Solar System Exploration
Final Assembly at the Cape
December 16, 2004
Final Assembly at the Cape
From high above Titan's northern hemisphere, the Cassini spacecraft takes an oblique view toward the mid-latitude dark regions that gird the giant moon. The view looks toward terrain centered at ...
Saturn's Sunlit Rings July 1, 2004 After becoming the first spacecraft to enter Saturn's orbit,...
Saturn's Sunlit Rings
This enhanced color composite image, made with data from the framing camera aboard NASA's Dawn spacecraft, shows the area around Ernutet crater. The bright red portions appear redder with respect t...
Ernutet Crater - Enhanced Color
Dark ring shadows adorn the northern hemisphere of Saturn. The shadows have loosened their grip on the north compared to when Cassini arrived in 2004 (see Saturn's Blue Cranium), and presently cont...
Saturn's moon Helene, seen here with Saturn's nearly edge-on rings, orbits 60 degrees ahead of Dione and is called a "Trojan" moon. The tiny moon Polydeuces (about 5 kilometers or 3 miles across, r...
This image was taken by the Cassini spacecraft on March 2, 2010 during its flyby of the moon Rhea. This image was received on Earth March 03, 2010. The camera was pointing toward RHEA at approxim...
Rhea (March 2, 2010 flyby)
NASA's Dawn spacecraft obtained this view of Azacca Crater on Ceres. The rim of this crater has terraces descending from its rim down to its floor. The crater's floor is relatively free of large im...
Dawn LAMO Image 38
Ceres' Haulani Crater is shown in these views from NASA's Dawn spacecraft. These views reveal variations in the region's brightness, mineralogy and temperature at infrared wavelengths.
Haulani Crater in Infrared
A quartet of Saturn's moons are shown with a sliver of the rings in this Cassini spacecraft view.
With its thick, distended atmosphere, Titan's orange globe shines softly, encircled by a thin halo of purple light-scattering haze. Images taken using blue, green and red spectral filters were use...
The Cassini spacecraft sits on display for the media in the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility at the Kennedy Space Center in August 1997. Cassini is a cooperative project of NASA, the Europea...
NASA's Dawn spacecraft obtained this image with its framing camera on August 6, 2011. Old and heavily cratered terrain is shown on Vesta. The framing camera has a resolution about 280 yards (260 me...
Old and Heavily Cratered Terrain on Vesta
The two prominent dark gaps in Saturn's A ring contain small embedded moons and a host of other intriguing features. Here, three unique ringlets are visible in the Encke gap (325 kilometers, or 20...
Tiny Moons, Big Effects
This artist's concept shows NASA's Dawn spacecraft orbiting the giant asteroid Vesta. The depiction of Vesta is based on images obtained by Dawn's framing cameras.
Dawn Orbiting Vesta
Forever changing, the F ring takes on a ladder-like appearance in this recent Cassini spacecraft image. Scientists believe that interactions between the F ring and the moons Prometheus and Pandora ...
The Cassini spacecraft stares at the Huygens Gap -- the region between Saturn''s outer B ring and the ringlets of the prominent Cassini Division -- in this high-resolution view. Ring scientists th...
Inspecting the Edge
This is a montage of New Horizons images of Jupiter and its volcanic moon Io, taken during the spacecraft’s Jupiter flyby in early 2007.
Jupiter and Io
Note: This image has been rotated 180 degrees from its original orientation published on Feb. 2, 2010. Caption updated July 28, 2014 Dramatic plumes, both large and small, spray water ice and vap...
Bursting at the Seams
The small moon Janus is illuminated by light from both the sun and Saturn. This view looks toward the south pole of Janus (179 kilometers, or 111 miles across) which lies on the terminator just be...
Two Lights on Two-faced Janus
This image was taken during Cassini's third close approach to Titan on Feb. 15, 2005. The image was taken with the Cassini spacecraft narrow angle camera, through a filter sensitive to wavelengths...
Close Titan Flyby 3, Image #1
Cassini turns its gaze toward Saturn's outer A ring to find the moon Pan coasting behind one of the thin ringlets which it shares with the Encke Gap. Pan is 26 kilometers (16 miles) across. Unders...
Ring Study Subjects
Portrait of the prime crew of the Apollo 12 lunar landing mission.
Apollo 12 Crew
Janus floats above the meandering clouds of Saturn. A few of the large craters on the moon are just visible. This view looks toward the unilluminated side of the rings from about 18 degrees above ...
Janus Floats On
This set of images show the areas mapped so far on Saturn's moon Titan by the Cassini Radar Mapper using its Synthetic Aperture Radar imaging mode and the location of the upcoming Oct. 28, 2005, Ti...
Titan Viewed by Cassini's Radar
The shadow of the moon Janus crosses the Encke Gap as it strikes the plane of Saturn's rings in this image taken as the planet approached its August 2009 equinox. Janus (179 kilometers, or 111 mil...
Shadow Crosses a Gap
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