Solar System Exploration
December 16, 2004
These images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft show many craters, which have different states of preservation, in Vesta's Bellicia quadrangle in the northern hemisphere.
Topography and Albedo Image of Different Preservations States of Craters
Surface features on Rhea - mostly impact craters in this image - are thrown into sharp relief thanks to long shadows.
Rhea in Relief
Titan's smoggy atmosphere glows brilliantly in scattered sunlight, creating a thin, gleaming crescent beyond Saturn's rings.
Titan Shines Through
The small moon Pan casts a short shadow on Saturn's A ring in this image taken as the planet approached its August 2009 equinox. Pan (28 kilometers, or 17 miles across) orbits in the Encke Gap of ...
Pan's Short Shadow
This is the first global map of the giant asteroid Vesta composed from images recorded by the framing camera aboard NASA's Dawn spacecraft. The equator is running parallel to the upper image border...
Map of Vesta's Equatorial Latitudes and Southern Hemisphere
As the Cassini spacecraft sets up for its September 2007 close encounter with the two-toned moon Iapetus, the spacecraft is seeing more of the moon's bright, trailing hemisphere. This is a region C...
As it loops around Saturn, Cassini periodically gets a good view of Saturn's moon Hyperion. Hyperion chaotically tumbles around in its orbit and is the largest of Saturn's irregularly-shaped moons....
Color Pluto, July 13, 2015.
Various observations of Pluto over the course of several decades.
Pluto Through the Years
This set of images from NASA's Cassini mission shows the turbulent power of a monster Saturn storm.
Two Looks at the Turbulent Saturn Storm
Saturn's moon Rhea is gently lit in front of a background of the planet with a wide shadow cast by the rings which are seen nearly edge-on. This view looks toward the anti-Saturn side of Rhea (1,5...
Rhea, Rings and Shadow
This map of the surface of Saturn's moon Enceladus, generated from images taken by NASA's Cassini and Voyager spacecraft, illustrates the imaging coverage planned for Cassini's very close flyby of ...
Close Brush with Enceladus
As it entered the Saturn system, NASA's Cassini spacecraft performed its first targeted flyby of one of the planet's moons.
Arrival and Departure at Phoebe
+ View Unlabeled Version Details of Saturn's icy rings are visible in this sweeping view from Cassini of the planet's glorious ring system. This natural color mosaic, taken from 10 degrees below ...
A Full Sweep of Saturn's Rings (with labels)
The MESSENGER spacecraft has captured the first portrait of our Solar System from the inside looking out.
A Solar System Family Portrait, from the Inside Out
NASA's Dawn spacecraft spotted this pair of craters on Ceres on January 25, 2016. The crater at left is named Jaja, after the Abkhazian harvest goddess. Jaja Crater is 13 miles (21 kilometers) in d...
Dawn LAMO Image 74
This image of Ceres is part of a sequence taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft April 24 to 26, 2015, from a distance of 8,500 miles (13,500 kilometers).
Dawn RC3 Image 2
During its final close flyby of Saturn's moon Enceladus, NASA's Cassini spacecraft revisited a landscape, and a mystery, that it had originally glimpsed more than 10 years earlier.
Enceladus Dalmatian Terrain Close-up
The striated appearance of the F ring is immediately apparent in the region of the ring that trails behind the moon Prometheus. The F ring is characterized here by dark gores that stretch inward to...
The "Gore-y" Details
This feature on Europa was seen as a dark, diffuse circular patch on a previous Galileo global image of Europa's leading hemisphere on April 3, 1997.
Ancient Impact Basin on Europa
Saturn's small, potato-shaped moon Prometheus appears embedded within the planet's rings near the center of this Cassini spacecraft view while the larger moon Mimas orbits beyond the rings. Mimas ...
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
Cassini imaging scientists use special images like this one, which shows the far side of Saturn's rings disappearing behind the planet's outer atmosphere, to probe the vertical structure of Saturn'...
Rings' Disappearing Act
This color-coded map from NASA's Dawn mission shows the highs and lows of topography on the surface of dwarf planet Ceres. It is labeled with names of features approved by the International Astrono...
Topographic Ceres Map With Crater Names
Cassini briefly turned its gaze from Saturn and its rings and moons to marvel at the Carina Nebula, a brilliant region 8,000 light years from our solar system and more than 200 light years across. ...
Cassini's Galactic Aspiriations
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