Solar System Exploration
December 16, 2004
Saturn's southern hemisphere is glimpsed through the gossamer veil of its rings. Ring shadows adorn the low northern latitudes. This view looks toward the unilluminated side of the rings from abou...
Cassini takes in a wide-angle view of majestic, golden-hued Saturn ... home to our robotic spacecraft for two years now. The ringplane cuts across the center of Saturn's crescent which wears shadow...
The Golden Giant
The Sun also rises on Saturn's moon Dione, seen in this image from Cassini. Wispy fractured terrain lies along the limb. Some details of the moon's topography can be noted along the terminator. ...
Daybreak on Dione
This map is part of a group release of cylindrical and polar stereographic projections of Jupiter. For the other maps see PIA07783 and PIA07784. (Related thumbnail images available here.) These...
Cassini's Best Maps of Jupiter (Cylindrical Map)
As NASA's Juno mission completed its 43rd close flyby of Jupiter on July 5, 2022, its JunoCam captured this striking view of vortices.
NASA's Juno Mission Spies Vortices Near Jupiter's North Pole
N00067472.jpg was taken on Oct. 10, 2006 and received on Earth Oct. 10, 2006. The camera was pointing toward TITAN at approximately 189,368 kilometers away, and the image was taken using the CL1 an...
Titan Flyby -- Oct. 9, 2006 -- (Raw Image)
This narrow angle field-of-view artist's rendering shows Titan's surface with Saturn dimly in the background through Titan's thick atmosphere of methane, ethane and (mostly) nitrogen. The Cassini s...
Crater Lake on Titan
This colorized movie from NASA's Cassini mission shows a polar projection of the curious six-sided jet stream at Saturn's north pole known as "the hexagon" in the infrared.
Looking Down on the Hexagon in Infrared
+ Version with labels Cassini shot past the surface of Saturn's moon Enceladus on Aug. 11, 2008, acquiring a set of seven high-resolution images targeting known jet source locations on the...
Damascus Sulcus on Enceladus
Our robotic explorer Cassini regards the shadow-draped face of Saturn. This view looks toward the unilluminated side of the rings from about 14 degrees above the ringplane. In this viewing geometr...
Grace and Beauty
Sea ice is frozen seawater floating on the surface of the ocean that grows and shrinks with the seasons, shown here from Sep. 4, 2009-Jan. 30, 2011. Satellite observations show overall sea ice has ...
Sea Ice Moves
Two images of Saturn's A and B ring showcase the opposition effect, a brightness surge that is visible on Saturn's rings when the Sun is directly behind the spacecraft. This view is of the B ring....
Opposition Surge on the B Ring
This color-enhanced image of Jupiter and two of its largest moons—Io and Europa—was captured by NASA's Juno spacecraft as it performed its eighth flyby of the gas giant planet.
Juno Observes Jupiter, Io and Europa
Rhea brushes the stormy face of Saturn, an airless ice orb against the feathery bands of a gas giant. Saturn's unilluminated rings are seen at upper right. Rhea is the second largest of Saturn's m...
This processed image, taken Jan. 13, 2015, shows the dwarf planet Ceres as seen from the Dawn spacecraft. The image hints at craters on the surface of Ceres. Dawn's framing camera took this image a...
Ceres From Dawn, Processed
The Cassini spacecraft presents a clear view of Tethys' equatorial band of dark terrain, along with the crater Odysseus. This view looks toward the leading hemisphere of Tethys (1,062 kilometers, ...
Artist Rendition: The Huygens Probe en route to Titan This artist's rendition depicts the Huygens Probe, after deploying from the Cassini Orbiter, en route into the murky atmosphere of Saturn's...
The Huygens Probe en route to Titan
This false-color picture of Saturn's moon Rhea from Cassini enhances slight differences in natural color across the moon's face. The extreme north and south latitudes have a notable difference in h...
Color on Rhea?
Artist's concept of Earth's reflection in Dawn spacecraft.
Earth's Reflection in Dawn Spacecraft (Artist's Concept)
Himalia, a Small Moon of Jupiter January 23, 2001 NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured images of Himalia, the brightest of Jupiter's outer moons, on Dec. 19, 2000, from a distance of 4.4 million ...
This image combines two separate views of the giant asteroid Vesta obtained by NASA's Dawn spacecraft. The fresh impact craters in this view are located in the south polar region, which has been pa...
Fresh Impact Craters on Asteroid Vesta
These images of Saturn's south pole, taken by two different instruments on Cassini, show the hurricane-like storm swirling there and features in the clouds at various depths surrounding the pole. D...
Saturn's Surprisingly Stormy South
Saturn's brightly sunlit moon Rhea commands the foreground in this image from Cassini. The planet's splendid rings are discernible in the background. Rhea is 1,528 kilometers (949 miles) across. ...
This still image was cut out from a moving image (tele shot) taken by the HDTV onboard the KAGUYA at 12:07 p.m. on November 7, 2007 (Japan Standard Time, JST,) then sent to the JAXA Usuda Deep Spac...
Earth-set image shot by the HDTV onboard the KAGUYA
This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft highlights Axomama Crater, the small crater shown to the right of center; its sharp edges indicate recent emplacement by a small impact.
Axomama Crater on Ceres
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