Solar System Exploration
December 16, 2004
Saturn's shadow passes over its rings as the Cassini spacecraft looks on in this artist's concept. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech + High Resolution (.jpg, 216 KB) + Highest Resolution (.tif, 3.8 MB)
Cassini at Saturn View 4
+ View Full Res This raw, unprocessed image of Saturn's moon Enceladus was taken on Oct. 19, 2011. As the spacecraft passed Enceladus, its infrared instruments, cameras and other instruments moni...
Enceladus Flyby E-15 (Raw Image #6)
This image, taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft, shows a portion of the southern hemisphere of dwarf planet Ceres from an altitude of 915 miles (1,470 kilometers). The image was taken on Sept. 20, 2015...
Dawn HAMO Image 38
Saturn's second largest moon Rhea pops in and out of view behind the planet's rings in this image from the Cassini spacecraft, which includes the smaller moon Epimetheus. Rhea (1,528 kilometers, o...
The Helioseismic Magnetic Imager (HMI) aboard the Solar Dynamics Observatory takes a series of images every 45 seconds in a very narrow range of wavelengths in visible light of the solar photospher...
The Active Sun from SDO: HMI Dopplergram
A close-up of Saturn's A ring reveals dozens of small, bright streaks aligned with the orbital direction of the rings. These objects are the propeller-shaped features first captured in Cassini imag...
The four images that make up this montage of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko were taken on September 26, 2014 by the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft.
Rosetta Comet Fires Its Jets
This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft taken on June 13, 2016, shows cratered terrain to the west of Ahuna Mons. In this area there are chains of craters called Uhola Catenae.
Dawn LAMO Image 205
As part of an engineering test, NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft captured this image of the Earth and Moon using its NavCam1 imager on January 17 from a distance of 39.5 million miles (63.6 million km)
NASA's OSIRIS-REx Captures New Earth-Moon Image
This anaglyph image shows the topography of part of Vesta's equatorial region; this uneven topography is mostly due to large, ancient, rather degraded ruin eroded craters. You need 3-D glasses to v...
Anaglyph Image of Vesta's Equatorial Region (II)
A four-panel frame shows a section of Jupiter's north equatorial belt viewed by NASA's Cassini spacecraft at four different wavelengths, and a separate reference frame shows the location of the b...
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
The ghostly features in Saturn's B ring called spokes are making an appearance again as the Cassini spacecraft continues its tour of the Saturn system. These dusty features on the rings are often ...
New insights into the nature of Saturn’s rings are revealed in this panoramic mosaic of 15 images taken during the planet’s August 2009 equinox.
Ring Scan Spilling Secrets
The "flying saucer" in this image is the small moon Atlas (20 kilometers, 12 miles across), whose shadowy profile reveals its flattened shape. This image looks down onto the outer A ring, and throu...
A Shadowy Figure
On Oct. 18, 2016, from its second extended-mission science orbit (or XMO2), at a distance of about 920 miles (1,480 kilometers) above the surface of Ceres, NASA's Dawn spacecraft spied Azacca Crater.
Dawn XMO2 Image 6
Saturn's rings, partially darkened by the planet's shadow, cut a striking figure before Saturn's largest moon, Titan. The night side of the planet is to the left, out of the frame of the image. Il...
Cut by Saturn's Shadow
This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows a fresh impact crater with an asymmetric rim. The crater displays a sharp rim over much of its perimeter that is interrupted by a smooth area in the north.
Dawn LAMO Image 31
Some of Saturn's satellites lie within the rings while others are outside the ring system. This slide illustrates the relationship between satellites and rings around Saturn. The ring plane crossin...
Saturn Systems Road Map
The iconic bright spots of Occator Crater are seen up close in this image of Ceres. This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft reveals a central dome with linear features on and around it.
Dawn LAMO Image 113
Like Earth, Saturn has an invisible ring of energetic ions trapped in its magnetic field. This feature is known as a "ring current."
Saturn's 'Ring Current'
This Cassini spacecraft view of Pan in the Encke gap shows hints of detail on the moon's dark side, which is lit by saturnshine -- sunlight reflected off Saturn.
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
Saturn's fourth-largest moon, Dione, can be seen through the haze of the planet's largest moon, Titan, in this view of the two posing before the planet and its rings from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
Titan and Dione
Enceladus' plume was found to have a comet-like chemistry by Cassini's Ion and Neutral Mass Spectrometer during its fly-through of the plume on Mar. 12, 2008. Water vapor, methane, carbon monoxide,...
Comets and Enceladus – Similar Chemistry
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