Solar System Exploration
December 16, 2004
Saturn's north pole hexagon, seen here in an image from the Cassini spacecraft, has been around for awhile. It was seen in Voyager images in the early 1980s, in ground-based telescopic images in th...
Unveiling the Hexagon
This image, one of the first obtained by NASA's Dawn spacecraft in its low altitude mapping orbit, shows an area within the Rheasilvia basin in the south polar area of the giant asteroid Vesta.
Contrasting Deposits on Vesta
The north pole of Saturn, in the fresh light of spring, is revealed in this color image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
Spring at the North Pole
Atmosphere and Enceladus October 28, 2004 Full-Res: PIA06508 Saturn's southern atmosphere looms before Cassini, displaying rich detai...
Atmosphere and Enceladus
This north polar image of Titan was acquired by Cassini's radar instrument on May 12, 2007. Stretching from 69 degrees north, 329 degrees west to 33 degrees north, 227 degrees west, this swath g...
Titan (T30) Viewed by Cassini's Radar -- May 12, 2007
This image of a fracture network on the floor of Occator Crater was obtained by NASAs Dawn spacecraft on July 26, 2018 from an altitude of about 94 miles (152 kilometers).
Fracture Network on the Floor of Occator Crater
A selection of the best images from Saturn, its rings and moons will appear in an exhibition opening on April 26 at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. The show, called "Satu...
Saturn appears serene and majestic in the first color composite made of images taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft on its approach to the ringed planet, with arrival still 20 months away. The plane...
NASA's Dawn spacecraft took this image on June 13, 2016, showing the limb of Ceres from above an equatorial region east of Kirnis Crater.
Dawn LAMO Image 125
Heavily-shadowed craters in the northernmost latitudes of Ceres are seen in this view from NASA's Dawn spacecraft, taken on Jan. 25, 2016.
Dawn LAMO Image 41
Bright undulations disturb a faint ringlet drifting through the center of the Encke Gap. This ring structure shares the orbit of the moon Pan. A second, fainter ringlet is visible below the centra...
This close view of Rhea prominently shows two large impact basins on the ancient and battered moon. The great age of these basins is suggested by the large number of smaller craters that are overpr...
Pulverized Pulchritude (Enhanced Color)
In this image, obtained by NASA's Dawn spacecraft from above the surface of the giant asteroid Vesta, topography in the area surrounding the south pole area shows impact craters, ridges and grooves...
Vesta's Surface in 3-D: Details of Wave-Like Terrain in the South Pole
This image of Ceres, taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft, shows Sintana Crater (36 miles, 58 kilometers wide) at top, just right of center. The rim of a large crater called Zadeni (80 miles, 128 kilome...
Dawn HAMO Image 86
The Cassini spacecraft snapped this high-resolution image of Saturn's small moon Epimetheus during the spacecraft's non-targeted flyby on April 7, 2010. The view was obtained at a distance of appr...
The northern and southern hemispheres of Rhea are seen in these polar stereographic maps, mosaicked from the best-available Cassini and Voyager images. Six Voyager images fill in gaps in Cassini's...
Rhea Polar Maps - January 2011
This high-resolution swath of Pluto (right) sweeps over the cratered plains at the west of the New Horizons' encounter hemisphere and across numerous prominent faults, skimming the eastern margin o...
Zigzagging across Pluto
Bright scars on a darker surface testify to a long history of impacts on Jupiter's moon Callisto in this image of Callisto from NASA's Galileo spacecraft.
Global Callisto in Color
The rings are awash in subtle tones of gold and cream in this view which shows the outer B ring, the Cassini Division and the inner part of the A ring. In this viewing geometry, the brightest feat...
Massive Gas Cloud Around Jupiter February 27, 2003 An innovative instrument on NASA's Cassini spacecraft makes the space environment around Jupiter visible, revealing a donut-shaped gas clo...
Massive Gas Cloud Around Jupiter
NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured this view as it neared icy Enceladus for its closest-ever dive past the moon's active south polar region.
The cone-shaped central peak of a Cerean crater casts a long shadow in this view from NASA's Dawn spacecraft taken on May 28, 2016 from its low-altitude mapping orbit above Ceres at a distance of a...
Dawn LAMO Image 157
This image of the region between Urvara Crater's eastern rim and Yalode Crater's western rim was obtained by NASA's Dawn spacecraft on May 20, 2018 from an altitude of about 1070 miles (1720 kilome...
Two Giants Meet
Southern terrain on Saturn's moon Rhea is dimly illuminated by Saturnshine in this Cassini spacecraft view of the dark side of the moon. The spacecraft's camera is looking toward the night side of...
Rhea Lit at Night
Fresh from an encounter with Saturn's F ring, the moon Prometheus continues in its orbit. The gravity of potato-shaped Prometheus (86 kilometers, or 53 miles across) periodically creates streamer-...
On His Merry Way
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