Solar System Exploration
Final Assembly at the Cape
December 16, 2004
Final Assembly at the Cape
Appearing like an iris of a human eye, the huge Odysseus Crater dominates the sphere of the moon Tethys. The Odysseus Crater is 450 kilometers, or 280 miles, across on Tethys, which is 1,062 kilom...
Eye on Tethys
Saturn's moon Pandora glides in front of the narrow F ring, making the moon's oblong outline visible. The image also shows the A ring, Cassini Division, B ring, and part of the C ring. This view is...
Pandora Occults the F Ring
Wispy terrain winds across the trailing hemisphere of Saturn's moon Dione in this Cassini view taken during the spacecraft's Jan. 27, 2010 non-targeted flyby.
Profiling Dione's Wisps
N00164313.jpg was taken on October 16, 2010 and received on Earth October 17, 2010. The camera was pointing toward PALLENE, and the image was taken using the RED and CL2 filters. This image has no...
Pallene -- Oct. 16, 2010 (raw)
Five moons -- dominated by Rhea in the foreground -- share this Cassini spacecraft view with Saturn's rings seen nearly edge-on. Rhea (1,528 kilometers, or 949 miles across) is largest here and is...
Dark Storms, Bright Clouds September 8, 2004 Full-Res: PIA06472 Flecks of bright cloud and several dark storms dominate Saturn's sout...
Dark Storms, Bright Clouds
Tethys' huge Odysseus Crater is brightly lit in the northern latitudes of this Saturnian moon in this Cassini spacecraft view. The crater is seen almost edge-on in the upper left of the image. See...
Odysseus in Profile
+ 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 14,835 miles (23,875 kilometers) away. Thi...
Radiant Dione (Raw Image)
These images compare surface features observed by NASA's Cassini spacecraft at the Xanadu region on Saturn's moon Titan (left), and features observed by NASA's Galileo spacecraft on Jupiter's crate...
Titan and Callisto
The Cassini spacecraft's camera looks in near-infrared light at a dramatic view of Saturn, its ringplane and the shadows of a couple of its moons. The large shadow south of the equator is that of ...
Scene Seen in the Near-Infrared
The F ring and outer edge of the A ring can be seen in this image. A kink feature is visible in the F ring, probably caused by Prometheus or Pandora, the F ring's shepherd moons. Another moon, Dap...
Fingerprints of the Shepherds
This narrow angle field-of-view artist's rendering shows Titan's surface with Saturn dimly in the background through Titan's thick atmosphere of methane, ethane and (mostly) nitrogen. The Cassini s...
Crater Lake on Titan
+ View Original Image High-resolution Cassini images show an astonishing level of structure in Saturn's Cassini Division, including two ringlets that were not seen in NASA Voyager spacecraft im...
New Rings for Cassini's Division (Labeled Version)
This view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows two different effects of moons that cause waves in the A ring and kinks in a faint ringlet.
Grooves and Kinks in the Rings
Saturn's expansive rings separate the moon's Tethys (at the top) from Dione (at the bottom). Even in this distant view, it is easy to see that the moons' surfaces, and likely their evolutionary his...
Moons with Separate Paths
This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows the dramatic-looking crater named Haulani on Ceres.
Dawn HAMO Image 66
Saturn's rings throw imposing shadows and relegate parts of the planet's northern regions to darkness. Three thin and bright arcs in this scene represent three well-known gaps in the immense ring s...
Gaps in the Darkness
This artist's concept summarizes our understanding of how the inside of Ceres could be structured, based on the data returned by the NASA's Dawn mission. The most internal layer, the mantle is domi...
Ceres' Internal Structure (Artist's Concept)
This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft of asteroid Vesta shows Eusebia crater on the right. The smaller crater, offset from the center of the image, with a smaller crater on its rim is Tuccia crater.
Tuccia and Eusebia Craters
Saturn's luminescent rings provide striking contrasts of light and darkness, as the irregular shape of Janus glides across the foreground. This view looks toward the unilluminated side of the rings...
Atmospheric Detail and Enceladus June 8, 2004 Full-Res: PIA05403 The high clouds of Saturn's bright equatorial band appear to st...
Atmospheric Detail and Enceladus
Saturn's moon Prometheus is seen here emerging from the darkness of Saturn's shadow. Prometheus is 102 kilometers (63 miles) across. This shepherd moon, like most of Saturn's moons, always keeps ...
Solar Eclipses . . . Daily
When imaged with the Sun nearly at our backs, Dione's heavily scarred surface lacks the shadows that emphasize the surface topography.
Dione, Face On
The interior of Urvara Crater (101 miles, 163 kilometers wide) is featured in this image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft taken on June 2, 2016 at a distance of about 240 miles (385 kilometers) above th...
Dawn LAMO Image 180
Graceful giant Saturn poses with a few of the small worlds it holds close. From this viewpoint the Cassini spacecraft can see across the entirety of the planet's shadow on the rings, to where the r...
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