Solar System Exploration
Arrival at Saturn
December 16, 2004
Arrival at Saturn
A vertically extended structure or object in Saturn's F ring casts a shadow long enough to reach the A ring in this Cassini image taken just days before planet's August 2009 equinox. The structure...
Shadow Reaches the A Ring
This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows Caparronia crater on asteroid Vesta, an unusually shaped, irregular rim that is sharp and fresh in some areas and more rounded and degraded in others.
Impact Crater with Unusual Rim
Dione and Saturn December 16, 2004 Full-Res: PIA06155 Cassini captured Dione against the globe of Saturn as it approached the icy ...
Dione and Saturn
Earth and its Moon are nicely framed in this image taken from the aft windows of the Space Shuttle Discovery in 1998. Discovery—on mission STS-95—was flying over the Atlantic Ocean at the time this...
This global view of the surface of Venus is centered at 180 degrees east longitude. Magellan synthetic aperture radar mosaics from the first cycle of Magellan mapping are mapped onto a computer-sim...
Computer Simulated Global View of Venus
During Cassini's flyby of Titan on June 13, 2007, scientists will take advantage of a rare geometry to take detailed measurements of the atmosphere by imaging the sun as it passes behind Titan and ...
Cassini to See the Sun Set and Rise on Titan
The Cassini spacecraft captures the ripples, loops and storms that swirl in Saturn's east-west flowing cloud bands. The image was taken with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera using a spectr...
The rich dynamics of Saturn's F ring are on display in this image taken by the Cassini spacecraft. Most of the features seen here are believed to be due to the ring's interactions with its shepherd...
Saturn's moon Enceladus, covered in snow and ice, resembles a perfectly packed snowball in this image from NASA's Cassini mission.
A Snowball in Space
This image was taken during Cassini's third close approach to Titan on Feb. 15, 2005. The image was taken with the Cassini spacecraft narrow angle camera, through a filter sensitive to wavelengths...
Close Titan Flyby 3, Image #1
This sweeping view of Saturn's rings offers a look at how the planet's moons help shape and maintain this structure, making Saturn the jewel of the solar system. Some of the bright lanes seen here...
This schematic graphic illustrates the bombardments that lead to colorful splotches and bands on the surfaces of several icy moons of Saturn. The arrow indicating the orbital motion of the moon is ...
Moons Under Bombardment
This composite image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft is a simulated true color image of asteroid Vesta's northern and equatorial regions.
Vesta's Northern and Equatorial Regions in Simulated True Color
This artist's impression by the European Space Agency shows NASA's Cassini spacecraft exploring the magnetic environment of Saturn. The image is not to scale. Saturn's magnetosphere is depicted in ...
Cassini at Saturn's Bow Shock
Saturn sits with its attendants in the icy depths of the outer Solar System. Near the edge-on rings, moons visible from left to right: Dione (1,126 kilometers, or 700 miles across), Enceladus (505...
Kingdom of Saturn
NASA's Dawn spacecraft obtained this image of the giant asteroid Vesta with its framing camera on July 24, 2011. Dawn entered orbit around Vesta on July 15, and will spend a year orbiting the body.
Full-Frame Image of Vesta
This true color picture was assembled from Voyager 2 Saturn images obtained August 4, 1981 from a distance of 21 million kilometers (13 million miles) on the spacecraft's approach trajectory. T...
Saturn, Distant Moons
A pair of Saturn's moons appear insignificant compared to the immensity of the planet in this Cassini spacecraft view along the terminator where day transitions to night. The larger moon Enceladus...
Tiny by the Terminator
High in the Titan Atmosphere October 25, 2004 Full-Res: PIA06120 High-altitude haze and perhaps cloud layers are visible in t...
High in the Titan Atmosphere
At first glance, Saturn's rings appear to be intersecting themselves in an impossible way. In actuality, this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows the rings in front of the planet, upon which ...
This poetic scene shows the giant, smog-enshrouded moon Titan behind Saturn's nearly edge-on rings. Much smaller Epimetheus (116 kilometers, or 72 miles across) is just visible to the left of Titan...
Crescent Moon with Rings
Great Dark Spot
Great Dark Spot
+ Annotated version In this rare image taken on July 19, 2013, the wide-angle camera on NASA's Cassini spacecraft has captured Saturn's rings and our planet Earth and its moon in the same frame. I...
The Day the Earth Smiled: Sneak Preview (unannotated)
Two large craters named after characters in Homer's Odyssey take the stage in this scene on Saturn's moon Tethys. The crater on the right is the Odysseus crater (450 kilometers, or 280 miles acros...
Odysseus and Penelope
Cassini's confirmation that a small moon orbits within the Keeler gap in Saturn's rings is made all the more exciting by this image, in which the disk of the 7 kilometer-wide body (4-miles) is reso...
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