Solar System Exploration
December 16, 2004
This bizarre scene shows the cloud-streaked limb of Saturn in front of the planet's B ring. The ring's image is warped near the limb by the diffuse gas in Saturn's upper atmosphere. For additional...
The Cassini spacecraft spies Pan speeding through the Encke Gap, its own private path around Saturn. Illumination is from the lower left here, revealing about half of Pan (26 kilometers, or 16 mile...
The northern and southern hemispheres of Enceladus are seen in these polar stereographic maps, mosaicked from the best-available Cassini and Voyager clear-filter images. [Editor's note: This capti...
Enceladus Polar Maps - South Pole - October 2009
Recent Cassini images of Saturn's moon Enceladus backlit by the sun show the fountain-like sources of the fine spray of material that towers over the south polar region.
Fountains of Enceladus - Image #2
This view of the volcanic plains of Neptune's moon Triton was produced using topographic maps derived from images acquired by NASA's Voyager spacecraft during its August 1989 flyby, 20 years ago th...
Triton's "Cantaloupe" Terrain
Saturn's rings burst out of shadow and curve gracefully around the planet. Prometheus (86 kilometers, or 53 miles across at its widest point) appears as a bright speck touching the inside of the na...
Out of Darkness
The Cassini spacecraft reveals a remarkable amount of structure in the outer portion of Saturn's A ring. The granular look of the outer edge of the A ring, first discovered soon after Cassini's or...
The dark side of the ringplane glows with scattered light, including the luminous F ring, which shines like a rope of brilliant neon. Below, Dione (1,126 kilometers, or 700 miles across) presents a...
Saturn's Night Lights
Two light sources illuminate Saturn's highly reflective moon Enceladus in this image featuring bright rings and the small moon Pandora in the foreground. This view looks toward the Saturn-facing s...
Dual Illuminated Enceladus
Roughly a quarter of majestic Saturn is illuminated in this view captured while the Cassini spacecraft was orbiting near the planet's equatorial plane. This view looks toward the northern, sunlit ...
This global digital map of Saturn's moon Dione was created using data taken by the Cassini spacecraft, with gaps in coverage filled in by NASA's Voyager spacecraft data. The map is an equidistant p...
Map of Dione - December 2006
This view from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows terrain near the center of the crater Vinotonus in Ceres' northern hemisphere. Vinotonus is named for a Celtic god of vines known from Britain.
Dawn LAMO Image 148
The story of the solar system is written upon the faces of its many worlds, such as Saturn's icy moon Rhea, seen here in an image from Cassini. The moon's many impact craters attest to its violent ...
This image, taken on June 22, 2015 by NASA's Dawn spacecraft, shows a portion of the southern hemisphere of dwarf planet Ceres from an altitude of 2,700 miles (4,400 kilometers) with a resolution o...
Dawn Survey Orbit Image 20
The craters of Tethys tell the story of a violent history marked by impacts.
Melanthius at Dusk
This image of Octavia AV-L-19, from the atlas of the giant asteroid Vesta, was created from images taken as NASA's Dawn mission flew around the object, also known as a protoplanet.
This picture of Venus was taken by the Galileo spacecrafts Solid State Imaging System on February 14, 1990, at a range of almost 1.7 million miles from the planet.
Venus Cloud Patterns (Colorized and Filtered)
The tall, cone-shaped mountain Ahuna Mons is seen in this image taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft. Ahuna Mons taken on Oct. 14, 2015.
Dawn HAMO Image 67
This Voyager 2 image of Saturn was acquired on Aug. 4, 1981, from a distance of 21 million kilometers (13 million miles).
Saturn Taken from Voyager 2
The interior of Urvara Crater (101 miles, 163 kilometers wide) is featured in this image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft taken on June 2, 2016 at a distance of about 240 miles (385 kilometers) above th...
Dawn LAMO Image 181
At Launch Complex 40 on Cape Canaveral Air Station, the Mobile Service Tower is rolled away from the Titan IVB/Centaur carrying the Cassini spacecraft, marking a major milestone in the launch count...
The mobile service tower at SLC-3 is rolled back to reveal the United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas-V rocket with the NASA InSight spacecraft onboard.
This image has not been validated or calibrated. A validated/calibrated image will be archived with the NASA Planetary Data System in 2012. For more information on raw images check out our Freque...
Enceladus (Raw Image 6)
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
A variety of surface ages is revealed in this 16-image mosaic taken during Cassini's first close flyby of Enceladus, on Feb. 17, 2005. This mosaic shows the trailing hemisphere of Enceladus -- the...
Enceladus: Trailing Hemisphere
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