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Flight across Titan
December 8, 2004
Flight across Titan
This raw image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft was taken on June 16, 2015 and received on Earth June 17, 2015.
Dione (raw image)
Saturn, more bland in appearance than Jupiter to the naked eye, puts on a dramatic display in this contrast-enhanced image taken with the Cassini spacecraft. This view shows a giant oval in the rin...
Nope, Not Jupiter!
This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows craters of different sizes and shapes in Vesta's southern hemisphere. The freshest craters can be classified as fresh scarp rimmed craters and the less ...
Unusual craters on Vesta I
A huge impact created Odysseus Crater, which covers a large part of Saturn's moon Tethys in this Cassini spacecraft image. Odysseus Crater is 450 kilometers (280 miles) across. This view looks tow...
Big Ding on Tethys
A great vortex rolls through high southern latitudes on Saturn, whirling twisted contours into the clouds. The ringed planet's uppermost clouds are thought to be composed largely of ammonia ice ove...
Wispy terrain winds across the trailing hemisphere of Saturn's moon Dione in this Cassini view taken during the spacecraft's Jan. 27, 2010 non-targeted flyby.
Profiling Dione's Wisps
NASA’s Terra satellite caught a glimpse of plumes rising from two volcanoes in January 2018.
Plumes Over the Kamchatka Peninsula
This montage of Cassini Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) images of the surface of Titan shows four examples of how a newly developed technique for handling noise results in clearer, easier to interpr...
Titan Despeckled Montage
Pluto from 476000 miles, July 13, 2015.
Pluto From 476,000 Miles
NASA's Cassini spacecraft successfully completed its Oct. 1 flyby of Saturn's moon Enceladus, capturing these raw, unprocessed images of the moon and its dramatic plumes of water vapor and ice. Th...
Enceladus Flyby E-14 (Raw Image #1)
Io Color Eclipse
Io Color Eclipse
Rippling with detail, the southern hemisphere of Saturn comes to life in this view from the Cassini spacecraft. Long, flowing streamers and bands of great contrast soften toward the pole, where a g...
Rivers of Cloud
This image was taken by the Cassini spacecraft on March 2, 2010 during its flyby of the moon Rhea. This image was received on Earth March 03, 2010. The camera was pointing toward RHEA at approxim...
Rhea (March 2, 2010 flyby)
Cassini's high-gain antenna is able to operate at S, X, Ka, and Ku-band frequencies. In addition to communications (X-band between Earth and orbiter, and S-band from probe to orbiter), radio scie...
Jupiter's four largest satellites, including Io, the golden ornament in front of Jupiter in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, have fascinated Earthlings ever since Galileo Galilei discov...
Io over Jupiter
The Cassini spacecraft's camera looks in near-infrared light at a dramatic view of Saturn, its ringplane and the shadows of a couple of its moons. The large shadow south of the equator is that of ...
Scene Seen in the Near-Infrared
Although Saturn's moon Pan is absent from this image of the A ring's Encke Gap, the moon's handiwork is still displayed. The two ringlets seen in the gap are maintained by the gravitational action...
The right-hand limb of Saturn's moon Mimas appears flattened as Herschel Crater is viewed edge-on in this Cassini spacecraft image. The planet's rings are in the background. Herschel Crater is 130...
Mimas' Flat Spot
NASA's Cassini spacecraft sees bright methane clouds drifting in the summer skies of Saturn's moon Titan, along with dark hydrocarbon lakes and seas clustered around the north pole.
Northern Summer on Titan
The shadows of Saturn's rings appear as a narrow band on the planet in this image taken as Saturn approaches its August 2009 equinox. The novel illumination geometry that accompanies equinox lower...
Narrowing Ring Shadow
The shadow of the moon Mimas is seen through the unlit side of the Cassini Division of Saturn's rings. As Saturn approaches its August 2009 equinox, the planet's moons cast shadows onto the rings....
Shadow in the Cassini Division
This montage shows four major icy moons of Saturn that the Cassini spacecraft visited while surveying the Saturnian system during 2005. Even though all of these bodies are made largely of ice, the...
Season of Moons
Three of Saturn's moons are captured with the planet in this exquisite family portrait. At top, Saturn is bedecked with the shadows of its innermost rings. Tethys (1,071 kilometers, or 665 miles a...
Worlds in Orbit
Students from Shirley Avenue Elementary School in Reseda, Calif., visited NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory to see the image they selected. Robert T. Mitchell, Cassini program manager, presented th...
Robert Mitchell and Students
This image of Octavia AV-L-19, from the atlas of the giant asteroid Vesta, was created from images taken as NASA's Dawn mission flew around the object, also known as a protoplanet.
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