Solar System Exploration
Flight across Titan
December 8, 2004
Flight across Titan
The many impact scars borne by Iapetus are made far more conspicuous in the region of transition from its dark hemisphere to its bright one. In this terrain, the dark material that coats Cassini Re...
Eyes on Xanadu October 25, 2004 Full-Res: PIA06107 This image taken on Oct. 24, 2004, reveals Titan's bright "continent-sized...
Eyes on Xanadu
This global digital map of Saturn's moon Iapetus was created using data taken during Cassini and Voyager spacecraft flybys. The map is an equidistant projection and has a scale of 641 meters (2,103...
Map of Iapetus - December 2005
The shepherd moons Prometheus and Pandora drive the quirky F ring in its circuit of Saturn, while Mimas lurks in the distance. This view looks toward the unilluminated side of the rings from about...
Mimas and the Shepherds
Lit brilliantly by the sun, the moon Rhea shows off its huge ray crater. The view was obtained at a distance of approximately 812,000 kilometers (505,000 miles) from Rhea and at a Sun-Rhea-spacecr...
The shadow of Saturn's rings grows wider on the planet as the planet moves away from its August 2009 equinox, when the rings cast a pencil-thin shadow. See The Rite of Spring for a view of Saturn ...
The brightly reflective moon Enceladus appears before Saturn's rings while the larger moon Titan looms in the distance.
The Tale Continues...
Ranger 1 was first in a series of test spacecraft to attempt to explore deep space.
Ranger 1 Launch
Swirls of Clouds May 26, 2004 Full-Res: PIA05395 This image shows dramatic details in the swirling, turbulent bands of clouds in ...
Swirls of Clouds
This image was taken during Cassini's third close approach to Titan on Feb. 15, 2005. The image was taken with the Cassini spacecraft narrow angle camera, through a filter sensitive to wavelengths...
Close Titan Flyby 3, Image #1
Mimas is caught in the spotlight beneath Saturn's rings in this amazing view from Cassini. Notable is the brightened outermost edge of the A ring beyond the narrow Keeler gap and the periodic brigh...
Spotlight on Mimas
This image of Titan, taken by a Voyager spacecraft, shows Titan to be completely shrouded by a thick atmosphere. The atmosphere is about 95% nitrogen, the remainder methane as well as other hydroca...
This view of Titan's south pole reveals the intriguing dark feature named Ontario Lacus and a host of smaller features dotting the south polar region. The true nature of this feature, seen here at...
Land of Lakes?
This image of asteroid Vesta, from NASA's Dawn spacecraft, calculated from a shape model, shows a tilted view of the topography of the south polar region. This perspective removes the overall curva...
Oblique View of Vesta's South Polar Region
The shadow of the moon Mimas extends elegantly across Saturn's A and F rings. As Saturn approaches its August 2009 equinox, the planet's moons cast shadows onto the rings. To learn more about this...
The study of a planetary atmosphere like Saturn's is quite different from studying solid surfaces, since atmospheres are dynamic and ever-changing. In this Cassini image, the large-scale curviline...
Saturn's brightly sunlit moon Rhea commands the foreground in this image from Cassini. The planet's splendid rings are discernible in the background. Rhea is 1,528 kilometers (949 miles) across. ...
This spectacular and disorienting maze of lines is a Cassini portrait of the gas giant Saturn, its rings and its small, icy moon Mimas. The rings cast dark shadows across Saturn's northern hemisphe...
Moon Against the Shadows
+ Highest Resolution Available An artist's imagination of hydrocarbon pools, icy and rocky terrain on the surface of Saturn's largest moon Titan. Image by Ron Jackson -- Binghamton, N.Y.
Pools on Titan
Intricate C Ring Details December 7, 2004 Full-Res: PIA06537 Saturn's inner C ring spreads across th...
Intricate C Ring Details
Cassini turns its gaze toward Saturn's outer A ring to find the moon Pan coasting behind one of the thin ringlets which it shares with the Encke Gap. Pan is 26 kilometers (16 miles) across. Unders...
Ring Study Subjects
Cassini captured this striking view of Saturn’s moon Dione on July 23, 2012.
Saturn's icy moon Enceladus hovers above Saturn's exquisite rings in this color view from Cassini. The rings, made of nearly pure water ice, have also become somewhat contaminated by meteoritic dus...
Bright Ice, Dirty Ice
Prometheus is caught here, in the act of pulling a new streamer out of the F ring's inner edge. Trailing behind (above the moon in the image) are previous dark gores that Prometheus (102 kilometers...
Sculpting the F Ring
Technicians Susan Ung and Andy Anderson cut and stitch the gold-colored thermal blankets for NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
Cassini's Space Suit
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