Solar System Exploration
Merging Saturnian Storms
December 16, 2004
Merging Saturnian Storms
Scientists think Bennu is part of a larger body that broke apart. This artist’s concept shows that event.
Part of a Larger Body
This image was taken on Aug. 13, 2010, by the Cassini spacecraft and received on Earth Aug. 14, 2010. The camera was pointing toward Enceladus at approximately 348,913 kilometers (216,805 miles) a...
Raw Image from Aug. 13, 2010, Enceladus Flyby
After a year and a half in orbit, the Cassini spacecraft has begun to image Saturn's northern hemisphere in detail. The northern latitudes currently are experiencing winter, and atmospheric scienti...
Feathery Northern Clouds
A grandiose gesture of gravity, Saturn's icy rings fan out across many thousands of kilometers of space. The moon Pan (26 kilometers, or 16 miles across) dutifully follows its path, like the billio...
Sweeping Ring View
The Cassini spacecraft views the "wisps" on the surface of the Saturnian moon, Dione, looking from afar much the way they looked to the Voyager cameras years ago. These linea cover the trailing hem...
Dione's Icy Wisps
Sometimes at Saturn you can see things almost as if from every angle at once, the way a Cubist might imagine things
The F ring shepherd moon Prometheus touches the face of Saturn once more before moving off into blackness and continuing in its orbit. The F ring itself is visible as a thin line just below Promet...
Prometheus Makes Contact
From Saturn orbit, the Cassini spacecraft provides a perspective on the ringed planet that is never seen from Earth. In our skies, Saturn's disk is always nearly fully illuminated by the sun. From...
A Privileged View
A montage of Cassini images: left, Saturn and its moon Tethys; right: top, Titan, middle, Telesto, and Enceladus at the bottom. Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
Saturn with Tethys, and close-ups of Titan, Telesto and Enceladus
Two bright vortices roll across the cloud-lined face of Saturn, where winds howl at high speeds never experienced on Earth. This view was acquired at about the same time as Cloud Lanes but the pla...
Agitators of the Atmosphere
This image taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft presents two small craters on Ceres, located in the vicinity of Toharu Crater. Juling appears at the top and Kupalo at bottom. Both craters are relatively...
Juling and Kupalo Craters
This image of a small crater north of Ceres' Datan Crater was obtained by NASA's Dawn spacecraft on June 9, 2018 from an altitude of about 48 miles (77 kilometers).
Small Crater North of Datan Crater
NASA's Dawn asteroid lithograph of Eros and other asteroids.
Asteroid Lithograph of Eros and Other Asteroids
Two large impact basins, including the 450-kilometer-wide (280-mile) Odysseus basin (at the top), mark the face of Saturn's moon Tethys. The outer edge of Saturn's rings is visible at the lower ri...
Tethys and Rings
This image, taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft, shows a portion of the southern hemisphere of dwarf planet Ceres from an altitude of 915 miles (1,470 kilometers). Zadeni crater is named for the ancien...
Dawn HAMO Image 46
This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows numerous grooves (linear depressions) and crater chains, especially in the right hand side of the image of asteroid Vesta.
Grooves and Crater Chains on Vesta
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 - February 2010
This close-up view of the inner A ring shows intriguing variations in brightness along the direction of ring motion -- from top to bottom. Close examination reveals dark regions that appear to wide...
Believe it or not, this extreme close-up of Saturn's swirling clouds was acquired from more than one million kilometers (621,370 miles) from the gas giant planet. The rings' image is severely bent ...
The oblate shape of Mimas is presented in this Cassini spacecraft image. The moon appears flattened at the poles with an equatorial bulge. To learn more about this small moon, see Not Quite Round....
Mimas' Bulging Middle
This panel of images shows the nearly spherical shape of Saturn's moon Phoebe, as derived from imaging obtained from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Each image represents a 90-degree turn. The Cassini...
Phoebe in the Round
As Cassini soared above high northern latitudes on Saturn's moon Dione, the spacecraft looked down at a region near the day-night boundary.
Cassini's Closest Views of Dione II (A)
Shadows are cast by Daphnis and the moon's attendant edge waves in this Cassini spacecraft image taken about a month and a half before the Saturn's August 2009 equinox. Daphnis (8 kilometers, or 5...
Shadows from the Waves
This group of spokes in Saturn's B ring extends over more than 5,000 kilometers (3,100 miles) radially across the ringplane. The bright wedge to the left of center has a trailing edge (its top rig...
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