Solar System Exploration
Merging Saturnian Storms
December 16, 2004
Merging Saturnian Storms
Cassini images of Saturn's dynamic atmosphere, like this detailed view, will be combined with data from the spacecraft's two infrared-sensing instruments (the Visible and Infrared Mapping Spectrome...
Clues in the Clouds
This is an artists concept of Cassini during the Saturn Orbit Insertion (SOI) maneuver, just after the main engine has begun firing. The spacecraft is moving out of the plane of the page and to the...
Saturn Orbit Insertion -- Artist's Rendition
A large group of spokes emerges from Saturn's shadow in this image taken of the morning side of the rings. Such groupings may hold clues to the manner in which these features are formed. The image...
Out of the Shadow
This color image of the Sun, Earth and Venus was taken by the Voyager 1 spacecraft Feb. 14, 1990, when it was approximately from a distance of about 4 billion miles.
Solar System Portrait – View of the Sun, Earth and Venus
A kingly crescent Saturn rests on the right of this Cassini spacecraft portrait while the moon Mimas appears above the rings on the left. Mimas looks like just a speck of light here but is actuall...
This mosaic of two Cassini images shows Pan and Prometheus creating features in nearby rings. Pan (28 kilometers, or 17 miles across), in the Encke Gap at left, is trailed by a series of edge wave...
+ View Full Res This raw, unprocessed image of Saturn's moon Enceladus was taken on Oct. 19, 2011. As the spacecraft passed Enceladus, its infrared instruments, cameras and other instruments moni...
Enceladus Flyby E-15 (Raw Image #4)
Clumps of ring material are revealed along the edge of Saturn's A ring in this image taken during the planet's August 2009 equinox. The granular appearance of the outer edge of the A ring, first d...
TThis image was taken during Cassini's third close approach to Titan on Feb. 15, 2005. The image was taken with the Cassini spacecraft narrow angle camera through a filter sensitive to wavelengths...
Close Titan Flyby 3, Image #3
Hubble Space Telescope ultraviolet-light image of Venus.
Venus Cloud Tops Viewed by Hubble
This image, taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft on June 25, 2015, shows a portion of the northern hemisphere of dwarf planet Ceres from an altitude of 2,700 miles (4,400 kilometers).
Dawn Survey Orbit Image 39
+ Video Launch Page The window at left shows the field-of-view of the prime instrument during Cassini's flyby Mar. 12, 2008, The right-hand windows show the view from the instrument boresights.
Enceladus Flyby (Fields of View) -- March 12, 2008
This natural color mosaic was acquired by the Cassini spacecraft as it soared 39 degrees above the unilluminated side of the rings.
Saturn: On the Final Frontier
Like the rest of Rhea's surface, the southern polar region of this Saturn moon has been extensively re-worked by cratering over the eons. This close-up shows that most sizeable craters have smaller...
Rhea: Polar View
This false-color, close-up look at Saturn's moon Enceladus yields new insight into the different processes that have shaped the moon's icy surface. Extending through the center of this image is a ...
This image, taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft on June 16, 2015, shows a portion of the southern hemisphere of dwarf planet Ceres from an altitude of 2,700 miles (4,400 kilometers), with a resolution ...
Dawn Survey Orbit Image 17
Saturn's moon Prometheus, orbiting near the streamer-channels it has created in the thin F ring, casts a shadow on the A ring in this image taken a little more than a week after the planet's August...
Streamer-channels and Shadow
This image, taken on June 25, 2015 by NASA's Dawn spacecraft, shows the bright spots of Occator crater on Ceres from an altitude of 2,700 miles (4,400 kilometers) with a resolution of 1,400 feet (4...
Dawn Survey Orbit Image 53
While close to Saturn in its orbit, Cassini stared directly at the planet to find Saturn's moon Pandora in the field of view. The F ring shepherd moon is gliding towards the right in this scene. Th...
Pandora Glides Along
The diminutive moon Mimas can be found hiding in the middle of this view of a crescent of Saturn bisected by rings. Mimas (396 kilometers, or 246 miles across) appears as a dark speck just about t...
Gas Giant, Mini Moon
This image taken by the Voyager 2 spacecraft of Saturn's A-ring shows the thin F-ring bracketed by its two shepherding satellites. Because the inner moon revolves around the planet slightly faster ...
Here we see President John F. Kennedy giving his historic message to a joint session of the Congress, on 25 May 1961.
Kennedy Giving Historic Speech to Congress
The Cassini spacecraft gazes toward a distant star as Saturn's rings slip past in the foreground. At upper left is the outer A ring, with its dark Keeler Gap. At lower right, a train of bright clum...
A Helpful Star
This view from NASA's Dawn spacecraft taken on May 29, 2016, shows terrain on Ceres centered at approximately 41 degrees north latitude, 308 degrees east longitude. Several features in this view di...
Dawn LAMO Image 165
Saturn sits with its attendants in the icy depths of the outer Solar System. Near the edge-on rings, moons visible from left to right: Dione (1,126 kilometers, or 700 miles across), Enceladus (505...
Kingdom of Saturn
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