Solar System Exploration
December 16, 2004
The International Space Station transits the Moon in January 2018.
International Space Station Transits the Moon (2018)
This artist's concept shows a simulated view from the surface of Jupiter's moon Europa. Europa's potentially rough, icy surface, tinged with reddish areas that scientists hope to learn more about, ...
Simulated View from Europa's Surface (Artist's Concept)
This image, taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft, shows a portion of the southern hemisphere of dwarf planet Ceres from an altitude of 915 miles (1,470 kilometers). The image was taken on Sept. 20, 2015...
Dawn HAMO Image 40
The northern and southern hemispheres of Rhea are seen in these polar stereographic maps, mosaicked from the best-available Cassini and Voyager images. Six Voyager images fill in gaps in Cassini's...
Rhea Polar Maps - January 2011
NASA's Dawn spacecraft took this image of Rao Crater (7 miles, 12 kilometers) at center left. on May 30, 2016.
Dawn LAMO Image 146
Sunlight filters through Saturn's rings in sepia tones in this artful view from the Cassini spacecraft of the dark side of the rings. Those rays from the sun directly reflected from the lit side of...
The Color of Darkness
Cassini's flyby of Jupiter is quite distant, with a closest approach of about 136 Jupiter radii (or almost 10 million kilometers). This image shows the spacecraft with Jupiter in the far distance....
This false-color picture of Saturn's moon Rhea from Cassini enhances slight differences in natural color across the moon's face. The extreme north and south latitudes have a notable difference in h...
Color on Rhea?
This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows small rilles (scars) on asteroid Vesta's surface, mostly concentrated in the right half image, presumably due to impacts throwing out boulders, which cr...
Rilles on Vesta's Surface
The profile of the 450-kilometer-wide (280-mile) crater Odysseus makes this image look as if someone sliced off a chunk of Tethys (1,071 kilometers, or 665 miles across). According to measurements ...
Profile of Odysseus
The Cassini spacecraft and Huygens probe begin their seven-year journey to the ringed planet. The successful launch of Cassini aboard a Titan IVB/Centaur occured at 4:43 a.m. EDT, October 15, 1997....
Through the Clouds
On Oct. 26, 2004, the Cassini spacecraft flew over Saturn's moon Titan at less than 1,200 kilometers (746 miles) at closest approach. Cassini acquired several infrared images with spatial resolutio...
Map of Titan in Infrared
The Cassini spacecraft presents a clear view of Tethys' equatorial band of dark terrain, along with the crater Odysseus. This view looks toward the leading hemisphere of Tethys (1,062 kilometers, ...
This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows numerous grooves (linear depressions) and crater chains, especially in the right hand side of the image of asteroid Vesta.
Grooves and Crater Chains on Vesta
Titan's Tantalizing Streaks October 28, 2004 Full-Res: PIA06985 This wide-angle image captured by Cassini's imaging science subsystem sho...
Titan's Tantalizing Streaks
NASA's Dawn spacecraft being moved into thermal vacuum chamber for bake-out.
Dawn Spacecraft Moved into Thermal Vacuum Chamber
This false-color composite was created with images taken during the Cassini spacecraft's closest flyby of Titan on April 16, 2005. It was created by combining two infrared images (taken at 938 and ...
Cassini's Views of Titan
Giant pits cover the impact-eroded face of Hyperion, giving it a spongy appearance. The chaotically tumbling moon is extremely porous, like the moons orbiting in and near Saturn's rings. Hyperion ...
Sweeping Beauty December 6, 2004 Full-Res: PIA06536 Any doubts about the grandeur of Saturn's rings ...
This view from NASA's Dawn spacecraft captures the northern rim of Toharu Crater on Ceres. Dawn captured the scene on Dec. 24, 2015 from its low-altitude mapping orbit (LAMO), at an approximate alt...
Dawn LAMO Image 17
NASA's Dawn spacecraft took this image on June 7, 2016, showing a small crater within the larger southern hemisphere crater named Mondamin on Ceres.
Dawn LAMO Image 137
This animated sequence of images, captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, shows changes in the brightness of the Enceladus plume during a 6.5-hour observation.
Changing View of the Enceladus Plume
The contrast is sharp between the outer portion of the A ring edge and the ring's main body. One explanation for this is that the outer A ring region contains smaller particles (around 1 centimeter...
World of Contrast
This stereo anaglyph of Saturn's moon Enceladus shows an area that has undergone a very intriguing -- and in places puzzling -- sequence of events. The craters here are subdued, as seen elsewhere o...
Transition on Enceladus (3-D)
The surface of Saturn's moon Dione is rendered in crisp detail against a hazy, ghostly Titan. A portion of the ''wispy'' terrain of Dione's trailing hemisphere can be seen on the right (see Wispy ...
Dione and Ghostly Titan
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