Solar System Exploration
Our Galactic Neighborhood
Release of Probe
December 7, 2004
Release of Probe
This view of Saturn's moon Rhea shows the tremendous bright splat that coats much of the moon's leading hemisphere. The bright feature may be impact-related and is visible in other Cassini images o...
Rhea's Bright Blemish
This image is the fourth skeet-shoot footprint taken during Cassini's very close flyby of Enceladus on Aug. 11, 2008. Cairo Sulcus is shown crossing the upper left portion of the image. An unname...
Enceladus Rev 80 Flyby Skeet Shoot #4
NASA's Dawn spacecraft looked down on Ceres' equatorial region to capture this view of intensely cratered terrain. The image is centered at approximately 3 degrees south latitude, 267 degrees east ...
Dawn LAMO Image 150
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
The great planet Saturn reveals mysteries more profound, and stories more grand, than those occasioned by its ancient mythological namesake. The giant planet is a moody world whose disposition app...
The Lore of Saturn
Saturn's moon Pan casts a delicate shadow onto the planet's A ring. Shown in the center of this image, Pan (28 kilometers, or 17 miles across) orbits within the Encke Gap of the A ring. Other brig...
Pan's Slender Shadow
NASA's Dawn spacecraft spotted this tall, conical mountain on Ceres from a distance of 915 miles (1,470 kilometers).
The Lonely Mountain
Two-Tone Titan June 16, 2004 Full-Res: PIA05407 Cassini¿s finely-tuned vision reveals hazes high in the skies over Titan in this ...
This comparison view shows a common, large vortex on Saturn as it plows through the atmosphere. The right image was taken about two Saturn rotations -- about 20 hours -- after the left image. Such...
Round and Round They Go
This near-infrared, color mosaic from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows the sun glinting off of Titan's north polar seas.
This false color image of Triton is a composite of images taken through the violet, green and ultraviolet filters.
This 1981 Voyager 2 image shows the vast Saturn ring system, as well as three small icy satellites and the shadow of a fourth. Saturn is the second largest planet in the Solar System. It has a vol...
Saturn, Rings, Moons
The tortured southern polar terrain of Saturn's moon Enceladus appears strewn with great boulders of ice in these two fantastic views -- the highest resolution images obtained so far by Cassini of ...
This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft, taken on June 12, 2016, shows terrain on Ceres covered by ejecta from a nearby impact, which has smoothed the appearance of older features.
Dawn LAMO Image 202
The Cassini spacecraft examines the dark region of Senkyo on Saturn's largest moon, Titan. Senkyo is in the center of the image, and it lies just south of the moon's equator. For an earlier view o...
Centered on Senkyo
A great vortex, ringed by bright clouds, rolls through the southern skies of Saturn in this Cassini spacecraft view. The image was taken using a spectral filter sensitive to wavelengths of infrare...
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
Unlike most of the dull grey moons in the Solar System, Hyperion's color is a rosy tan, as this view shows. The origin of the moon's unusual hue is not known. Some scientists suspect the color com...
Rosy Tan Moon
Although it appears empty from a distance, the Encke gap in Saturn's A ring has three ringlets threaded through it, two of which are visible here.
The sun emitted a mid-level solar flare, peaking at 8:13 p.m. EDT on Oct. 1, 2015. NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, which watches the sun constantly, captured an image of the event.
NASA's SDO Sees Sun Emit Mid-Level Flare Oct. 1
Less intrusive than her sibling shepherd moon, Pandora nonetheless provides a gravitational influence that helps confine and perturb the F ring's shape. See Pandora's Color Close-up for a high res...
The Other Shepherd
The Moon sets over the early morning desert in Arches National Park, Utah on July 28, 2018.
Zooming In On Titan October 25, 2004 Full-Res: PIA06116 This map of Titan's surface, generated from images taken during Cassini's...
Zooming In On Titan
This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows two overlapping impact craters on asteroid Vesta. The rims of the craters are both reasonably fresh but the larger crater must be older because the smal...
Successive Formation of Impact Craters
+ Xanadu's Channels and Dunes + Related image In a sweeping mosaic of the low latitudes of Saturn's moon Titan, the bright landmass of the enigmatic region known as Xanadu stands ou...
Xanadu's channels and dunes (Annotated)
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