Solar System Exploration
December 16, 2004
This image of the giant asteroid Vesta obtained by NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows numerous impact craters illustrate the asteroid's violent youth. You need 3-D glasses to view this image.
Vesta's Surface in 3-D: An Ancient, Cratered Surface
This view from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows the rim of Dantu Crater (78 miles, 125 kilometers wide). This image was taken on June 2, 2016.
Dawn LAMO Image 176
Our solar system is made up of a star—the Sun—eight planets, 146 moons, a bunch of comets, asteroids and space rocks, ice, and several dwarf planets, such as Pluto.
Our Solar System
This enhanced color mosaic combines some of the sharpest views of Pluto that NASA's New Horizons spacecraft obtained during its July 14 flyby.
Pluto's Close-up, Now in Color
Saturn's rings sweep around the planet, throwing their dark shadows onto the northern hemisphere. The equatorial region is generally brighter than the rest of the planet in Cassini spacecraft view...
Contrast Across the Shadows
This stunning close-up view shows mountainous terrain that reaches about 10 kilometers (6 miles) high along the unique equatorial ridge of Iapetus. The view was acquired during Cassini's only close...
The Himalayas of Iapetus
This anaglyph image shows the topography of the mountain-central complex in asteroid Vesta's south polar region. You need 3D glasses to view this image.
Anaglyph Image of the Mountain/Central Complex in the South Polar Region
The interior of Urvara Crater (101 miles, 163 kilometers wide) is featured in this image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft taken on June 2, 2016 at a distance of about 240 miles (385 kilometers) above th...
Dawn LAMO Image 181
This artist’s concept shows a possible scenario for the internal structure of Titan, as suggested by data from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft. Scientists have been trying to determine what is under Tita...
Swirls Around the Middle October 1, 2004 Full-Res: PIA06489 Saturn's bright equatorial region displays prominent swirls and eddies in...
Swirls Around the Middle
A map of Venus compiled from data recorded by the Pioneer Venus Orbiter spacecraft.
Pioneer Venus Orbiter Map of Venus
This is an artist's concept of the Saturnian plasma sheet based on data from Cassini magnetospheric imaging instrument.
Artist Concept of Particle Population in Saturn's Magnetosphere
As the Dawn spacecraft flies through space toward the dwarf planet Ceres, the unexplored world appears to its camera as a bright light in the distance, full of possibility for scientific discovery.
Enhanced Early View of Ceres from Dawn
Saturn's high north is a seething cauldron of activity filled with roiling cloud bands and swirling vortices. A corner of the North Polar Hexagon is seen at upper left. This view looks toward a re...
Saturn's Active Atmosphere
Plunging cliffs and towering mountains characterize the gigantic impact structure called Odysseus on Saturn's moon Tethys. The great impact basin lies before the Cassini spacecraft in one of the be...
The Great Basin
+ View Full Res + PIA12111 (July 2009) This image was obtained by Cassini's radar instrument during a flyby on July 8, 2009. The radar antenna was pointing toward Titan at an altitude of 965 kilo...
Titan Radar Swath (T-36 Flyby - Aug. 7, 2009)
These raw, unprocessed images of Saturn's moon Dione were taken on Dec. 12, 2011, by NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Although Cassini obtained more detailed images on previous flybys of Dione, this was ...
Dione Rev 158 Raw Preview -- Image 6
The Cassini spacecraft has been monitoring propeller features since their discovery. Here the propeller dubbed Bleriot is seen in a recent image. The bright dash-like features are regions where a s...
Propeller, Light and Dark
This image shows a new explanation for what feeds the mysterious jets spraying from the south polar region of Saturn's moon Enceladus: a subsurface "Perrier" ocean of slightly bubbly seawater. The ...
Proposed ‘Perrier' Ocean for Enceladus
This image, taken 147,000 miles (237,000 kilometers) from Ceres on January 25, 2015 by NASA's Dawn spacecraft, is part of a series of views representing the best look so far at the dwarf planet.
Ceres Sharper Than Ever
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 ...
Ultraviolet South Pole August 20, 2004 Full-Res: PIA05439 This ultraviolet view shows wavy cloud bands near Saturn's south polar regi...
Ultraviolet South Pole
Click here for links to the referenced movie. This movie, comprised of several detailed images taken by Cassini's radar instrument, shows bodies of liquid near Titan's north pole. These images sh...
Radar Shows Evidence of Seas
This image shows a region in Saturn's outer B ring. NASA's Cassini spacecraft viewed this area at a level of detail twice as high as it had ever been observed before. And from this view, it is clea...
Saturn's B Ring, Finer Than Ever
This wide angle field-of-view artist's rendering shows the surface of Pandora, one of the shepherds of the F ring, a thin wispy band of material just on the outside of the main rings of Saturn. The...
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