Solar System Exploration
December 16, 2004
The Cassini spacecraft examines old and new terrain on Saturn's fascinating Enceladus, a moon where jets of water ice particles and vapor spew from the south pole. Newly created terrain is at the ...
Differently Aged Terrain
The south pole of the giant asteroid Vesta reveals cliffs that are several miles or kilometers high, deep grooves, and craters. This oblique view is from NASA's Dawn spacecraft.
High Cliffs at Vesta's South Pole
Enhanced color image of the region surrounding the young impact crater Pwyll on Jupiter's moon Europa.
Pwyll Crater on Europa
This comparison view shows a common, large vortex on Saturn as it plows through the atmosphere. The right image was taken about two Saturn rotations -- about 20 hours -- after the left image. Such...
Round and Round They Go
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
Epimetheus (116 kilometers, or 72 miles across, at right) and Janus (181 kilometers, or 113 miles across, at left) are lit here by reflected "greylight" from Saturn. The Sun brightens only thin sli...
A Dark Duo
Moon under Saturn July 14, 2004 Full-Res: PIA05416 Saturn's captivating cloud bands display a number of interesting features in th...
Moon under Saturn
This is a narrow angle field-of-view artist's rendering from the bottom of a large ice crevasse on the surface of Phoebe, the least known of all the Saturnian satellites. Since Cassini will never ...
Ice Crevasse on Phoebe
This global, colorized image of the giant asteroid Vesta from NASA's Dawn mission reveals how the minerals are distributed on the surface.
Vesta in the Infrared
The trail of NASA’s Mars InSight lander over the Los Angeles area after launch.
InSight Launch Over Los Angeles
The Cassini spacecraft peers through Saturn's delicate, translucent inner C ring to see the diffuse blue limb of Saturn's atmosphere. This view looks toward the unilluminated side of the rings fro...
Grooves on Blue
Saturn has a date to keep with Earth and the Sun. Since the Cassini spacecraft is orbiting Saturn, it's tagging along. Once a year Saturn and Earth find themselves almost directly opposite each ot...
Saturn and Earth Ready for Cosmic Game of Peekaboo
NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) recently captured a unique view of Earth from the spacecraft's vantage point in orbit around the moon.
NASA Releases New High-Resolution Earthrise Image
This series of images obtained by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft shows several views of the north polar cloud covering Saturn’s moon Titan. The false-color images were obtained by Cassini’s visual and i...
Changes in Titan's North Polar Cloud
This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows numerous grooves (linear depressions) and crater chains, especially in the right hand side of the image of asteroid Vesta.
Grooves and Crater Chains on Vesta
The moons Mimas and Pandora join bright B ring spokes in this Cassini-captured scene. Pandora (81 kilometers, or 50 miles across) orbits just outside the thin F ring. Larger Mimas (396 kilometers,...
Portrait of Bright Spokes
An extreme false-color view of Tethys reveals a surface detail not visible in a monochrome view taken at the same time. The false-color view shows a color transition from the moon's Saturn-facing ...
Transition on Tethys
This image of a fracture pattern near Cerealia Facula on Ceres was obtained by NASA's Dawn spacecraft on July 5, 2018 from an altitude of about 33 miles (54 kilometers).
Fracture Pattern Near Cerealia Facula
Saturn's luminescent rings provide striking contrasts of light and darkness, as the irregular shape of Janus glides across the foreground. This view looks toward the unilluminated side of the rings...
This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows a part of asteroid Vesta's surface reasonably far north into the northern hemisphere which appears washed out because it has been stretched to make feat...
Vesta's Partly Shadowed Northern Regions
The nearest star system, the trinary star Alpha Centauri, hangs above the horizon of Saturn. Both Alpha Centauri A and B -- stars very similar to our own -- are clearly distinguishable in this imag...
Although it is far too cold for blossoming flowers, summer does bring storm clouds and presumably rain to Titan's south polar region. The observed persistence of convective storm activity in the re...
Clouds in the Distance
The Cassini spacecraft watches as the shadows of Saturn's rings grow wider and creep farther south as the seasons progress from the planet's August 2009 equinox. See The Rite of Spring to learn mo...
Widening Southern Shadows
Outside the soft edge of Cassini's F ring, Epimetheus and Janus negotiate their nearly-shared orbit. The two moons' orbits are typically about 50 kilometers (30 miles) apart, and the moons actually...
Resembling a thin ribbon wrapped around the crescent of the planet, Saturn's rings are seen edge-on by the Cassini spacecraft. This view looks toward the northern, sunlit side of the rings from ju...
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