Solar System Exploration
December 16, 2004
Atmosphere and Enceladus October 28, 2004 Full-Res: PIA06508 Saturn's southern atmosphere looms before Cassini, displaying rich detai...
Atmosphere and Enceladus
South Polar Storms August 27, 2004 Full-Res: PIA06464 This Cassini spacecraft narrow angle camera view of Saturn's southern polar reg...
South Polar Storms
Small and asteroid-like in appearance, Epimetheus is seen here with Saturn's nearly edge-on rings in the distance. Epimetheus has a mean density that is less than that of water, suggesting that it ...
A large, bright and complex convective storm that appeared in Saturn's southern hemisphere in mid-September 2004 was the key in solving a long-standing mystery about the ringed planet. Saturn's at...
The Dragon Storm
These images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft show Oppia crater on asteroid Vesta, after which Oppia quadrangle is named. Oppia crater is a distinctive crater because it has an unusually shaped rim, whi...
Topography and Albedo Image of Oppia Crater
This is the first global map of the giant asteroid Vesta composed from images recorded by the framing camera aboard NASA's Dawn spacecraft. The equator is running parallel to the upper image border...
Map of Vesta's Equatorial Latitudes and Southern Hemisphere
Epimetheus is one of Saturn's "co-orbital moons" because it shares nearly the same orbit as Janus at a distance of approximately 151,000 kilometers (94,000 miles) from Saturn. Epimetheus is 116 kil...
These three images, created from Cassini Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) data, show the appearance and evolution of a mysterious feature in Ligeia Mare, one of the largest hydrocarbon seas on Saturn...
Mysterious Changing Feature in Ligeia Mare -- Annotated
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, 412 KB) + Highest Resolution (.tif, 10.1 MB)
Cassini at Saturn View 2
This picture of Eros, the first of an asteroid taken from an orbiting spacecraft, is a mosaic of four images obtained by NEAR on February 14, 2000, immediately after the spacecraft's insertion into...
NEAR's First Whole-Eros Mosaic from Orbit
This image taken by the Voyager 2 spacecraft of Saturn's A-ring shows the thin F-ring bracketed by its two shepherding satellites. Because the inner moon revolves around the planet slightly faster ...
Our robotic explorer Cassini regards the shadow-draped face of Saturn. This view looks toward the unilluminated side of the rings from about 14 degrees above the ringplane. In this viewing geometr...
Grace and Beauty
The Cassini spacecraft looks down onto middle northern latitudes on Rhea. The large Tirawa basin is seen on the terminator at right. Lit terrain seen here is primarily on the trailing side of Rhea...
North on Rhea
This image was taken on 2007-05-28 19:02 (PDT) and received on Earth 2007-05-29 11:47 (PDT).
Image of Titan
A trio of icy moons crowds together along the Cassini spacecraft's line of sight. Brilliant Enceladus (504 kilometers, or 313 miles across) sits on the planet's shadow-draped limb at center; Pando...
Gathering of Moons
This image from NASA's Dawn mission shows huge grooves on the giant asteroid Vesta that were the result of mega impacts at the south pole.
Huge Troughs on Vesta
NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) Observatory is mounted on the vibration table prior to the start of testing, and technicians are removing the protective covers from th...
LADEE Vibration Test
Hyperion is one of the smaller of Saturn's main satellites, is irregular in shape, about 400 by 250 by 240 kilometers (250 by 160 by 150 miles), and is noted for its odd scarp system. Scarps like t...
This wide-angle Voyager 2 image, taken through the camera's clear filter, is the first to show Neptune's rings in detail.
This 3-D image, or anaglyph, shows the center of Occator Crater, the brightest area on dwarf planet Ceres, using data from NASA's Dawn mission. The bright central area, including a dome that is 0.2...
Occator's Bright Spots in 3-D
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
This set of images exposes details on small and crumpled-looking Helene. Large portions of this Trojan moon of Dione appear to have been blasted away by impacts. Cassini passed within 50,000 kilom...
As our robotic emissary to Saturn, the Cassini spacecraft is privileged to behold such fantastic sights as this pairing of two moons beyond the rings. The bright, narrow F ring is the outermost rin...
Enceladus Races Onward
This clear-filter view of Saturn's moon Titan reveals a region of cloud activity at high southern latitudes. Titan is 5,150 kilometers (3,200 miles) across. Cassini observations have generally be...
Faint Southern Clouds
The small dot moving slightly off to the left of center in this image is newly-discovered Kuiper Belt object 2004 DW.
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