Solar System Exploration
Radar mapping Titan
December 16, 2004
Radar mapping Titan
Images like this one, showing bright wispy streaks thought to be ice revealed by subsidence of crater walls, are leading to the view that Phoebe is an ice-rich body overlain with a thin layer of d...
A Skyline View
Saturn's G ring glows like a neon garland in this lovely narrow angle camera image from Cassini. The comparison between the diffuse outer boundary and the sharp inner edge of this ring, which consi...
G Ring Aglow
[Note: Re-issued and updated July 8, 2010] An unusually large propeller feature is detected just beyond the Encke Gap in this Cassini image of Saturn's outer A ring taken a couple days after the p...
Giant Propeller in A Ring
Twice as far from the Sun as Jupiter, Saturn's colder temperatures mean that clouds form lower in its atmosphere. As a result, the visible cloud patterns - so striking on Jupiter - occur deeper ins...
Both luminous and translucent, the C ring sweeps out of the darkness of Saturn's shadow and obscures the planet at lower left. The ring is characterized by broad, isolated bright areas, or "plateau...
Scintillating C Ring
Winds around Jupiter's Great Red Spot are simulated in this JunoCam view that has been animated using a model of the winds there.
Great Red Spot Rotation (Animation)
+ See Animation These two false-color views from NASA's Cassini spacecraft show detailed patterns that change during one Saturn day within the huge storm in the planet's northern hemisphere. Take...
Appearing like a freckle on the face of Saturn, a shadow from the moon Enceladus blemishes the planet just below the ringplane in this Cassini spacecraft image. Enceladus is not shown here. This v...
Off the shoulder of giant Saturn, a bright pinpoint marks the location of the ring moon Atlas (image center). Shadows cast by the C ring adorn the planet at upper right. The thin boundary of Satur...
Sojourn at Saturn
This image shows grooves in the southern part of Saturn's moon Enceladus.
NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, right, and NASA Associate Administrator for the Science Mission Directorate, Thomas Zurbuchen, watch the launch of NASA's InSight spacecraft.
InSight Launch: NASA Administrator
The northern and southern hemispheres of Saturn's moon Mimas are seen in these polar stereographic maps, mosaicked from the best-available Cassini images.
Mimas Polar Maps - June 2017
This raw, unprocessed image of Saturn's moon Enceladus was taken during Cassini's Nov. 6, 2011, flyby which passed within about 300 miles (500 kilometers) of the moon's surface. This encounter wa...
Enceladus Flyby E-16 (Raw Image #3)
From its unique perspective high above the planet, the Cassini spacecraft looks down upon Saturn's murky northern hemisphere. The bluish hues seen in some Cassini views of Saturn's north are notabl...
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
Prometheus is caught here casting a shadow on the F ring. To the right, the F ring also shows a gore where Prometheus recently entered into the ring, scattering material out of its way. The image...
Shadows and Gores
NASA's Cassini spacecraft obtained these false-color images of a circular feature in a region known as Xanadu on Saturn's moon Titan. The images, obtained by Cassini's visual and infrared mapping s...
Circular Feature at Xanadu, Titan
Saturn's largest moon, Titan, peeks out from under the planet's rings of ice. This view looks toward Titan (5,150 kilometers, or 3,200 miles across) from slightly beneath the ringplane. The dark E...
Titan on the Side
Cassini's ability to remain precisely and steadily pointed at targets, such as Saturn's moon Mimas (seen here) yields sharp images despite the relatively high speed at which the spacecraft moves. ...
In this image taken by the Cassini radar system, a previously unseen style of lakes is revealed. The lakes here assume complex shapes and are among the darkest seen so far on Titan. The lake at ...
Lakes and More Lakes
Liber Crater is featured at lower left in this image from Ceres. Named for the Roman god of agriculture, Liber is 14 miles (23 kilometers). NASA's Dawn spacecraft took this image on June 16, 2016.
Dawn LAMO Image 134
Flight across Titan
Flight across Titan
+ Highest Resolution Available An artist's imagination of hydrocarbon pools, icy and rocky terrain on the surface of Saturn's largest moon Titan. Image by Ron Jackson -- Binghamton, N.Y.
Pools on Titan
Great Dark Spot
Great Dark Spot
These two global images of Iapetus show the extreme brightness dichotomy on the surface of this peculiar Saturnian moon.
Global View of Iapetus' Dichotomy
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