Solar System Exploration
Final Assembly at the Cape
December 16, 2004
Final Assembly at the Cape
Swirling cloud bands, delicate ring shadows and icy moons make the Saturn system a place of supreme natural beauty. Even Cassini's remarkable images can only provide the slightest sense of the expe...
This processed image from Cassini's Aug. 22, 2005, flyby of Titan reveals mid-latitudes on the moon's Saturn-facing side. This region has been imaged previously by Cassini, although the recent appr...
Titan's Sideways Cipher
This image of Ceres from NASA's Dawn spacecraft was taken at an oblique viewing angle relative to the surface. The crater to the upper right is named Juling which displays prominent spurs of compac...
Dawn LAMO Image 32
The surface of Ceres is covered with craters of many shapes and sizes, as seen in this new mosaic of the dwarf planet comprised of images taken by NASA's Dawn mission on Feb. 19, 2015 from a distan...
Cratered Surface of Ceres
With Cassini’s exploration of Saturn coming to a dashing end in a few months, the mission team scheduled an “All Cassini Plus Alumni” group photo to commemorate the event.
The Cassini Team
Comet ISON shows off its tail in this three-minute exposure taken on 19 Nov. 2013 at 6:10 a.m. EST, using a 14-inch telescope located at the Marshall Space Flight Center.
Comet ISON Streaks Toward the Sun
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...
NASA's Dawn spacecraft spied this relatively smooth area of Ceres' surface, which includes the feature named Dalien Tholus, a dome-shaped feature visible in top right quadrant of the image.
Dawn LAMO Image 156
The Cassini spacecraft snaps an excellent view of the leading side of Mimas and its distinguishing crater, Herschel. The moon's night side is partly lit by reflected light from Saturn. North on Mi...
A Major Hit
Saturn’s moon Dione drifts before the planet’s rings, seen here almost edge on.
Dione on the Edge
The Cassini spacecraft monitors the myriad cloud forms that drift in Saturn's atmosphere, helping scientists gain a better understanding of how energy is transported around, and from within, the pl...
Following the Clouds
Crisp details on Dione contrast with the haziness of Titan in this Cassini spacecraft image of a pair of Saturn's moons. Smaller Dione is at the bottom of the image, and that moon's wispy terrain ...
Study in Contrasts
This image, taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft on June 25, 2015, shows a portion of the southern hemisphere of dwarf planet Ceres from an altitude of 2,700 miles (4,400 kilometers) with a resolution o...
Dawn Survey Orbit Image 43
The Cassini spacecraft looks toward the cratered plains of the trailing hemisphere of Rhea. Some of the moon's fractures, appearing like wispy bright lines, can be seen on the left of the image. R...
Well Lit Rhea
Most planetary rings appear to be shaped, at least in part, by moons orbiting their planets, but nowhere is that more evident than in Saturn's F ring.
Sculptor and His Work
The Cassini spacecraft surveys the stark beauty of Saturn's moon Rhea. Rhea's north pole is up and tilted slightly away from Cassini in this view; the moon's south pole is in sunlight at bottom. L...
The leading hemisphere of Dione displays linear grooves and subtle streaks in this Cassini view. Terrain visible here is on the moon's leading hemisphere. North on Dione (1,126 kilometers, or 700 ...
Detail on Dione (Monochrome)
Saturn's moon Epimetheus moves in front of the larger moon Janus as seen by the Cassini spacecraft. This view looks toward the leading hemispheres of Epimetheus (113 kilometers, or 70 miles across...
Epimetheus Before Janus
NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured this view of Saturn's north pole on April 26, 2017 -- the day it began its Grand Finale -- as it approached the planet for its first daring dive through the gap b...
Top of the World
Cassini scientists continue their quest to understand the origin and evolution of the newly discovered features observed in Saturn's A ring which have become known as "propellers." In this image, t...
Earhart in the A Ring
An area along the rim of the crater at the center of this view from NASA's Dawn spacecraft, has collapsed, producing a lobe-shaped feature where the material settled.
Dawn LAMO Image 158
NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft captured this high-resolution enhanced color view of Pluto on July 14, 2015.
The Rich Color Variations of Pluto
Named after a Japanese paradise, the Senkyo region of Titan (the dark area below and to the right of center) is a bit less welcoming than its namesake.
A shepherd moon can do more to define ring structures than just keep the flock of particles in line, as Cassini spacecraft images such as this have shown. Prometheus (102 kilometers, or 63 miles a...
The Hand of Prometheus
This is one of the first images returned from Cassini during the eight Titan flyby. The image, W00010533.jpg, was taken on Sept. 6, 2005 and received on Earth Sept. 8, 2005. The camera was pointi...
Titan Flyby -- Sept. 7, 2005
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