Solar System Exploration
Arrival at Saturn
December 16, 2004
Arrival at Saturn
This enhanced image, taken by the framing camera instrument aboard NASA's Dawn spacecraft on July 9, 2011, views the south polar region of this giant asteroid.
An Enhanced View of Vesta's South Polar Region
Atmospheric Detail in Infrared July 13, 2004 Full-Res: PIA05415 Cassini captured intriguing cloud structures on Saturn as it near...
Atmospheric Detail in Infrared
This image shows a high-resolution heat intensity map of part of the south polar region of Saturn's moon Enceladus, made from data obtained by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
Tiger Stripe Split Ends
Titan Descent (3-D Black and White) December 13, 2004 In this artist rendition, the Huygens pro...
Titan Descent (3-D Black and White)
This image is the seventh skeet-shoot image taken during Cassini's very close flyby of Enceladus on Aug. 11, 2008. Damascus Sulcus is crossing the upper part of the image. (The image is upside dow...
Enceladus Rev 80 Flyby Skeet Shoot #7
This view of Titan's south pole reveals the intriguing dark feature named Ontario Lacus and a host of smaller features dotting the south polar region. The true nature of this feature, seen here at...
Land of Lakes?
While the moon Epimetheus passes by, beyond the edge of Saturn's main rings, the tiny moon Daphnis carries on its orbit within the Keeler gap of the A ring.
Amidst and Beyond the Rings
Gazing across the ringplane, the Cassini spacecraft spots a Saturn-lit Mimas and the tiny Trojan moon Helene. Only the bright crescent on Mimas' eastern limb is lit by the Sun; the moon's night sid...
Small Worlds of Saturn
Distant Rhea August 26, 2004 Full-Res: PIA06463 Cassini caught a hint of Rhea's heavily cratered surface as it sped rapidly away f...
Saturn's second largest moon Rhea pops in and out of view behind the planet's rings in this image from the Cassini spacecraft, which includes the smaller moon Epimetheus. Rhea (1,528 kilometers, o...
That's No Space Station July 26, 2004 Full-Res: PIA05423 Soon after orbital insertion, Cassini returned its best look yet at the h...
That's No Space Station
Saturn's most prominent feature, its dazzling ring system, takes center stage in this stunning natural color mosaic which reveals the color and diversity present in this wonder of the solar system....
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 false-color Cassini mosaic of Saturn's moon Enceladus captures in a single view, much of the frigid moon's diverse geology.
Old and New Again
The moon Pandora casts a shadow onto Saturn's A ring but not the F ring. Pandora (81 kilometers, or 50 miles across) can be seen at the bottom of the image. Because Pandora is on an inclined orbit...
Shadow Misses a Ring
This image, made from data obtained by NASA's Dawn spacecraft, shows a perspective view of a layered young crater in the Rheasilvia basin at asteroid Vesta.
Perspective View of Layered Young Crater
Tethys: The Sea Goddess July 21, 2004 Full-Res: PIA05420 Like a half-full moon, cratered Tethys hangs before the Cassini spacecraf...
Tethys: The Sea Goddess
Scientists have used data from the Cassini radar mapper to map the global wind pattern on Saturn's moon Titan using data collected over a four-year period, as depicted in this image. The arrows ...
Mapping Titan's Global Wind Patterns
This is an artist's concept of the Saturnian plasma sheet based on data from Cassini magnetospheric imaging instrument.
Artist Concept of Particle Population in Saturn's Magnetosphere
A single image from the Huygens DISR instrument of a dark plain area on Titan, seen during descent to the landing site, that indicates flow around bright 'islands'. The areas below and above the br...
Possible 'Islands' on a Dark Plain
Rippling with detail, the southern hemisphere of Saturn comes to life in this view from the Cassini spacecraft. Long, flowing streamers and bands of great contrast soften toward the pole, where a g...
Rivers of Cloud
This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft, taken on June 6, 2016, shows an area of Ceres that includes a small, bright crater.
Dawn LAMO Image 193
This artist's rendering shows Titan's surface with Saturn dimly visible in the background through Titan's thick atmosphere of methane, ethane and (mostly) nitrogen. The Cassini spacecraft flies ove...
Crater Lake on Titan
The brilliant B ring ends abruptly at the Huygens Gap -- the broad, dark band devoid of ring material seen here near left.
B Ring Terminus
This single frame from a color movie of Jupiter from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows what it would look like to unpeel the entire globe of Jupiter, stretch it out on a wall into the form of a rec...
Full Jupiter Map
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