Solar System Exploration
Probe Landing on Titan
December 8, 2004
Probe Landing on Titan
A section of Saturn's perturbed F ring displays kinks in its bright strands. At left, edge waves in the Encke Gap, caused by the presence of Pan, can be seen, along with two faint ringlets. This v...
Dantu Crater on Ceres, at top center, is featured in this image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft taken on Oct. 21, 2016. A small crater located around the 5 o'clock position within Dantu is called Cente...
Dawn XMO2 Image 22
Data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft show that the sizes and patterns of dunes on Saturn's moon Titan vary as a function of altitude and latitude. The dunes in areas that are more elevated or are hi...
A dynamical interplay between Saturn's largest moon, Titan, and its rings is captured in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
The Synchronicity of Rhythms
High Haze in Color (Close-up) October 26, 2004 Full-Res: PIA06123 A global detached haze layer and discrete cloud-like features high ...
High Haze in Color (Close-up)
The Encke Gap in Saturn's A ring is maintained by the presence of the moon Pan, which shares the gap with several diffuse ringlets. The scalloped appearance in the inner (left side) edge of the gap...
This view from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows the southwestern rim of Sintana Crater. The inside of the crater shows a hummocky surface.
Dawn LAMO Image 37
Saturn's moon Prometheus chases Pandora in this Cassini view, but the outcome of their race has already been decided by gravity. Prometheus orbits closer to Saturn and thus moves faster than does P...
This view looks down onto the unlit side of Saturn's ringplane. It nicely shows a near-arm/far-arm brightness asymmetry in the B ring: The near arm of the B ring (in the lower half of the image) is...
Recent Cassini images show arcs of material co-orbiting with the Saturnian moons Anthe and Methone. Arrows indicate the positions of Anthe, at top left, and Methone, at bottom right. Micrometeoro...
Anthe and Methone Arcs
This narrow angle field-of-view artist's rendering is drawn from the floor of Aeneas crater, showing Dione's icy surface and the irregular features inside the crater viewed from space. Saturn, Tit...
Dione's Aeneas Crater
The murky orange disk of Saturn's moon Titan glides past -- a silent, floating sphere transiting Saturn. Titan's photochemical smog completely obscures the surface in such natural color views. Its...
Titan Makes Contact
This view from NASA’s Dawn mission shows the floor of Ceres’ Juling Crater. The crater floor shows evidence of the flow of ice and rock, similar to rock glaciers in Earth’s polar regions.
Juling Crater's floor
NASA's Dawn spacecraft spied this relatively smooth area of Ceres' surface, which includes the feature named Dalien Tholus, a dome-shaped feature visible in top right quadrant of the image.
Dawn LAMO Image 156
Part of the shadow of Saturn's moon Epimetheus appears as if it has been woven through the planet's rings in this Cassini image taken about a month and a half before the planet's August 2009 equino...
This global map of Saturn’s moon Iapetus was created using images taken during Cassini spacecraft flybys, with Voyager images filling in the gaps in Cassini's coverage. Iapetus is the moon of Sa...
Map of Iapetus - May 2008
This animated sequence of Cassini images shows methane clouds moving above the large methane sea on Saturn's moon Titan known as Ligeia Mare.
Clouds Over Ligeia Mare on Titan
This map illustrates the planned imaging coverage for the Descent Imager/Spectral Radiometer, onboard the European Space Agency's Huygens probe during the probe's descent toward Titan's surface on ...
Vertical structures, among the tallest seen in Saturn's main rings, rise abruptly from the edge of Saturn's B ring to cast long shadows on the ring in this image taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft ...
The Tallest Peaks
The Cassini spacecraft views Saturn's southern latitudes in color, spying a great, eye-shaped vortex just northward of the south polar region. Other dark vortices, common features of Saturn's gener...
Kuiper Belt object Arrokoth (2014 MU69) as seen by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft on Jan. 1, 2019.
Kuiper Belt Object Arrokoth (2014 MU69)
In Saturn's shadow, the southern hemisphere of Enceladus is lit by sunlight reflected first off the rings and then onto the nightside of the planet. Other sources of illumination include sunlight ...
Enceladus in Eclipse
Saturn’s rings are perhaps the most recognized feature of any world in our solar system. Cassini spent more than a decade examining them more closely than any spacecraft before it.
+ Viewing options The small moon Janus overtakes the larger moon Rhea in a dance played out before Saturn and its rings. Observations of mutual moon-crossing events like this one, in which on...
Catching Big Sister
This nighttime view of Saturn's north pole by the visual and infrared mapping spectrometer on NASA's Cassini orbiter reveals a dynamic, active planet at least 75 kilometers (47 miles) below the nor...
Saturn's North Pole Hexagon and Aurora
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