Solar System Exploration
Release of Probe
December 7, 2004
Release of Probe
The Cassini spacecraft acquired this view of Enceladus just after the spacecraft passed within 25 kilometers (15 miles) of the surface on Oct. 9, 2008. Remarkably, only a handful of craters are vis...
Over the Limb
Rhea and Enceladus hover in the distance beyond Saturn's ringplane. Enceladus (left), bathed in icy particles from Saturn's E ring, appears noticeably brighter than Rhea. Rhea is 1,528 kilometers ...
Rhea and Enceladus
This perspective view of Baghdad Sulcus was generated using high resolution images of Enceladus acquired in August 2008 at 12 to 30 meters (40 to 100 feet) resolution, together with a new topograph...
Perspective View of Baghdad Sulcus, Enceladus
NASA's Dawn spacecraft will be getting an up-close look at the dwarf planet Ceres starting in late March or the beginning of April 2015. This graphic shows the science-gathering orbits planned for ...
Closing in on Ceres
Zadeni Crater on Ceres is featured in this image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft. This large southern-hemisphere crater is 79.5 miles (128 kilometers) in diameter and is named for an ancient Georgian g...
Dawn XMO2 Image 9
The Adventure Ahead December 8, 2004 Full-Res: PIA06538 This majestic view of Saturn captures several phenomena of interest to scient...
The Adventure Ahead
The A and F rings are alive with moving structures in this Cassini spacecraft view. Graceful drapes of ring material created by Prometheus are seen sliding by at left, while clumpy ringlets slip th...
Streamers and Clumps
Prometheus and Knots in the F Ring June 7, 2004 Full-Res: PIA05402 Saturn's mo...
Prometheus and Knots in the F Ring
2001 Mars Odyssey's Thermal Emission Imaging System (THEMIS) took this portrait of the Earth and its companion Moon, using the infrared camera, one of two cameras in the instrument. It was taken at...
The Earth and Moon As Seen by 2001 Mars Odyssey
The Cassini spacecraft presents a clear view of Tethys' equatorial band of dark terrain, along with the crater Odysseus. This view looks toward the leading hemisphere of Tethys (1,062 kilometers, ...
This montage of two views is published by the Cassini team to mark the 10th anniversary of the Phoebe flyby.
Arrival and Departure at Phoebe
For more than 22 years, since before Cassini even launched, summer interns helped the mission happen. But with the spacecraft's journey ending in September, the current summer interns will be Cassi...
Cassini's Last Class
This image, taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft, shows dwarf planet Ceres from an altitude of 2,700 miles (4,400 kilometers). The image, with a resolution of 1,400 feet (410 meters) per pixel, was take...
Dawn Survey Orbit Image 5
Surface details on Titan are seen faintly through the murky haze of the moon's atmosphere. Lit terrain seen here is on the leading hemisphere of Titan (5,150 kilometers, or 3,200 miles across). No...
World Beneath the Haze
Titan in False Color October 27, 2004 Full-Res: PIA06139 This image shows Titan in ultraviolet and infrared wavelengths. It was taken...
Titan in False Color
Saturn's largest moon, Titan, looks small here, pictured to the right of the gas giant in this Cassini spacecraft view. Titan (3,200 miles, or 5,150 kilometers across) is in the upper right. Satur...
Beside a Giant
The Cassini spacecraft watches as clouds swirl through Saturn's equatorial latitudes. The two transitions between the light and dark areas seen here north and south of the ringplane are each locat...
The oblate shape of the moon Iapetus is particularly noticeable in this portrait. The two-toned surface of the moon Iapetus also stands out against the darkness of space in this image. See Global ...
This image, taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft, shows a knobby surface on Ceres. The region is adjacent to the giant impact crater Urvara.
Dawn LAMO Image 27
Rhea transits the banded clouds of the Ringed Planet. The edge-on rings cast curved shadows onto Saturn's northern hemisphere. More subtle than the ring shadows, the zonal jet streams of Saturn str...
This image is from Cassini's final observation of Saturn's icy moon Rhea on May 2, 2017. The spacecraft was at the time high above the plane of Saturn's rings, looking down at Rhea's northern hemis...
This image of Ceres is part of a sequence taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft on May 4, 2015, from a distance of 8,400 miles (13,600 kilometers).
Dawn RC3 Image 8
Triton Voyager 2 approach sequence with latitude-longitude grid superposed.
Color Sequence of Triton Approach Images
Artist's graphic of the asteroid belt, part of Dawn's Mission Art series.
This image taken on August 15, 2016, shows the eastern part of a feature called Nar Sulcus in Yalode Crater on dwarf planet Ceres, as seen by NASA's Dawn spacecraft.
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