Solar System Exploration
December 16, 2004
On the final flyby of Cassini's original four-year tour, its radar mapper captured these unusual channels on Titan at the edge of Xanadu, the widest seen in this area. (For a radar image of Xanadu ...
This view from NASA’s Dawn mission shows the floor of Ceres’ Juling Crater. The crater floor shows evidence of the flow of ice and rock, similar to rock glaciers in Earth’s polar regions.
Juling Crater's floor
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 is a color map of the composition of a portion of Saturn's moon Hyperion's surface about 75 kilometers (45 miles) on a side. In this map, blue shows the maximum exposure of frozen water, red ...
Hyperion's Kaleidoscope of Color
This view, like PIA08303, shows Prometheus with a streamer it has created in the inner edge of the F ring.
Toying with Gravity
Saturn's magnificent ring system is seen tilted edge-on. The Hubble Space Telescope snapped the image as Earth sped back across Saturn's ring plane to the sunlit side of the rings. On May 22, 1996,...
Saturn's Rings Edge-On
As ring particles emerge from the darkness of Saturn's shadow, they pass through a region of twilight. The Sun's light, refracted by the planet's atmosphere, peeks around the limb, followed shortly...
Into the Light
Rhea is frozen in this Cassini portrait, captured just before it glided in front of Saturn's northern hemisphere. The wispy streaks on Rhea's trailing side are partly visible in the west. This vie...
NASA's Dawn spacecraft successfully observed Ceres at opposition on April 29, 2017, taking images from a position exactly between the sun and Ceres' surface.
Ceres During 'Opposition Surge'
Numerous stars provide a serene background in this view of Enceladus captured by the Cassini spacecraft while the moon was in eclipse, within Saturn's shadow The view looks up at Enceladus' south...
A string of three of Saturn's icy moons encircles the planet in this Cassini image. Visible here are: Mimas (397 kilometers, or 247 miles across) near lower right; Janus (181 kilometers, or 113 mi...
Voyager 1 looked back at Saturn on November 16, 1980, four days after the spacecraft flew past the planet, to observe Saturn and its rings from this unique perspective. A few of the spoke-like ri...
Saturn Shading its Rings
Sunlit cliffs tower above Yalode Crater on Ceres in this shadowy perspective view. At 152 miles, Yalode is one of Ceres' largest craters. A fissure called Nar Sulcus is seen just right of center. N...
Dawn XMO2 Image 16
Four moons huddle near Saturn's multi-hued disk. The coloration of the planet's northern hemisphere has changed noticeably since the Cassini spacecraft's arrival in orbit in mid-2004. Imaging sci...
Many Colors, Many Moons
This image, taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft, shows the surface of dwarf planet Ceres from an altitude of 915 miles (1,470 kilometers). The image was taken on August 21, 2015, and has a resolution o...
Dawn HAMO Image 24
The Cassini spacecraft observes the wispy terrain that covers the trailing side of Rhea. North on Rhea (1,528 kilometers, or 949 miles across) is up and rotated 27 degrees to the right. The image...
In this view, individual layers of haze can be distinguished in the upper atmosphere of Titan, Saturn’s largest moon.
Amateur astronomer Anthony Wesley obtained this image of a storm on Saturn from his backyard telescope in Murrumbateman, Australia, on March 22, 2010. He sent it to scientists working with NASA's C...
Amateur photography of Saturn by Anthony Wesley
Bright strands in Saturn's ever changing F ring emerge from the planet's shadow. Several background stars are visible by the trails they created while the image was being exposed. This view looks...
F Ring Strands
NASA's Cassini spacecraft captures a composite near-true-color view of the huge storm churning through the atmosphere in Saturn's northern hemisphere.
Spotting Saturn's Northern Storm
Cassini looks over the heavily cratered surface of Rhea during the spacecraft's flyby of the moon on March 10, 2012. See Rhea's Scars and Fresh Crater? to learn more about the impacts that have sh...
This set of four images obtained by NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows some of the more bizarre trails that were dragged out from Saturn's F ring by objects about a half mile (1 kilometer) in diameter...
Exotic Trails or Mini-Jets
Small water ice particles fly from fissures in the south polar region of Saturn's moon Enceladus in this image taken during the Aug. 13, 2010, flyby of the moon by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
This image was taken on December 26, 2005 and received on Earth December 27, 2005. The camera was pointing toward TITAN at approximately 57,509 kilometers (35,734 miles) away, and the image was tak...
Titan -- T9
This image of Ceres approximates how the dwarf planet's colors would appear to the eye.
Ceres in Color
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