Solar System Exploration
December 16, 2004
This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows dark material at impact craters, up to 12.5 miles-wide (20 kilometer-wide) and sets of worm-like tracks in the north-south direction.
Worm-like Markings on Vesta's Surface
The shepherd moons Prometheus and Pandora drive the quirky F ring in its circuit of Saturn, while Mimas lurks in the distance. This view looks toward the unilluminated side of the rings from about...
Mimas and the Shepherds
This frame from an animation of the dwarf planet Ceres was made by combining images taken by the Dawn spacecraft on January 25, 2015. These images of Ceres, and they represent the highest-resolutio...
Ceres Sharper Than Ever (Animation)
Magellan radar image of Wheatley crater on Venus.
Wheatley Crater, Venus
From high above the ringplane, the Cassini spacecraft captures a multitude of storms in the blustery cloud bands of Saturn's high north. This view looks toward the planet from about 72 degrees no...
So Many Swirls
The International Space Station makes a trail of light in front of the Milky Way in this long exposure image.
The View from Earth: Space Station, Jupiter, Milky Way
This global view of the surface of Venus is centered at 180 degrees east longitude. Magellan synthetic aperture radar mosaics from the first cycle of Magellan mapping are mapped onto a computer-sim...
Computer Simulated Global View of Venus
NASA’s Cassini spacecraft obtained this image of Saturn’s moon Dione on Sept. 3, 2010. The camera was pointing toward Dione at approximately 39,789 kilometers (24,724 miles) away. This image has ...
Dione Raw Image III, Sept. 3, 2010
A small crescent of the moon Rhea is dwarfed by the larger crescent of Saturn. Rhea (1,528 kilometers, or 949 miles across) can be seen in the upper right of the image. This view looks toward the ...
Crescents Large and Small
+ View Labeled Version High-resolution Cassini images show an astonishing level of structure in Saturn's Cassini Division, including two ringlets that were not seen in NASA Voyager spacecraft i...
New Rings for Cassini's Division
The ring-region Saturnian moons Prometheus and Pan are both caught "herding" their respective rings in this image. Through their gravitational disturbances of nearby ring particles, one moon mainta...
Moons at Work
Phoebe's Mineral Distribution June 23, 2004 Full-Res: PIA06400 These set of images were created...
Phoebe's Mineral Distribution
NASA's Dawn spacecraft obtained these uncropped images of dwarf planet Ceres on Feb. 19, 2015, from a distance of about 29,000 miles (46,000 kilometers). The images show the full range of different...
Views of Ceres on Approach, Uncropped
A bright, powerful, lightning-producing storm churns and coasts along the lane of Saturn's southern hemisphere nicknamed "Storm Alley" by scientists. NASA's Cassini spacecraft detected this parti...
Peering at Phoebe June 14, 2004 Full-Res: PIA06072 Shown here is a mosaic of seven of the sharpest, highest resolution images take...
Peering at Phoebe
Craters large and small cover the rugged surface of Saturn's moon Janus. This view looks toward the southern hemisphere of Janus (179 kilometers, or 111 miles across at its widest point). The moon...
This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows the northeastern rim of Urvara Crater on Ceres at lower left. To the right of the crater, the long, narrow feature that appears to jut out toward the no...
Pongal Catena on Ceres
Details of the circular feature, which scientists think is an ice volcano, which could be a source of methane in Titan's atmosphere, show up at wavelengths larger than 1.3 microns (a micron is one-...
Titan Volcano in Several Infrared Wavelengths
These images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft are located in Urbinia quadrangle, in Vesta's southern hemisphere.
HAMO and LAMO Images of Canuleia Crater
Two tiny moons of Saturn, almost lost amid the planet's enormous rings, are seen orbiting in this image. Pan, visible within the Encke Gap near lower-right, is in the process of overtaking the slow...
Two Tiny Moons
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Federal Government Shutdown
In late 2016, the Cassini spacecraft will begin a completely new type of mission at Saturn.
Naming Contest 2014
What appear to be spiders scampering across the martian landscape are actually cracks in the surface of the southern polar region on Mars, seen by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter on August 23, 2009.
South Pole Spiders
This very deep combined image shows the interstellar asteroid ‘Oumuamua at the center of the image.
Telescope Image of 'Oumuamua
This narrow angle image taken by Cassini's camera system of Earth's moon is one of the best of a sequence of narrow angle frames taken as the spacecraft passed by the Moon on the way to its closest...
Cassini Flyby: Earth's Moon
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