Solar System Exploration
Ring World Highlights
December 16, 2004
Ring World Highlights
Ceres' Haulani Crater is shown in these views from NASA's Dawn spacecraft. These views reveal variations in the region's brightness, mineralogy and temperature at infrared wavelengths.
Ceres Neutron Counts Reflect Hydrogen Abundance
Shadows drape Saturn's northern hemisphere, providing a different kind of look at prominent features in the rings. From the lower left corner upward, the visible features are: the shadow of the out...
Structure in the Shadows
Cassini's powerful radar eyes have uncovered a geologic goldmine in a region called Xanadu on Saturn's moon Titan. Panning west to east, the geologic features include river channels, mountains and ...
Titan's Geological Goldmine
This Cassini image of Saturn's moon Enceladus shows a region containing bizarre, wrinkled terrain. Enceladus is covered with bright water ice. The part of its surface visible here appears to be la...
Wrinkles of Youth?
Stunning details in Saturn's clouds suggest movement within bands of atmosphere. This false color enhancement makes visible an exciting level of detail in the bright and dark bands that is more eas...
Cassini looks over the heavily cratered surface of Rhea during the spacecraft's flyby of the moon on March 10, 2012. See Rhea's Scars and Fresh Crater? to learn more about the impacts that have sh...
In this densely cratered area of Ceres, NASA's Dawn spacecraft spotted Tupo Crater, with its complex, hummocky interior, at center right. A portion of the rim of Darzamat Crater appears with dark s...
Dawn XMO2 Image 13
Himalia, a Small Moon of Jupiter January 23, 2001 NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured images of Himalia, the brightest of Jupiter's outer moons, on Dec. 19, 2000, from a distance of 4.4 million ...
The Cassini spacecraft looks past Saturn's main rings to spy the tiny moon Atlas, which orbits between the main rings and the thin F ring. The main rings are closer to the spacecraft than Atlas is...
Atlas in the Distance
This view from NASA's Dawn mission shows Ceres' tallest mountain, Ahuna Mons. A significant amount of sodium carbonate has been found, shown in green and red colors in the lower right image.
This computer-enhanced photo of Saturn, taken November 13, 1980, by Voyager 1, shows Saturn's rings and their shadows against the lighted crescent of the planet. The photo was taken from a distance...
New Horizons scientists use enhanced color images to detect differences in the composition and texture of Pluto’s surface.
Pluto Dazzles in False Color
Seen here inside one half of its 62.7-foot tall fairing, the Parker Solar Probe was encapsulated on July 16, 2018, in preparation for the move from Astrotech Space Operations in Titusville, Florida...
Prepping to Launch for the Sun
This anaglyph shows a 3-D model of the protoplanet Vesta, using scientists' best guess to date of what the surface of the protoplanet might look like. It was created as part of an exercise for NASA...
Anaglyph of Vesta Model
The Cassini orbiter continues its observations of Saturn¿s mysterious moon Titan, stealing another early peek at the haze-enshrouded surface. Cassini's view of Titan now surpasses Earth-based obser...
Peering Closer at Titan
The trailing hemisphere of Saturn's moon Rhea seen here in natural color, displays bright, wispy terrain that is similar in appearance to that of Dione, another one of Saturn's moon.
Rhea in Natural Color
Cassini team members known as the Cassini Virtual Singers performed space-centric parody versions of popular tunes.
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
This image from NASA's Dawn mission shows the varied minerals on the surface of the giant asteroid Vesta in false color.
Colorized Infrared View of Vesta
In the lower left portion of this image, the Earth can be seen, as well as the much smaller Moon to Earth's right.
Earth and Moon from 114 Million Miles
Titan may be a ''large'' moon - its name even implies it! - but it is still dwarfed by its parent planet, Saturn.
Not So Titanic
These images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft are located in asteroid Vesta's Bellicia quadrangle, in Vesta's northern hemisphere.
HAMO and LAMO Images of Arruntia Crater
This Cassini image shows predominantly the impact-scarred leading hemisphere of Saturn's icy moon Rhea (1,528 kilometers, or 949 miles across). The image was taken in visible light with the Cassin...
Rhea and Her Craters
Looking cool and serene, Saturn shares its soft glow with Cassini.
World of Clouds and Ice
Plumes of icy material extend above the southern polar region of Saturn's moon Enceladus, as imaged by the Cassini spacecraft in January 2005. The monochrome view is presented along with a color-co...
Spray Above Enceladus II
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