Solar System Exploration
Final Assembly at the Cape
December 16, 2004
Final Assembly at the Cape
This image, taken on June 9, 2015 by NASA's Dawn spacecraft, shows Dantu crater on Ceres, at upper right, from an altitude of 2,700 miles (4,400 kilometers). North on Ceres is toward upper right.
Dawn Survey Orbit Image 44
These images of Saturn's south pole, taken by two different instruments on Cassini, show the hurricane-like storm swirling there and features in the clouds at various depths surrounding the pole. D...
Saturn's Surprisingly Stormy South
Structure in the tenuous F ring can be seen in this image of the ring's bright core. Much of the structure in the F ring is created by its two shepherding moons: Prometheus (86 kilometers, or 53 m...
Turn of a Narrow Ring
A nearly full Rhea shines in the sunlight in this recent Cassini image.
Rhea's Day in the Sun
Great Red Spot
Great Red Spot
+ QuickTime (875.4 kilobytes, no audio) This movie sequence provides the record of Cassini's first close brush with Hyperion, Saturn's chaotically tumbling moon. As the spacecraft whizzes past, Hy...
Encountering Hyperion (Movie)
These images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft show part of the rim of asteroid Vesta's south polar basin, which is dominated by a large scarp (cliff) that runs vertically across the center of the images.
Topography of a Scarp and Hummocky Terrain
NASA's Cassini spacecraft sees bright methane clouds drifting in the summer skies of Saturn's moon Titan, along with dark hydrocarbon lakes and seas clustered around the north pole.
Northern Summer on Titan
Although this image is centered on the Saturn-facing hemisphere of Titan, here the sun illuminates mainly the trailing hemisphere of Saturn's largest moon. The image was taken with the Cassini sp...
Saturn's View of Titan's Trailing Hemisphere
This mosaic of Cassini images, part of a larger mosaic of images captured just hours before exact equinox at Saturn, shows that the spiral corrugation in the planet's inner rings continues right up...
Inner B Ring Terminus
Two pairs of moons make a rare joint appearance. The F ring's shepherd moons, Prometheus and Pandora, appear just inside and outside of the F ring (the thin faint ring furthest from Saturn).
This close flyby of the south pole will feature fields and particles instruments learning more about the nature and number of the particles in the plumes. Remote sensing instruments will also be se...
Enceladus 'E-14' Flyby: Sensing Changes
+View Full Res This raw, unprocessed image was taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft on May 2, 2012. The camera was pointing toward Dione at approximately 5,229 miles (8,416 kilometers) away. This ...
Dione Up Close (Raw Image)
This image, made using images taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft, shows Occator crater on Ceres, home to a collection of intriguing bright spots.
Dawn Takes a Closer Look at Occator
The Cassini-Huygens mission was recognized with an award in the space category at the 2005 World Technology Awards in San Francisco on Nov. 15. From left to right: Enrico Flamini, Italian Space Ag...
Cassini-Huygens Wins Space Award
Dreamy colors ranging from pale rose to butterscotch to sapphire give this utterly inhospitable gas planet a romantic appeal. Shadows of the rings caress the northern latitudes whose blue color is ...
Saturn's Subtle Spectrum
Distant Rhea August 26, 2004 Full-Res: PIA06463 Cassini caught a hint of Rhea's heavily cratered surface as it sped rapidly away f...
This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows Cornelia crater on asteroid Vesta with a sharp, fresh rim. Cornelia crater has a spectacular internal structure, which consists of bright and dark mater...
NASA's Dawn spacecraft took this image on June 13, 2016, showing the limb of Ceres from above an equatorial region east of Kirnis Crater.
Dawn LAMO Image 124
This composite-color view from NASA's Dawn mission shows Cornelia Crater, streaked with dark materials, on the giant asteroid Vesta. You need 3D glasses to view this image.
3-D View of Dark-Stained Cornelia
This Ceres scene captured by NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows an ancient crater wall that has been disrupted, possibly by a landslide.
Dawn LAMO Image 100
In this view, Saturn’s icy moon Rhea passes in front of Titan as seen by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft.
Saturn's shepherd moon Prometheus reveals its elongated, irregular form to Cassini in this image. The moon's long axis points toward Saturn. Prometheus is 102 kilometers (63 miles) across. This vi...
This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows a group of craters, left of center, that resembles a rubber duck. The 'head' is dubbed Halki Crater, the 'Body' Telepinu Crater, the 'beak' crater is un...
'Rubber Duck' on Ceres
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