Solar System Exploration
December 16, 2004
The Cassini spacecraft sits on display for the media in the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility at the Kennedy Space Center in August 1997. Cassini is a cooperative project of NASA, the Europea...
This composite of 24 images from the Cassini spacecraft shows multiple layers in Titan's stratospheric haze. The most prominent layer is located about 500 kilometers (300 miles) above the surface a...
Haze Layers on Titan
During its flight, the Galileo spacecraft returned images of the Moon. The Galileo spacecraft took these images on December 7, 1992 on its way to explore the Jupiter system in 1995-97.
These images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows two different resolution views of the ejecta blanket of Vesta's 'snowman craters.' The snowman-like pattern of these craters is clearly seen in the ce...
The presence of the tiny ring moon Daphnis is betrayed by the edge waves it creates in the Keeler gap. The gap is a narrow lane, about 42 kilometers (26 miles) wide, in Saturn's outer A ring. Daph...
Dione's shadow is elongated as it is cast onto the round shape of Saturn. The moon is not visible here. This view looks toward the northern, sunlit side of the rings from just above the ringplane....
Dione's Distorted Shadow
The Cassini-Huygens mission team was honored with an Aerospace Laurel award by the editors of Aviation Week & Space Technology magazine. The award was presented on April 7 in Washington, D.C. ...
Jean-Pierre Lebreton and Dennis Matson
NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter spotted the final resting place of Israel's Beresheet Moon lander.
Beresheet Moon Impact Site
The Cassini spacecraft charts a quartet of dark albedo features on the moon Titan. From upper left to lower right of the image are Fenzal, Aztlan, Aaru and Senkyo. This view looks toward the Satur...
Low Albedo Foursome
These apparent brightness and topography images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft are located in asteroid Vesta's Sextilia quadrangle, in Vesta's southern hemisphere.
Serena Crater, Apparent Brightness and Topography Images
Mimas hangs above the hazy skies of Saturn. This view looks toward the leading hemisphere of Mimas (396 kilometers, or 246 miles across). North is up and rotated 25 degrees to the left. The image...
Mimas Above the Haze
This set of images from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows Saturn's moon Titan glowing in the dark. Titan was behind Saturn at the time, in eclipse from the sun. The image on the left is a calibrated,...
+ View Full Res These images were obtained by Cassini's radar instrument during a flyby on Dec. 5, 2008. The radar antenna was pointing toward Titan at an altitude of 960 kilometers (597 miles) d...
Titan Radar Swath (T-48 Flyby - Dec. 5, 2008)
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 moon's large, distingui...
Map of Mimas - June 2008
A cluster of bright areas in Ceres' Occator Crater are seen in this image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft. These areas are not as bright as the material at the center of the crater.
Dawn LAMO Image 131
A pair of Saturn's many moons joins the planet in this Cassini spacecraft scene. Tethys (660 miles, or 1,062 kilometers across) appears as a small white dot above the rings on the far left of the ...
Saturn casts a wide shadow across its rings in this Cassini spacecraft view which looks toward the darkened southern hemisphere of the night side of the planet. See Light and Dark Tricks and Activ...
Night Side Rings
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
Three of Saturn's closest-orbiting moons are captured here, rounding the rings. From innermost to outermost are Atlas (32 kilometers, or 20 miles across), Pandora (84 kilometers, or 52 miles acros...
Cluster of Moons
Like the rest of Rhea's surface, the southern polar region of this Saturn moon has been extensively re-worked by cratering over the eons. This close-up shows that most sizeable craters have smaller...
Rhea: Polar View
Mysterious Titan begins to appear more familiar as the Cassini spacecraft explores the once hidden surface of this Earth-like moon. + View the interactive feature
Saturn Moons Explorer: Titan
This image of Ceres is part of a sequence taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft on May 16, 2015, from a distance of 4,500 miles (7,200 kilometers).
Dawn OpNav8 Image 2
These images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft show part of asteroid Vesta's equatorial region, which contains many different sizes of impact craters.
Topography of Vesta's Equatorial Region II
The objectives of the Cassini mission can be divided into five scientific categories. Titan, at the upper right, is the target for the Huygens probe, which will descend to the surface of Saturn's...
As one NASA spacecraft sailed past the distant ice world of Pluto, collecting never-before-seen vistas and invaluable science data, another spacecraft turned its gaze in that direction from its out...
Pluto Seen from Saturn
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