Solar System Exploration
December 16, 2004
This is the original Voyager "Blue Movie" (so named because it was built from blue filter images). It records the approach of Voyager 1 in 1979 during a period of over 60 Jupiter days taking images...
Voyager 'Blue Movie'
Although Epimetheus appears to be orbiting between the A and F rings in this image, it's just an illusion! Epimetheus, which orbits Saturn well outside of the F ring's orbit, is actually on the nea...
Prometheus pulls away from an encounter with Saturn's F ring, leaving behind a reminder of its passage. Prometheus (102 kilometers, or 63 miles across) approaches closely to the F ring once during...
Hit and Run
This image was taken on March 09, 2013, and received on Earth March 10, 2013, by NASA's Cassini spacecraft. The camera was pointing toward Rhea at approximately 1,727 miles (2,779 kilometers) away,...
Narrow, Curious Arc on Rhea's Surface (Raw Image)
This image of Helene (N00152211.jpg) was taken by the Cassini spacecraft on March 03, 2010 during its quasi-targeted flyby of Helene. It was received on Earth March 03, 2010. The camera was point...
Helene (March 3, 2010, quasi-targeted flyby)
These color maps of Jupiter were constructed from images taken by the narrow-angle camera onboard NASA's Cassini spacecraft on Dec. 11 and 12, 2000, as the spacecraft neared Jupiter during its flyb...
Cassini's Best Maps of Jupiter (South Polar Map)
NASA's Dawn Spacecraft took this image of Gaue crater, the large crater on the bottom, on Ceres. Gaue is a Germanic goddess to whom offerings are made in harvesting rye. The resolution of the image...
Gaue Crater -- Ceres
Voyager 2 obtained this high-resolution picture of Saturn's rings on August 22, 1981 when the spacecraft was 4 million kilometers (2.5 million miles) away. Evident here are the numerous "spoke" fea...
The Cassini spacecraft captured this color portrait of Saturn and Titan only a few minutes before the haze-enshrouded moon slipped behind the planet's enormous bulk. The view looks toward the sunli...
Titan Slips Away
These images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft are located in asteroid Vesta's Numisia quadrangle, in Vesta's southern hemisphere. fine-scale structure of the slumping-related features on Drusilla's slop...
HAMO and LAMO Images of Drusilla Crater
The Cassini spacecraft takes an angled view toward Saturn, showing the southern reaches of the planet with the rings on a dramatic diagonal. North on Saturn is up and rotated 16 degrees to the lef...
Just before Rhea slipped behind Saturn, the Cassini spacecraft captured the moon in its disappearing act. Along with the partly obscured Rhea (1,528 kilometers, or 949 miles across) are Tethys (1,...
A montage of Cassini images: left, Saturn and its moon Tethys; right: top, Titan, middle, Telesto, and Enceladus at the bottom. Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
Saturn with Tethys, and close-ups of Titan, Telesto and Enceladus
Sunlight illuminates the deep cut of Ithaca Chasma on Saturn's moon Tethys.
NASA's Dawn spacecraft captured this scene, showing southern mid-latitudes on Ceres, on Oct. 18, 2015, from an altitude of 915 miles (1,470 kilometers). It has a resolution of 450 feet (140 meters)...
Dawn HAMO Image 79
This Cassini spacecraft image holds an unseen treasure orbiting within the bright arc of Saturn's G ring: the tiny moonlet Aegaeon. The moonlet itself is too small to be seen within the arc pictur...
In the Arc
The Huygens probe is installed into the Cassini orbiter in the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility at the Kennedy Space Center in July 1997.
This view of the trailing hemisphere of Saturn's moon Rhea shows the region's bright wispy markings, but also shows off the moon's craters in great detail. Of particular interest to imaging scienti...
Photo of a scale model of a Ranger Block II spacecraft model. The design was used for Rangers 3, 4 and 5 Moon missions.
Ranger Block II Design (Rangers 3, 4 and 5)
The European Space Agency's Huygens Probe appears shining as it coasts away from Cassini in this close-up of an image taken on Dec. 26, 2004, just two days after it successfully detached from the C...
Close-Up of Huygens Probe
This view, taken on June 17, 2016 from NASA's Dawn spacecraft, shows the rim of Ernutet Crater (32 miles, 52 kilometers in diameter) on Ceres.
Dawn LAMO Image 142
No Earth-based telescope could ever capture a view quite like this. Earth-based views can only show Saturn's daylit side, from within about 25 degrees of Saturn's equatorial plane.
Peeking over Saturn's Shoulder
The two large craters on the right of this image are overprinted with smaller, more recent craters in this Cassini spacecraft view of Saturn's moon Rhea. Rhea, at 1,528 kilometers, or 949 miles, a...
Looking down toward the north pole of the moon Dione, the Cassini spacecraft sights wispy features. These linea cover the trailing hemisphere of the moon. Cassini high resolution images revealed t...
Down Dione Way
"This is an RGB-composite of Saturn's moon Titan made from raw Cassini images acquired on Jan. 2, 2014. The moon’s south polar vortex can be seen just along the terminator, as well as its cyan-colo...
Crescent Titan by Jason Major
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