Solar System Exploration
Flight across Titan
December 8, 2004
Flight across Titan
The Cassini spacecraft looks over cratered and tectonically deformed terrain on Saturn's moon Enceladus as the camera also catches a glimpse of the planet's rings in the background. The image was c...
Looking Over Enceladus
Case of the Lost Atmosphere October 27, 2004 Full-Res: PIA06981 This graph shows data acquired by Cassini as it flew by Titan at an a...
Case of the Lost Atmosphere
About 200 people gathered on the mall at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., to wave at Saturn on July 19, 2013. At the time NASA's Cassini spacecraft had turned to take a picture o...
A Crowd at JPL Wave at Saturn
+ View Video The moon Prometheus slowly collides with the diffuse inner edge of Saturn's F ring in this movie sequence of Cassini images. The oblong moon pulls a streamer of material from the ri...
The Cassini spacecraft and Huygens probe begin their seven-year journey to the ringed planet. The successful launch of Cassini aboard a Titan IVB/Centaur occured at 4:43 a.m. EDT, October 15, 1997.
Launch -- repeat
This image of Saturn's largest moon, Titan, obtained by Cassini's radar instrument during a near-polar flyby on Feb. 22, 2007, features dunes and lakes, one of which is larger than any lake on Eart...
Titan (T25) Viewed by Cassini's Radar - Feb. 22, 2007
+ View Unlabeled Version This is an artist's concept of the Saturnian plasma sheet based on data from Cassini magnetospheric imaging instrument. It shows Saturn's embedded "ring current," an invi...
Artist Concept of Particle Population in Saturn's Magnetosphere -- Labeled
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
This graphic shows the planned trek of NASA's Dawn spacecraft from its launch in 2007 through its arrival at the dwarf planet Ceres in early 2015.
Journey to Ceres
This image of a fracture network in Occator Crater on Ceres was obtained by NASA's Dawn spacecraft on July 16, 2018 from an altitude of about 47 miles (76 kilometers).
Fracture Network in Occator Crater
Straining to make out the surface of Titan through its murky atmosphere, the Cassini spacecraft's wide angle camera manages to exploit one of the infrared spectral windows where the particulate smo...
See non-labeled version here. This three-image mosaic is the highest resolution view yet obtained of Enceladus' north polar region. The view looks southward over cratered plains from high above th...
The North Polar Region of Enceladus -- Labeled
Cassiopeia A (Cas A) is the remnant of a massive star that exploded about 300 years ago. The X-ray image shows an expanding shell of hot gas produced by the explosion.
Cassiopeia A Supernova Remnant
Floating high above the hydrocarbon lakes, wispy clouds have finally started to return to Titan's northern latitudes.
Send in the Clouds
This map, made from data obtained by NASA's Dawn spacecraft, shows the distribution of pyroxene, an iron- and magnesium-rich mineral, in the southern hemisphere of the giant asteroid Vesta.
Pyroxene Map of Vesta's South Pole
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
Views like this one from Cassini are helping scientists unravel some of the mysteries of Saturn's complex atmosphere. The turbulent, wavy pattern at the bottom of the image has the appearance of a...
Squinting at this view of Saturn's rings reveals not one but two of the four narrow ringlets in the Encke Gap (325 kilometers, or 200 miles, wide). The innermost of the two ringlets is much brighte...
Clumps for Encke
In this ultraviolet image of Hyperion, produced using data taken with Cassini's Ultraviolet Imaging Spectrograph during the September 2005 close flyby, brightness contrasts are due to both topograp...
Hyperion's Icy Surface
Data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft have enabled scientists to make the highest-resolution heat intensity maps yet for the hottest part of a ''tiger stripe'' fissure on Saturn's moon Enceladus. The...
Hot and Narrow Tiger Stripe
+ Unannotated version These images show views of Earth and the moon from NASA's Cassini (left) and MESSENGER spacecraft (right) from July 19, 2013. In the Cassini image, the wide-angle camera ha...
Two Views of Home -- Annotated
Ithaca Chasma rips across the cratered surface of Tethys, creating a scar more than 1,000 kilometers (600 miles) long, from north to south. Cassini got a closer look at this ancient rift during a ...
Bright streaks adorn the face of densely cratered Rhea, Saturn's second largest moon. The lit terrain seen here is on the leading hemisphere of Rhea (1,528 kilometers, or 949 miles across). North ...
Bright fractures creep across the surface of icy Dione. This extensive canyon system is centered on a region of terrain that is significantly darker than the rest of the moon. Part of the darker te...
Dione's Creeping Canyons
Bright spokes grace Saturn's B ring in this Cassini spacecraft snapshot that also features a couple of the planet's moons large and small. Dione (1,123 kilometers, or 698 miles across) can be seen...
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