Solar System Exploration
December 9, 2004
These two global images of Iapetus show the extreme brightness dichotomy on the surface of this peculiar Saturnian moon.
Global View of Iapetus' Dichotomy
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
An enhanced close-up view shows at least two distinct jets spraying a mist of fine particles from the south polar region of Enceladus. The particles in the plume scatter sunlight most effectively a...
Scattered Ice, Scattered Light
The objectives of the Cassini mission can be divided into five scientific categories. Titan, at the upper right, is the target for the Huygens probe, which will descend to the surface of Saturn's...
This image of asteroid Vesta from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows a region of the surface that is rather smooth in appearance which is located in Vesta's Marcia quadrangle, near the Vestan equator.
Craters large and small cover the rugged surface of Saturn's moon Janus. This view looks toward the southern hemisphere of Janus (179 kilometers, or 111 miles across at its widest point). The moon...
This image of a fracture network in Occator Crater on Ceres was obtained by NASA's Dawn spacecraft on July 16, 2018 from an altitude of about 67 miles (107 kilometers).
Fracture Network in Occator Crater
Artist’s version of a star chart, complete with arrows to help locate Saturn. Credit: NASA/JPL
Occator Crater, home of Ceres' intriguing brightest areas, is prominently featured in this image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft.
Occator on Ceres' Limb
The shadow of Saturn's largest moon darkens a huge portion of the gas giant planet. Titan (5,150 kilometers, or 3,200 miles across) is not pictured here, but its shadow is elongated in the bottom ...
Enormous Elongated Shadow
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
Ultraviolet Enceladus September 23, 2004 Full-Res: PIA06483 Looking beyond Saturn's south pole, this was the Cassini spacecraft's...
The shadow of the moon Tethys is cast onto Saturn's A ring, almost blanketing the Enke Gap. The novel illumination geometry created as Saturn approaches its August 2009 equinox allows moons orbiti...
Engulfing a Gap
Saturn's small, potato-shaped moon Prometheus orbits between the main rings and the thin F ring in this Cassini spacecraft view. Prometheus can be seen just above the center of the image as it orb...
Prometheus Amid Rings
Far Out Rhea September 20, 2004 Full-Res: PIA06480 Cassini caught this glimpse of Saturn's second largest moon, 1,528 kilometer (9...
Far Out Rhea
This piece entitled "Cassini Tracking Saturn I" was painted by Florida artist Cecil Herring, who absolutely loves everything about space exploration. As part of her "Spacescapes" series, she uses a...
Cassini Saturn Art
NASA's Dawn spacecraft obtained this image of asteroid Vesta with its framing camera on August 11, 2011. The image has a resolution of about 260 meters per pixel.
Up and Down in Vesta's Cratered Terrain
NASA's Cassini spacecraft obtained this raw image of Saturn's moons Titan and Tethys on Oct. 18, 2010. Titan, Saturn's largest moon, is the larger, hazy moon in the background. Tethys is the bright...
Titan and Tethys -- Oct. 20, 2010 (raw)
Cassini acquired this view of Titan on April 13, 2007, following a flyby of the Mercury-sized moon. Titan's equatorial dark regions are visible in this view, along with faint, dark lineaments (line...
Titan 'T28' View
+ View Annotated version The dark hot spot in this false-color image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft is a window deep into Jupiter's atmosphere. All around it are layers of higher clouds, with co...
Peering Deep into Jupiter's Atmosphere
Blazing like an icy torch, the plume of Enceladus shines in scattered sunlight as the moon casts a shadow onto Saturn's E ring. Some of the tiny ice particles erupted from the moon's south polar re...
Casting a Shadow
This 2013 animation shows multiple-planet systems discovered by Kepler.
Kepler Orrery III
This view of the twilight sky and Martian horizon taken by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover includes Earth as the brightest point of light in the night sky.
Bright 'Evening Star' Seen from Mars is Earth
This view from NASA's Dawn spacecraft features a lobe-shaped flow feature in Ghanan Crater on Ceres. The flow feature is a place where a crater rim has collapse and material has flowed across the s...
Dawn XMO2 Image 4
A short but fierce "gullywasher" rainstorm of methane falls on the mountains surrounding the intriguing flows of Titan's Hotei Arcus in this artist's concept by Michael Carroll, based upon radar ma...
Rainy Day at Hotei Arcus
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