to 26, 2015, from a distance of 8,500 miles (13,500 kilometers).
Dawn RC3 Image 7
The slim crescent of Ceres smiles back as the dwarf planet awaits the arrival of an emissary from Earth. This image was taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft on March 1, 2015.
Ceres at Dawn - Take Two
This artist's impression shows the 'light curve' produced by a star passing behind Titan, Saturn's biggest moon. When such occultation events take place, the light from the star is blocked out. B...
Light Curve During Titan Occultation Event
Tethys, dwarfed by the scale of Saturn and its rings, appears as an elegant crescent in this image taken by NASA's Cassini Spacecraft.
Crescent Tethys and Rings
In this dramatic Cassini mural, the mythological Roman god Saturn is represented as the symbol of Time, drawing back a veil to allow the Cassini spacecraft to reveal the mysteries of the vast Satur...
Rays of light from the sun have taken many different paths to compose this glorious image of Saturn and its rings. This view looks toward the unilluminated (north) side of the rings and, at the to...
Cassini Enters Saturn's Orbit July 1, 2004 After becoming the first spacecraft to enter Saturn'...
Cassini Enters Saturn's Orbit
Enceladus in the Distance November 3, 2004 Full-Res: PIA06512 Cassini spied the moon Enceladus in the distance beyond Saturn's sou...
Enceladus in the Distance
Although the D ring of Saturn is so thin that it's barely noticeable compared to the rest of the ring system, it still displays structures seen in other Saturnian rings.
Spirals in the D Ring
+ View Full Res This image was obtained by Cassini's radar instrument during a flyby on Sept. 07, 2006. The radar antenna was pointing toward Titan at an altitude of 1,000 kilometers (621 miles) d...
Titan Radar Swaths (T-17 Flyby, Sept. 7, 2006)
This image was taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft of dwarf planet Ceres on Feb. 19 from a distance of nearly 29,000 miles (46,000 kilometers). It shows that the brightest spot on Ceres has a dimmer co...
Bright Spot on Ceres Has Dimmer Companion
Towards the bottom of image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft, slightly offset from the image center, is a small, young, fresh crater within a rectangular, older, heavily eroded crater.
Fresh Crater Inside a Rectangular Crater
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