Solar System Exploration
Arrival at Saturn
December 16, 2004
Arrival at Saturn
The clumpy disturbed appearance of the brilliant F ring constantly changes. The irregular structure of the ring is due, in large part, to the gravitational perturbations on the ring material by one...
Disturbances by Prometheus
During its Sept. 7, 2005, flyby of Titan, Cassini acquired images of territory on the moon's Saturn-facing hemisphere that were assembled to create this mosaic. Once known only as "the H" because ...
South Polar Features August 25, 2004 Full-Res: PIA06462 Wavy bands of clouds near Saturn's south pole dominate this ultraviolet image...
South Polar Features
The Cassini spacecraft provides an excellent view of the southernmost reaches of the great rift of Tethys -- Ithaca Chasma.
Voyager 2's post-encounter view of Neptune's south pole as the spacecraft sped away on a southward trajectory.
Post-encounter View of Neptune's South Pole
These images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft show the Domitia crater in Vesta's northern hemisphere and the topography of the surrounding region, which includes the 'Snowman' craters.
Topography and Albedo Image of Domitia Crater
The Cassini spacecraft gazes upward at the face of giant Saturn, seeing beyond the equator to where ring shadows fall across the bluish northern latitudes. This extreme southern view looks northwa...
This detailed Cassini view of the monstrous vortex at Saturn's south pole provides valuable insight about the mechanisms that power the planet's atmosphere.
Convection in Saturn's Southern Vortex
This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows Dantu Crater. The numerous bright spots found across the crater suggest bright material may be just below the surface, exposed through small impacts and...
Saturn's moon Tethys appears to float between two sets of rings in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, but it's just a trick of geometry.
Ices and Shadows
Two dark spots drift across the northern skies of Saturn. The shadows are cast by the moons Tethys and Mimas. Tethys (1,071 kilometers, or 665 miles across) orbits farther from Saturn than Mimas (...
A new diffuse ring, coincident with the orbits of Saturn's moon's Janus and Epimetheus, has been revealed in ultra-high phase angle views from Cassini. Ultra-high phase angle indicates the sun is b...
The Janus/Epimetheus Ring
One of the most captivating views acquired during MESSENGER's first Mercury flyby was of the crater Apollodorus surrounded by the radiating troughs of Pantheon Fossae.
The Architect and His Temple
Dickinson crater on Venus as seen by the Magellan orbiter radar.
Dickinson Crater on Venus
Titan's First Close-Up October 26, 2004 This image is one of the closest ever taken of Saturn's hazy moon Titan. It was captured by Cassini's imaging scien...
Titan's First Close-Up
Small water ice particles fly from fissures in the south polar region of Saturn's moon Enceladus in this image taken during the Aug. 13, 2010, flyby of the moon by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
Dark spokes dance around Saturn's B ring in this series of movies comprised of images taken with Cassini's wide-angle camera. This animation is a concatenation of spoke movies acquired by NASA¹s C...
'Tis the Season for Spokes
Presented here is a complete set of cartographic map sheets from a high-resolution atlas of Saturn's moon Rhea, made from data obtained by the imaging cameras on NASA's Cassini spacecraft. The map...
The Rhea Atlas
Prometheus emerges from Saturn's shadow in this image taken of the dark side of the rings. Since it is nearing the equinox at Saturn, the Sun is very nearly in the ring plane, causing Prometheus t...
Cassini zooms in, for the first time, on the patchy, bright and dark mountains originally identified in images from the NASA Voyager spacecraft taken more than 25 years earlier. The image was acqui...
The 'Voyager' Mountains
A string of three of Saturn's icy moons encircles the planet in this Cassini image. Visible here are: Mimas (397 kilometers, or 247 miles across) near lower right; Janus (181 kilometers, or 113 mi...
Using a special spectral filter, the high-resolution camera aboard NASA's Cassini spacecraft was able to peer through the hazy atmosphere of Saturn's moon Titan.
Lakes Through the Haze (annotated)
The enormous impact basin Odysseus sits on the eastern limb of icy Tethys. This view looks toward the anti-Saturn side of Tethys (1,062 kilometers, or 660 miles across). North is toward the top of ...
Impact on the Ice
Cassini captured this raw image on its Nov. 02, 2009, flyby of Enceladus. The camera was pointing toward Enceladus from approximately 10,000 kilometers (6,000 miles) away. This image has not been ...
Enceladus flyby - Nov. 2, 2009 (Image 2)
Saturn's moon Enceladus is only 505 kilometers (314 miles) across, small enough to fit within the length of the United Kingdom, as illustrated here. The intriguing icy moon also could fit comforta...
Enceladus to Scale
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