Solar System Exploration
Ring World Highlights
December 16, 2004
Ring World Highlights
This composite image shows an infrared view of Saturn's moon Titan from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, acquired during the mission's ''T-114'' flyby on Nov. 13, 2015.
Peering Through Titan's Haze
The bright arc in Saturn's faint G ring contains a little something special. Although it can't be seen here, the tiny moonlet Aegaeon (formerly known as S/2008 S 1) orbits within the bright arc. S...
Faint Ring, Bright Arc
This anaglpyh from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows Caparronia crater on asteroid Vesta. The 3-D effect of the anaglyph highlights the large ridge running across the base of Caparronia crater. You will...
3-D Image of Caparronia
Artist's concept of Cassini orbiter crossing Saturn's ring plane.
Crossing the Ring Plane
Great, oval-shaped storms churn through Saturn's clouds in this Cassini spacecraft view of southern latitudes. The thin, linear striations in cloud features extending away from the ovals suggests t...
This series of images obtained by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft shows several views of the north polar cloud covering Saturn’s moon Titan. The false-color images were obtained by Cassini’s visual and i...
Changes in Titan's North Polar Cloud
Saturn's moon Enceladus, imaged at high phase, shows off its spectacular water ice plumes emanating from its south polar region. This image was captured at a phase, or sun-Enceladus-spacecraft, an...
A spectacular landslide within the low-brightness region of Iapetus's surface known as Cassini Regio is visible in this image from Cassini. Iapetus is one of the moons of Saturn. The landslide mat...
Giant Landslide on Iapetus
This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows Aricia Tholus, a dark hill located in asteroid Vesta's Marcia quadrangle. Tholus is a word used to describe a small dome-like mountain or hill. Aricia w...
ORIGINAL CAPTION: The Cassini spacecraft, protected by an environmentally controlled protective fairing, is sitting at Pad 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Station, awaiting its launch scheduled for mid-Oc...
Cassini in Her Protective Shell
Several distinct craters on Saturn's moon Hyperion can be seen here, as well as a protruding feature, perhaps a mountain, near the center. Hyperion is 266 kilometers (165 miles) across. The image...
The dark B ring of Saturn is highlighted here by numerous faint spokes. The two most prominent spokes are seen below and to the right of center. This view looks toward the unlit side of the rings ...
The Cassini spacecraft captured this image of a small object in the outer portion of Saturn's B ring casting a shadow on the rings as Saturn approaches its August 2009 equinox. This new moonlet, s...
A Small Find Near Equinox
NASA's Cassini spacecraft obtained this unprocessed image of Saturn's moon Hyperion on Aug. 25, 2011. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute
Full View of Hyperion
Mimas drifts along in its orbit against the azure backdrop of Saturn's northern latitudes in this true color view. The long, dark lines on the atmosphere are shadows cast by the planet's rings. Sa...
Radar data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft reveal the depth of liquid methane/ethane seas on Saturn's moon Titan.
Plumbing Coastal Depths in Titan's Kraken Mare
Although it is no longer uncharted land, the origin of the dark territory of Cassini Regio on Iapetus remains a mystery. Also puzzling is the equatorial ridge that bisects this terrain, and how it ...
A Moon with Two Dark Sides
Atlas casts a slender shadow on the A ring as the small moon orbits in the Roche Division between Saturn's A ring and thin F ring. Atlas (30 kilometers, or 19 miles across) is the bright dot right...
Small Moon Shadow
Looking cool and serene, Saturn shares its soft glow with Cassini.
World of Clouds and Ice
This image of Ceres, taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft, shows a 23-mile-wide (37 kilometer-wide) crater called Tupo, which features a curved central peak complex and terraces.
Dawn HAMO Image 56
The primordial contact binary Kuiper Belt Object Arrokoth (2014 MU69) as seen by New Horizons.
Enhanced-Color Composite Image of Kuiper Belt Object Arrokoth (2014 MU69)
This look back at a dune that NASA's Curiosity Mars rover drove across was taken by the rover's Mast Camera (Mastcam) during the 538th Martian day, or sol, of Curiosity's work on Mars (Feb. 9, 2014...
Curiosity's Color View of Martian Dune After Crossing It
Four of Saturn's moons join the planet for a well balanced portrait. Saturn's largest moon, Titan (5,150 kilometers, or 3,200 miles across), is in the lower left. Tethys (1,062 kilometers, or 660 ...
Quartet and Crescent
Cassini Enters Saturn's Orbit July 1, 2004 After becoming the first spacecraft to enter Saturn'...
Cassini Enters Saturn's Orbit
This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft of asteroid Vesta shows the characteristic undulating surface of Vesta's southern hemisphere and many small craters, some of which make up secondary crater ch...
Undulating Surface and Secondary Crater Chains
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