Solar System Exploration
RTG fit and test
December 16, 2004
RTG fit and test
This image of Saturn's rings was taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft on Sept. 13, 2017. It is among the last images Cassini sent back to Earth.
Cassini spied a crater-covered Dione in this image from Dec. 8, 2004. The bright, wispy streaks for which Dione is known are located on the moon's night side to the west. The streaky terrain was im...
NASA's Dawn spacecraft took this moody scene on Ceres, located within Zadeni Crater, named for the ancient Georgian god of bountiful harvest. Dawn saw Zadeni at approximately 76 miles (120 kilomete...
Dawn LAMO Image 130
This image, taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft, shows a portion of the northern hemisphere of dwarf planet Ceres from an altitude of 915 miles (1,470 kilometers). The image was taken on Sept. 21, 2015...
Dawn HAMO Image 44
+ View Infrared + View Infrared (with labels) This infrared image taken by the visual and infrared mapping spectrometer on NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows Hotei Arcus, a region on Saturn's moon T...
Hotei Arcus in Infrared
This false-color image of Saturn was constructed by combining three images at three different infrared wavelengths. The image at the upper left was taken at 1.3 microns, where both Saturn and its ...
Saturn's Kaleidoscope of Color
These images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft, located in asteroid Vesta'sFloronia quadrangle, in Vesta's northern hemisphere, demonstrate a special analytical technique, which results in shadowed areas...
Revealing Shadows 7
Sunlight strikes the terminator (the boundary between day and night) region on Saturn's moon Iapetus at nearly horizontal angles, making visible the vertical relief of many features. This view is ...
To the Relief of Iapetus
Golden hues continue to creep northward on Saturn, subduing the blues and grays the Cassini spacecraft witnessed upon arrival in mid-2004. This view was acquired from about 27 degrees above the ri...
Chasing Away the Blues
This image high-resolution image of Juling Crater on Ceres, taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft, reveals, in exquisite detail, features on the rims and crater floor.
Mercury's Degas crater in enhanced color, as seen by NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft in 2012.
Degas and Friends
This picture captured by NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows a crater in the southern hemisphere of Ceres with a complex of central peaks.
Dawn LAMO Image 104
This picture from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows a crater in the northern hemisphere of Ceres with spurs of compacted material on its walls.
Dawn LAMO Image 101
Cassini zooms in, for the first time, on the patchy, bright and dark mountains originally identified in images from the NASA Voyager spacecraft taken more than 25 years earlier. The image was acqui...
The 'Voyager' Mountains
The oblate shape of the moon Iapetus is particularly noticeable in this portrait. The two-toned surface of the moon Iapetus also stands out against the darkness of space in this image. See Global ...
This false color image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft of Ceres' Occator Crater shows differences in surface composition. The color blue is generally associated with bright material seems to be consist...
Occator in False Color
These natural color views (and corresponding animated movie sequences) from NASA's Cassini spacecraft compare the appearance of Saturn’s north-polar region in June 2013 and April 2017.
Saturn's Hexagon as Summer Solstice Approaches
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
This global digital map of Saturn's moon Phoebe was created using data taken during the Cassini spacecraft's close flyby of the small moon in June 2004. The map is an equidistant projection and has...
Map of Phoebe - December 2005
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 (annotated)
Titan Map July 3, 2004 Full-Res: PIA06411 This mosaic of images taken by the Cassini spacecraft as it approached Saturn shows the...
The northern and southern hemispheres of Enceladus are seen in these polar stereographic maps, mosaicked from the best-available Cassini and Voyager clear-filter images. Each map is centered on on...
Enceladus Polar Maps - February 2010
Two of Saturn's icy moons pass each other in a mutual event recorded by the Cassini spacecraft. The smaller moon Enceladus (504 kilometers, or 313 miles across) passes in front of the larger moon ...
Enceladus Meets Rhea
Held in gravity's embrace, Saturn's darkened, icy rings encircle the clouded gas giant. This view looks toward the unilluminated side of the rings from about 29 degrees above the ringplane. The ri...
In Saturn's Grasp
These images are of HED (howardite, eucrite and diogenite) meteorites, a large group of meteorites believed to originate from asteroid Vesta, a hypothesis that is consistent with current Dawn obser...
Rocks from Vesta -- Part 1: Eucrites
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