Solar System Exploration
December 9, 2004
+ High Res This map of Saturn’s moon Titan identifies the locations of mountains that have been named by the International Astronomical Union. By convention, mountains on Titan are named for mou...
Mountains of Titan
The best view of Saturn's rings in the ultraviolet indicates there is more ice toward the outer part of the rings, than in the inner part, hinting at the origins of the rings and their evolution.
Saturn's A Ring From the Inside Out
The rim of Ezinu Crater is seen in this view from NASA's Dawn spacecraft.
Dawn LAMO Image 66
This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows some of the undulating terrain in asteroid Vesta's southern hemisphere.
Undulating Terrain in Vesta's Southern Hemisphere
This intense false-color view highlights and enhances color variations across the cratered and cracked surface of Saturn's moon Rhea. To create the false-color view, ultraviolet, green and infrare...
Intense Color on Rhea
Galileo and Cassini Image Two Giant Plumes on Io March 29, 2001 Two tall volcanic plumes and the rings of red material they have deposited onto surrounding surface areas appear in images...
Plume of Io
Although Enceladus and Saturn's rings are largely made up of water ice, they show very different characteristics.
+ View False Color Version Ligeia Mare, shown here in a false-color image from NASA's Cassini mission, is the second largest known body of liquid on Saturn's moon Titan. It is filled with liquid ...
Vast Ligeia Mare (black and white mosaic)
+ Annotated Version This image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows an ancient southern sea that used to sprawl out near the south pole of Saturn's moon Titan. In an annotated version, the red out...
Outline of an Ancient Sea on Titan -- Unannotated
This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows many highly degraded craters in the top part of the image. These craters are so degraded that their rims are only partially visible.
Mass Wasting on Steep Slopes
A pair of moons and a pair of moon shadows can be seen in this Cassini spacecraft image taken about a month and a half after Saturn's August 2009 equinox. Pan (28 kilometers, or 17 miles across) o...
The shadow of the moon Tethys is revealed on Saturn's B and C rings in this image which also includes the planet. The planet is overexposed in this image in which the exposure time was set to capt...
Exposing a Shadow
South Pole on Saturn July 12, 2004 Full-Res: PIA05414 Details observed in Saturn¿s south polar region demonstrate that this area ...
South Pole on Saturn
This image of Arruntia AV-L-03, 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 is the highest-resolution color departure shot of Pluto's receding crescent from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft, taken when the spacecraft was 120,000 miles (200,000 kilometers) away from Plut...
Blue Rays: New Horizons' High-Res Farewell to Pluto
This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows an unnamed impact feature that lies on the northern rim of Chaminuka Crater in Ceres' southern hemisphere.
Dawn LAMO Image 144
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A crescent Enceladus, imaged from the night side, shows off its spectacular water ice plumes emanating from the south polar region of this moon of Saturn. This image was captured at a phase, or Su...
Plumes and a Crescent
The shadow of Tethys drifts across the face of Saturn. Nearby, shadows of the planet's rings form a darkened band above the equator. This view looks toward Saturn from a vantage point 63 degrees n...
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
This image shows NASA'S Dawn scientists' best guess to date of what the surface of the protoplanet Vesta might look like; it incorporates the best data on dimples and bulges from ground-based teles...
This sequence of nine true-color, narrow-angle images shows the varying appearance of Jupiter as it rotated through more than a complete 360-degree turn.
Nine Frames as Jupiter Turns
An avalanche near the north pole of Mars, as observed by the HiRISE instrument aboard NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
Earth's jet stream is a subject of intense interest and concern thanks to its effects on our weather.
Saturn's Polar Jet
The first and last image taken by the MESSENGER spacecraft while in orbit at Mercury.
From the First to the Last
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