Solar System Exploration
Our Galactic Neighborhood
December 16, 2004
The Cassini orbiter continues its observations of Saturn¿s mysterious moon Titan, stealing another early peek at the haze-enshrouded surface. Cassini's view of Titan now surpasses Earth-based obser...
Peering Closer at Titan
The cratered and cracked disk of Saturn's moon Dione looms ahead in this mosaic of images taken by Cassini on Oct.11, 2005, as it neared its close encounter with the icy moon. The images used for ...
Dione in Full View
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SOHO: The Comet Hunter
The bright crescent of Saturn's moon Dione skims along just above Saturn's ringplane as storms churn in the planet's atmosphere below. Dione is 1,118 kilometers (695 miles) across. The spectral f...
Large vortices edge their way along the turbulent boundary between east-west flowing cloud bands. The view is centered on a region 22 degrees south of Saturn's equator. The image was taken with t...
Storms on the Border
The Cassini spacecraft reveals Titan's upper-most atmospheric hazes, creating the appearance of a halo around Saturn's largest moon. For a color view of the atmosphere's upper layers from another ...
This false-color mosaic of Saturn's largest moon Titan, obtained by Cassini's visual and infrared mapping spectrometer, shows what scientists interpret as an icy volcano (see inset). The mosaic was...
Huygens probe jettison In this artist's rendition, the Huygens probe is finally ejected by the Cassini spacecraft and begins its 22-day coast phase toward Titan. Equipped with six scientific inst...
Huygens probe jettison
Flecks of bright material can be seen in this image of Ceres, taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft. Dawn took this image on Dec. 19, 2015, at an approximate altitude of 240 miles (385 kilometers) above ...
Dawn LAMO Image 8
This image of Ceres is part of a sequence taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft on May 16, 2015, from a distance of 4,500 miles (7,200 kilometers).
Dawn OpNav8 Image 3
Like a rope of brilliant neon, Saturn's rings outshine everything else in this night side view, while the sunlit southern face of the rings reflects a dim glow onto the atmosphere below. When viewe...
This map of Titan's surface brightness was assembled from images taken by the Cassini spacecraft over the past year, both as it approached the Saturn system and during three closer flybys in July, ...
Rhea's trailing hemisphere shows off its wispy terrain on the left of this image which includes Saturn's rings in the distance. See Ancient Plains of Rhea to learn more about Rhea's terrain. In th...
Rings and Rhea
This image has not been validated or calibrated. A validated/calibrated image will be archived with the NASA Planetary Data System in 2012. For more information on raw images check out our Freque...
Enceladus (Raw Image 3)
The Cassini spacecraft looks toward high northern latitudes on Saturn and the wild cloud forms that swirl there. The view was taken from about 23 degrees above the ringplane and looks toward the u...
Over Your Head
Soaring above the alien, icy wastelands of Saturn's moon Iapetus, NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured a series of high-resolution images of the transition region from dark to bright terrain at south...
The Transition Zone
Plateaus and Gaps December 13, 2004 Full-Res: PIA06540 This fantastic close-up of Saturn's outer C r...
Plateaus and Gaps
Scientists think Bennu is part of a larger body that broke apart. This artist’s concept shows that event.
Part of a Larger Body
The slim crescent of Iapetus looms before the Cassini spacecraft as it approaches the mysterious moon. Iapetus, 1,468 kilometers (912 miles) across, seen here in false color, is unique in its dram...
The low angle of sunlight creates stark shadows in this Cerean scene. NASA's Dawn spacecraft took this image on June 17, 2016.
Dawn LAMO Image 141
An Apollo 10 photograph of Earth taken from 100,000 miles away.
Apollo 10 View of the Earth
Images from the European Space Agency's Huygens probe descent imager/spectral radiometer side-looking imager and from the medium resolution imager, acquired after landing, were merged to produce th...
View from Titan's Surface
From afar, Saturn's rings look like a solid, homogenous disk of material. But upon closer examination from Cassini, we see that there are varied structures in the rings at almost every scale imagin...
The Huygens probe is installed into the Cassini orbiter in the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility at the Kennedy Space Center in July 1997.
Probe at KSC
“This is an adaption of the Cassini Raw Image W00086402."
Saturn's Polar Storm by Roseann Arabia
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