Solar System Exploration
December 16, 2004
Saturn's rings create a brilliant halo around the turbulent giant planet. Here, the Cassini spacecraft looks into Saturn's clouds using a spectral filter sensitive to absorption by methane. Light t...
Masked by Methane
Nathan Strange and Troy Goodson of the Cassini Navigation Team track the release of the probe. The confirmation signal arrived at 7.24 p.m. PST on Dec. 24, 2004.
Cassini Navigation Team members track Huygens release
This dramatic view looks across the region of Enceladus' geyser basin and down on the ends of the Baghdad and Damascus fractures that face Saturn.
Elevated View of Enceladus' South Pole
A closer view of the Cassini image of the Huygens Probe after its successful release. The full image is available here. Cassini snapped this image of the probe about 12 hours after its release fro...
Huygens Probe Release Zoom
During its final close flyby of Saturn's moon Enceladus, NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured this view featuring the nearly parallel furrows and ridges of the feature named Samarkand Sulci.
These images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft are located in Tuccia quadrangle, in Vesta's southern hemisphere.
HAMO and LAMO Images of Eusebia Crater
Saturn's largest moon, Titan, appears deceptively small paired here with Dione, Saturn's fourth-largest moon, in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Titan (3,200 miles or 5,150 kilometers ac...
True Colors, Deceptive Sizes
The Cassini spacecraft looks past the illuminated side of Saturn's rings to the brilliant moon Enceladus.
Brilliance Beyond the Rings
This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows numerous linear chains and clusters of small craters on asteroid Vesta. These chains and clusters of craters were created by material that was ejected d...
Chains and Clusters of Secondary Craters
NASA's Dawn spacecraft obtained this image of two large, young craters on Vesta with its framing camera on August 6, 2011. This image was taken through the framing camera's clear filter aboard the ...
Two Large Young Craters
In this 30 second exposure, a meteor streaks across the sky during the annual Perseid meteor shower.
Perseid Meteor 2016
Cassini Captures Merging Storms
Cassini Captures Merging Storms
This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft of asteroid Vesta shows Occia crater, located in Vesta's Gegania quadrangle, in Vesta's southern hemisphere. A distinctive butterfly pattern is seen consistin...
Approach to Saturn February 27, 2004 Full-Res: PIA05380 The narrow angle camera onboard the Cassini spacecraft took a series of e...
Approach to Saturn
Herschel Crater is 81 miles (130 kilometers) wide and covers a large portion of Saturn's moon Mimas.
An Eye on Mimas
Ceres' Haulani Crater is shown in these views from NASA's Dawn spacecraft. These views reveal variations in the region's brightness, mineralogy and temperature at infrared wavelengths.
Haulani Crater in Infrared
Images taken during the Cassini spacecraft's orbital insertion on June 30 show definite compositional variation within the rings.
Saturn's C and B Rings From the Inside Out
+ Annotated Version The northern and southern hemispheres of Enceladus are seen in these polar stereographic maps, mosaicked from the best-available Cassini clear-filter images. Each map is cente...
Enceladus Polar Maps - December 2011 -- South -- Unannotated
Three new small lakes, 100 to 300 square miles (a few hundreds of square kilometers) in surface area, have been identified on Saturn's moon Titan in data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. In the imag...
A Sprinkling of Little Lakes
As seen in this Landsat 8 image, several glaciers flow into the Shimshal Valley perpendicular to the flow of the river, and they have little room to move before they intersect with the water.
When Glaciers and Rivers Collide
The clouds of Saturn swirl, billow and merge. These bands are layered into stratified cloud decks consisting of droplets of ammonia, ammonium hydrosulfide and water set aloft in a sea of hydrogen a...
World of Swirl
This image from NASA's Dawn mission shows a 3-D, colorized rendering of Oppia Crater near the equator of the giant asteroid Vesta. Oppia is about 21 miles (34 kilometers) across.
Around Oppia Crater
This wide-angle image shows the south polar region of Saturn’s moon Enceladus and outlines the area covered by the high-resolution mosaic combining data from the imaging science subsystem and compo...
Baghdad Sulcus in Context -- Unannotated
A Delta II-Heavy rocket propelled NASA's Dawn spacecraft into space on its journey to the asteroid belt.
Dawn Spacecraft Launch
This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows an area in Vesta's northern hemisphere that has been illuminated by the sun. As asteroid Vesta progresses from its winter to its spring the sunlight is ...
Light and Shadow
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