Solar System Exploration
December 16, 2004
Four of Saturn's many and varied moons crowd this single frame from Cassini. All of the moons are illuminated by the sun, which is out of the frame to the right. "Saturnshine," or reflected light ...
A Multitude of Moons
This image, obtained by NASA's Dawn spacecraft on June 9, 2018, shows subtle features on Ceres from an altitude of about 33 miles (53 kilometers).
Subtle Features on Ceres
This view of Ezinu Crater on Ceres was taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft on Oct. 19, 2015. Ezinu is the large crater in the top left corner of the image and contains a canyon-like feature near its ce...
Dawn HAMO Image 89
This movie is a condensed version of Cassini's 44-hour approach to Titan.
Close Encounter of a First Kind
This is NASA InSight's first full selfie on Mars. It displays the lander's solar panels and deck.
InSight's First Selfie
NASA's Galileo spacecraft caught Jupiter's moon Io, the planet’s third-largest moon, undergoing a volcanic eruption.
Galileo Sees Io Erupt
Saturn's shadow stretched beyond the edge of its rings for many years after Cassini first arrived at Saturn, casting an ever-lengthening shadow that reached its maximum extent at the planet's 2009 ...
Barely Bisected Rings
The Cassini spacecraft looks down, almost directly at the north pole of Dione. The feature just left of the terminator at bottom is Janiculum Dorsa, a long, roughly north-south trending ridge. Lit...
Dione: North Polar View
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...
These apparent brightness and topography images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft are located in asteroid Vesta's Bellicia quadrangle, in Vesta's northern hemisphere.
Arruntia Crater, Apparent Brightness and Topography Image
This close flyby of the south pole will feature fields and particles instruments learning more about the nature and number of the particles in the plumes. Remote sensing instruments will also be se...
Enceladus 'E-14' Flyby: Sensing Changes
This map of Saturn's moon Titan shows the location mapped with the Cassini radar mapper using its synthetic aperture radar imaging mode during the Oct. 28, 2005, flyby. The radar swath is superim...
Radar Swath of Oct. 28, 2005, Titan Flyby
The sun's low angle near the terminator highlights the topography of craters within Rhea's wispy terrain. A similar view, Rhea in Natural Color, shows this region from a slightly different perspec...
Energetic Atmosphere October 27, 2004 Full-Res: PIA06507 This stunning Cassini image shows that Saturn¿s atmosphere is an active and ...
The projection of Saturn's shadow on the rings grows shorter as Saturn’s season advances toward northern summer, thanks to the planet's permanent tilt as it orbits the sun.
The Cassini spacecraft reveals the cratered surface of Mimas, a moon whose shape is flattened at the poles. See Not Quite Round to learn more about why the moon has this oblate shape. This view lo...
This composite image shows a mosaic of the European Space Agency's Huygens probe landing site, as seen by the descent imager/spectral radiometer on the Huygens probe. The mosaic is overlaid on a C...
Huygens Landing Site
The Cassini spacecraft carried the European Space Agency's Huygens probe to Saturn and released it in December 2004. The probe landed on Titan Jan. 14, 2005, acquiring a set of images using the de...
Pinpointing Huygens Landing Site
The prominent crater Telemachus sits within the northern reaches of Ithaca Chasma on Saturn's moon Tethys. Ithaca Chasma is an enormous rift that stretches more than 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) f...
Crater and Canyon
This view from NASA's Dawn spacecraft, taken on Oct. 17, 2015, from an altitude of 915 miles (1,470 kilometers), shows southern mid-latitudes on Ceres, including a relatively fresh crater near uppe...
Dawn HAMO Image 74
The highest resolution image of Pluto to date (July 14, 2015).
Pluto in High Resolution
Appearing like the swirls of marble, the wispy terrain of Saturn's moon Dione is captured in a dramatic display of light and dark. These wispy features are a system of braided canyons with bright ...
Shadows adorn Saturn in this Cassini spacecraft view, which also includes the moon Rhea. Rhea (1,528 kilometers, 949 miles across) is shown orbiting between the planet and the spacecraft and appea...
Saturn's Rings, Cold and Colder September 2, 2004 Full-Res: PIA06425 The varying temperatures of Saturn's rings are depicted here in ...
Saturn's Rings, Cold and Colder
As Cassini hurtled toward its fatal encounter with Saturn, the spacecraft turned to catch this final look at Saturn's moon Pandora next to the thin line of the F ring.
Pandora, the Would-Be Perturber
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