Solar System Exploration
December 16, 2004
This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft of asteroid Vesta shows Laelia crater and Sextilia crater, located in Vesta's Sextilia quadrangle, in Vesta's southern hemisphere.
Laelia and Sextilia Craters
On a high-inclination orbit of Saturn, the Cassini spacecraft gazes down at the north polar region of Janus. This view looks toward Janus (179 kilometers, or 111 miles across) from a perspective ...
North on Janus
This map, made from data obtained by NASA's Dawn spacecraft, shows the distribution of pyroxene, an iron- and magnesium-rich mineral, in the southern hemisphere of the giant asteroid Vesta.
Pyroxene Map of Vesta's South Pole
Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter caught this image of Phoenix hanging from its parachute as it descended to the Martian surface in 2008.
Phoenix Lander Descending to Mars
Dione reveals its past via contrasts in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. The features visible here are a mixture of tectonics -- the bright, linear features -- and impact cratering -- the ...
A Moon's Contrasts
Mimas drifts along in its orbit against the azure backdrop of Saturn's northern latitudes in this true color view. The long, dark lines on the atmosphere are shadows cast by the planet's rings. Sa...
This computer-generated image shows the structure of the cyclonic pattern observed over Jupiter’s south pole.
Jupiter's Southern Exposure in Infrared
The soft, sweeping shadows of Saturn's C ring cover bright patches of clouds in the planet's atmosphere. The shadow-throwing rings stretch across the view at bottom. The dark inner edge of the B ...
This very deep combined image shows the interstellar asteroid ‘Oumuamua at the center of the image.
Telescope Image of 'Oumuamua
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 14
A great dark storm stares out from Saturn in this Cassini image, showing how beautiful and intricate the planet's atmosphere can be. Turbulent areas represent the boundaries between air masses movi...
The moons Dione and Tethys face each other across the gulf of Saturn's rings. Here, the Cassini spacecraft looks on the Saturn-facing hemisphere of Tethys below and the anti-Saturn side of Dione ab...
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
This image of Jupiter’s iconic Great Red Spot and surrounding turbulent zones was captured by NASA’s Juno spacecraft.
Jupiter's Great Red Spot, Spotted
The terminator between shadow and light cuts across a large crater in the high southern latitudes of the moon Tethys. Also visible near the terminator on the left of the image is a portion of the ...
Crater Chasm Combo
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This image of Ceres from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows hummocky terrain -- a surface covered in low, rounded hills -- with numerous impact craters of varying sizes.
Dawn HAMO Image 63
Saturn's moon Pandora is almost overwhelmed by the brightness of the F ring in this view.
Brilliant F Ring
The Stuff of Rings July 2, 2004 Full-Res: PIA06349 Evidence from the visual and infrared mappin...
The Stuff of Rings
A dynamical interplay between Saturn's largest moon, Titan, and its rings is captured in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
The Synchronicity of Rhythms
Views like this one from Cassini are helping scientists unravel some of the mysteries of Saturn's complex atmosphere. The turbulent, wavy pattern at the bottom of the image has the appearance of a...
This raw image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft was taken on March 28, 2012. The camera was pointing toward Saturn's moon Dione at approximately 49,087 miles (78,998 kilometers) away. This image has...
Icy Dione (Raw image)
Clouds and vortices churn in this beautiful, close-up view of Saturn. This image is part of a series of important Cassini observations designed to provide information about winds and convection on ...
Monitoring the Maelstrom
The Cassini visual and infrared mapping spectrometer analyzed the surface composition of Saturn's moon Iapetus as Cassini flew over the polar region on Dec. 31, 2004. The image at left shows the re...
Iapetus Surface Composition
Recent images of features in Saturn's C ring called "plateaus" reveal a streaky texture that is very different from the textures of the regions around them.
Textures in the C Ring
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