Solar System Exploration
Final Assembly at the Cape
December 16, 2004
Final Assembly at the Cape
Two Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) images from the radar experiment on NASA's Cassini spacecraft show that, between May 2013 and August 2014, a bright feature appeared in Kraken Mare, the largest h...
Bright Feature Appears in Titan's Kraken Mare
The Cassini spacecraft looks across the surface of Saturn's moon Dione and details the "wispy" terrain first chronicled by Voyager.
Looking Over Dione's Wisps
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
This close-up of Dione's icy surface shows deeply shadowed craters near the terminator, as well as a group of roughly linear faults above center. The terrain shown here is on the moon's leading he...
Dione: Magnified View
These images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft are located in asteroid Vesta's Sextilia quadrangle, in Vesta's southern hemisphere.
Apparent Brightness and Topography Images of Laelia Crater
Smog Moon November 15, 2004 Full-Res: PIA06520 Smog-enshrouded Titan shows itself to be a featureless orb in this Cassini image taken in v...
Each image on this High Resolution Stereo Camera Image Composite (HRSC) mosaic is of the same location observed by Dawn's Framing Camera when it flew by Mars to complete the spacecraft's gravity as...
Dawn's Framing Camera Flys by Mars
In Saturn's shadow, the southern hemisphere of Enceladus is lit by sunlight reflected first off the rings and then onto the nightside of the planet. Other sources of illumination include sunlight ...
Enceladus in Eclipse
Colorful Threads and Shadows September 16, 2004 Full-Res: PIA06114 Saturn's faintly banded atmo...
Colorful Threads and Shadows
Saturn's small moons Atlas, Prometheus, and Epimetheus keep each other company in this Cassini spacecraft image of the planet's night side.
This global infrared map of Titan was composed with data from Cassini's visual and infrared mapping spectrometer taken during the last two Titan flybys, on Dec. 26, 2005, and Jan. 15, 2006. The ma...
An Infrared Map of Titan
Diversity on Titan October 28, 2004 Full-Res: PIA06988 This radar image of the surface of Saturn's moon Titan was acquired on October 26,...
Diversity on Titan
This global digital map of Saturn's moon Enceladus was created using data taken during Cassini and Voyager spacecraft flybys. The map is an equidistant projection and has a scale of 110 meters (361...
Map of Enceladus - December 2005
The Cassini spacecraft spies multiple spokes in Saturn's outer B ring. The precise origin and evolution of these transient features continue to provide ring scientists with intriguing puzzles to so...
Saturn's clouds are full of raw beauty, but they also represent a playground for a branch of physics called fluid dynamics, which seeks to understand the motion of gases and liquids.
The moon Tethys stands out as a tiny crescent of light in front of the dark of Saturn's night side. Tethys (1,062 kilometers, or 660 miles across) can be seen above the ringplane on the far right ...
Rhea sports an immense impact scar on its leading hemisphere, like several other major Saturnian moons. The impact basin, seen above center on the day-night dividing line, or terminator, is named T...
Tirawa on the Terminator
On this polar stereographic map of Enceladus' south polar terrain, all 100 geysers have been plotted whose source locations have been determined in Cassini's imaging survey of the moon's geyser bas...
Surveyor's Map of Enceladus' Geyser Basin
From left to right: Alexander Sharpe, Joshua Leviton and Alistair McGregor are the winners of the 2007 Cassini Scientist-for-a-Day contest. Their essays on different targets for Cassini's cameras w...
Cassini Team Recruits Next Generation of Scientists
This raw, unprocessed image of Enceladus was taken on May 18, 2010, by the Cassini spacecraft, which was approximately 75,000 kilometers (46,500 miles) away at the time. Credit: NASA/JPL/SSI + Ra...
Enceladus - Raw
This is a narrow angle field-of-view artist's rendering from the bottom of a large ice crevasse on the surface of Phoebe, the least known of all the Saturnian satellites. Since Cassini will never ...
Ice Crevasse on Phoebe
This view of the northern portion of Yalode is one of many images NASA's Dawn spacecraft has taken. The large impact that formed the crater likely involved a lot of heat, explaining the relatively ...
Yalode Crater on Ceres
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One year of the global vegetation cycle show seasonal variations in different parts of the world.
Global Vegetation Cycle
A train of diagonal channels in Saturn's F ring follows behind the moon Prometheus. Each of these features was created during a previous close approach of Prometheus to the ring. When the moon is ...
F Ring Channels
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