Solar System Exploration
Release of Probe
December 7, 2004
Release of Probe
This series of false-color images obtained by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft shows the dissolving cloud cover over the north pole of Saturn’s moon Titan. The images, obtained by Cassini’s visual and inf...
Snapshots of Titan's North Polar Cloud
Artist Rendition: The Huygens Probe en route to Titan This artist's rendition depicts the Huygens Probe, after deploying from the Cassini Orbiter, en route into the murky atmosphere of Saturn's...
The Huygens Probe en route to Titan
This dramatic scene from Cassini illustrates an array of processes on Saturn's moon Enceladus, a once geologically active world. Most of the larger craters appear to have softened from their origin...
Craters and Cracks
This evening when you are out visiting friends and family, look up. Saturn will be there to remind you of some of the winter season and holiday celebration beginnings. One can only imagine the se...
Solstice Season With Saturn
This graphic, using data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, shows how the south polar terrain of Saturn's moon Enceladus emits much more power than scientists had originally predicted. Data from Cas...
Enceladus the Powerhouse
This view, taken on Oct. 22, 2016, from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows the rim of Yalode Crater on Ceres at upper left. Yalode is one of the largest impact basins on Ceres.
Dawn XMO2 Image 27
This image of Caparronia AV-L-04, from the atlas of the giant asteroid Vesta, was created from images taken as NASA's Dawn mission flew around the object, also known as a protoplanet.
These images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft show Caparronia crater on asteroid Vesta.
Topography and Albedo Image of Caparronia Crater
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
Phoebe is about 220 kilometers (140 miles) in diameter. Earth-based observations indicate Phoebe is almost certainly a captured asteroid, and did not form from the original Saturn nebula as Satur...
Cassini spies the wrinkled, fractured and remarkably crater-poor terrain of Enceladus. Scientists are working to understand what causes the moon's surprising geologic activity (see Fountains of Enc...
Enigma in Ice
In addition to being evidence of past impacts, craters can serve another valuable scientific purpose.
+ View Video The moon Prometheus slowly collides with the diffuse inner edge of Saturn's F ring in this movie sequence of Cassini images. The oblong moon pulls a streamer of material from the ri...
The Cassini spacecraft and Huygens probe begin their seven-year journey to the ringed planet. The successful launch of Cassini aboard a Titan IVB/Centaur occured at 4:43 a.m. EDT, October 15, 1997.
+ Annotated Version This mosaic shows an updated global map of Saturn's icy moon Enceladus, created using images taken during Cassini spacecraft flybys. The map incorporates new images taken durin...
Map of Enceladus - December 2011 -- Unannotated
Saturn's icy rings shine in scattered sunlight in this view, which looks toward the unilluminated northern side of the rings from about 15 degrees above the ringplane.
From high above Titan's northern hemisphere, the Cassini spacecraft takes an oblique view toward the mid-latitude dark regions that gird the giant moon. The view looks toward terrain centered at ...
Evoking the haunting beauty of Earth's Moon, a crescent Enceladus appears in the skies around Saturn. Lit terrain seen here is on the Saturn-facing hemisphere of Enceladus. North on Enceladus is u...
Atlas and Pan emerge from the far side of Saturn. Light passing through the upper reaches of the planet''s atmosphere is refracted, or bent, distorting the image of the rings beyond. Pan (26 kilom...
+ View Full-Res This image was obtained by Cassini's radar instrument during a flyby on Dec. 12, 2006. The radar antenna was pointing toward Titan at an altitude of 1,000 kilometers (621 miles) ...
Titan Radar Swath (T-21 Flyby - Dec. 12, 2006)
The Cassini spacecraft looks toward Saturn's largest moon and maps the dark Belet region on Titan. Lit terrain seen here is in the area between the trailing hemisphere and Saturn-facing side of Ti...
A Look at Belet
This image, taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft, shows a portion of the southern hemisphere of dwarf planet Ceres from an altitude of 915 miles (1,470 kilometers). Zadeni crater is named for the ancien...
Dawn HAMO Image 46
Craters on Saturn's moon Pandora exhibit clarity and depth in this anaglyph, or 3D view, from Cassini. This stereo view shows the rugged, irregular shape caused by multiple large impacts, and the...
This Cassini spacecraft image provides a view of the southern portion of Tethys' trailing hemisphere. Prominent features include the huge canyon, Ithaca Chasma, approximately centered in this view...
Icy Old Moon
Spying Titan's Weather December 16, 2004 Full-Res: PIA06996 Evidence of changing weather patterns in...
Spying Titan's Weather
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