Solar System Exploration
December 9, 2004
This view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows battered terrain around the north pole of Saturn's icy moon Enceladus.
Craters Crowd the North
The Cassini spacecraft looks past the illuminated side of Saturn's rings to the brilliant moon Enceladus.
Brilliance Beyond the Rings
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...
As it departed its encounter with Saturn's moon Dione, Cassini sailed above an unreal landscape blasted by impacts. The rising Sun throws craters into sharp contrast and reveals steep crater walls...
Saturn's two largest moons meet in the sky in a rare embrace. Smog-enshrouded Titan (5,150 kilometers, or 3,200 miles across) glows to the left of airless Rhea (1,528 kilometers, or 949 miles acros...
Saturn Storms Observed by Voyager August 5, 2004 Full-Res: PIA01364 Voyager 1 and 2 observed radio signals from lightning which w...
Saturn Storms Observed by Voyager
Saturn's many cloud patterns, swept along by high-speed winds, look as if they were painted on by some eager alien artist.
Four of Saturn's moons join the planet for a well balanced portrait. Saturn's largest moon, Titan (5,150 kilometers, or 3,200 miles across), is in the lower left. Tethys (1,062 kilometers, or 660 ...
Quartet and Crescent
NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft discovered strange hollows on the surface of Mercury.
Hollows on Mercury
This expansive view takes in most of Saturn's main ring system, from the outer C ring to the narrow and knotted-looking F ring. The broad brightness plateaus in the C ring (at bottom) transform int...
The Rings' Variety
Half an hour after Prometheus tore into this region of Saturn's F ring, the Cassini spacecraft snapped this image just as the moon was creating a new streamer in the ring.The dark pattern shaped li...
The six close-up views of Titan's surface shown here are composed of images acquired by the Cassini spacecraft during flybys in October (see Titan Mosaic: October 2004) and December (see Titan Mosa...
Scrutinizing Titan's Surface
Relatively young craters, with sharp crater rims and streaks of bright material, are the focus of this view of Ceres from NASA's Dawn spacecraft, taken on Oct. 17, 2016.
Dawn XMO2 Image 3
NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter spotted the final resting place of Israel's Beresheet Moon lander.
Beresheet Moon Impact Site
This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows undulating terrain, located only in asteroid Vesta's southern hemisphere, in and around the Rheasilvia impact basin.
Undulating Terrain in Vesta's Southern Hemisphere
This image of Ceres is part of a sequence taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft on April 29, 2015, from a distance of 8,400 miles (13,600 kilometers).
Dawn RC3 Image 14
The Cassini spacecraft looks toward Fensal and Aztlan, two dark areas near the equator of Titan. Like other albedo features on Titan, these areas are named after enchanted places or paradises from...
This image of the base of Occator Craters eastern wall next to the Vinalia Faculae was obtained by NASAs Dawn spacecraft on July 23, 2018 from an altitude of about 84 miles (135 kilometers).
Base of Occator Crater's Eastern Wall Next to the Vinalia Faculae
This close-up view of Saturn's turbulent atmosphere shows what may be two vortices interacting. Some of the bright clouds in the scene appear to be casting dark shadows, suggesting they are at high...
Such Great Heights
This composite image shows a massive mountain range running just south of Titan's equator. Near the center of the image, the mountain range runs from southeast to northwest. It is about 150 kilomet...
This image of bright spots in a small crater on Ceres was obtained by NASA's Dawn spacecraft on July 1, 2018 from an altitude of about 179 miles (288 kilometers).
Bright Spots in Small Crater on Ceres
+ View Full Res This raw, unprocessed image of Saturn's moon Enceladus was taken on Oct. 19, 2011. As the spacecraft passed Enceladus, its infrared instruments, cameras and other instruments moni...
Enceladus Flyby E-15 (Raw Image #1)
Although the D ring of Saturn is so thin that it's barely noticeable compared to the rest of the ring system, it still displays structures seen in other Saturnian rings.
Spirals in the D Ring
On July 29, 2011, Cassini captured five of Saturn’s moons in a single frame with its narrow-angle camera.
Five Moons and Saturn
This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows craters of different sizes and shapes in Vesta's southern hemisphere. The freshest craters can be classified as fresh scarp rimmed craters and the less ...
Unusual craters on Vesta I
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