Solar System Exploration
December 16, 2004
These images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft are located in asteroid Vesta's Numisia quadrangle, just south of Vesta's equator; there is a large slump of material covering the top rim of Teia crater, w...
HAMO and LAMO Images of Teia Crater
That's No Space Station July 26, 2004 Full-Res: PIA05423 Soon after orbital insertion, Cassini returned its best look yet at the h...
That's No Space Station
Beyond the ansa of Saturn's rings, a crescent Rhea completes this ring-and-moon composition. Rhea (1,528 kilometers, or 949 miles across) is near the middle of the bottom of the image. This view l...
Rhea and Rings
This close pairing of Janus and Epimetheus shows the two moons at "high phase," meaning that only a thin sliver of sunlit terrain is visible on each moon. Portions of each are also lit feebly by re...
NASA's Dawn spacecraft flys over dwarf planet Ceres which Dawn has been orbiting for mre than a year, providing us with fascinating views of an alien world.
Dawn LAMO Image 53
The Cassini spacecraft peers down through the hazy atmosphere of Saturn's moon Titan to view the dark region called Belet. This image was captured using a spectral filter sensitive to wavelengths ...
Belet Below the Haze
The head of Saturn's huge northern storm is well established in this view captured early in the storm's development by NASA's Cassini spacecraft in late 2010. Saturn's atmosphere and its rings are...
Storm Head in False Color
On Dec. 13, 1972, scientist-astronaut Harrison H. Schmitt is photographed standing next to a huge, split lunar boulder during the third Apollo 17 extravehicular activity (EVA) at the Taurus-Littrow...
Apollo 17 Extravehicular Activity
It's difficult to get a sense of scale when viewing Saturn's rings, but the Cassini Division (seen here between the bright B ring and dimmer A ring) is almost as wide as the planet Mercury.
The Great Divide
A quartet of false-color, composite images show the dance of Saturn's southern lights in data obtained by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
Four Aurora Snapshots
In this 30 second exposure, a meteor streaks across the sky during the annual Perseid meteor shower Friday, August 12, 2016 in Spruce Knob, West Virginia.
Perseid Meteor Shower 2016
The immense size of Saturn is emphasized in this Cassini spacecraft portrait that features the moon Mimas shown in front of the planet. Mimas (396 kilometers, or 246 miles across) appears as only ...
The Cassini spacecraft spies an intriguing bright clump in Saturn's F ring. Also of interest is the dark gash that appears to cut through the ring immediately below the clump. Scientists continue t...
Object of Interest
The majesty of Saturn overwhelms in this image from Cassini. Saturn's moon Tethys glides past in its orbit, and the icy rings mask the frigid northern latitudes with their shadows. Tethys is 1,071...
Fantasy Made Real
NASA’s Terra satellite caught a glimpse of plumes rising from two volcanoes in January 2018.
Plumes Over the Kamchatka Peninsula
This artist's rendering shows NASA's Dawn spacecraft maneuvering above Ceres with its ion propulsion system. Dawn arrived into orbit at Ceres on March 6, 2015, and continues to collect data about t...
Dawn Artist's Concept (Realistic Ceres)
The Cassini spacecraft stares at the Huygens Gap -- the region between Saturn's outer B ring and the ringlets of the prominent Cassini Division -- in this high-resolution view. Ring scientists thi...
Structure Along the Edge
On New Year's Eve 2004, Cassini flew past Saturn's intriguing moon Iapetus, capturing the four visible light images that were put together to form this global view.
Glowing Titan August 5, 2004 Full-Res: PIA06418 The glow of Titan's extensive atmosphere shines...
Astronomers have long known that Saturn's rings reflect sunlight most strongly when Earth is located directly between Saturn and the sun. Flat, shiny surfaces (like a mirror or a pond) can appear p...
Cat's eye rings and peek-a-boo shadows
Portrait of the prime crew of the Apollo 12 lunar landing mission.
Apollo 12 Crew
Three of Saturn's brood are captured near the rings in this view from the Cassini spacecraft. Together they showcase the rich variety of worlds found in the Saturn system. Pictured here are: Titan...
A Diverse Family
Two moons regard each other across a vast distance in this view from the Cassini spacecraft. Mimas (397 kilometers, or 247 miles across, at bottom) is easily identified by its prominent crater, He...
On Opposing Sides
Dione reveals its past via contrasts in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. The features visible here are a mixture of tectonics -- the bright, linear features -- and impact cratering -- the ...
A Moon's Contrasts
As our robotic emissary to Saturn, the Cassini spacecraft is privileged to behold such fantastic sights as this pairing of two moons beyond the rings. The bright, narrow F ring is the outermost rin...
Enceladus Races Onward
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