Solar System Exploration
Merging Saturnian Storms
December 16, 2004
Merging Saturnian Storms
Saturn's rings cut across their own shadows on the planet and hide a tiny secret.
This nearly equatorial view shows cratered regions on Enceladus in the central part of its leading hemisphere and high northern latitudes. Much of the rest of the geologically active moon is relati...
Scars on an Active World
Even in a peaceful looking scene such as this one of Saturn and its moon Tethys, the Cassini spacecraft reveals clues about how Saturn is ever-changing. Saturn's northern hemisphere still shows th...
Saturn's ''wispy'' moon Dione lies in front of the cratered surface of the moon Tethys, as seen by the Cassini spacecraft. Dione is closest to the spacecraft here. At the top of the image, the bri...
Wisps Before Craters
High in the Titan Atmosphere October 25, 2004 Full-Res: PIA06120 High-altitude haze and perhaps cloud layers are visible in t...
High in the Titan Atmosphere
+ View Full Res This raw, unprocessed image was taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft on May 2, 2012. The camera was pointing toward Dione at approximately 9,434 miles (15,183 kilometers) away. Thi...
Bright Bits on Dione (Raw Image)
This image, taken on June 17, 2015 by NASA's Dawn spacecraft, shows dwarf planet Ceres from an altitude of 2,700 miles (4,400 kilometers) with a resolution of 1,400 feet (410 meters) per pixel. A b...
Dawn Survey Orbit Image 21
The distinctive, wispy system of fractures on the trailing hemisphere of Saturn's moon Dione shows a great deal of contrast in this ultraviolet view. Dione is 1,118 kilometers (695 miles) across....
Far off Cracks
This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft of asteroid Vesta shows Canuleia crater, a large, irregularly shaped crater. Other interesting features of Canuleia include the diffuse bright material that i...
+ Related News Release This spectacular, vertigo inducing, false-color image from NASA's Cassini mission highlights the storms at Saturn's north pole. The angry eye of a hurricane-like storm appea...
Enter the Vortex ... in Psychedelic Color
Rhea is frozen in this Cassini portrait, captured just before it glided in front of Saturn's northern hemisphere. The wispy streaks on Rhea's trailing side are partly visible in the west. This vie...
Saturn's odd but ever-intriguing F ring displays multiple lanes and several bright clumps. The Keeler and Encke gaps are visible in the outer A ring, at right. This view looks toward the unillumin...
Odd Ring Out
Ligeia Mare, shown here in a false-color image from NASA's Cassini mission, is the second largest known body of liquid on Saturn's moon Titan.
Vast Ligeia Mare in False Color
Scientists believe a large number of the meteorites that are found on Earth originate from the protoplanet Vesta. This image is from NASA's Dawn spacecraft.
Possible Piece of Vesta
This close pairing of Janus and Epimetheus shows the two moons at "high phase," meaning that only a thin sliver of sunlit terrain is visible on each moon. Portions of each are also lit feebly by re...
This mosaic of NEAR Shoemaker images, taken on December 3, 2000, from an orbital altitude of 200 kilometers (124 miles), provides an overview of the eastern part of the asteroid's southern hemisphe...
A Southern Hemisphere Overview
The most detailed images of Ultima Thule — obtained just minutes before the spacecraft's closest approach at 12:33 a.m. EST on Jan. 1, 2019 — have a resolution of about 110 feet (33 meters) per pix...
Highest Resolution Image of 2014 MU69 "Ultima Thule"
This image, taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft, shows dwarf planet Ceres from an altitude of 2,700 miles (4,400 kilometers). The image, with a resolution of 1,400 feet (410 meters) per pixel, was take...
Dawn Survey Orbit Image 28
The right-hand image shows a dramatically improved view of heat radiation from a warm fissure near the south pole of Saturn’s icy moon Enceladus. It was obtained by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft during...
Zooming in on Heat at Baghdad Sulcus
This image of the Moon was created with images taken by NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter.
Rare Full Moon on Christmas Day
The Cassini spacecraft acquired this view of Rhea's leading hemisphere near "opposition," or with the Sun almost directly behind the camera. Under this geometry, topography appears less rugged be...
Where Have All the Shadows Gone?
Saturn's moon Tethys with its prominent Odysseus Crater silently slips behind Saturn's largest moon Titan and then emerges on the other side. Tethys is not actually enshrouded in Titan's atmospher...
Tethys Slips Behind Titan
The Sun rises over Mars' Utopia Planitia in this Viking 2 image.
Sunrise on Mars (Viking 2)
This high-resolution view shows incredible detail within a spiral density wave within Saturn's A ring. A spiral density wave is a spiral-shaped massing of particles that tightly winds many times a...
Structure in the Spiral
This picture from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows a crater within the floor of the Mondamin impact basin, which lies in the southern hemisphere of Ceres.
Dawn LAMO Image 94
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