Solar System Exploration
Mating of LVA
December 16, 2004
Mating of LVA
Although it appears empty from a distance, the Encke gap in Saturn's A ring has three ringlets threaded through it, two of which are visible here.
NASA's Dawn spacecraft captured this view of mid-latitudes on Ceres on Oct. 18, 2015, from an altitude of 915 miles (1,470 kilometers). The image has a resolution of 450 feet (140 meters) per pixel.
Dawn HAMO Image 78
This composite was produced from images returned yesterday, January 14, 2005, by the European Space Agency's Huygens probe during its successful descent to land on Titan. It shows the boundary betw...
Titan's Varied Terrain
+ View Full Res This raw, unprocessed image of Saturn's moon Enceladus was taken on Oct. 19, 2011. As the spacecraft passed Enceladus, its infrared instruments, cameras and other instruments moni...
Enceladus Flyby E-15 (Raw Image #2)
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
Cassini coasts beneath giant Saturn, staring upward at its gleaming crescent and icy rings. A great bull's-eye pattern is centered on the south pole, where a vast, hurricane-like storm spins. Thi...
A celestial swarm of stars will hover near a honey-colored Saturn for the next several months. Sky watchers will see the ringed planet together with the Beehive cluster, or M44, a group of stars t...
Saturn, the Moon and a Swarm of Stars
With its dazzling rings, Saturn radiates a beauty and splendor like no other known world. Here, Cassini has captured the cool crescent of Saturn from above the ringplane, with the planet's shadow c...
Artist's concept of Dawn spacecraft leaving Earth.
Dawn Spacecraft Leaving Earth (Artist's Concept)
Crater-scarred Rhea floats in the distance, peeking out from behind Saturn's partly shadowed rings. This view looks upward from just beneath the ringplane. The far side of the rings is masked by Sa...
Rhea Beyond the Rings
Two members of the Cassini Science Planning team, Kelly Perry and Chris Roumeliotis, visited Shirley Avenue Elementary School in Reseda, California, to speak about the Cassini mission and answer st...
Kelly Perry and Chris Roumeliotis With Students
In this artist's rendering, a distant sun forms a halo (refracted sunlight by ice crystals) amid streamers of pure water ice particles, which spew into space from cracks in the south polar surface ...
Sunset on Enceladus
Moon under Saturn July 14, 2004 Full-Res: PIA05416 Saturn's captivating cloud bands display a number of interesting features in th...
Moon under Saturn
These images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft show many craters, which have different states of preservation, in Vesta's Bellicia quadrangle in the northern hemisphere.
Topography and Albedo Image of Different Preservations States of Craters
This image, taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft, shows the surface of dwarf planet Ceres at mid-latitudes from an altitude of 915 miles (1,470 kilometers). The image was taken on Sept. 21, 2015, and ha...
Dawn HAMO Image 45
Io, the most volcanic body in the solar system is seen in the highest resolution obtained to date by NASA's Galileo spacecraft.
High Resolution Global View of Io
Saturn and its rings manifest a rich interplay between shadow and light. The rings shine on their unilluminated side by virtue of scattered sunlight emerging from its passage through the ringplane...
Tricks of Light
Dione and Saturn December 16, 2004 Full-Res: PIA06155 Cassini captured Dione against the globe of Saturn as it approached the icy ...
Dione and Saturn
A drawing illustrates how flows of electrons steered by Jupiter's magnetic field connect three of Jupiter's large moons with the upper atmosphere near Jupiter's north and south poles.
These views from NASA's Cassini spacecraft look toward the south polar region of Saturn's largest moon, Titan, and show a depression within the moon's orange and blue haze layers near the south pol...
Orange and Blue Hazes
Wendy Darling famously helped Peter Pan catch his shadow, and now Cassini captures the shadow of another Pan: Saturn's 30-kilometer (19-mile) wide moon inhabiting the Encke Gap. In the center of t...
Pan's Very Own Shadow
This remarkably detailed view of Saturn's clouds reveals waves at the northern boundary of the bright equatorial zone, presumably associated both with the strong wind shear there and also the diffe...
Waves and Shear
Presented here is a complete set of cartographic map sheets from a high-resolution Enceladus atlas, a project of the Cassini Imaging Team. The map sheets form a 15-quadrangle series covering the...
The Enceladus Atlas (2008)
This view taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft on June 17, 2016, features Liber Crater in Ceres' northern hemisphere, at right.
Dawn LAMO Image 143
Although the Huygens probe has now pierced the murky skies of Titan and landed on its surface, much of the moon remains for the Cassini spacecraft to explore. Titan continues to present exciting pu...
New Titan Territory
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