Solar System Exploration
Probe Landing on Titan
December 8, 2004
Probe Landing on Titan
This Cassini image shows the night side of Saturn's moon Dione, dimly lit by "Saturnshine": that is, reflected light from the planet lying off to the left in Cassini's field of view when this imag...
This enhanced color composite image, made with data from the framing camera aboard NASA's Dawn spacecraft, shows the area around Ernutet crater. The bright red portions appear redder with respect t...
Ernutet Crater - Enhanced Color
This image, made using images taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft, shows Occator crater on Ceres, home to a collection of intriguing bright spots.
Dawn Takes a Closer Look at Occator
This Cassini spacecraft view of Pan in the Encke gap shows hints of detail on the moon's dark side, which is lit by saturnshine -- sunlight reflected off Saturn.
Hemispheric color differences on Saturn's moon Rhea are apparent in this false-color view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. This image shows the side of the moon that always faces the planet. In thi...
This anaglyph image shows the topography of part of Vesta's equatorial region. These craters are classed as ruin eroded craters and are most clear in the center of the image, above the troughs. You...
Anaglyph Image of Vesta's Equatorial Region (I)
This high-resolution stereo anaglyph of Saturn's moon Enceladus shows a region of craters softened by time and torn apart by tectonic stresses. Fractures 100 to 400 meters (330 to 1,300 feet) in wi...
Stressed-out Enceladus (3-D)
This image has not been validated or calibrated. A validated/calibrated image will be archived with the NASA Planetary Data System in 2012. For more information on raw images check out our Freque...
Mimas and Rings (raw image)
NASA's Dawn took this image on June 17, 2016, of Tibong Crater (22 miles, 36 kilometers wide), at left, on Ceres.
Dawn LAMO Image 189
NASA's Dawn spacecraft captured this view on May 28, 2016, showing a relatively young crater with smooth walls and a sharp rim. The crater has a prominent central ridge, imprinted upon the rim of t...
Dawn LAMO Image 154
Astronomers have long known that Saturn's rings reflect sunlight most strongly when Earth is located directly between Saturn and the sun. Flat, shiny surfaces (like a mirror or a pond) can appear p...
Cat's eye rings and peek-a-boo shadows
Bright mid-latitude clouds near the bottom of this view hint at the ongoing cycling of methane on Titan. These cloud streaks are near the same latitude as similar clouds observed above different lo...
Weather Without Water
This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft is centered on a small, young, fresh crater with bright and dark ejecta rays extending from it. The crater is located in Vesta's Tuccia quadrangle on asteroid...
Crater with Dark and Bright Ejecta
In this view, Saturn's moon Mimas is a mere pinprick of light, while the nearly edge-on rings and the ghostly globe of Saturn steal the scene. Some of the light reflected from the rings bounces ont...
Bright Rings for Southern Skies
This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows many highly degraded craters in the top part of the image. These craters are so degraded that their rims are only partially visible.
Mass Wasting on Steep Slopes
Saturn's whirling vortices and feathery cloud bands are the signs of a restless world. Cassini captured this arresting view of the giant planet scored by bold shadows cast by the rings. The rings a...
Saturn at a Tilt
The Cassini spacecraft examines the anti-Saturnian side of Dione and shows the cratered surface east of the moon's distinctive wispy terrain. The wispy terrain, which consists of bright cliffs on ...
East of Wisps
Nine days before it entered orbit, Cassini spacecraft captured this exquisite natural color view of Saturn's rings. The images that make up this composition were obtained from Cassini's vantage po...
Ringscape In Color
This image shows a close-up of long, narrow, sinuous gullies that scientists on NASA's Dawn mission have found on the giant asteroid Vesta. The crater shown here is called Cornelia.
Sinuous Gullies, Close-up
The ringed planet wears a broad grin in this image from Cassini, as the icy rings cast long, sweeping shadows across the northern hemisphere. Fantastic details are visible in the bright and dark of...
Rings Full of Waves (zoom) July 1, 2004 Full-Res: PIA06096 This image shows a close-up view of ...
Rings Full of Waves (zoom)
Hubble's Wide Field Camera 3 observed the potato-shaped asteroid in preparation for the visit by NASA's Dawn spacecraft in 2011. This is one frame from a movie showing the difference in brightness ...
A New Spin on Vesta
Wispy markings on Rhea reach across the moon's icy surface. The Tirawa impact basin is seen straddling the terminator at upper right. The crater is about 360 kilometers (220 miles) across. This vi...
This true color picture was assembled from Voyager 2 Saturn images obtained August 4, 1981 from a distance of 21 million kilometers (13 million miles) on the spacecraft's approach trajectory. Thre...
Saturn, Distant Moons
The Soviet Union's Venera 9 lander snapped this photo of Venus during its 53-minute mission on the planet's hellish surface.
First Look: Venus
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