Solar System Exploration
December 16, 2004
This image, taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft, shows a portion of the northern hemisphere on dwarf planet Ceres on June 24, 2015. The largest crater in this image, in the lower right quadrant, is cal...
Dawn Survey Orbit Image 37
This artist's rendering shows the notable bright surface of icy Enceladus. In the foreground, an ice geyser can be seen projecting a jet of vapor into space. Enceladus is considered by some as the ...
Enceladus' Ice Geysers
Saturn's shepherd moons gravitationally herd the F ring's particles into a narrow thread. The structure seen in the inner edge of the F ring in this wide-angle view is similar to that seen in the ...
Comet ISON photographed by the crew aboard the International Space Station.
ISON from the ISS
At first glance, Saturn's rings appear to be intersecting themselves in an impossible way. In actuality, this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows the rings in front of the planet, upon which ...
This unprocessed image was captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft during its Nov. 21, 2009 flyby of Saturn's moon Enceladus. It shows the ridges and fractures on the surface of the icy moon. The C...
Enceladus Flyby E-8 (Image 2)
Rosetta’s OSIRIS narrow-angle camera captured this image of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko at 01:20 GMT from an altitude of about 16 km above the surface during the spacecraft’s final descent on 3...
Comet from 16 KM
This enhanced color composite image, made with data from the framing camera aboard NASA's Dawn spacecraft, shows the area around Ernutet crater. The bright red portions appear redder with respect t...
Ernutet Crater - Enhanced Color
Saturn's moon Rhea is an alien ice world, but in this frame-filling view it is vaguely familiar. Here, Rhea's cratered surface looks in some ways similar to our own Moon, or the planet Mercury. Bu...
Wispy fingers of bright, icy material reach tens of thousands of kilometers outward from Saturn's moon Enceladus into the E ring, while the moon's active south polar jets continue to fire away. Th...
Ghostly Fingers of Enceladus
NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured a three-dimensional view of the large Herschel Crater on Saturn's moon Mimas during its closest-ever flyby of the moon. Herschel Crater is 130 kilometers (80 mil...
Herschel Crater in 3-D
A bright, powerful, lightning-producing storm churns and coasts along the lane of Saturn's southern hemisphere nicknamed "Storm Alley" by scientists. NASA's Cassini spacecraft detected this parti...
All of NASA’s science missions are driven by powerful questions to help us better understand our planet, our solar system, and beyond. What vibrant colors will you bring to these scenes of explorat...
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Fractures on the surface of Enceladus record a long and complex history of tectonic activity. Many of the geologically youngest fractures define remarkably systematic patterns relative to Enceladus...
Enceladus: Global Patterns of Fracture (Southern Polar Projection)
Pandora loops around Saturn, confining the narrow F ring as it goes. Craters are visible on the moon's surface in this view. See Pandora's Color Close-up for a closer view of Pandora (84 kilometer...
Bright clouds circumscribe Titan's north polar region -- a frigid land of methane seas. The clouds seen in this image and other recent Cassini spacecraft views are at higher latitudes than similar...
Titan's Northern Streaks
This natural-color view is a composite of images taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft’s narrow-angle camera at a distance of approximately 1.4 million miles (2.3 million kilometers) f...
Saturn: Planet Six
Although Dione (near) and Enceladus (far) are composed of nearly the same materials, Enceladus has a considerably higher reflectivity than Dione.
A Brighter Moon
The exquisite sharpness of this 2005 image from NASA/ESA's Hubble Space Telescope has plucked out an underlying population of infant stars embedded in the nebula NGC 346 that are still forming from...
Hubble's Exquisite View of a Stellar Nursery
This image of Domna AV-L-17, 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.
One of the most captivating views acquired during MESSENGER's first Mercury flyby was of the crater Apollodorus surrounded by the radiating troughs of Pantheon Fossae.
The Architect and His Temple
Although it is no longer uncharted land, the origin of the dark territory of Cassini Regio on Iapetus remains a mystery. Also puzzling is the equatorial ridge that bisects this terrain, and how it ...
A Moon with Two Dark Sides
During its Sept. 7, 2005, flyby of Titan, Cassini acquired images of territory on the moon's Saturn-facing hemisphere that were assembled to create this mosaic. Once known only as "the H" because ...
Life is hard for a little moon. Epimetheus, seen here with Saturn in the background, is lumpy and misshapen, thanks in part to its size and formation process. Epimetheus did not form with all of th...
Hard Knock Life
This is a montage of New Horizons images of Jupiter and its volcanic moon Io, taken during the spacecraft's Jupiter flyby in early 2007.
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