Solar System Exploration
December 16, 2004
Saturn's B and C rings shine in diffuse, scattered light as the Cassini spacecraft looks on the planet's night side. The southern hemisphere is lit by sunlight reflecting off the rings, while the n...
Golden Night on Saturn
NASA's Dawn took this image on June 3, 2016, from its low-altitude mapping orbit, at a distance of about 240 miles (385 kilometers) above the surface. This view shows terrain located at approximate...
Dawn LAMO Image 187
NASA's New Horizons captured this high-resolution enhanced color view of Charon just before closest approach on July 14, 2015.
Charon in Enhanced Color
This image of Numisia AV-L-21, 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 Calling" Musician Jeff Oster turns the extraterrestrial songs of the ringed planet into beautiful New Age Jazz. + Listen (MP3, 5.0 MB) Image credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute/Jeff...
Saturn's D ring--the innermost of the planet's rings--sports an intriguing structure that appears to be a wavy, or "vertically corrugated," spiral. This continuously changing ring structure provide...
A Twisted Tale
This graphic shows the global distribution of craters that hit the giant asteroid Vesta, based on data from NASA's Dawn mission. The yellow circles indicate craters of 2 miles or wider, with the si...
Crater Impacts on Vesta
The exciting mystery of an active south polar region on Saturn's icy moon Enceladus continues to unfold as scientists make the correlation between geologically youthful surface fractures and unusua...
Searching for Warmth
This still from a movie shows an image taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft layered on a digital terrain model of an unusual hill containing a dark-rayed impact crater and nearby dark deposit on asteroi...
Dark Hill on Asteroid Vesta Movie
In this image from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, ripples in the sand indicate which way the wind is moving.
Wind Flow on Mars
Saturn appears serene and majestic in the first color composite made of images taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft on its approach to the ringed planet, with arrival still 20 months away. The plane...
This mosaic of images from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows the trail of a great northern storm on Saturn raging in full force. The contrast in the images has been enhanced to make the turbulent par...
Northern Storm in Full Force
This image, obtained by NASA's Dawn spacecraft on June 9, 2018, shows subtle features on Ceres from an altitude of about 33 miles (53 kilometers).
Subtle Features on Ceres
Saturn's softly glowing rings shine in scattered sunlight.
Two dark spots drift across the northern skies of Saturn. The shadows are cast by the moons Tethys and Mimas. Tethys (1,071 kilometers, or 665 miles across) orbits farther from Saturn than Mimas (...
The Cassini spacecraft is lowered to the top of its Titan IV/Centaur launch vehicle at Launch Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Station. Cassini is a cooperative project of NASA, the European...
Lowered onto Titan
Cassini looked toward the night side of Saturn to spy the darkened orb of Mimas barely visible here near the center of the image hugging the planet's shadow. To the left of Mimas are several bright...
Mimas Seeking Solitude
Saturn's small moons Atlas, Prometheus, and Epimetheus keep each other company in this Cassini spacecraft image of the planet's night side.
A team of engineers at NASA's Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif., tests an electrical interface on the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) spacecraft to ensure all of th...
LADEE Spacecraft Gets Final Science Instrument Installed
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Federal Government Shutdown
Saturn's restless clouds offer endless complexity, such as this small-scale repeating pattern upon which is superimposed a larger-scale wavelike modulation of the boundary between a bright zone and...
Pattern Upon Pattern
Scientist-astronaut Harrison H. Schmitt stands by the American flag during a moonwalk on the Apollo 17 mission.
A Scientist on the Moon
Cassini to Cruise by Titan Up next for Cassini is a flyby of Titan on March 10, which includes imaging an area just north of the equator, temperature mapping, and monitoring of cloud motion. On t...
Titan Flyby - Mar. 10, 2007
The Cassini spacecraft captures a couple of small moons in this image taken while the spacecraft was nearly in the plane of Saturn's rings. Near the top of this image, a crescent Mimas (396 kilome...
Mimas and Pan
Prometheus has just passed -- and gravitationally disturbed -- some of the fine particulate material in the F ring, creating the sheared gap visible in the inner strands of the ring. Prometheus is ...
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