Solar System Exploration
December 16, 2004
This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows a sharp, fresh crater rim of a large crater that is only partly in the bottom right corner of this image and is located in Vesta's Numisia quadrangle, n...
Sharp Crater Rim
NASA and Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) released the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) Global Digital Elevation Model (GDEM) to the worl...
ASTER's Global Digital Elevation Model
This image shows NASA's Dawn's view of Vesta from June 20, 2011, when the approaching spacecraft was about 117,000 miles (189,000 kilometers) away from the body.
Dawn's Approach to Vesta
These images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft are located in Vesta's Sextilia quadrangle, in asteroid Vesta's southern hemisphere.
Apparent Brightness and Topography Images of Helena Crater
The Cassini spacecraft's close flyby of Epimetheus in December 2007 returned detailed images of the moon's south polar region. The view shows what might be the remains of a large impact crater co...
This image, taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft, shows the surface of dwarf planet Ceres from an altitude of 915 miles (1,470 kilometers). The image was taken on September 9, 2015, and has a resolution...
Dawn HAMO Image 31
Cassini made a close flyby of Saturn's moon Iapetus on Sept. 10, 2007, and the visual and infrared mapping spectrometer obtained these images showing surface composition and particle size. The vis...
Tiny Grains on Iapetus -- Labeled
This color image of Jupiter was taken by the camera onboard NASA's Cassini spacecraft when it was 81.3 million kilometers (50.5 million miles) from the planet. It is composed of images taken in t...
First Color Image
Sunlight scattering through the periphery of Titan's atmosphere reaches Cassini as the spacecraft's camera is pointed at the dark side of the moon. A detached, high-altitude global haze layer enci...
Light on the Dark Side
Light from the star Beta Crucis (Mimosa) breaks through the plane of the A ring in the center of this image of a stellar occultation. Several of Cassini's remote-sensing instruments use occultatio...
A Star Shines Through
A line of dark vortices charge through Saturn's "Storm Alley" -- a region that has seen intensive storm activity since the Cassini spacecraft began its observations of the planet in early 2004. Th...
This mosaic of images from NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft shows the impact crater Hokusai on Mercury.
The Impressive Rays of Hokusai
Broad, dark spokes in the B ring are clearly seen in this image of Saturn's rings. The spokes are finally becoming quite common, as they were during the Voyager flybys. These observations and othe...
Spokes in the Morning
The Earth as seen from the Moon.
The Earth from the Moon
A rare photo of a meteor entering Earth's atmosphere as seen from the International Space Station.
Looking Down on a Shooting Star
A solar eruption gracefully rose up from the sun on December 31, 2012, twisting and turning.
Solar Ballet on the Sun
This impact crater appears relatively recent as it has a sharp rim and well-preserved ejecta, the material thrown out of the crater when a meteorite hit Mars.
Crisp Crater in Sirenum Fossae
On Jan. 3, 2019 the Chinese spacecraft Chang'e 4 safely landed on the floor of Von Kármán crater. Four weeks later, NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter snapped this spectacular view looking across ...
First Look: Chang'e 4
Saturn's small, irregularly-shaped moon Epimetheus orbits against the backdrop of the planet's rings, which are nearly edge-on in this view. Some of the moon's larger geological features can be see...
This image, taken on Oct. 6, 2015 from NASA's Dawn mission, shows the 52-mile-wide (84 kilometer-wide) crater on Ceres named Gaue. This medium-sized basin has a relatively fresh rim with terraced w...
Dawn HAMO Image 76
Get an inside view of NASA's Cassini mission to Saturn with JPL's Dr. Kevin Grazier, who also discusses his career covering science fact and fiction.
First Person -- Dr. Kevin Grazier
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. [Editor's note: This capti...
Enceladus Polar Maps - North Pole - October 2009
A crescent Enceladus appears with Saturn's rings in this Cassini spacecraft view of the moon. The famed jets of water ice emanating from the south polar region of the moon are faintly visible here...
Rings and Enceladus
A collection of new ring phenomena, first observed in the sequence of images taken of the dark side of Saturn's rings immediately after Cassini entered orbit, may be evidence of the clumping and ag...
New Ring Phenomena
Looking cool and serene, Saturn shares its soft glow with Cassini.
World of Clouds and Ice
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