Solar System Exploration
December 9, 2004
The stars of the Pleiades cluster, also known by the names "M45" and "the Seven Sisters," shine brightly in this view from the Cassini spacecraft. The cluster is comprised of hundreds of stars, a f...
The Seven Sisters
NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope photographed Mars on July 18, 2018 near its closest approach to Earth since 2003. The planet was observed near opposition, when the Sun, Earth and Mars are lined up, w...
Hubble's Close-up View of Mars Dust Storm
This anaglyph image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows the topography of the mountain-central complex in asteroid Vesta's south polar region. You need 3-D glasses to view this image.
Impact Crater and Mountain-central Complex in Vesta's South Polar Region (Anaglyph)
Pandora is seen here, in isolation beside Saturn's kinked and constantly changing F ring.
Rings and Moons June 21, 2004 Full-Res: PIA05410 Saturn¿s magnificent rings sh...
Rings and Moons
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
An aurora, shining high above the northern part of Saturn, moves from the night side to the day side of the planet in this movie recorded by Cassini.
Northern Aurora in Motion
This Voyager 2 high resolution color image, taken 2 hours before closest approach, provides obvious evidence of vertical relief in Neptune's bright cloud streaks.
Neptune Clouds Showing Vertical Relief
Nature is an artist, and this time she seems to have let her paints swirl together a bit.
This false-color view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft gazes toward the rings beyond Saturn's sunlit horizon, where a thin haze can be seen along the limb.
Haze on the Horizon
Cassini finds artistic harmony in the dark and icy realm of Saturn. The view shows the crescent of Tethys (1,071 kilometers, or 665 miles across) and the outer edge of Saturn's main rings. The dim...
Arc and Crescent
Pandora and Prometheus Near F Ring May 24, 2004 Full-Res: PIA05393 Two of Satu...
Pandora and Prometheus Near F Ring
Darkness sweeps over Iapetus as the Cassini spacecraft watches the shadow of Saturn's B ring engulf the dichotomous moon. The image at left shows the unshaded moon, while at right, Iapetus sits in ...
The Cassini spacecraft takes in a southern view of the scarred face of icy Tethys.
Beyond the ansa of Saturn's rings, a crescent Rhea completes this ring-and-moon composition. Rhea (1,528 kilometers, or 949 miles across) is near the middle of the bottom of the image. This view l...
Rhea and Rings
Three of Saturn's diverse family of moons are captured in this view. Smoggy Titan (5,150 kilometers, or 3,200 miles across) hovers above the thin line of the rings. Much smaller Epimetheus (116 ki...
Trio Near the Rings
The first image captured by one of NASA's Mars Cube One (MarCO) CubeSats. The image, which shows both the CubeSat's unfolded high-gain antenna at right and the Earth and its moon in the center, was...
First Image from MarCO-B
Moon under Saturn July 14, 2004 Full-Res: PIA05416 Saturn's captivating cloud bands display a number of interesting features in th...
Moon under Saturn
This composite was produced from images returned on 14 January 2005, by ESA's Huygens probe during its successful descent to land on Titan. It shows the boundary between the lighter-coloured uplift...
Building Our New View of Titan
As they wheel about the planet, Saturn's sunlit rings often exhibit dark, radial markings called spokes. Spokes are seen only in the broad B ring, and can also appear bright in certain viewing geo...
Spokes on the Wheel
These images of Saturn's polar aurora were taken by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope on Jan. 24, 26, and 28. Each of the three images of Saturn combines ultraviolet images of the south polar region (...
This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft of asteroid Vesta shows Aquilia crater located in Pinaria quadrangle, in Vesta's southern hemisphere. The especially degraded bottom rim was probably formed b...
These images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft are located in asteroid Vesta's Numisia quadrangle, southern hemisphere; layers can be seen slumping towards the crater's center and there is slightly brigh...
HAMO and LAMO Images of Cornelia Crater
A composite image of Arrokoth (2014 MU69) taken a month before New Horizon's Jan. 1, 2019 flyby.
Arrokoth (2014 MU69) from 24 Million Miles
Two moons orbit serenely before Saturn while large storms churn through the planet's southern hemisphere. The moon Mimas (396 kilometers, or 246 miles across) is on the right. Dione (1,123 kilomet...
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