Solar System Exploration
December 9, 2004
In this 30 second exposure, a meteor streaks across the sky during the annual Perseid meteor shower Friday, August 12, 2016 in Spruce Knob, West Virginia.
Perseid Meteor Shower 2016
A couple of Saturn's moons orbit beyond four of the planet's rings in this image. Starting from the top right of the picture are the C ring, B ring, A ring, thin F ring, the small moon Pandora (81...
Pair Past the Rings
This image of Eutropia AV-L-10, 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.
Saturn's clouds billow and swirl in the turbulent zones of shear between eastward- and westward-flowing jets. This view looks toward the terminator on Saturn, where night gives way to day. The ima...
Clouds at Dawn
Mimas' gigantic crater Herschel lies near the moon's limb in this Cassini view.
The Big One
Atmosphere and Enceladus October 28, 2004 Full-Res: PIA06508 Saturn's southern atmosphere looms before Cassini, displaying rich detai...
Atmosphere and Enceladus
The Cassini spacecraft views Saturn with a selection of its moons in varying sizes. Saturn's largest moon, Titan, is in the center of the image. Titan is 5,150 kilometers, or 3,200 miles, across...
Moons Small to Large
This composite image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft is a simulated true color image of asteroid Vesta's northern and equatorial regions.
Vesta's Northern and Equatorial Regions in Simulated True Color
This color picture of Antarctica is one part of a mosaic of pictures covering the entire Antarctic continent taken during the hours following Galileo's historic first encounter with its home planet...
Earth - Ross Ice Shelf, Antarctica
This comparison view shows a common, large vortex on Saturn as it plows through the atmosphere. The right image was taken about two Saturn rotations -- about 20 hours -- after the left image. Such...
Round and Round They Go
This stunning close-up view shows mountainous terrain that reaches about 10 kilometers (6 miles) high along the unique equatorial ridge of Iapetus. The view was acquired during Cassini's only close...
The Himalayas of Iapetus
This artist's rendering shows a cross-section of the surface and subsurface of Saturn's moon Titan, with a possible model for the structure of underground liquid reservoirs there.
Titan's Subsurface Reservoirs -- Annotated
This raw image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft was taken on March 27, 2012. The camera was pointing toward Saturn's moon Enceladus at approximately 19,810 miles (31,881 kilometers) away. This image...
Enceladus Terrain (Raw image)
Presented here is a complete set of cartographic map sheets from a high-resolution Enceladus atlas, a project of the Cassini Imaging Team. The map sheets form a 15-quadrangle series covering the...
The Enceladus Atlas (2008)
NASA's Dawn spacecraft took this image of Rao Crater (7 miles, 12 kilometers) at center left. on May 30, 2016.
Dawn LAMO Image 146
Weak sunlight illuminates Saturn's large, icy moon Tethys and its giant crater Odysseus. At the orbit of Saturn the Sun's light is between 80 and 100 times fainter than at Earth, depending on whe...
MarCO-B took these images as it approached Mars in November 2017.
MarCO-B (Wall-E) Mars Approach
This image of a scarp in Occator Crater on Ceres was obtained by NASA's Dawn spacecraft on July 3, 2018 from an altitude of about 26 miles (42 kilometers).
Scarp in Occator Crater
This image, taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft on Jan. 1, 2016, shows two relatively young, fresh craters on Ceres. Large blocks of ejected material fell near the rims of the craters and onto the floo...
Dawn LAMO Image 20
Ranger 1 was first in a series of test spacecraft to attempt to explore deep space.
Ranger 1 Launch
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
Houdini, Jennie the elephant, and the planet Saturn Credit:Credit: NASA/LOC Special Collections
Houdini, Jennie the elephant, and the planet Saturn
This image of Fabia AV-L-13, 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.
Hazy All Over July 28, 2004 Full-Res: PIA06089 Following its first flyby of Titan, Cassini gazed back at the smog-enshrouded moon...
Hazy All Over
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