Solar System Exploration
Radar mapping Titan
December 16, 2004
Radar mapping Titan
This colorized mosaic from NASA's Cassini mission shows an infrared view of the Saturn system, backlit by the sun, from July 19, 2013.
Infrared Scan of Saturn and its Rings
Cassini's best close-up view of Saturn's F ring shepherd moon, Pandora, shows that this small ring-moon is coated in fine dust-sized icy material.
Pandora's Color Close-up
Intricate C Ring Details December 7, 2004 Full-Res: PIA06537 Saturn's inner C ring spreads across th...
Intricate C Ring Details
Saturn's moon Rhea looms "over" a smaller and more distant Epimetheus against a striking background of planet and rings. The two moons aren't actually close to each other. The view was obtained a...
Big and Small Before Rings
Artist's concept of Cassini orbiter crossing Saturn's ring plane.
Crossing the Ring Plane
Magnificent blue and gold Saturn floats obliquely as one of its gravity-bound companions, Dione, hangs in the distance. The darkened rings seem to nearly touch their shadowy reverse images on the p...
Symmetry in Shadow
Only a slice of Iapetus is illuminated in this image, but still the Cassini spacecraft spies the distinctive two-tone surface of this distant Saturnian moon. Lit terrain seen here is on the leadin...
This image of Ceres is part of a sequence taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft April 24 to 26, 2015, from a distance of 8,500 miles (13,500 kilometers).
Dawn RC3 Image 5
This image of a boulder field near Ceres' Occator Crater's eastern rim was obtained by NASA's Dawn spacecraft on June 9, 2018 from an altitude of about 30 miles (48 kilometers).
Boulder Field Near Occator Crater's Eastern Rim
This image shows a close-up of long, narrow, sinuous gullies that scientists on NASA's Dawn mission have found on the giant asteroid Vesta. The crater shown here is called Cornelia.
Sinuous Gullies, Close-up
This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft of asteroid Vesta shows Laelia crater. The dark material inside of Laelia crops out from the rim and then slumps towards the crater's center.
A close-up of Saturn's A ring reveals dozens of small, bright streaks aligned with the orbital direction of the rings. These objects are the propeller-shaped features first captured in Cassini imag...
The horizontal banding visible in Saturn's clouds is a result of rising and falling air masses stretched by Saturn's rotation. Different wind speeds are observed at different latitudes. Near Saturn...
The dark Cassini Division, within Saturn's rings, contains a great deal of structure, as seen in this color image. The sharp inner boundary of the division (left of center) is the outer edge of the...
Graceful Lanes of Ice
A supermoon rises behind the Washington Monument, Sunday, June 23, 2013, in Washington.
2013 Supermoon Over the Washington Monument
+ View Full Res + PIA12496, (Jan. 2005) This image was obtained by Cassini's radar instrument during a flyby on Dec. 28, 2009. The radar antenna was pointing toward Titan at an altitude of 955 ki...
Titan Radar Swath (T-64 Flyby - Dec. 28, 2009)
Rhea enters the Cassini spacecraft's field of view and glides lazily across the scene as the spacecraft observes Saturn's restless atmosphere. Rhea is 1,528 kilometers (949 miles) across. This vi...
The solar system's largest moon, Ganymede, is captured here alongside the planet Jupiter in a color picture taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft on Dec. 3, 2000.
Ganymede and Jupiter
Zadeni Crater, at 80 miles (128 kilometers) wide, is a prominent impact feature in the southern hemisphere of Ceres. This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows terrain in Zadeni's interior, which...
Dawn LAMO Image 79
This image of Gegania AV-L-09, 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 highly oblique image shot over northwestern part of the African continent captures the curvature of the Earth and shows its atmosphere. You can see clouds and even the occasional thunderhead. ...
Oblique Shot of Earth
The European Space Agency's Huygens probe appears shining as it coasts away from Cassini in this image taken on Dec. 26, 2004, just two days after the probe successfully detached from the Cassini s...
Huygens Probe Shines for Cassini's Cameras (Unlabeled)
Enceladus dramatically displays the contrast between its older and newer terrain.
Enceladus, Old and New
This time-lapse animation of two true-color images taken 12 minutes apart neatly captures storm movement in the southern hemisphere of Jupiter.
Ghost in Motion
+ Unannotated version The northern and southern hemispheres of Rhea are seen in these polar stereographic maps, mosaicked from the best-available Cassini and Voyager images. Six Voyager images fi...
Rhea Polar Maps - South - March 2012
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