Solar System Exploration
Ring World Highlights
December 16, 2004
Ring World Highlights
This perspective, from just beneath Saturn's ringplane, gives the rings a pointed appearance and captures a few clumps at the edge of the narrow F ring. Tethys (1,071 kilometers, 665 miles across) ...
The Rings Make a Point
The transition from light to dark takes place on two fronts in this image of Mimas. The two terminators that stretch across the moon are created by sunshine across the north and Saturn-shine in the...
Twice the Terminators
The Cassini spacecraft and Huygens probe begin their seven-year journey to the r inged planet. The successful launch of Cassini aboard a Titan IVB/Centaur occured at 4:43 a.m. EDT , October 15, 199...
Long Range View
This narrow angle field-of-view artist's rendering is drawn from the floor of Aeneas crater, showing Dione's icy surface and the irregular features inside the crater viewed from space. Saturn, Tit...
Dione's Aeneas Crater
This view of Ceres from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows cratered terrain located immediately to the west of the intriguing mountain feature called Ahuna Mons.
Dawn HAMO Image 84
Edge waves in the Keeler Gap betray the presence of the embedded moon Daphnis. Though the Cassini spacecraft cannot see Daphnis (7 kilometers, or 4.3 miles across) in this image (because the space...
A Dead Giveaway
Mimas Looks On September 7, 2004 Full-Res: PIA06471 Lonely Mimas swings around Saturn, seeming ...
Mimas Looks On
From high above Titan's northern hemisphere, the Cassini spacecraft takes an oblique view toward the mid-latitude dark regions that gird the giant moon. The view looks toward terrain centered at ...
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 fill in gaps in Cassini's...
Rhea Polar Maps - January 2011
This mosaic image of asteroid Bennu is composed of 12 PolyCam images collected on Dec. 2 by the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft.
The Cassini spacecraft looks toward the varied surface of the trailing hemisphere of Saturn's moon Enceladus. North on Enceladus (504 kilometers, or 313 miles across) is up. For a more detailed vi...
This natural color image shows Titan's upper atmosphere -- an active place where methane molecules are being broken apart by solar ultraviolet light and the byproducts combine to form compounds lik...
Titan: Complex 'Anti-greenhouse'
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...
This collage of images from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows Saturn's northern hemisphere and rings as viewed with four different spectral filters. Each filter is sensitive to different wavelengths ...
Saturnian Hexagon Collage
The 6-mile-wide (10-kilometer-wide) Oxo Crater stands out on the dark landscape of Ceres in this view from NASA's Dawn spacecraft.
Dawn XMO2 Image 30
This view of Ceres from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows Tupo Crater (22 miles, 36 kilometers wide), at upper left, with its sharp rim and prominent central peak.
Dawn HAMO Image 88
This view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows Cassini's best image of the propeller feature known informally as Bleriot. The propeller is named after Louis Bleriot, the French engineer and aviator...
Bleriot Propeller Close-up
This view is a mosaic of three images of Eros taken by NEAR Shoemaker on August 19, 2000, when the spacecraft was orbiting at about 50 kilometers (31 miles) above the asteroid.
The Cassini spacecraft peers through Titan's thick clouds to spy on the region dubbed "Senkyo" by scientists. The dark features include vast fields of dunes, composed of solid hydrocarbon particles...
Spying on Senkyo
This Solar & Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) image, taken Sept. 18, 2009, shows a view of Saturn as it passes behind the sun, Cassini spacecraft in tow. Saturn Superior Conjunction is underwa...
Saturn and Cassini's Annual Pass Behind the Sun
Triton Voyager 2 approach sequence with latitude-longitude grid superposed.
Color Sequence of Triton Approach Images
This enhanced color composite image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft's visible and infrared mapping spectrometer shows the area around Ernutet Crater on Ceres. The instrument detected the evidence of or...
Ernutet Crater and Organic Material Detections
This image of Ceres is part of a sequence taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft on May 4, 2015, from a distance of 8,400 miles (13,600 kilometers).
Dawn RC3 Image 9
+ View Raw Image Cassini took this raw, unprocessed image of Rhea on Dec. 22, 2012, from approximately 16,805 miles (27,045 kilometers) away. This image has not been validated or calibrated. A va...
Rhea's Surface (Raw Image)
This view from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows a portion of Mondamin Crater, an impact feature 78 miles (126 kilometers) in diameter, in the southern hemisphere of Ceres.
Dawn LAMO Image 59
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