Solar System Exploration
December 16, 2004
NASA's Dawn spacecraft spotted this tall, conical mountain on Ceres from a distance of 915 miles (1,470 kilometers).
The Lonely Mountain
The fractured floor of Dantu Crater on Ceres is seen in this image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft taken on Dec. 21, 2015. Similar fractures are seen in Tycho, one of the youngest large craters on Eart...
Floor of Dantu Crater from LAMO
Rounding the Rings October 13, 2004 Full-Res: PIA06497 Cassini spied two members of Saturn's family rounding the rings in this image f...
Rounding the Rings
This image of Ceres is part of a sequence taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft April 24 to 26, 2015, from a distance of 8,500 miles (13,500 kilometers).
Dawn RC3 Image 4
To create the first global, topographic map of Saturn's moon Titan, scientists analyzed data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft and a mathematical process called splining. This method effectively uses ...
Two Views of Titan's Topography
The brightly reflective moon Enceladus appears before Saturn's rings while the larger moon Titan looms in the distance. Jets of water ice and vapor emanating from the south pole of Enceladus (hint...
The Tale Continues...
This 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.
Touring the Giant Asteroid Vesta
A supermoon rises behind the Washington Monument, Sunday, June 23, 2013, in Washington.
2013 Supermoon Over the Washington Monument
Faint filaments in Saturn's atmosphere spiral around two oval-shaped storms in a direction opposite to the winds which rotate around Southern Hemisphere hurricanes on Earth. One storm is seen near...
Filaments and Vortices
+ Dunes, Tectonics and Possible Ice Volcanoes on Titan + Annotated version The bright landmass of an enigmatic area known as Xanadu and the intriguing lobed shapes of the Hotei Regio area ...
Dunes, Tectonics and Possible Ice Volcanoes on Titan (Related image)
From afar, Saturn's rings look like a solid, homogenous disk of material. But upon closer examination from Cassini, we see that there are varied structures in the rings at almost every scale imagin...
Since its discovery in 2005, Pluto's moon Hydra has been known only as a fuzzy dot of uncertain shape, size, and reflectivity.
Hydra Emerges from the Shadows
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 ...
From hundreds of thousands of kilometers away, the Cassini spacecraft spies craters on the surface of the moon Janus. This view looks toward the Saturn-facing side of Janus (179 kilometers, or 111...
Craters on Janus
This image, taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft, features a crater at lower right with a sharp rim and bright material on its walls. The image, with a resolution of 1,400 feet (410 meters) per pixel, w...
Dawn Survey Orbit Image 51
Frigid Titan continues to prove itself a remarkably complex and dynamic world. Here, bright clouds are seen encircling the moon's north polar region. The Cassini spacecraft has revealed the prese...
Polar Clouds on Titan
This image of Ceres is part of a sequence taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft on May 4, 2015, from a distance of 8,400 miles (13,600 kilometers).
Dawn RC3 Image 10
The Cassini spacecraft looks toward Saturn's tiny moon Aegaeon within the G-ring arc. The moonlet Aegaeon (formerly known as S/2008 S 1) can't be seen in this image, but it orbits in the bright ar...
Eye Toward Aegaeon
This raw, unprocessed image of Saturn's moon Rhea was taken on Jan. 11, 2011, during the “R-3” flyby. The flyby returned Cassini's best imaging of Rhea to date. At closest approach, Cassini flew ju...
Craggy Craters on Rhea
This artist's impression of Saturn's moon Titan shows the change in observed atmospheric effects before, during and after equinox in 2009. The Titan globes also provide an impression of the detache...
Titan's Changing Seasons
+ See annotated version In this unique mosaic image combining high-resolution data from the imaging science subsystem and composite infrared spectrometer aboard NASA’s Cassini spacecraft, pockets ...
Enceladus' Warm Baghdad Sulcus -- Unannotated
Cassini zooms in, for the first time, on the patchy, bright and dark mountains originally identified in images from the NASA Voyager spacecraft taken more than 25 years earlier. The image was acqui...
The 'Voyager' Mountains
These images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft, located in asteroid Vesta's Marcia quadrangle, in Vesta's northern hemisphere, demonstrate a special analytical technique, which results in shadowed areas ...
Revealing Shadows 4
The colorful globe of Saturn's largest moon, Titan, passes in front of the planet and its rings in this true color snapshot from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
Titan Up Front
+ View Movie (QuickTime, 29 MB, no audio) On Monday, Nov. 2, NASA's Cassini spacecraft will take its deepest dive yet through the plumes of Saturn’s moon Enceladus. The goal is to learn more about...
Taking the Plunge: Cassini Soars by Enceladus
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