Solar System Exploration
December 16, 2004
The three bright, finger-like jets of material seen here suggest that a small object has collided with the core of Saturn's F ring. Cassini spacecraft imaging scientists have shown that the F-ring...
Evidence of Collision
This map illustrates the planned imaging coverage for the Descent Imager/Spectral Radiometer, onboard the European Space Agency's Huygens probe during the probe's descent toward Titan's surface on ...
NASA's Dawn spacecraft obtained this image of asteroid Vesta with its framing camera on Aug. 26, 2011 at a distance of 1,700 miles (2,740 kilometers). The image has a resolution of about 260 meters...
Mountains Rising Over Vesta's Equatorial Region
From a distant perspective, the Cassini spacecraft sees hints of the unusual surface of Saturn's moon Enceladus, a moon where new terrain is created around a geologically active south polar region....
Crescent of Changing Terrain
Saturn's moon Tethys orbits in front of the wide shadows cast by the rings onto the planet for this Cassini spacecraft view. Tethys (660 miles, or 1,062 kilometers across) appears just below the r...
Before Wide Shadows
NASA's Dawn spacecraft obtained this image of a dark band on asteroid Vesta with its framing camera on August 19, 2011. The image has a resolution of about 260 meters per pixel.
A Dark Band on Vesta
Not all of Saturn's rings are created equal: here the C and D rings appear side-by-side, but the C ring, which occupies the bottom half of this image, clearly outshines its neighbor.
Faint D Ring
The Cassini spacecraft captures a glimpse of the moon Atlas shortly after emerging from Saturn's shadow.
Emerging from Darkness
This is Cassini's best look yet at the Trojan moon Telesto (24 kilometers, or 15 miles across), which orbits Saturn about 60 degrees ahead of the much larger Tethys (1,071 kilometers, or 665 miles ...
Saturn appears serene and majestic in the first color composite made of images taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft on its approach to the ringed planet, with arrival still 20 months away. The plane...
This close view of Rhea prominently shows two large impact basins on the ancient and battered moon. The great age of these basins is suggested by the large number of smaller craters that are overpr...
Pulverized Pulchritude (Enhanced Color)
The rugged surface of Saturn's irregular tumbling moon Hyperion is revealed in this Cassini image. Hyperion is 266 kilometers (165 miles) across. The image was taken in visible light with the Cas...
This global view of Jupiter's moon, Io, was obtained during the tenth orbit of Jupiter by NASA's Galileo spacecraft. Io, which is slightly larger than Earth's moon, is the most volcanically active ...
Io's Pele Hemisphere After Pillan Changes
One moment in an ancient, orbital dance is caught in this color picture taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft on Dec. 7, 2000, just as two of Jupiter's four major moons, Europa and Callisto, were ne...
A new slide show highlights the Cassini spacecraft's third year at the ringed world. + Slide show
Rings Around Saturn
Saturn's north pole is littered with storms, as we see in this color view of the pole. A bit of the north polar hexagon is also visible at the upper-right. Cassini scientists are looking forward...
Titan's surface revealed July 3, 2004 Full-Res: PIA06407 Piercing the ubiquitous layer of smog ...
Titan's surface revealed
This composite image shows a massive mountain range running just south of Titan's equator. Near the center of the image, the mountain range runs from southeast to northwest. It is about 150 kilomet...
This image made with data from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows pit chains on dwarf planet Ceres called Samhain Catenae.
Samhain Catenae on Ceres
The bright central spots near the center of Occator Crater are shown in enhanced color in this view from NASA's Dawn spacecraft. Such views can be used to highlight subtle color differences on Cere...
Center of Occator Crater (Enhanced Color)
+ 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 #7)
Vertical structures, among the tallest seen in Saturn's main rings, rise abruptly from the edge of Saturn's B ring to cast long shadows on the ring in this image taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft ...
The Tallest Peaks
Spokes, those ghostly radial markings on Saturn's B ring, appear bright compared to the rings in this image taken a little more than a month after the planet's August 2009 equinox. Spokes appear b...
Bright Spokes, Dark Rings
Saturn's small, irregularly-shaped moon Epimetheus orbits against the backdrop of the planet's rings, which are nearly edge-on in this view. Some of the moon's larger geological features can be see...
Presented here is a complete set of cartographic map sheets from a high-resolution atlas of Saturn's moon Mimas. The atlas is a product of the imaging team working with NASA's Cassini spacecraft. ...
The Mimas Atlas -- Arthur
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