Solar System Exploration
December 16, 2004
Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) technicians reposition and level the Cassini orbiter in the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility at KSC in July after stacking the craft’s upper equipment module on ...
Cassini On the Level
Saturn's moon Rhea is gently lit in front of a background of the planet with a wide shadow cast by the rings which are seen nearly edge-on. This view looks toward the anti-Saturn side of Rhea (1,5...
Rhea, Rings and Shadow
This visual and infrared mapping spectrometer image of Saturn's moon Enceladus (in the 2 micron-wavelength) shows the dark cracks at the south pole dubbed "tiger stripes" for their distinct stripe-...
Tiger Stripes are Cubs
In the Shangri-La Sand Sea on Titan is shown in this image from the Synthetic Aperture radar (SAR) on NASA's Cassini spacecraft. See PIA20711 for an alternate version of this image using a differen...
Flowing Dunes of Shangri-La
This image of asteroid Vesta, from NASA's Dawn spacecraft, calculated from a shape model, shows a tilted view of the topography of the south polar region. This perspective removes the overall curva...
Oblique View of Vesta's South Polar Region
+ Annotated Version This global map of Saturn's moon Mimas was created using images taken during Cassini spacecraft flybys, with Voyager images filling in the gaps in Cassini's coverage. The moon...
Map of Mimas - June 2012 -- Unannotated
This dramatic view looks across the region of Enceladus' geyser basin and down on the ends of the Baghdad and Damascus fractures that face Saturn.
Elevated View of Enceladus' South Pole (annotated)
Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko by Rosetta's OSIRIS narrow-angle camera on 3 August 2014, from a distance of 285 km (177 miles).
Rosetta's Comet From 177 Miles
The head of Saturn's huge northern storm is well established in this view captured early in the storm's development by NASA's Cassini spacecraft in late 2010. Saturn's atmosphere and its rings are...
Storm Head in False Color
This is an artists concept of Cassini during the Saturn Orbit Insertion (SOI) maneuver, just after the main engine has begun firing. The spacecraft is moving out of the plane of the page and to the...
Saturn Orbit Insertion -- Artist's Rendition
Recent research suggests much of the eruption activity on the surface of Saturn's moon Enceladus could be in the form of broad, curtain-like eruptions, rather than discrete jets.
Icy Curtain Eruptions on Enceladus Create an Illusion of Discrete Jets
The Cassini spacecraft views the far-off wispy canyons of Saturn's moon Dione and sees an interesting dichotomy between the bright wisps and the bright south polar region at the bottom. The view l...
The Cassini spacecraft focuses on a streamer-channel feature in Saturn's F ring.
Titan, Saturn's largest moon, and Mimas, closer but much smaller on the right, are seen together in this view from Cassini. Titan's gravity is weaker than Earth's, so the moon's atmosphere is quite...
Mimas...and Titan Beyond
Tethys has a crater-saturated surface, where older, larger basins have been completely overprinted by newer, smaller impacts. This state is what scientists expect to see on a very old surface, wher...
This image of Saturn's moon Enceladus shows a region of craters softened by time and torn apart by tectonic stresses. Fractures 100 to 400 meters (330 to 1,300 feet) in width crosscut the terrain: ...
A seven-year journey to the ringed planet Saturn begins with the liftoff of a Titan IVB/Centaur carrying the Cassini orbiter and its attached Huygens probe. This spectacular streak shot was taken f...
Cassini's Spectacular Night Launch
During its flight, the Galileo spacecraft returned images of the Moon. The Galileo spacecraft took these images on December 7, 1992 on its way to explore the Jupiter system in 1995-97.
NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured this view of Saturn's moon Atlas (30 kilometers, or 19 miles across), with its smooth equatorial ridge, during a moderately close flyby on Dec. 6, 2015.
This series of images taken by the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft shows asteroid Bennu in one full rotation from about 50 miles (80 km).
Asteroid Benn Full Rotation (50 Miles)
The Cassini spacecraft takes a close look at a row of craters on Saturn's moon Tethys during the spacecraft's April 14, 2012, flyby of the moon. Three large craters are visible along the terminato...
Line of Craters
The Cassini spacecraft looks across Saturn's rings and finds the moon Prometheus, a shepherd of the thin F ring. Prometheus (53 miles, or 86 kilometers across) looks like a small white bulge near ...
Across to Prometheus
This image of Ceres is part of a sequence taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft on May 7, 2015, from a distance of 8,400 miles (13,600 kilometers).
Dawn RC3 Image 20
NEAR Shoemaker took this picture at 8:45 p.m. EST on January 25, 2001, during one of the spacecraft's low-altitude passes over the surface of Eros.
Lowest Altitude Diversity
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