Solar System Exploration
Flight across Titan
December 8, 2004
Flight across Titan
These images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft show part of asteroid Vesta's equatorial region, which contains impact craters and troughs (linear depressions).
Topography of Vesta's Equatorial Region III
Cassini peers through the icy particles that comprise Saturn's rings as Prometheus sits perched on the planet's limb (edge). The rings cast shadows on the planet, with darker regions corresponding ...
Prometheus On the Edge
NASA's Dawn asteroid lithograph of Eros and other asteroids.
Asteroid Lithograph of Eros and Other Asteroids
This image of Ceres is part of a sequence taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft on April 29, 2015, from a distance of 8,400 miles (13,600 kilometers).
Dawn RC3 Image 14
Hyperion is one of the smaller of Saturn's main satellites, is irregular in shape, about 400 by 250 by 240 kilometers (250 by 160 by 150 miles), and is noted for its odd scarp system. Scarps like t...
Voyager 2 took this image of Neptune's irregularly-shaped satellite 1989N1 from a range of 870,000 kilometers (540,000 miles).
NASA's Dawn spacecraft took this image on June 13, 2016, showing the limb of Ceres from above an equatorial region east of Kirnis Crater.
Dawn LAMO Image 124
Dione's leading hemisphere appears relatively smooth and placid here, compared to the fractured landscape on its trailing hemisphere. See Incredible Cliffs for a view of the trailing hemisphere. ...
The Quiet Side
Shadows drape Saturn's northern hemisphere, providing a different kind of look at prominent features in the rings. From the lower left corner upward, the visible features are: the shadow of the out...
Structure in the Shadows
As one NASA spacecraft sailed past the distant ice world of Pluto, collecting never-before-seen vistas and invaluable science data, another spacecraft turned its gaze in that direction from its out...
Pluto Seen from Saturn (labeled)
Saturn's cratered moon Dione displays a large impact basin near its south pole in this Cassini spacecraft image. The topographic features that extend radially away from the basin could be secondary...
This Cassini spacecraft image holds an unseen treasure orbiting within the bright arc of Saturn's G ring: the tiny moonlet Aegaeon. The moonlet itself is too small to be seen within the arc pictur...
In the Arc
NASA's Dawn spacecraft obtained this image of craters with bright features on asteroid Vesta with its framing camera on August 18, 2011. The image has a resolution of about 260 meters per pixel.
Craters with Bright Features
A single Huygens DISR image that shows two new features on the surface of Titan. A bright linear feature suggests an area where water ice may have been extruded onto the surface. Also visible are...
Water Ice and Methane Springs on Titan
Reflected light from Saturn dimly illuminates the night side of the cratered moon Mimas in this Cassini image. Above, the outer edges of the planet's main rings show some interesting details. Mima...
NASA's Dawn spacecraft has spiraled closer and closer to the surface of the giant asteroid Vesta. These images were obtained by Dawn's framing camera in the three phases of its campaign since arriv...
Closer and Closer to the Vesta Surface
Influence of Mimas October 29, 2004 Full-Res: PIA06509 Mimas, seen here beyond Saturn's rings, ...
Influence of Mimas
This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows a sharp, fresh crater rim of a large crater that is only partly in the bottom right corner of this image and is located in Vesta's Numisia quadrangle, n...
Sharp Crater Rim
NASA's Dawn spacecraft used its Visible and Infrared Imaging Spectrometer instrument to produce these three different composite images of the same region of asteroid Vesta's surface.
Craters and Ejecta in Visible and Infrared Wavelengths
This map of Saturn's moon Titan shows the location mapped with the Cassini radar mapper using its Synthetic Aperture Radar imaging mode on April 30, 2006. The global map shows the areas mapped so...
Radar Flyby of Titan - April 30, 2006
A large impact basin dominates the high southern latitudes of Saturn's moon Dione. See Rebounded Craters to learn more from a similar image. Lit terrain seen here is on the anti-Saturn side of Dio...
Dione's Southern Basin
The Cassini spacecraft continues to investigate the intriguing structure in Saturn's outer B-ring edge. This region has a much perturbed character compared to the orderly rings around it. Ring sci...
Like Earth, Saturn has an invisible ring of energetic ions trapped in its magnetic field. This feature is known as a "ring current."
Saturn's 'Ring Current'
The high northern latitudes on Enceladus show little detail from Cassini's distant vantage point, nearly 50 degrees above the moon's equator. The plume of icy material that jets from the south pol...
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