Solar System Exploration
Arrival at Saturn
December 16, 2004
Arrival at Saturn
The narrow and twisted F ring lights up this scene, which features Mimas against the unlit side of Saturn's ringplane. The F ring contains a great deal of fine, icy particles that are quite effecti...
Land of Darkness
Looking back toward the sun brings out the thin haze that hovers 500 kilometers (310 miles) above Saturn's moon Titan. The haze is composed of small particles whose diameter is comparable to the...
Titan's Ultraviolet Haze
Io in Eclipse
Io in Eclipse
The shepherd moon Prometheus is lit partly by reflected light from Saturn as it lurks near the heavily perturbed F ring. The left side of Prometheus (102 kilometers, or 63 miles across) is overexp...
Dawn cartoon character, part of Dawn's Mission Art series.
Dawn Cartoon Character
This image of Occator Crater's southeastern wall and floor on Ceres was obtained by NASA's Dawn spacecraft on June 17, 2018 from an altitude of about 22 miles (36 kilometers).
Fracture Network in Occator Crater
Saturn's moon Prometheus continues its dance with the planet's F ring, creating channels in the ring and streamers of extracted ring material as a result. To watch a movie of this process, see Sof...
The far left image shows the bright-dark boundary region on Saturn's moon Iapetus at far-ultraviolet wavelengths, viewed by Cassini's ultraviolet imaging spectrograph on Sept. 10, 2007. These wa...
Two Ultraviolet Views of Iapetus
This map of Titan's surface brightness was assembled from images taken by the Cassini spacecraft over the past year, both as it approached the Saturn system and during three closer flybys in July, ...
This image, taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft, shows unnamed craters high in the northern hemisphere of Ceres. A bright patch of material can be seen on the upper wall of the large crater (near the l...
Dawn LAMO Image 46
These images, from Dawn's visible and infrared mapping spectrometer (VIR), highlight two regions on Ceres containing bright spots. The top images show a region scientists have labeled '1' while the...
Dawn VIR Images of Ceres
The European Space Agency's Huygens Probe appears shining as it coasts away from Cassini in this close-up of an image taken on Dec. 26, 2004, just two days after it successfully detached from the C...
Close-Up of Huygens Probe
This celestial circle of light is produced by the glow of sunlight scattered through the periphery of Titan's atmosphere as the Sun is occulted by Titan. It is the sum of all the sunsets and sunris...
Ring of Twilight
Saturn's brightly lit rings slice across this Cassini spacecraft picture taken before a backdrop of the planet's clouds. The shadow of the rings can be seen cast upon the planet in the lower right...
Dark Desolation June 14, 2004 Full-Res: PIA06069 On June 11, 2004, during its closest approach to Phoebe, Cassini obtained this ex...
These images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft are located in asteroid Vesta's Lucaria Tholus quadrangle, in Vesta's southern hemisphere.
HAMO and LAMO Images of Aelia Crater
Cassini continues to survey the small worlds that orbit near Saturn's rings, capturing this view of Epimetheus.
Brush with Epimetheus
This picture of Eros, the first of an asteroid taken from an orbiting spacecraft, is a mosaic of four images obtained by NEAR on February 14, 2000, immediately after the spacecraft's insertion into...
NEAR's First Whole-Eros Mosaic from Orbit
The Cassini spacecraft looks toward the unilluminated side of Saturn's rings to spy on the moon Pan as it cruises through the Encke Gap. This view looks toward the rings from about 13 degrees abov...
NASA's Mercury-bound Mariner 10 on the launch pad in 1973.
Mariner 10 on the Launch Pad
These images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft, located in asteroid Vesta's Floronia quadrangle, in Vesta's northern hemisphere, demonstrate a special analytical technique, which results in shadowed area...
Revealing Shadows 5
This Cassini image shows the night side of Saturn's moon Dione, dimly lit by "Saturnshine": that is, reflected light from the planet lying off to the left in Cassini's field of view when this imag...
The moon Prometheus is seen here in its never-ending perturbation of Saturn's F ring. Prometheus (86 kilometers, or 53 miles across) periodically gores the F ring, drawing out streamers of materia...
This unusual photograph, taken during the second Apollo 12 extravehicular activity (EVA), shows two U.S. spacecraft on the surface of the moon.
Apollo 12 and Surveyor 3
The immense size of Saturn is emphasized in this Cassini spacecraft portrait that features the moon Mimas shown in front of the planet. Mimas (396 kilometers, or 246 miles across) appears as only ...
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