Solar System Exploration
Arrival at Saturn
December 16, 2004
Arrival at Saturn
Ithaca Chasma, an enormous rift that stretches more than 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) from north to south across the face of Tethys, seemingly takes a bite out of the moon's limb in this image from...
A Bite Out of the Moon
Some of the interesting variety among Saturn's many known icy satellites is revealed in these Voyager 2 images. Enceladus' bright, relatively uncratered terrain is coated with water ice. The smoo...
Enceladus & Iapetus
+ Color-exaggerated version + Image with labels With giant Saturn hanging in the blackness and sheltering Cassini from the sun's blinding glare, the spacecraft viewed the rings as never before, r...
In Saturn's Shadow
The southern edge of Xanadu, a continent-size feature on Saturn's moon Titan, is seen in this Cassini radar mapper image swath collected on Feb. 22, 2008. Xanadu is unusually bright in both infrar...
Skirting Xanadu's Southern Boundary
The Cassini spacecraft examines the desolate, cratered crescent of Rhea, a surface so heavily bombarded over the eons that new craters are virtually guaranteed to form on top of older ones. The lar...
A giant of a moon appears before a giant of a planet undergoing seasonal changes in this natural color view of Titan and Saturn from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
Colorful Colossuses and Changing Hues
The Cassini Radar Mapper imaged Titan on Feb. 22, 2008 (as shown on the left) and April 30, 2006 (as shown on the right). These radar images show the outlines of regions "1" and "2" identified by...
Active Cryovolcanic Features on Titan?
Cassini prepared for its rendezvous with Dione on Oct. 11, 2005, capturing the brilliant, cratered iceball in front of its shadow-draped planet. The terrain seen here becomes notably darker toward...
On Approach to Dione
A collection of Apollo flight crew patches.
Apollo Mission Patches
This natural color image of the limb of Triton was taken early in the morning of Aug. 25 1989, when the Voyager 2 spacecraft was at a distance of about 210,000 kilometers (128,000 miles) from the i...
The Limb of Triton
+ View annotated version This set of images from NASA's Cassini mission shows the evolution of a massive thunder-and-lightning storm that circled all the way around Saturn and fizzled when it ran ...
Storm Head, Meet Tail
Merging Saturnian Storms
Merging Saturnian Storms
The first ever "portrait" of our solar system as seen from the outside.
First-Ever Solar System Family Portrait (1990)
Asteroid Bennu ejecting particles from its surface on Jan. 19, 2019, as seen by NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft.
Bennu Particle Plumes
This narrow angle image taken by Cassini's camera system of Earth's moon is one of the best of a sequence of narrow angle frames taken as the spacecraft passed by the Moon on the way to its closest...
Cassini Flyby: Earth's Moon
This image from NASA's Dawn mission shows the varied minerals on the surface of the giant asteroid Vesta in false color.
Colorized Infrared View of Vesta
MarCO, which is a separate mission launched on the same rocket as NASA’s InSight mission to Mars, will test new miniaturized deep space communication equipment.
MarCo Pre-Launch Briefing
Four images of Jupiter show the luminous night-side impact of fragment W of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 in 1994.
Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 Fragment W Impacts Jupiter (1994)
The Cassini spacecraft watches a thin, bright sliver emerge from the hazy limb of Saturn. In one minute, the sliver ballooned into the full disk of Mimas (397 kilometers, or 247 miles across), whic...
The eastern rim of the large crater Odysseus is visible along the terminator in this image of Saturn's moon Tethys. This enormous impact feature is the largest on Tethys, at approximately 450 kilo...
Dawn for Odysseus
This three-frame animation from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows the swirling clouds in a vortex spawned by a great northern storm on Saturn. The clouds are moving in a clockwise direction. These...
Two of Saturn's ring moons draw close momentarily, before the inner of the pair moves off alone. Atlas (30 kilometers, or 19 miles across, at center right) passes Prometheus (86 kilometers, or 53 ...
Moons that Pass in the Night
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
Specially designed Cassini orbits place Earth and Cassini on opposite sides of Saturn's rings, a geometry known as occultation. Cassini conducted the first radio occultation observation of Saturn's...
Radio Occultation: Unraveling Saturn's Rings
At NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, Cassini team members were all smiles in mission control as the first signal from the spacecraft was acquired by the Deep Space Network, ...
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