Solar System Exploration
Final Assembly at the Cape
December 16, 2004
Final Assembly at the Cape
Looking toward high northern latitudes on Titan, the Cassini spacecraft spies a banded pattern encircling the pole. This sort of feature is what scientists expect to see in the stratosphere of Tita...
The Banded North
This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft is dominated by bright rayed craters of different sizes. The most prominent bright rayed crater is name Tuccia.
Features on Vesta's Regolith
Recent Cassini images of Saturn's moon Enceladus backlit by the sun show the fountain-like sources of the fine spray of material that towers over the south polar region.
Fountains of Enceladus - Image #2
This frame from a video shows the bright spots in Occator crater on dwarf planet Ceres, generated from data from NASA's Dawn spacecraft.
Ceres Animations: Global View, Occator, Mountain, 3-D View
A Girl Scout waits to look through a telescope at the first-ever White House Campout with fifty fourth-grade girls in 2015.
Stargazing Girl Scout
This spectacular image shows Prometheus (at right) and Pandora (at left), with their flock of icy ring particles (the F ring) between them. Pandora is exterior to the ring, and closer to the spacec...
Close to the Shepherd Moons
Cassini's cameras were retargeted to capture the tiny Keeler Gap moon S/2005 S1, visible at the center and first discovered by Cassini a few months ago. Waves raised in the gap edges by the Keele...
Keeler Moon and Waves
The propeller informally named "Earhart" is seen in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft at much higher resolution than ever before.
'Earhart' Propeller in Saturn's A Ring
This image depicts the dwarf planet Ceres, as seen from the Dawn spacecraft. It was taken 147,000 miles (237,000 kilometers) from Ceres on January 25, 2015, is part of a series of views representin...
Ceres Sharper Than Ever (Zoomed Out View)
Sinuous clouds and hurricane-sized vortices mingle in Saturn's northern skies. This view looks toward a region located at 70 degrees north latitude on Saturn. Despite the level of detail visible...
Storms of the High North
Wide View of Saturn's F Ring July 1, 2004 Full-Res: PIA06098 This is one of the first images ta...
Wide View of Saturn's F Ring
From beneath the ringplane, the Cassini spacecraft takes stock of Saturn's southern skies and peeks through the rings and beyond their shadows at the northern latitudes. The image was taken by th...
South on Saturn
Streaks on Dione October 15, 2004 Full-Res: PIA06499 In this image, Dione, a moon of Saturn, exhibits some of the interesting brig...
Streaks on Dione
A close inspection of this image reveals that there is more of Saturn's moon Tethys here than is apparent at first glance. A slim crescent is all that is visible of the moon's sunlit side, but the ...
Tethys in the Dark
Seasonal changes in the atmosphere of Saturn's largest moon are captured in this natural color image, which shows Titan with a slightly darker top half and a slightly lighter bottom half. Titan's ...
Two Halves of Titan
NASA's Dawn took this image on June 17, 2016, of Tibong Crater (22 miles, 36 kilometers wide), at left, on Ceres.
Dawn LAMO Image 189
Approach to Saturn February 27, 2004 Full-Res: PIA05380 The narrow angle camera onboard the Cassini spacecraft took a series of e...
Approach to Saturn
These images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft are dominated by the 45km diameter Domitia crater on asteroid Vesta, after which Domitia quadrangle is named.
Topography and Albedo Image of Domitia Crater
Bright, wispy fractures streak across Dione's trailing side. Following the Voyager flybys of the early 1980s, scientists considered the possibility that the streaks were bright material extruded by...
Scratches on Dione
This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows four large impact craters close to one another on Vesta's surface. Interestingly, each of these four has a distinct preservation state.
Impact Craters with Different Preservation States
This pair of false-color images, made from data obtained by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, shows clouds covering parts of Saturn's moon Titan in yellow.
Clouds Clearing around Titan's North Pole
The globe of Saturn, seen here in natural color, is reminiscent of a holiday ornament in this wide-angle view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
Painted Lines on an Ornament
This raw image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft was taken on March 27, 2012. The camera was pointing toward Saturn's moon Enceladus at approximately 69,475 miles (111,809 kilometers) away. This imag...
Enceladus Crescent (Raw image)
The tumbling and irregularly shaped moon Hyperion hangs before Cassini in this image taken during a distant encounter in December 2005. This still image is part of a movie sequence of 40 images tak...
Rough and Tumble Hyperion (Still)
Clouds on Saturn take on the appearance of strokes from a cosmic brush thanks to the wavy way that fluids interact in Saturn's atmosphere.
Cloudy Waves (False Color)
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