Solar System Exploration
December 9, 2004
Enceladus revolves around Saturn inside the E Ring. The satellite's bright surface shows evidence of extensive resurfacing over time. Enceladus's surface is so bright that it reflects almost 100 ...
This montage of images from the NASA Cassini and Voyager missions shows that structural evolution has occurred in Saturn's D ring (the innermost ring) during the quarter century separating the two ...
D Ring Revelations
This three-image mosaic is the highest resolution view yet obtained of Enceladus' north polar region.
The North Polar Region of Enceladus
NASA's Dawn spacecraft took this view from Ceres on June 16, 2016, showing Ernutet Crater (32 miles, 52 kilometers in diameter) at top.
Dawn LAMO Image 133
The Cassini spacecraft carried the European Space Agency's Huygens probe to Saturn and released it in December 2004. The probe landed on Titan Jan. 14, 2005, acquiring a set of images using the de...
Pinpointing Huygens Landing Site
This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows is located in asteroid Vesta's Rheasilvia quadrangle, near Vesta's south pole. Severina crater has a fresh, sharp rim and a smaller, presumably younger,...
Lines of Craters
Saturn's expansive rings separate the moon's Tethys (at the top) from Dione (at the bottom). Even in this distant view, it is easy to see that the moons' surfaces, and likely their evolutionary his...
Moons with Separate Paths
Saucer-shaped Pan glides through the Encke Gap in Saturn's rings. See Saturn's Saucer Moons for higher resolution views of the "saucer moons" Pan (28 kilometers, or 17 miles across at its widest p...
The Cassini-Huygens mission team was honored with an Aerospace Laurel award by the editors of Aviation Week & Space Technology magazine. The award was presented on April 7 in Washington, D.C. ...
Jean-Pierre Lebreton and Dennis Matson
One of the most exciting features of Tethys (and of the whole Saturnian system as well) is Ithaca Chasma, a huge trench which extends from near the north pole down almost all the way to the south ...
Tethys' Ithaca Chasma
An artist’s impression of the InSight lander on Mars.
InSight Probes the ‘Inner Space' of Mars
Feathery cloud bands fill Saturn's graceful crescent. Features in the atmosphere are visible all the way to the terminator, the boundary between night and day, where the Sun's rays are coming in al...
Clear Sky on High
This false-color view of the rings of Uranus was made from images taken by Voyager 2 on Jan. 21, 1986, from a distance of 4.17 million kilometers (2.59 million miles).
Uranus Rings in False Color
The southern hemisphere of Enceladus is seen in this polar stereographic map, mosaicked from the best-available Cassini and Voyager clear-filter images. The map is centered on the south pole and s...
Enceladus: North and South (Southern Polar Projection)
Dione floats past, with Saturn's rings beyond. This view looks toward the anti-Saturn side of Dione (1,126 kilometers, or 700 miles across). North is up. The darker terrain on the moon's trailing ...
These composite images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft images show the spectacular spectral diversity of asteroid Vesta's surface.
Color Composite Images of Vesta
The Cassini spacecraft looks toward the dark region of Belet on Saturn's largest moon, Titan. This large region on the moon has a low albedo, meaning it diffusely reflects little light. See Map of...
South Polar Structure August 4, 2004 Full-Res: PIA05427 Saturn's southern polar region exhibits concentric rings of clouds which ...
South Polar Structure
This view from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows an area in the interior of Yalode Crater on Ceres. Yalode is one of the largest impact basins on Ceres, with a diameter of 160 miles (260 kilometers).
Dawn LAMO Image 183
Influence of Mimas October 29, 2004 Full-Res: PIA06509 Mimas, seen here beyond Saturn's rings, is a major sculptor of Saturn's rin...
Influence of Mimas
This Cassini image shows the cratered surface of Saturn's moon Rhea, with impact craters near the terminator thrown into sharp relief. Rhea is Saturn's second-largest moon, at 1,528 kilometers (9...
This global map of Saturn's moon Dione was created using images taken during Cassini spacecraft flybys, with Voyager images filling in the gaps in Cassini's coverage. An extensive system of brig...
Map of Dione - May 2008
A four-panel frame shows a section of Jupiter's north equatorial belt viewed by NASA's Cassini spacecraft at four different wavelengths, and a separate reference frame shows the location of the b...
In this series of images from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, a dark, rectangular hot spot (top) interacts with a line of vortices that approaches from on the upper-right side (second panel). The intera...
Vortices Bump into a Hot Spot in Jupiter's Atmosphere
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