Solar System Exploration
Flight across Titan
December 8, 2004
Flight across Titan
This is the first global map of the giant asteroid Vesta composed from images recorded by the framing camera aboard NASA's Dawn spacecraft. The equator is running parallel to the upper image border...
Map of Vesta's Equatorial Latitudes and Southern Hemisphere
Now, in southern summer, Saturn's shadow stretches across the sunlit southern surface of its rings. Saturn's moon Janus orbits just outside of the main rings and appears below them in this scene. J...
The Giant's Shadow
Dione is partly occulted by Saturn's rings in this nearly edge-on view, taken from less than a tenth of a degree above the ringplane. The side of the rings nearer to the Cassini spacecraft was mask...
Slicing Through Dione
Whiffs of cloud dance in Saturn's atmosphere, while the dim crescent of Rhea (1,528 kilometers, or 949 miles across) hangs in the distance. The dark ringplane cuts a diagonal across the top left c...
Serenity Above, Tempests Below
The Cassini spacecraft looked toward the darkened night side of Saturn to capture the eerie glow of the rings, which, not being blocked by the planet's bulk, remained brilliant in full sunlight. T...
Rings Against a Dark Planet
This map-projected view of Ceres was created from images taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft during its initial approach to the dwarf planet, prior to being captured into orbit in March 2015.
Dawn's First Color Map of Ceres
This image, taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft, shows the surface of dwarf planet Ceres from an altitude of 915 miles (1,470 kilometers). The image, with a resolution of 450 feet (140 meters) per pixe...
Dawn HAMO Image 21
Saturn's semitransparent rings arc smoothly around the gas giant, abruptly disappearing where they pass through the planet's shadow. This view looks toward the unilluminated side of the rings from...
Tethys appears to be peeking out from behind Rhea, watching the watcher.
Tethys the Spy
This image shows in superb detail the region in Saturn's rings known as the Encke Gap.
The Encke Gap as Never Seen Before
The Cassini spacecraft looks toward the sunlit face of Saturn's rings, whose shadows continue to slide southward on the planet toward their temporary disappearance during equinox in August 2009. T...
Eyes on the Rings
A broad impact basin hints at Dione's split personality in this image from the Cassini spacecraft. Dione's leading hemisphere is heavily cratered by impacts while its trailing hemisphere features ...
Dione's Pockmarked Side
This map of the surface of Saturn's moon Tethys illustrates the regions that will be imaged by Cassini during the spacecraft's close flyby of the moon on Sept. 24, 2005. At closest approach, the sp...
Cassini's Close Look at Tethys
Sinuous clouds and hurricane-sized vortices mingle in Saturn's northern skies. This view looks toward a region located at 70 degrees north latitude on Saturn. Despite the level of detail visible...
Storms of the High North
NASA's Cassini spacecraft took this raw image of Saturn's moon Titan on Oct. 14, 2010, kicking off an action-packed long weekend that took the spacecraft by eight other moons. The camera was pointi...
Titan -- Oct. 14, 2010 (raw)
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...
Streamers, swirls and vortices roll across the dynamic face of Saturn. Unlike Earth, where most of the weather is driven by the Sun, Saturn's storms and circulation are driven in part by internal ...
This Cassini narrow-angle camera image -- one of those acquired in the survey conducted by the Cassini imaging science team of the geyser basin at the south pole of Enceladus -- was taken as Cassin...
The long, gently meandering character of the clouds in this view is a tracer of the generally stable flow of Saturn's atmosphere. The flow is disrupted at turbulent belt-zone boundaries and, here a...
Diverse cloud forms shift and spin in the far northern reaches of Saturn. The image was taken with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera on Feb. 18, 2008 using a spectral filter sensitive to wa...
The Turbulent North
This image of a complex pattern on the floor of Occator Crater was obtained by NASAs Dawn spacecraft on July 16, 2018 from an altitude of about 58 miles (93 kilometers).
Complex Pattern on the Floor of Occator Crater
In this unique mosaic image combining high-resolution data from the imaging science subsystem and composite infrared spectrometer aboard NASA’s Cassini spacecraft, pockets of heat appear along one ...
Enceladus' Warm Baghdad Sulcus
U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Kristina Williams, weather officer, 30th Space Wing, Vandenberg Air Force Base, right, discusses NASA's InSight mission during a pre-launch media briefing.
InSight Launch Weather Report
+ View Full Res This raw, unprocessed image of Saturn's moon Enceladus was taken on Oct. 19, 2011. As the spacecraft passed Enceladus, its infrared instruments, cameras and other instruments moni...
Enceladus Flyby E-15 (Raw Image #3)
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