Solar System Exploration
December 16, 2004
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
NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured the first lightning flashes on Saturn when it captured these images on Aug. 17, 2009. NASA's Voyager mission and Cassini had previously captured radio emissions ...
First Lightning Flashes on Saturn
Cassini took this image of the ropy, taffy-like topography on Saturn's moon Enceladus as it soared above the icy moon on Feb. 17, 2005. This view, about 60 kilometers across (37 miles), shows seve...
Cassini Views Enceladus Up-Close
This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft is dominated by a double crater which may have been formed by the simultaneous impact of a binary asteroid. Binary asteroids are asteroids that orbit their mu...
Vesta's Cratered Landscape: Double Crater and Craters with Bright Ejecta
The Encke Gap, the broad, vertical dark band running down the center of this image, is maintained by the small moon Pan (not pictured). Pan also shepherds three ringlets, all of which appear here a...
Possible variations in chemical composition from one part of Saturn's ring system to another are visible in this Voyager 2 image as color variations that can be enhanced with special computer-proce...
Two kinds of dramatic shadows play across the face of Saturn in this view from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft.
A Stage for Shadows
Tupo Crater on Ceres is seen in this view from NASA's Dawn spacecraft. This crater, located in the southern hemisphere of Ceres, was named for a Polynesian god of turmeric. Dawn captured the scene ...
Dawn LAMO Image 19
Jupiter casts a baleful eye toward the moon Ganymede in this enhanced-contrast image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Jupiter's 'eye', the Great Red Spot, was captured just before disappearing...
Eye on Ganymede
The Cassini-Huygens mission team was honored with an Aerospace Laurel award by the editors of Aviation Week & Space Technology magazine. The award was presented on April 7 in Washington, D.C. ...
Jean-Pierre Lebreton and Dennis Matson
A United States Marine Corps helicopter is seen flying past the full Moon over the U.S. Capitol.
Full Moon Over U.S. Capitol
“This is a view of crescent Saturn, based on the raw image from Cassini on March 12, 2014."
Crescent Saturn View by Stephane Calonnec
A recent study finds that the lake known as Ontario Lacus on Saturn's moon Titan (left) bears striking similarity to a salt pan on Earth known as the Etosha Pan (right). A salt pan is a lake bed th...
Titan and Earth Similarities
This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft of Ceres shows a small, double-impact crater (at bottom) near a larger crater. The larger structure has a crater floor with roughly the same crater density.
Dawn LAMO Image 88
Hiding within the Encke gap is the small moon Pan, partly in shadow and party cut off by the outer A ring in this view. Similar to Atlas, Pan appears to have a slight ridge around its middle; and l...
Down Under on Pan
An artist’s impression of the InSight lander on Mars.
InSight Probes the ‘Inner Space' of Mars
This 3D image was obtained as Dawn approached Vesta and circled the giant asteroid during the mission's survey orbit phase. You need 3D glasses to view this image.
Dawn Soars Over Asteroid Vesta in 3-D
Details of the circular feature, which scientists think is an ice volcano, which could be a source of methane in Titan's atmosphere, show up at wavelengths larger than 1.3 microns (a micron is one-...
Titan Volcano in Several Infrared Wavelengths
The limb of Saturn appears bright as the Cassini spacecraft peers through several of the planet's rings. The curvature of the planet can be seen on the bright left half of the image. From top to b...
Saturn Bright Through Rings
Saturn's rings appear strangely warped in this view of the rings seen through the upper Saturn atmosphere. The atmosphere acts like a lens in refracting (bending) the light reflected from the ring...
Bending the Rings
Two tiny moons of Saturn, almost lost amid the planet's enormous rings, are seen orbiting in this image. Pan, visible within the Encke Gap near lower-right, is in the process of overtaking the slow...
Two Tiny Moons
The disturbance visible at the outer edge of Saturn's A ring in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft could be caused by an object replaying the birth process of icy moons.
Commotion at Ring's Edge May Be Effect of Small Icy Object
A crescent Saturn is blemished by the black spot of its moon Dione seen orbiting between the planet and the Cassini spacecraft. Although Dione appears as only a black dot, there is actually a thin...
This map of Titan's surface illustrates the regions that will be imaged by Cassini during the spacecraft's close flyby of the smog-enshrouded moon on April 16, 2005. At closest approach, the spac...
Cassini's April 16 Flyby of Titan
+ View Labeled Version This image collage features Saturn and the moons Titan, Enceladus, Dione, Rhea and Helene, which will be studied in the extended mission. Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Ins...
Saturn Moon Collage
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