Solar System Exploration
Arrival at Saturn
December 16, 2004
Arrival at Saturn
This NASA Hubble Space Telescope image of the ringed planet Saturn shows a rare storm that appears as a white arrowhead-shaped feature near the planet's equator. The storm is generated by an upwe...
The rings split the planet in two in this Cassini spacecraft view of a crescent Saturn. Saturn's moon Tethys (1,062 kilometers, or 660 miles across) is the small dot on the left of the image, belo...
The tip of the shadow of the moon Tethys is cut off where it crosses Saturn's B ring, demonstrating the variations in density across the planet's rings. Most of Tethys' shadow is seen lying across...
Tethys' Truncated Shadow
The vast hydrocarbon seas and lakes (dark shapes) near the north pole of Saturn's moon Titan sprawl out beneath the watchful eye of NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
Bird's Eye View of the Land of Lakes -- Unannotated
This map of Saturn's moon Titan shows the location of the upcoming April 30, 2006, Titan flyby and the areas mapped so far by the Cassini radar mapper using its synthetic aperture radar imaging mod...
Titan (T13) Viewed by Cassini's Radar Flat Map
Related movie: QuickTime (.mov) [12 MB] or Windows Media (.wmv) [5 MB] Cassini's radar mapper has obtained stereo views of close to 2 percent of Titan's surface during 19 flybys over the last five...
Saturn's clouds billow and swirl in the turbulent zones of shear between eastward- and westward-flowing jets. This view looks toward the terminator on Saturn, where night gives way to day. The ima...
Clouds at Dawn
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
The most visually striking feature on Saturn’s icy moon Tethys is Odysseus crater.
Saturn's rings occupy the foreground of this image. The small moon Janus appears to hover above, while the far larger moon Rhea is partially obscured by the rings. Janus appears to be located dire...
Rings, Rhea and Janus
The Cassini spacecraft looks at Belet, a dark region on Saturn's largest moon, Titan. This large region on the moon has a low albedo, meaning it diffusely reflects little light. See Map of Titan -...
This illustration shows ''quasi-parallel'' (top) and ''quasi-perpendicular'' (bottom) magnetic field conditions at a planetary bow shock. Bow shocks are shockwaves created when the solar wind blows...
Magnetic Fields and Bow Shocks
This artist’s concept shows a possible scenario for the internal structure of Titan, as suggested by data from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft. Scientists have been trying to determine what is under Tita...
Cassini gazes across the icy rings of Saturn toward the icy moon Tethys, whose night side is illuminated by Saturnshine, or sunlight reflected by the planet.
Whorls, streamers and eddies play in the banded atmosphere of a gas giant. Strong image enhancement renders unto Saturn's clouds a grainy texture not unlike sandstone. However, the loss in delicate...
Clouds Like Sandstone
Studying meteorites from the asteroid Vesta helps scientists understand the event known as the 'lunar cataclysm,' when a repositioning of the gas giant planets destabilized a portion of the asteroi...
A Shared Bombardment History
+ Unannotated Version This global map of Saturn's moon Mimas was created using images taken during Cassini spacecraft flybys, with Voyager images filling in the gaps in Cassini's coverage. The mo...
Map of Mimas - February 2010
The colorful globe of Saturn's largest moon, Titan, passes in front of the planet and its rings in this true color snapshot from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. The north polar hood can be seen on Tita...
Titan Up Front
The Cassini spacecraft looks at an example of a ray crater on the leading hemisphere of Saturn's moon Dione. The ray crater is in the upper-left of the image and ejecta rays show up as brighter ma...
Dione Ray Crater
This map of a portion of the surface of Saturn's moon Titan shows predictions for the areas that will be covered by selected combinations of images anticipated from the camera on the Huygens probe ...
Expected Footprints of 36-Image Panoramas from Huygens Camera
NASA's Dawn took this image on June 17, 2016, of Tibong Crater (22 miles, 36 kilometers wide), at left, on Ceres.
Dawn LAMO Image 189
Moving Cassini for Testing
Moving Cassini for Testing
+ Visit the Nov. 2 Enceladus Flyby Page In this artist's concept of the Nov. 2, 2009 flyby, Cassini is flying through the mysterious plumes of Enceladus. At its closest point, the Cassini spacecr...
Cassini Returns to the Plumes
This global digital map of Titan was created using data taken by the Cassini spacecraft Imaging Science Subsystem (ISS). The data here consist of images taken using a filter centered at 938 nanomet...
Map of Titan with Labels- December 2006
+ Viewing options The moon Tethys is joined by two smaller moons in this movie from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Observations of mutual moon-crossing events, in which one moon passes close to or i...
Moons in Motion
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