Solar System Exploration
December 16, 2004
The Cassini spacecraft snapped this image during the spacecraft's closest flyby of Saturn's moon Helene, on March 3, 2010. See Helene of Troy for the previous closest view of Helene (33 kilometers...
Closest View of Helene
Our solar system features eight planets, seen in this artist's diagram.
Our Solar System
Both luminous and translucent, the C ring sweeps out of the darkness of Saturn's shadow and obscures the planet at lower left. The ring is characterized by broad, isolated bright areas, or "plateau...
Scintillating C Ring
These four images of Jupiter and the luminous night-side impact of fragment W of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 were taken by the Galileo spacecraft on July 22, 1994.
Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 Fragment W Impact With Jupiter
High above the streamers of cloud in Saturn's atmosphere, the planet's immense ring system begins with faint, thin rings populated with dust-sized ice particles. Here, features in the D ring are vi...
Rings in Orbit
The Cassini spacecraft looks toward the unilluminated side of Saturn's rings to spy on the moon Pan as it cruises through the Encke Gap. This view looks toward the rings from about 13 degrees abov...
This poster shows a set of images acquired by the European Space Agency's Huygens probe descent imager/spectral radiometer, in the four cardinal directions (north, south, east, west), at five diffe...
Views of Titan from Different Altitudes
Voyager 2 took this photo of Saturn's outer satellite, Phoebe, on September 4, 1981, from 2.2 million kilometers (1.36 million miles) away. The photo shows that Phoebe is about 200 kilometers (120...
Janus coasts past as the Cassini spacecraft takes in a view of the unilluminated side of the rings. Bright regions within the rings appear so because they allow scattered sunlight to filter through...
Filtering the Sun
This image, taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft, shows the surface of dwarf planet Ceres from an altitude of 915 miles (1,470 kilometers). The image, with a resolution of 450 feet (140 meters) per pixe...
Dawn HAMO Image 19
This image, taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft, shows a portion of the northern hemisphere of dwarf planet Ceres from an altitude of 915 miles (1,470 kilometers). Featured here is Dantu crater, named ...
Dawn HAMO Image 51
The Cassini spacecraft spots a couple of large, wedge-shaped spokes in Saturn's B ring. These spokes are similar in appearance to those seen by the Voyager spacecraft (see Saturn's rings - high r...
Like Spokes of Old
NASA's Cassini spacecraft watched clouds of methane moving across the far northern regions of Saturn's largest moon, Titan, on Oct. 29 and 30, 2016.
Watching Summer Clouds on Titan
This image, taken on Oct. 6, 2015 from NASA's Dawn mission, shows the 52-mile-wide (84 kilometer-wide) crater on Ceres named Gaue. This medium-sized basin has a relatively fresh rim with terraced w...
Dawn HAMO Image 76
Numerous blue-green fractures can be seen in this false-color mosaic taken during Cassini's second close flyby of Enceladus, on March 9, 2005. The mosaic shows the anti-Saturnian hemisphere of Enc...
A thin crescent of cratered terrain is illuminated on Saturn's fourth largest moon, Dione. Lit terrain seen here is on the Saturn-facing side of Dione (1,123 kilometers, or 698 miles across). Nort...
Related QuickTime Movie Mimas' shadow traverses the sunlit side of Saturn's rings in this movie and mosaic showcasing the unusual sights seen at Saturn as the planet approaches its August 2009 equ...
A Shadow's Traverse
This detailed Cassini view of the monstrous vortex at Saturn's south pole provides valuable insight about the mechanisms that power the planet's atmosphere.
Convection in Saturn's Southern Vortex
Saturn's moons Prometheus and Pandora are captured here in a single image taken from less than a degree above the dark side of Saturn's rings. Pandora is on the right, and Prometheus is on the lef...
F Ring Shepherds
A small ring-embedded moon coasts into view from behind shadow-draped Saturn. The rings' image is distorted near Saturn by the planet's upper atmosphere, to the right of Pan (26 kilometers, or 16 m...
Pan in View
Basking in sunlight, Enceladus looks peaceful and quiet while unseen jets of vapor and icy particles shoot from the south polar terrain of this active moon. The jets can't be seen here, but to wat...
+ Also see Titan's Lingering Clouds -- Non-annotated Lots of clouds are visible in this infrared image of Saturn's moon Titan. These clouds form and move much like those on Earth, but in a much sl...
Titan's Lingering Clouds -- Annotated
This anaglyph 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 6 Anaglyph
A view of Titan from the VIMS instrument on the Cassini orbiter. The Huygens probe landed in the small red circle on the boundary of the bright and dark regions. The size of the circle shows the f...
Cassini's View of Titan Landing Site (Unlabeled)
With its dazzling rings, Saturn radiates a beauty and splendor like no other known world. Here, Cassini has captured the cool crescent of Saturn from above the ringplane, with the planet's shadow c...
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