Solar System Exploration
Final Assembly at the Cape
December 16, 2004
Final Assembly at the Cape
Saturn's F ring, which appears kinked and gored in many images, looks straight here. Above the brighter core, the ghostly strands of the F ring's outer envelope, which has a spiral arm structure, a...
Straightening Out the Kinks
This computer-generated image shows the structure of the cyclonic pattern observed over Jupiter’s North pole: a central cyclone surrounded by eight circumpolar cyclones with diameters ranging from ...
A New View on Jupiter's North Pole
The F ring shepherd Pandora is captured here along with other well-known examples of how Saturn’s moons shape the rings.
Shepherd and Flock
This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft, located in asteroid Vesta's Urbinia quadrangle in the Vestan southern hemisphere, shows a small crater with ejecta made of dark material.
Dark Material in the Ejecta of a Small Crater
Comet ISON appeared in the higher-resolution HI-1 camera on NASA's STEREO-A spacecraft.
Comet ISON From STEREO
This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows a fresh scarp rimmed crater with many boulders on asteroid Vesta's crater floor. These boulders have diameters of 100-200m, which is roughly the size of...
Boulders on Vesta
A large impact basin dominates the high southern latitudes of Saturn's moon Dione. See Rebounded Craters to learn more from a similar image. Lit terrain seen here is on the anti-Saturn side of Dio...
Dione's Southern Basin
These images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft are located in asteroid Vesta's Urbinia quadrangle, in Vesta's southern hemisphere. Urbinia crater is the large, irregularly shaped crater, Sossia the middl...
Apparent Brightness and Topography Images of Urbinia and Sossia Craters
This image, taken by the High Resolution Stereo Camera (HRSC) on board ESA's Mars Express spacecraft, is one of the highest-resolution pictures so far of the Martian moon Phobos.
Color image of Phobos from Mars Express
At first glance, Saturn's rings appear to be intersecting themselves in an impossible way. In actuality, this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows the rings in front of the planet, upon which ...
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 30
The F ring shows off a rich variety of phenomena in this image from the Cassini spacecraft.
F Ring Zoo
This image, taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft, shows a knobby surface on Ceres. The region is adjacent to the giant impact crater Urvara.
Dawn LAMO Image 27
The International Space Station makes a trail of light in front of the Milky Way in this long exposure image.
The View from Earth: Space Station, Jupiter, Milky Way
Saturn dominates this colorful view, taken from a vantage point high above the rings. From here the Cassini spacecraft can see the rings' far side, where the dark shadow of Saturn abruptly terminat...
Over the Top
This stunning false-color view of Saturn's moon Hyperion reveals crisp details across the strange, tumbling moon's surface.
Saturn's enchanting rings display crisply defined edges and strong contrast on their unilluminated side. Atlas (32 kilometers, or 20 miles across) sits on the far side of the rings above center, b...
In this image of the F ring, taken shortly after its ring particles encountered the shepherd moon Prometheus, the disruption to the ring caused by the moon is evident. The bright core of the ring ...
This colorized mosaic from NASA's Cassini mission shows the most complete view yet of Titan's northern land of lakes and seas. Saturn's moon Titan is the only world in our solar system other than E...
Titan's North -- With Text
Mercury astronaut Scott Carpenter stands in front of the NASA insignia at Cape Canaveral.
Enceladus's unusual plume is only easily visible when the Cassini spacecraft and the Sun are on opposite sides of Enceladus. So what's lighting up the moon then?
By the Pale Saturn-light
These composite images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft show three views of a terrain with ridges and grooves near Aquilia crater in the southern hemisphere of the giant asteroid Vesta.
Vibidia Crater in Color
This still from an animation made from data obtained by NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows the topography of a portion of the wall and interior of the Rheasilvia impact basin in asteroid Vesta's south-po...
Wall of Rheasilvia
This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows numerous linear chains and clusters of small craters on asteroid Vesta. These chains and clusters of craters were created by material that was ejected d...
Chains and Clusters of Secondary Craters
Voyager 2 obtained this high-resolution picture of Saturn's rings on August 22, 1981 when the spacecraft was 4 million km (2.5 million mi) away. Evident here are the numerous "spoke" features in th...
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