Solar System Exploration
Probe Landing on Titan
December 8, 2004
Probe Landing on Titan
Piercing the ubiquitous layer of smog enshrouding Titan, these images from the Cassini visual and infrared mapping spectrometer reveals an exotic surface covered with a variety of materials in the ...
Titan's surface revealed
This global map elliptical map from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows the surface of Ceres in enhanced color, encompassing infrared wavelengths beyond human visual range. Some areas near the poles are b...
Color Map of Ceres (Elliptical Projection)
Dramatic edge-on Cassini views of Saturn's E ring, like these side-by-side images, reveal for the first time a double-banded structure. The structure is similar to that of Jupiter's gossamer ring a...
Double-Banded E Ring
This graphic illustrates the differences in Titan's and Earth's atmospheres. Titan's atmosphere extends 10 times further into space than Earth's.
This view from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows a portion of Mondamin Crater, an impact feature 78 miles (126 kilometers) in diameter, in the southern hemisphere of Ceres.
Dawn LAMO Image 59
The Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) is designed to study the Moon's thin exosphere and the lunar dust environment.
LADEE 3D Rendering (Gray Background)
This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows the edge of Ikapati crater on Ceres, at upper right. Dawn took this image on June 12, 2016, from its low-altitude mapping orbit, at a distance of about ...
Dawn LAMO Image 204
This artist's concept shows NASA's Dawn spacecraft orbiting the giant asteroid Vesta. The depiction of Vesta is based on images obtained by Dawn's framing cameras.
Dawn Orbiting Vesta
The Stuff of Rings July 2, 2004 Full-Res: PIA06349 Evidence from the visual and infrared mappin...
The Stuff of Rings
This contrast-enhanced view shows a faint spoke in Saturn's B ring. These ghostly radial structures were imaged by the Voyager spacecraft in the 1980s. Using the Cassini spacecraft data, scientists...
The cone-shaped central peak of a Cerean crater casts a long shadow in this view from NASA's Dawn spacecraft taken on May 28, 2016 from its low-altitude mapping orbit above Ceres at a distance of a...
Dawn LAMO Image 157
Mariner 10 was launched on November 3, 1973, 12:45 am PST, from Cape Canaveral on an Atlas/Centaur rocket (a reconditioned Intercontinental Ballistic Missile - ICBM).
Earth and Moon as Viewed by Mariner 10
On New Year's Eve 2004, Cassini flew past Saturn's intriguing moon Iapetus, capturing the four visible light images that were put together to form this global view. The scene is dominated by a dar...
Pan is seen in this color view as it sweeps through the Encke Gap with its attendant ringlets. As the lemon-shaped little moon orbits Saturn, it always keeps its long axis pointed along a line towa...
Saturn's sibling moons, Rhea and Dione, pose for the Cassini spacecraft in this view. Even at this distance, it is easy to see that Dione (below) appears to have been geologically active in the m...
This mosaic shows extraordinary details of tectonic deformation in the fractured south polar region of Saturn’s moon Enceladus, where jets of water ice spray outward to form Saturn's E ring. The im...
In this unusual view, Cassini captured two icy moons of Saturn, Tethys and Enceladus, in a single narrow-angle frame. Little detail is visible on the surface of bright Enceladus, but battered Tethy...
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 5
This mosaic taken by NASA's Mars Curiosity rover looks uphill at Mount Sharp, which Curiosity has been climbing. Spanning the center of the image is an area with clay-bearing rocks that scientists ...
Curiosity is Ready for Clay
Saturn's Ring Shadow, Then and Now August 5, 2004 Full-Res: PIA06415 The image on the left was taken on Nov. 1, 1980, by NASA's V...
Saturn's Ring Shadow, Then and Now
Two light sources illuminate Saturn's highly reflective moon Enceladus in this image featuring bright rings and the small moon Pandora in the foreground.
Dual Illuminated Enceladus
A supermoon over Washington in 2014.
Exposed interior of NASA's Dawn spacecraft showing ion propulsion system's xenon feed system.
Exposed Interior of Dawn Spacecraft
These drawings depict explanations for the source of intense heat that has been measured coming from Enceladus' south polar region. These models predict that water could exist in a deep layer as a...
Pan prepares to be engulfed by the darkness of Saturn's shadow, visible here as it stretches across the rings. When the Cassini spacecraft took a follow-up image of this same location about 50 sec...
Taking the Plunge
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