Solar System Exploration
December 16, 2004
As Cassini hurtled toward its fatal encounter with Saturn, the spacecraft turned to catch this final look at Saturn's moon Pandora next to the thin line of the F ring.
Pandora, the Would-Be Perturber
Polar Stratosphere August 16, 2004 Full-Res: PIA06470 This narrow angle ultraviolet image probes the high atmosphere above Saturn's s...
Saturn and its satellites Tethys (outer left), Enceladus (inner left) and Mimas (right of rings) are seen in this mosaic of images taken by NASA's Voyager 1 on Oct. 30, 1980, from a distance of 18 ...
Saturn with Moons
In this contrast-enhanced infrared image of Bellicia Crater on the giant asteroid Vesta, scientists from NASA's Dawn mission can see signs of the mineral olivine. Olivine was not expected to be fou...
Contrast-Enhanced Image of Bellicia Crater
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 14, 2015, and has a resolutio...
Dawn HAMO Image 33
This image, from NASA's Dawn spacecraft, shows rock material that has moved across the surface and flowed into a low area in the ridged floor of the Rheasilvia basin on asteroid Vesta.
This free NASA e-Book celebrates Saturn as seen through the eyes of the Cassini spacecraft.
The Saturn System Through the Eyes of Cassini (e-Book)
As Prometheus pulls away from an encounter with Saturn's F ring, its immediate effects on the ring material are clear. The moon has pulled toward it a faint streamer of material from the inner, fla...
Opening a Channel
Saturn's moon Daphnis gives a scalloped look to the edge of the A ring as the moon orbits within the Keeler Gap. Daphnis (8 kilometers, or 5 miles across) is the bright spot in the narrow gap near...
This image was taken on March 10, 2013, and received on Earth March 10, 2013 by NASA's Cassini spacecraft. The camera was pointing toward Rhea at approximately 174,181 miles (280,317 kilometers) aw...
Portrait of a Lady (Raw Image)
This image, taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft, shows dwarf planet Ceres from an altitude of 2,700 miles (4,400 kilometers). The image, with a resolution of 1,400 feet (410 meters) per pixel, was take...
Dawn Survey Orbit Image 26
If all the material that makes up Saturn's rings were compressed into a single body, it could make a moon roughly 80 percent the size of Saturn's moon Enceladus (505 kilometers, or 314 miles across...
These apparent brightness and topography images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft are located in asteroid Vesta's Gegania quadrangle, in Vesta's southern hemisphere.
Occia Crater, Apparent Brightness and Topography Images
The northern and southern hemispheres of Dione are seen in these polar stereographic maps, mosaicked from the best-available clear-filter images from NASA's Cassini and Voyager missions. Each map ...
Dione Polar Maps - October 2010
These four images are among thousands NEAR Shoemaker acquired during several low-altitude passes over Eros from January 25-28, 2001.
Closing in on Eros
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
During its close flyby of Saturn's moon Mimas on Aug. 2, 2005, Cassini caught a glimpse of Mimas against the broad expanse of Saturn's rings. The Keeler Gap in the outer A ring, in which Cassini ...
Mimas Against the Rings
A huge arrow-shaped storm blows across the equatorial region of Titan in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, chronicling the seasonal weather changes on Saturn's largest moon. This storm cr...
Titan's Arrow-Shaped Storm
Although Saturn's moon Pan is absent from this image of the A ring's Encke Gap, the moon's handiwork is still displayed. The two ringlets seen in the gap are maintained by the gravitational action...
+ See contrast-enhanced version NASA’s Cassini spacecraft shows a new view of Saturn’s moon Enceladus in a whole-disk mosaic of the geologically active moon's leading, or western, hemisphere. Thi...
Enceladus' Leading Hemisphere
Tethys hangs before the Cassini spacecraft, its great crater Odysseus in view. See The Great Basin for a close-up view of Odysseus. This view looks toward the anti-Saturn hemisphere of Tethys (1...
When Cassini gazes down at Saturn's rings with the Sun directly behind the spacecraft, an unusual phenomenon called the "opposition effect" can be seen. The effect is visible here as a bright regio...
Rings At Opposition
The nearest star system, the trinary star Alpha Centauri, hangs above the horizon of Saturn. Both Alpha Centauri A and B -- stars very similar to our own -- are clearly distinguishable in this imag...
This image of asteroid Vesta from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows an old, very degraded crater that is almost completely filled with regolith. Regolith is the fine-grained material that covers most of...
An Old Crater Almost Completely Filled with Regolith
The Galilean satellite Io floats above the cloudtops of Jupiter in this image captured on the dawn of the new millennium, January 1, 2001 10:00 UTC (spacecraft time), two days after Cassini's close...
A New Year for Jupiter and Io
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