Solar System Exploration
Final Assembly at the Cape
December 16, 2004
Final Assembly at the Cape
Prometheus pulls material from the tortured F ring in this highly detailed view. The aftereffects of the moon's other recent encounters with the ring are visible above as dark channels in the inner...
Tethys, dwarfed by the scale of Saturn and its rings, appears as an elegant crescent in this image taken by NASA's Cassini Spacecraft.
Crescent Tethys and Rings
Saturn's softly glowing rings shine in scattered sunlight.
Enceladus looks as though it is half lit by sunlight in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, but looks can be deceiving.
Dark Side of the Moon: Enceladus
Saturn's rings cast a dramatic shadow separating the blues and greens of the planet's northern hemisphere from the creamy pastels coloring the southern hemisphere. This mosaic combines 6 images --...
Shadow of Demarcation
This close-up view of Hakumyi crater, as seen by NASA's Dawn spacecraft, provides insight into the origin of the small crater and lobe-shaped flow next to its southern rim.
Hakumyi Crater from LAMO
A quartet of Saturn's moons are shown with a sliver of the rings in this Cassini spacecraft view.
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Holiday Lights on the Sun: Imagery of a Solar Flare
This image, taken on June 6, 2015 by NASA's Dawn spacecraft, shows Ceres from an altitude of 2,700 miles (4,400 kilometers). A mountain can be seen on the left. The western edge of Haulani crater c...
Dawn Survey Orbit Image 47
Jets of water ice particles spew from Saturn's moon Enceladus in this image obtained by NASA's Cassini spacecraft on Aug. 13, 2010.
Before Saturn's Limb
Saturn's moon Enceladus drifts before the rings, which glow brightly in the sunlight.
Eleven years in the life of the Sun, spanning most of solar cycle 23.
Saturn's small moon Daphnis is caught in the act of raising waves on the edges of the Keeler gap, which is the thin dark band in the left half of the image. Waves like these allow scientists to lo...
Small Moon Makes Big Waves
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
+ Video Launch Page This animation shows Cassini's approach and flyby of Enceladus Mar.12, 2008. The views from the camera's narrow (NAC) and wide-angle (WAC) are seen in red and orange. Enceladus...
Enceladus Flyby Animation -- March 12, 2008
Exposed interior of NASA's Dawn spacecraft showing ion propulsion system's xenon feed system.
Exposed Interior of Dawn Spacecraft
Saturn's moon Tethys casts a wide shadow over the planet's F and A rings. Tethys itself is not visible in this image. As Saturn approaches its August 2009 equinox, the planet's moons cast shadows ...
This is a frame from an animation showcasing a series of images NASA's Dawn spacecraft took on approach to Ceres on Feb. 4, 2015 at a distance of about 90,000 miles (145,000 kilometers) from the dw...
Animation of Ceres on Approach
This image, taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft, shows a portion of the southern hemisphere of dwarf planet Ceres from an altitude of 2,700 miles (4,400 kilometers).
Dawn Survey Orbit Image 49
The Cassini spacecraft looks across Saturn's rings and finds the moon Prometheus, a shepherd of the thin F ring. Prometheus (53 miles, or 86 kilometers across) looks like a small white bulge near ...
Across to Prometheus
The right-hand limb of Saturn's moon Mimas appears flattened as Herschel Crater is viewed edge-on in this Cassini spacecraft image. The planet's rings are in the background. Herschel Crater is 130...
Mimas' Flat Spot
Shredding a Cloud November 5, 2004 Full-Res: PIA06514 This close-up of Saturn's atmosphere shows turbulent activity on the ragged edg...
Shredding a Cloud
This global digital map of Titan was created using data taken by the Cassini spacecraft Imaging Science Subsystem (ISS). The data here consist of images taken using a filter centered at 938 nanomet...
Map of Titan with Labels- December 2006
This view from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows the rim of Dantu Crater (78 miles, 125 kilometers wide). This image was taken on June 2, 2016.
Dawn LAMO Image 176
Great Dark Spot
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