Solar System Exploration
Mating of LVA
December 16, 2004
Mating of LVA
This 3-D anaglyph of Ceres is part of a sequence of images taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft April 24 to 26, 2015, from a distance of 8,500 miles (13,500 kilometers).
Dawn RC3 Image 7 Anaglyph
This global map of Saturn's moon Tethys was created using images taken during Cassini spacecraft flybys. The map is an equidistant (simple cylindrical) projection and has a scale of 293 meters (96...
Map of Tethys - June 2012
This image of Ceres is part of a sequence taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft on May 4, 2015, from a distance of 8,400 miles (13,600 kilometers).
Dawn RC3 Image 9
The Cassini spacecraft provides a window on the awesome scale of the Saturn system, with the giant planet dominating one of its smaller satellites. Orbiting here, just outside the main ring system...
Pebble in a Pond
The surface of Ceres is covered with craters of many shapes and sizes, as seen in this frame from an animation of a map of the dwarf planet's surface as seen by NASA's Dawn spacecraft on Feb. 19, 2...
Cratered Surface of Ceres in Motion
Enceladus in the Distance November 3, 2004 Full-Res: PIA06512 Cassini spied the moon Enceladus in the distance beyond Saturn's so...
Enceladus in the Distance
With pastel blues, pinks, greens and golds, Saturn displays a dazzling diversity of colors and hues. Here, Cassini looks upward at, and through, the sunlit side of the rings from about 19 degrees...
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 a full 360-degree...
Composite of Titan's Surface Seen During Descent
InSight's instrument deck and Elysium Planitia as seen from the spacecraft's robotic-arm mounted camera.
InSight on Elysium Planitia
As the Cassini spacecraft studies the rings, an icy interloper happens past. At the top of the image, between the spacecraft and the rings, is Epimetheus. The darker region extending from center r...
Epimetheus in the Way
The month of January is named for the mythical Roman god Janus, who guarded the gate of heaven. Cassini spied the heavily cratered, irregularly shaped moon of Saturn as it glided along in its orbit...
The highly reflective moon Enceladus appears as a bright dot beyond a crescent Saturn in this Cassini image.
Brilliant Blip Beyond Saturn
The Cassini spacecraft examines the Maxwell Gap -- the large, dark division at center -- which is surrounded on either side by the broad, isolated and bright ring regions, or "plateaus," of Saturn'...
This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft of asteroid Vesta shows Helena crater, which is the crater that resembles the shape of a butterfly's wings (center), and Laelia crater, which is the crater (b...
Helena and Laelia Craters
Spurred by the launch of Sputnik, U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs the National Aeronautics and Space Act of 1958, which creates the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, better k...
NASA is Born
This Voyager 2 photograph of Titan, taken Aug. 23, 1981, from a range of 2.3 million kilometers (1.4 million miles), shows some detail in the cloud systems on this Saturnian moon. The southern hemi...
Titan's Cloud Systems
A chef's bounty of colors is represented in this full color view of Saturn's northern hemisphere. Butternut, peach, and olive hues have replaced the azure blue of winter. The blue of Saturn's wint...
Cornucopia of Color
+ View Full Res This image was taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft on April 14, 2012. The camera was pointing toward TETHYS at approximately 10,875 miles (17,502 kilometers) away. This image has n...
Tethys Surface (Raw Image)
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
As it loops around Saturn, Cassini periodically gets a good view of Saturn's moon Hyperion. Hyperion chaotically tumbles around in its orbit and is the largest of Saturn's irregularly-shaped moons....
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
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
The smaller moon Mimas upstages the larger moon Dione as the dramatic Herschel Crater is spotlighted on Mimas in this Cassini spacecraft view. Herschel Crater is about 130 kilometers, or 81 miles,...
The gravity of Prometheus alters the orbits of the fine, icy particles in Saturn's F ring, creating dazzling structures like those seen here. Each of these diagonal features, called "streamer-chan...
Warped F Ring
This wide-angle Voyager 2 image, taken through the camera's clear filter, is the first to show Neptune's rings in detail.
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