Solar System Exploration
Probe Landing on Titan
December 8, 2004
Probe Landing on Titan
The Cassini spacecraft captures a far-off view of Saturn's irregularly shaped, icy moon Janus. North on Janus (179 kilometers, or 111 miles across at its widest point) is toward the top of the ima...
Mountain of Ice
This view from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows two medium-sized craters at high northern latitudes on Ceres.
Dawn LAMO Image 86
This picture from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows a network of canyon-like features near the center of Ezinu Crater on Ceres. Ezinu measures about 72 miles (116 kilometers) in diameter and was named f...
Dawn LAMO Image 95
Saturn's shadow cloaks the faint D ring at the bottom of this image. Observations of the shadow boundary, like this one, enable scientists to clearly detect and measure the brightness of diffus...
Science at the Shadow Boundary
Tethys' Great Rift December 17, 2004 Full-Res: PIA06558 This dazzling view of Tethys shows the tremendous rift called Ithaca Chasm...
Tethys' Great Rift
This image using color data obtained by the framing camera aboard NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows asteroid Vesta's southern hemisphere in color, centered on the Rheasilvia formation.
Asteroid Vesta in a 'Rainbow-Colored Palette'
Southern Storms and Streaks September 15, 2004 Full-Res: PIA06482 Saturn's southern polar region is haunted by a number of dark storm...
The Stormy South
The Cassini orbiter has revealed many surprises within the Saturn system, including the possible presence of a ring of debris surrounding the ancient heavily cratered surface of Rhea, Saturn's ...
Rhea's Blue Streaks (Looking South)
This view shows the southwestern rim of 106-mile-wide (170-kilometer-wide) Urvara crater on Ceres.In the crater's center is a prominent double peak. NASA's Dawn spacecraft obtained the image on Oct...
Dawn HAMO Image 71
This set of Cassini spacecraft images shows a close-up view of two propeller structures in Saturn's A ring. These images are part of a large view (See Propeller Belt) that captures eight new propel...
Propeller Close Up
+ View False Color Version Ligeia Mare, shown here in a false-color image from NASA's Cassini mission, is the second largest known body of liquid on Saturn's moon Titan. It is filled with liquid ...
Vast Ligeia Mare (black and white mosaic)
As ring particles emerge from the darkness of Saturn's shadow, they pass through a region of twilight. The Sun's light, refracted by the planet's atmosphere, peeks around the limb, followed shortly...
Into the Light
Arrival at Saturn
Arrival at Saturn
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
This image, one of the first obtained by NASA's Dawn spacecraft in its low altitude mapping orbit, shows part of the rim of a fresh crater on the giant asteroid Vesta. The terrain is known as the H...
Crater in Shadow on Vesta
Chaotically tumbling and seriously eroded by impacts, Hyperion is one of Saturn's more unusual satellites. Scientists believe the moon to be quite porous, with a great deal of its volume being empt...
Saturn's Stripes May 31, 2004 Full-Res: PIA05398 This image shows the delicate banded nature of Saturn's atmosphere. Notable is t...
The Veils of Titan May 06, 2004 Full-Res: PIA05390 The veils of Saturn's most mysterious moon have begun to lift in Cassini's eag...
The Veils of Titan
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
This infrared projection map of Titan was composed from images taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, visual and infrared mapping spectrometer. The location of two regions that changed in brightness a...
Infrared Map of Titan's Active Regions
Saturn's second largest moon Rhea pops in and out of view behind the planet's rings in this image from the Cassini spacecraft, which includes the smaller moon Epimetheus.
For the first time, the Cassini spacecraft captures the shadow of Saturn's tiny moon Pandora sneaking onto the planet's main rings. Only a portion of the shadow of Pandora (81 kilometers, or 50 mi...
Cassini's radar instrument obtained another in its series of north polar swaths of Titan on April 10, 2007. This image exposes more of the transition between the mid-latitudes and the polar area, ...
Titan (T28) Viewed by Cassini's Radar -- April 10, 2007
Saturn's many cloud patterns, swept along by high-speed winds, look as if they were painted on by some eager alien artist.
That's No Space Station July 26, 2004 Full-Res: PIA05423 Soon after orbital insertion, Cassini returned its best look yet at the h...
That's No Space Station
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