Solar System Exploration
December 16, 2004
Saturn’s main rings, seen here on their ''lit'' face, appear much darker than normal.
At Launch Complex 40 on Cape Canaveral Air Station, the Mobile Service Tower is rolled away from the Titan IVB/Centaur carrying the Cassini spacecraft, marking a major milestone in the launch count...
This southerly view of Dione shows enormous canyons extending from mid-latitudes on the trailing hemisphere, at right, to the moon's south polar region. This view looks toward the Saturn-facing si...
A Stressed Surface
This image, taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft, shows the surface of dwarf planet Ceres from an altitude of 915 miles (1,470 kilometers). The image, with a resolution of 450 feet (140 meters) per pixe...
Dawn HAMO Image 20
From just above the plane of Saturn's rings, the Cassini spacecraft snapped this shot of Saturn two months after Saturn's August 2009 equinox, showing the shadow of its rings as a narrow band on th...
This image taken on August 17, 2016 from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows a complex set of fractures found in the southwestern region of the floor of Occator Crater on Ceres.
Spiderweb-like Fractures in Occator Crater
This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows Arruntia crater, located in asteroid Vesta's Bellicia quadrangle, in Vesta's northern hemisphere.
Saturn's rings lie between a pair of moons in this Cassini spacecraft view that features Mimas and Prometheus. Mimas (246 miles or 396 kilometers across) is the more noticeable of the two moons an...
Rings In Between
This newly processed image of Venus revisits original Mariner 10 data with modern image processing software.
Newly-Processed Views of Venus from Mariner 10
From just beneath the ringplane, Saturn's rings take on a strange and unfamiliar appearance, as Saturn's battered moon Mimas looks on. Part of Saturn's immense shadow makes a dark, fingerlike proj...
Near the Ringplane
Cassini Enters Saturn's Orbit July 1, 2004 After becoming the first spacecraft to enter Saturn'...
Cassini Enters Saturn's Orbit
At Launch Complex 40 on Cape Canaveral Air Station, the Mobile Service Tower has been retracted away from the Titan IVB/Centaur carrying the Cassini spacecraft and its attached Huygens probe.
Ready for Launch
+ View Raw Image Cassini took this raw, unprocessed image of Rhea on Dec. 22, 2012, from approximately 16,805 miles (27,045 kilometers) away. This image has not been validated or calibrated. A va...
Rhea's Surface (Raw Image)
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
The Cassini spacecraft spies the large Penelope crater on Saturn's moon Tethys. Penelope crater lies near the center of the image. See Odysseus and Penelope to learn more about the prominent featu...
Spotlight on Penelope
This intense false-color view highlights and enhances color variations across the cratered and cracked surface of Saturn's moon Rhea. To create the false-color view, ultraviolet, green and infrare...
Intense Color on Rhea
Bright, icy canyons stretch across the surface of Dione. This view looks toward the Saturn-facing side of Dione (1,126 kilometers, or 700 miles across). North is up and rotated 23 degrees to the r...
A new Mars impact crater that formed between July and September 2018.
Fresh Impact on Mars
It's difficult to get a sense of scale when viewing Saturn's rings, but the Cassini Division (seen here between the bright B ring and dimmer A ring) is almost as wide as the planet Mercury.
The Great Divide
The Cassini spacecraft and Huygens probe begin their seven-year journey to the r inged planet. The successful launch of Cassini aboard a Titan IVB/Centaur occured at 4:43 a.m. EDT , October 15, 199...
Long Range View
Saturn's rings occupy the space between two of the planet's moons in this image which shows the highly reflective moon Enceladus in the background and the smaller moon Janus in the fore. Janus (17...
The Space Between
Having recently rounded the ansa, or outer edge of the rings, Mimas heads off toward right. This view from the Cassini spacecraft provides a crisp look at the fine material and detailed structure i...
Mimas and the Great Division
This image shows a region in Saturn's outer B ring. NASA's Cassini spacecraft viewed this area at a level of detail twice as high as it had ever been observed before.
Straw in the B Ring's Edge
Zadeni Crater, at 80 miles (128 kilometers) wide, is a prominent impact feature in the southern hemisphere of Ceres. This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows terrain in Zadeni's interior, which...
Dawn LAMO Image 79
Mimas and the Rings October 26, 2004 Full-Res: PIA06506 This Cassini image shows a nearly half-full Mimas (a moon that is 398 kilo...
Mimas and the Rings
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