Solar System Exploration
December 16, 2004
This image of Oppia AV-L-22, from the atlas of the giant asteroid Vesta, was created from images taken as NASA's Dawn mission flew around the object, also known as a protoplanet.
Titan¿s Murky Skies June 10, 2004 Full-Res: PIA05404 Titan¿s featureless atmosphere as seen in visible light glares back at the v...
Titan's Murky Skies
+ Xanadu's Channels and Dunes + Related image In a sweeping mosaic of the low latitudes of Saturn's moon Titan, the bright landmass of the enigmatic region known as Xanadu stands ou...
Xanadu's channels and dunes (Annotated)
This image of asteroid Vesta from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows part of a large crater with a relatively fresh rim located in Vesta's Numisia quadrangle, near the equator.
Crater Wall with Sinuous Features
Ring shadows line the face of distant Saturn, providing an exquisite backdrop for the brilliant, white sphere of Enceladus. This icy moon, with its heavily modified surface and towering plume of ic...
Focus on Enceladus
Saturn's tiny moon Atlas appears almost indistinguishable from the background stars seen in this Cassini spacecraft image. Atlas (30 kilometers, or 19 miles across) orbits in the Roche Division be...
Lost Among Stars
The large Tirawa impact basin on Saturn's moon Rhea is visible at the two o'clock position in this Cassini image. Rhea is 1,528 kilometers (949 miles) across. This view shows principally the trail...
Like a silvery pearl, an icy moon crosses the face of Saturn, while two of its siblings cast shadows onto the planet. Rhea (1,528 kilometers, or 949 miles across) hangs in the foreground. Near upp...
Saturn looks on as three moons round the rings. From farthest to nearest the Cassini spacecraft: Tethys (1071 kilometers, or 665 miles across) is seen above the rings. Pandora (84 kilometers, or 5...
This image captured by NASA's Dawn spacecraft features the shadowy rim of an unnamed crater on Ceres. The crater on the left appears relatively old, as its flanks are rugged and the crater density ...
Dawn LAMO Image 89
A line of dark vortices charge through Saturn's "Storm Alley" -- a region that has seen intensive storm activity since the Cassini spacecraft began its observations of the planet in early 2004. Th...
Fine topographic detail and color variations are revealed in this 11-image, false color mosaic taken during Cassini's second close flyby of Saturn's moon Enceladus, on March 9, 2005. This mosaic, ...
Exploring Icy Canyons
Vertical structures in the variable outer edge of Saturn's B ring cast shadows in these two images captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft shortly after the planet's August 2009 northern vernal equin...
Long Spiky Shadows
Second Titan Targeted Flyby #3 December 13, 2004 Full-Res: PIA06153 This image was taken during Cassini's very close approach to Titan ...
Second Titan Targeted Flyby #3
Ninsar Crater, in the northern hemisphere of Ceres, is seen this view from NASA's Dawn spacecraft. Ninsar was named for a Sumerian goddess of plants and vegetation.
Dawn LAMO Image 63
This artist's rendering is imaged near the center of Herschel crater, which occupies a large portion of Mimas' leading hemisphere. The near ice formations comprise the central mountains of the cra...
Herschel Crater, Mimas
Feathery cloud bands fill Saturn's graceful crescent. Features in the atmosphere are visible all the way to the terminator, the boundary between night and day, where the Sun's rays are coming in al...
Clear Sky on High
During Cassini's Oct. 9 flyby, the spacecraft's fields and particles instruments will venture deeper into the plume than ever before, directly sampling the particles and gases. The emphasis here is...
Enceladus Flyby -- Oct. 9, 2008
This view from the Apollo 11 spacecraft shows the Earth rising above the Moon's horizon in July 1969.
Apollo 11 View of Moon Limb With Earth on the Horizon
Two Saturnian storms swirl in the region informally dubbed "storm alley" by scientists. This mid-latitude region has been active with storms since Cassini scientists began monitoring Saturn in earl...
Exposed interior of NASA's Dawn spacecraft showing ion propulsion system's xenon feed system.
Exposed Interior of Dawn Spacecraft
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
Surface Streaks October 28, 2004 Full-Res: PIA06991 This medium-resolution view shows some of the surface streaks of Titan's equatorial t...
+ See annotated version In this unique mosaic image combining high-resolution data from the imaging science subsystem and composite infrared spectrometer aboard NASA’s Cassini spacecraft, pockets ...
Enceladus' Warm Baghdad Sulcus -- Unannotated
This view from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows two relatively young craters superimposed on a larger, older impact feature. The smaller craters have streaks of bright material on their walls.
Dawn LAMO Image 60
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