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Ring World Highlights
December 16, 2004
Ring World Highlights
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
A portion of the rugged rim of Occator Crater is seen in this image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft. Occator, a young crater approximately 80 million years old.
Dawn LAMO Image 123
An aircraft taking off in front of a supermoon as it rises in 2017.
Supermoon and Jet (2017)
Saturn's moon Telesto is visible below and to the left of center in this image from the Cassini spacecraft. Telesto (24 kilometers, or 15 miles across) shares the orbit of Saturn's moon Tethys (...
Telesto: Companion of Tethys
Artist's concept of NASA's Dawn spacecraft. The giant asteroid Vesta, Dawn's next destination, is on the lower left. Another larger asteroid and Dawn's second destination, Ceres, is on the upper ri...
NASA's Dawn Spacecraft Headed for Vesta (Artist's Concept)
This image of Justina AV-L-29, from the atlas of the giant asteroid Vesta, was created from images taken as NASA's Dawn mission flew around the object, also known as a protoplanet.
NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured this view of Saturn's moon Epimetheus (116 kilometers, or 72 miles across) during a moderately close flyby on Dec. 6, 2015.
As Cassini sped away from its close encounter with Saturn's moon Hyperion on Sept. 26, 2005, it took this parting shot of the battered moon's shadowy limb. The image was taken in visible light wit...
Hyperion: Parting Glance
This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows many linear and curvilinear grooves running roughly diagonally across asteroid Vesta's Gegania quadrangle.
Linear and Curvilinear Grooves
Cassini looks down upon Rhea, whose cratered surface was already ancient before any complex life developed on Earth. The terrain seen here has probably changed little in the past billion years. Th...
The Record of Rhea
Southern Hemisphere in Ultraviolet June 23, 2004 Full-Res: PIA05412 With ultraviolet eyes, Cassini gazes at cloud bands and wavy ...
Southern Hemisphere in Ultraviolet
The Cassini spacecraft zooms in on Mimas, pitted by craters and slightly out-of-round. Cassini images taken during a flyby of Mimas in August 2005 were compiled into a movie showing the moon's batt...
Mimas in View
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 image. taken on June 12, 2016, from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows dimly lit, cratered terrain on Ceres. Bright streaks of material are visible on one section of the crater wall (at bottom), and...
Dawn LAMO Image 203
This mosaic of Saturn's rings was acquired by Cassini's visual and infrared mapping spectrometer instrument on Sept. 15, 2006, while the spacecraft was in the shadow of the planet looking back towa...
Saturn's Rings in Infrared
With fingers crossed and eyes wide open, sci-fi fans and scientists savor the joys of discovery...at Iapetus.
Backstage Pass to Iapetus (2007)
Cassini prepared for its rendezvous with Dione on Oct. 11, 2005, capturing the brilliant, cratered iceball in front of its shadow-draped planet. The terrain seen here becomes notably darker toward...
On Approach to Dione
Two dark gores in Saturn's F ring demonstrate the gravitational influence of the shepherd moon Prometheus. The older gore at the top of this view is at a steeper angle than the newer addition jus...
Gravity of the Situation
The Sun blew out a coronal mass ejection along with part of a solar filament over a three-hour period (Feb. 24, 2015).
Download the free RealPlayer 8 Basic Inner Radiation Belts of Jupiter February 27, 2002 Details in radiation belts close to Jupiter are mapped from measurements that NASA's Cass...
Inner Radiation Belts
This image shows the northern and southern hemispheres of Titan, showing the disparity between the abundance of lakes in the north and their paucity in the South. The hypothesis presented favors lo...
Lake Asymmetry on Titan
Saturn's small moon Pan, brightly overexposed, casts a short shadow on the A ring in this image taken before the planet's August 2009 equinox. Pan (28 kilometers, or 17 miles across) orbits in the...
Thermal infrared images of Saturn from the Very Large Telescope Imager and Spectrometer for the mid-Infrared (VISIR) instrument on the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope, on Cerro...
Saturn Northern Storm in Infrared and Visible Light
Copernicus is 93 km wide and is located within the Mare Imbrium Basin, northern nearside of the Moon (10 degrees N. 20 degrees W.).
Young Moon Rocks
This view of the volcanic plains of Neptune's moon Triton was produced using topographic maps derived from images acquired by NASA's Voyager spacecraft during its August 1989 flyby, 20 years ago th...
Triton's Volcanic Plains
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