Solar System Exploration
Flight across Titan
December 8, 2004
Flight across Titan
This interesting vortex in Saturn's atmosphere is surrounded by a halo of bright clouds that extend away toward the east and west. Storms like this one seem to be bright at all wavelengths at which...
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Prometheus is caught in the act of creating gores and streamers in the F ring.
Gored of the Rings
From the Cassini spacecraft's perspective, Saturn's moon Dione passes in front of the moon Tethys in this mutual event. These three images were each taken about one minute apart. These images are ...
When seen up close, the F ring of Saturn resolves into multiple dusty strands. This Cassini view shows three bright strands and a very faint fourth strand off to the right.
F for Fabulous
Saturn from Far and Near (Hubble Space Telescope) May 26, 2004 Full-Res: PIA05982 This image is a view from NASA's Earth-orbiting...
Saturn from Far and Near (Hubble Space Telescope)
This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows craters with both sharp and smooth crater rims in asteroid Vesta's southern hemisphere. Detailed structure is seen more readily in the image with a smal...
Unusual Craters on Vesta III
This image was obtained by NASA's Dawn spacecraft on May 30, 2018 from an altitude of about 465 miles (750 kilometers).
Complex Crater Assemblage on Ceres
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On July 11, 2005, the Cassini ultraviolet imaging spectrograph observed the star Bellatrix as it passed behind Enceladus, as seen from the spacecraft. The starlight was observed to dim when it got ...
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Rhea shows off her bright, fresh-looking impact crater in this Cassini view taken during a close approach. For a high-resolution view of this crater, taken during a much closer encounter, see Cat...
Revisiting the Splat
This diagram depicts conditions observed by NASA's Cassini spacecraft during a flyby in Dec. 2013, when Saturn's magnetosphere was highly compressed, exposing Titan to the full force of the solar w...
Titan Observed Naked in the Solar Wind (not annotated)
Swirls and Eddies September 10, 2004 Full-Res: PIA06474 Saturn puts on a mesmerizing display in this image from August 7, 2004. Turbu...
Swirls and Eddies
Floating high above the hydrocarbon lakes, wispy clouds have finally started to return to Titan's northern latitudes.
Send in the Clouds
This unprocessed image of Saturn's moon Atlas was taken on April 12, 2017, by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
Atlas Up Close
NASA's Dawn spacecraft obtained these side-by-side views of a dark hill of the surface of asteroid Vesta with its framing camera on August 19, 2011. The images have a resolution of about 260 meters...
Side by Side Views of a Dark Hill
This color image of Jupiter was taken by the camera onboard NASA's Cassini spacecraft when it was 81.3 million kilometers (50.5 million miles) from the planet. It is composed of images taken in t...
First Color Image
An artist's concept of the dwarf planet Eris and its moon Dysnomia.
Eris and Dysnomia (Artist Concept)
It's difficult not to think of an egg when looking at Saturn's moon Methone, seen here during a Cassini flyby of the small moon. The relatively smooth surface adds to the effect created by the oblo...
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
A huge arrow-shaped storm blows across the equatorial region of Titan in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, chronicling the seasonal weather changes on Saturn's largest moon. This storm cr...
Titan's Arrow-Shaped Storm
Forever changing, the F ring takes on a ladder-like appearance in this recent Cassini spacecraft image. Scientists believe that interactions between the F ring and the moons Prometheus and Pandora ...
A flat, calm, liquid methane-ethane lake on Titan is depicted in this artist's concept. For a high resolution image, click here. Credit: Copyright 2008 Karl Kofoed
Methane-Ethane Lakes of Titan
+ View Full Res This image was obtained by Cassini's radar instrument during a flyby on Feb. 7, 2009. The radar antenna was pointing toward Titan at an altitude of 960 kilometers (597 miles) durin...
Titan Radar Swath (T-50 Flyby - Feb. 7, 2009)
This image of complex patterns on Occator Crater's floor on Ceres was obtained by NASA's Dawn spacecraft on July 5, 2018 from an altitude of about 32 miles (52 kilometers).
Complex Patterns on Occator Crater's Floor
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