Solar System Exploration
Flight across Titan
December 8, 2004
Flight across Titan
Two of Saturn's small moons can be seen orbiting beyond the planet's thin F ring in this Cassini spacecraft image. Pandora (81 kilometers, or 50 miles across) is on the left, and Epimetheus (113 k...
Petite Pair Beyond Rings
Since its discovery in 2005, Pluto's moon Hydra has been known only as a fuzzy dot of uncertain shape, size, and reflectivity.
Hydra Emerges from the Shadows
The cold, cratered landscape of Saturn's moon Tethys shines in stark relief in this crescent view. Aside from its obvious aesthetic beauty, this particular Cassini mosaic was obtained mainly to un...
This map of Saturn's moon Titan shows the location mapped with the Cassini radar mapper using its synthetic aperture radar imaging mode during the Oct. 28, 2005, flyby. The radar swath is superim...
Radar Swath of Oct. 28, 2005, Titan Flyby
Mysterious Titan begins to appear more familiar as the Cassini spacecraft explores the once hidden surface of this Earth-like moon. + View the interactive feature
Saturn Moons Explorer: Titan
Two images of Saturn's A and B ring showcase the opposition effect, a brightness surge that is visible on Saturn's rings when the Sun is directly behind the spacecraft. This view is of the B ring....
Opposition Surge on the B Ring
This false-color view of the rings of Uranus was made from images taken by Voyager 2 on Jan. 21, 1986, from a distance of 4.17 million kilometers (2.59 million miles).
Uranus Rings in False Color
This image of Rubria AV-L-16, 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.
This global digital map of Saturn's moon Dione was created using data taken during Cassini and Voyager spacecraft flybys. The map is an equidistant projection and has a scale of 977 meters (3,205 f...
Map of Dione - December 2005
This view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows terrain on Saturn's moon Dione that is entirely lit by reflected light from Saturn, called Saturnshine.
Dione's Saturn-lit Surface
Two of Saturn's moons straddle the planet's rings in this color view. Mimas (396 kilometers, or 246 miles across) is closest to the Cassini spacecraft here. Epimetheus (113 kilometers, or 70 miles...
Color Between Moons
Rhea's devastated surface creates a jagged terminator as mountains and crater rims break-up the line between day and night. Terrain on Rhea's night side is dimly lit by reflected light from Saturn....
This high-phase view of Dione shows the great contrast between the highly reflective ''wisps'' and the surrounding terrain. These wispy linea are geologically young fractures exposing the icy surf...
High Contrast Crescent
This image of Ceres' limb was obtained by NASA's Dawn spacecraft on May 30, 2018 from an altitude of about 280 miles (450 kilometers).
Limb View of Ceres
This image of Justina AV-L-29, 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.
Cassini took this image of the ropy, taffy-like topography on Saturn's moon Enceladus as it soared above the icy moon on Feb. 17, 2005. This view, about 60 kilometers across (37 miles), shows seve...
Cassini Views Enceladus Up-Close
Images recorded by the European Space Agency's Huygens probe descent imager/spectral radiometer between 11 and 5 miles (17 and 8 kilometers) were assembled to produce this panoramic mosaic. The pro...
Three of Saturn's icy moons are seen here, along with the magnificent water-ice rings and the cold gaseous envelope of the planet's atmosphere. Saturn's dark shadow stretches completely across the ...
Saturn's Icy Realm
The Cassini spacecraft looks toward Rhea's cratered, icy landscape with the dark line of Saturn's ringplane and the planet's murky atmosphere as a background. Rhea is Saturn's second-largest moon,...
Evoking the haunting beauty of Earth's Moon, a crescent Enceladus appears in the skies around Saturn. Lit terrain seen here is on the Saturn-facing hemisphere of Enceladus. North on Enceladus is u...
+ See unannotated version This wide-angle image shows the south polar region of Saturn’s moon Enceladus and outlines the area covered by the high-resolution mosaic combining data from the imaging ...
Baghdad Sulcus in Context -- Annotated
Saturn's largest and second largest moons, Titan and Rhea, appear to be stacked on top of each other in this true-color scene from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
Fire and Ice
The extreme contrast in this view of the unlit side of Saturn's rings is intentional. Contrast-enhanced views like this are used to look for spokes (the transient, ghostly lanes of dust seen in NAS...
On the Lookout for Spokes
Cassini Captures the Cassini Division July 1, 2004 Full-Res: PIA06092 This image shows the regi...
Cassini Captures the Cassini Division
This map is part of a group release of Mercator and polar stereographic projections of Saturn's moon Phoebe. A Mercator projection is a map that preserves directions on a body, but distorts sizes, ...
Phoebe: Cartographic Projections (Mercator Projection)
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