Solar System Exploration
December 16, 2004
Titan's surface revealed July 3, 2004 Full-Res: PIA06407 Piercing the ubiquitous layer of smog ...
Titan's surface revealed
A large group of spokes emerges from Saturn's shadow in this image taken of the morning side of the rings. Such groupings may hold clues to the manner in which these features are formed. The image...
Out of the Shadow
The rings share this view with Mimas, a moon whose gravity influences the rings. To learn more about Mimas' gravitational influences, or resonances, see Perturbed Edge and Splendid Striations. Mim...
Resonance Moon and Rings
NASA's Cassini spacecraft obtained this raw image of the south polar region of Saturn's moon Enceladus on Nov. 30, 2010. The spacecraft was about 89,000 kilometers (55,000 miles) away from the moon...
Bright Jets, Dimly Lit Terrain
Saturn's shadow passes over its rings as the Cassini spacecraft looks on in this artist's concept. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech + High Resolution (.jpg, 370 KB) + Highest Resolution (.tif, 14.6 MB)
Cassini at Saturn View 5
This global map of Saturn’s moon Mimas was created using images taken during Cassini spacecraft flybys, with Voyager images filling in the gaps in Cassini's coverage. The moon's large, distingui...
Map of Mimas - June 2008
The Cassini spacecraft's current high-inclination orbit allows for some fantastic perspectives, like this shot of Saturn's south pole, which looks toward the rings beyond. The dark bullseye at the...
This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft of asteroid Vesta shows hows a large impact crater whose rim is rather smoothed and degraded. There are many smaller, younger craters surrounding and inside o...
Impact Crater with Smoothed Rim
Newly assembled radar images from the Cassini spacecraft provide the best view of the hydrocarbon lakes and seas on the north pole of Saturn's moon Titan, while a new radar image reveals that Titan...
Cassini Reveals Titan's North and South Poles
This natural color view from the Cassini spacecraft highlights the myriad gradations in the transparency of Saturn's inner rings. The dark shadows of the rings separate Saturn's southern hemispher...
Looking cool and serene, Saturn shares its soft glow with Cassini.
World of Clouds and Ice
Dramatic differences between dark and light embellish this Cassini spacecraft image of Saturn, its rings and its moons Dione and Enceladus. Saturn's northern and southern latitudes appear dark in ...
Brightness Bucks the Dark
High-resolution images taken during Cassini's close encounter with Titan on April 16, 2005, provide still more examples of the complicated relationships between the dark and bright materials on T...
This stirring scene captures some of the grandeur of the Saturn system while also allowing a simultaneous glimpse beneath the hazes that cover both Saturn and Titan. The infrared view reveals brig...
Window Into Worlds
The newly assembled Cassini Saturn probe undergoes vibration and thermal testing at the JPL facilities in Pasadena, California. It is subjected to weeks of "shake and bake" tests that imitate the f...
Cassini Saturn Probe Undergoes Preflight Testing
This comparison view shows a common, large vortex on Saturn as it plows through the atmosphere. The right image was taken about two Saturn rotations -- about 20 hours -- after the left image. Such...
Round and Round They Go
A recently discovered diffuse ringlet shines brightly in the Cassini Division as Mimas cruises past at bottom. Most of the main rings are comprised of particles ranging from marble-size to house-s...
A Faint Ring Shines
Saturn's shadow cuts sharply across the rings in this remarkable night side view. The planet's northern latitudes are in darkness in the upper portion of this scene, while the southern reaches are...
The Beauty of Night
This image obtained by NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows a subtle feature on Ceres called Kwanzaa Tholus. The rounded shape of Kwanzaa Tholus is typical of tholi.
+ QuickTime (875.4 kilobytes, no audio) This movie sequence provides the record of Cassini's first close brush with Hyperion, Saturn's chaotically tumbling moon. As the spacecraft whizzes past, Hy...
Encountering Hyperion (Movie)
The shadow of the moon Janus dwarfs the shadow of Daphnis on Saturn's A ring in this image taken as the planet approached its August 2009 equinox. Daphnis (8 kilometers, or 5 miles across) orbits ...
Long Shadow, Short Shadow
This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft of asteroid Vesta shows Octavia crater, located in Vesta's Marcia quadrangle, just south of Vesta's equator. Octavia's rim is fresher on the right side and mo...
This artist's conception of newly-discovered object 'Quaoar' - orbiting our Sun far beyond Pluto - shows how the tiny object compares to the size of North America.
Fensal, a magnificent mansion in Norse mythology, is home to Bazaruto Facula and Sinlap on Saturn's largest moon. Two dark bands stretch across the moon Titan in this image: Fensal north of the eq...
A Titanic Mansion
This view from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows cratered terrain at 59 degrees north latitude, 89 degrees east longitude on Ceres, just east of the large crater named Omonga.
Dawn LAMO Image 167
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