Solar System Exploration
Radar mapping Titan
December 16, 2004
Radar mapping Titan
The latest view of Saturn from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope captures exquisite details of the ring system.
Saturn's Rings Shine in Hubble Portrait
This is an artist's concept of Saturn's rings and major icy moons. Saturn's rings make up an enormous, complex structure. From edge-to-edge, the ring system would not even fit in the distance be...
This image of Occator Crater's northern wall was obtained by NASA's Dawn spacecraft on June 16, 2018 from an altitude of about 21 miles (33 kilometers).
Occator's Northern Wall
Cassini's March 12, 2008, flyby of Enceladus provided the best view yet of the heat radiation from the active south pole of the satellite. These images summarize what was learned about the south p...
Stripes and Heat Map Side-by-Side
The Cassini spacecraft looks beyond Saturn's limb toward the icy face of Mimas, the innermost of the planet's major moons. This view looks toward the sunlit side of the rings from about 3 degrees ...
Saturn's moon Prometheus orbits near some of its handiwork in the F ring.
Ultracold hydrocarbon lakes and seas (dark shapes) near the north pole of Saturn's moon Titan can be seen embedded in some kind of bright surface material in this infrared mosaic from NASA's Cassin...
Dark Lakes on a Bright Landscape -- Annotated
This composite image shows a sliver of Pluto's large moon, Charon, and all four of Pluto's small moons, as resolved by the Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) on the New Horizons spacecraft.
Family Portrait of Pluto's Moons
Sunlight illuminates the deep cut of Ithaca Chasma on Saturn's moon Tethys.
Enceladus in the Distance November 3, 2004 Full-Res: PIA06512 Cassini spied the moon Enceladus in the distance beyond Saturn's sou...
Enceladus in the Distance
Specially designed Cassini orbits place Earth and Cassini on opposite sides of Saturn's rings, a geometry known as occultation. Cassini conducted the first radio occultation observation of Saturn's...
Small Particles in Saturn's Rings
NASA's Dawn took this image on Oct. 17 showing the limb of dwarf planet Ceres shows a section of the northern hemisphere. A shadowy portion of Occator Crater can be seen at the lower right.
Dawn XMO2 Image 10
NASA's Dawn spacecraft in thermal vacuum chamber.
Dawn Spacecraft in Thermal Vacuum Chamber
This false-color mosaic, made from infrared data collected by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, reveals the differences in the composition of surface materials around hydrocarbon lakes at Titan, Saturn's ...
Titan's Northern Lakes: Salt Flats? (Annotated version)
Bright, wispy fractures streak across Dione's trailing side. Following the Voyager flybys of the early 1980s, scientists considered the possibility that the streaks were bright material extruded by...
Scratches on Dione
A prime objective of the Cassini orbital mission at Saturn is to characterize the nature and evolution of Saturn's extended family of icy satellites. Cassini observations since the beginning of...
A New View of Tethys
This view of Tethys displays three of the moon's most notable surface features. At upper left is the giant Odysseus impact basin. At lower right is the great scar of Ithaca Chasma. Extending from e...
The Triad of Tethys
ORIGINAL CAPTION: Workers offload the shipping container with the Cassini orbiter from what looks like a giant shark mouth, but is really an Air Force C-17 air cargo plane which just landed at KSC...
Cassini Box Set
Part of the complex geologic history of icy Triton, Neptune's largest satellite, is shown in this Voyager 2 photo, which has a resolution of 900 meters (2,700 feet) per picture element.
Complex Geologic History of Triton
+ View annotated version This set of images from NASA's Cassini mission shows the evolution of a massive thunder-and-lightning storm that circled all the way around Saturn and fizzled when it ran ...
Storm Head, Meet Tail
This picture captured by NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows a portion of the northern rim of Occator Crater, which measures 57 miles (92 kilometers) across and 2.5 miles (4 kilometers) deep.
Dawn LAMO Image 103
The Cassini-Huygens mission was recognized with an award in the space category at the 2005 World Technology Awards in San Francisco on Nov. 15. From left to right: Enrico Flamini, Italian Space Ag...
Cassini-Huygens Wins Space Award
NASA's Dawn spacecraft obtained this false-color image (right) of an impact crater in asteroid Vesta's equatorial region with its framing camera on July 25, 2011. The view on the left is from the c...
False-Color Image of an Impact Crater on Vesta
The Cassini spacecraft observes the swirling features in Saturn's northern cloud bands. Ring-cast shadows darken the planet's northern hemisphere at increasingly lower latitudes. In late 2004, no...
Flowing Cloud Bands
Presented here is a complete set of cartographic map sheets from a high-resolution Enceladus atlas, a project of the Cassini Imaging Team. The map sheets form a 15-quadrangle series covering the...
The Enceladus Atlas (2010)
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