Solar System Exploration
Ring World Highlights
December 16, 2004
Ring World Highlights
Bright puffs and ribbons of cloud drift lazily through Saturn's murky skies. In contrast to the bold red, orange and white clouds of Jupiter, Saturn's clouds are overlain by a thick layer of haze. ...
The NASA InSight spacecraft launches onboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas-V rocket, Saturday, May 5, 2018, from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
A bright clump of material within Saturn's tenuous F ring stands out near the center top of this Cassini spacecraft image. See 'Fan' Spread and F Ring's Bright Core Clumps to learn more about the ...
In a Thin Ring
The moon Prometheus creates an intricate pattern of perturbation in Saturn's F ring while the moon Daphnis disturbs the A ring in this image taken after the planet's August 2009 equinox. Prometheu...
Saturn and Dione regard Enceladus -- the object their gravitational tug-of-war. Dione (1,126 kilometers, or 700 miles across) is seen next to Saturn here. Enceladus (505 kilometers, or 314 miles ac...
+ See Animation These false-color mosaics from NASA's Cassini spacecraft chronicle the changing appearance of the huge storm that developed from a small spot in Saturn's northern hemisphere. Here ...
Encircling a Giant
This mosaic of NAC images shows the impact crater Hokusai, located on Mercury at a latitude of 58°N.
The Impressive Rays of Hokusai
Atmosphere and Enceladus October 28, 2004 Full-Res: PIA06508 Saturn's southern atmosphere looms before Cassini, displaying rich detail...
Atmosphere and Enceladus
This new Hubble Space Telescope view of Jupiter, taken on June 27, 2019, reveals the giant planet's trademark Great Red Spot.
Hubble's New Portrait of Jupiter
The Cassini spacecraft obtained this view of a bright ray crater on the southern portions of Rhea's leading hemisphere. The impact that produced the bright rays seen here excavated material from b...
This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft of Ceres shows a portion of a large crater with prominent spurs of compacted material and gullies along its rim.
Dawn LAMO Image 82
This anaglyph image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows the topography of the mountain-central complex in asteroid Vesta's south polar region. You need 3-D glasses to view this image.
Impact Crater and Mountain-central Complex in Vesta's South Polar Region (Anaglyph)
This view from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows the Cerean terrain. The crater in the upper left corner displays smooth, relatively crater-free walls and small spurs of compacted material.
Dawn LAMO Image 34
Dione and Rhea pair up for an occultation, or mutual event, as seen by Cassini. While the lit portion of each moon is but a crescent, the dark side of Dione has begun to take a bite out of its dist...
The Cassini spacecraft has beamed back a new, more detailed image of smog-enshrouded Titan.
Through the Haze
The Cassini spacecraft examines the anti-Saturnian side of Dione and shows the cratered surface east of the moon's distinctive wispy terrain. The wispy terrain, which consists of bright cliffs on ...
East of Wisps
While the curtain-like auroras we see at Earth are green at the bottom and red at the top, NASA's Cassini spacecraft has shown us similar curtain-like auroras at Saturn that are red at the bottom a...
Saturn's Colorful Aurora (unannotated)
This specially processed composite view reveals a tremendous amount of structure in the northern polar atmosphere of Titan. The hazes in Titan's atmosphere are known to extend hundreds of kilometer...
The Air Up There
NASA's Dawn spacecraft obtained this image of dark patches and stripes on crater walls on asteroid Vesta with its framing camera on August 18, 2011. The image has a resolution of about 260 meters p...
Dark Patches and Stripes on Crater Walls
The Cassini spacecraft catches Saturn's moon Daphnis making waves and casting shadows from the narrow Keeler Gap of the planet's A ring in this view taken around the time of Saturn's August 2009 eq...
Southern Storms and Streaks September 15, 2004 Full-Res: PIA06477 The region near Saturn's south pole shows a great deal of fascinati...
Southern Storms and Streaks
Cassini made a close flyby of Saturn's moon Iapetus on Sept. 10, 2007, and the visual and infrared mapping spectrometer obtained these images during that event. These two images show a higher reso...
Iapetus' Equatorial Region -- Labeled
Saturn's A ring displays a marked asymmetry in brightness between the region nearer to the Cassini spacecraft and the region farther from it. The A ring is the broad, bright section of the rings ou...
Difference on the Dark Side
At first glance, Saturn's rings appear to be intersecting themselves in an impossible way. In actuality, this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows the rings in front of the planet, upon which ...
This color composite image of Saturn's moon Iapetus from Cassini's visual and infrared mapping spectrometer was obtained on Dec. 31, 2004, an hour and a half before the New Year, at a distance of 1...
VIMS Shows Iapetus Surface Composition
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