Solar System Exploration
December 16, 2004
The Moon sets over the early morning desert in Arches National Park, Utah on July 28, 2018.
These are two raw, or unprocessed, images taken by the Cassini spacecraft during its close flyby of Saturn's moon Iapetus on September 10. For more information about the Cassini-Huygens mission vis...
Iapetus - yin and yang
The Cassini spacecraft looks upward from beneath the ringplane to spy the moon Mimas floating above the shadowed cloudtops of the Saturnian north. This view looks toward the sunlit side of the rin...
A whimsical artist's concept captures the spirit of NASA's Voyager mission.
Voyager: Humanity's Farthest Journey
This anaglyph image shows the topography of part of Vesta's equatorial region; this uneven topography is mostly due to large, ancient, rather degraded ruin eroded craters. You need 3-D glasses to v...
Anaglyph Image of Vesta's Equatorial Region (II)
An extended-exposure image shows the Cassini spacecraft streaking through the early morning sky over the Cape Canaveral Air Station, with the help of the Titan IVB/Centaur launch vehicle. The succe...
In this image, Saturn's fascinating meteorology manifests itself in a "string of pearls" formation, spanning over 60,000 kilometers (37,000 miles). Seen in new images acquired by Cassini's visual ...
String of Pearls
The Cassini spacecraft looks past the night side of Saturn, dimly lit on the left of this image by ringshine, for a subtly distorted view of the planet's rings. Light passing through the upper rea...
The right-hand limb of Saturn's moon Mimas appears flattened as Herschel Crater is viewed edge-on in this Cassini spacecraft image. The planet's rings are in the background. Herschel Crater is 130...
Mimas' Flat Spot
This image of Ceres from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows a crater near the dwarf planet's equator. The view is centered at approximately 6 degrees south latitude, 230 degrees east longitude.
Dawn LAMO Image 112
As Cassini sped around Saturn, the spacecraft turned to snap this image of bright spokes giving chase around the B ring. These radial markings are appearing more often as Saturn approaches equinox...
Spokes Comin' Atcha
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
The surface of Saturn's moon Dione is rendered in crisp detail against a hazy, ghostly Titan. A portion of the ''wispy'' terrain of Dione's trailing hemisphere can be seen on the right (see Wispy ...
Dione and Ghostly Titan
Ithaca Chasma rips across the cratered surface of Tethys, creating a scar more than 1,000 kilometers (600 miles) long, from north to south. Cassini got a closer look at this ancient rift during a ...
This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows a part of asteroid Vesta's surface reasonably far north into the northern hemisphere which appears washed out because it has been stretched to make feat...
Vesta's Partly Shadowed Northern Regions
Gazing Upon Mimas September 9, 2004 Full-Res: PIA06473 On its first orbit of the ringed planet, the Cassini spacecraft gazed into ...
Gazing Upon Mimas
This artist's concept shows comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 heading into Jupiter in July 1994, while its dust cloud creates a rippling wake in Jupiter's ring. The comet, as imaged by NASA's Hubble Space ...
Comet Impact Into Jupiter
Two small portions of Saturn's F ring shine brilliantly in scattered sunlight as Rhea floats in the distance beyond. Rhea is 1,528 kilometers (949 miles) across. This view looks toward the unillu...
Titan's swirling south-polar vortex stands out brightly against the other clouds of the south pole (seen at the lower right of the image). The Cassini spacecraft is monitoring the development of t...
+ Unannotated version The southern hemisphere of Saturn's moon Mimas is seen in these polar stereographic maps, mosaicked from the best-available Cassini and Voyager images. Each map is centered ...
Mimas Polar Maps - February 2010
This mosaic image of asteroid Bennu is composed of 12 PolyCam images collected on Dec. 2 by the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft.
Two moons, Rhea and Dione, join the planet and its rings in this view from the Cassini spacecraft. Rhea and Dione are respectively the second and fourth largest moons of Saturn, but they seem tiny ...
Dwarfed by Gas Giant
This image of a dome in Occator Crater on Ceres was obtained by NASA's Dawn spacecraft on July 5, 2018 from an altitude of about 32 miles (51 kilometers).
Dome in Occator Crater
This picture of Venus was taken by the Galileo spacecrafts Solid State Imaging System on February 14, 1990, at a range of almost 1.7 million miles from the planet.
Venus Cloud Patterns
NASA's Cassini spacecraft has delivered a glorious view of Saturn, taken while the spacecraft was in Saturn's shadow.
A Splendor Seldom Seen
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