Solar System Exploration
December 16, 2004
This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows a fresh impact crater with an asymmetric rim. The crater displays a sharp rim over much of its perimeter that is interrupted by a smooth area in the north.
Dawn LAMO Image 31
Bright and dark terrains on Titan's trailing hemisphere are revealed by Cassini's Imaging Science Subsystem in this mosaic of images taken during the T28 flyby in April 2007. The region shown in t...
Titan 'T28' Mosaic
These images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft are located in asteroid Vesta's Tuccia quadrangle, in Vesta's southern hemisphere.
Apparent Brightness and Topography Images of Eusebia Crater
This image shows cratered terrain on dwarf planet Ceres, seen by NASA's Dawn spacecraft on June 15, 2016. The image is centered at approximately 3 degrees north latitude, 208 degrees east longitude.
Dawn LAMO Image 126
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...
This anaglyph shows the central complex in asteroid Vesta's Rheasilvia impact basin. The central complex about two and a half times taller than Mt. Everest. You need 3-D glasses to view this image.
3-D Image of the Central Complex in Vesta's Rheasilvia Impact Basin
The highest resolution image of Pluto to date (July 14, 2015).
Pluto in High Resolution
Mimas orbits beyond the outer fringes of Saturn's main rings, perturbing the orbits of ring particles and creating gaps like the Huygens Gap within the Cassini Division (the wide, dark gap near low...
Titan's First Close-Up October 26, 2004 This image is one of the closest ever taken of Saturn's hazy moon Titan. It was captured by Cassini's imaging scien...
Titan's First Close-Up
This view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows planet Earth as a point of light between the icy rings of Saturn.
Cassini's Last View of Earth
The long shadow of a small moon cuts across Saturn's A ring and thin F ring in this image taken as the planet approached its August 2009 equinox. The moon Epimetheus (113 kilometers, or 70 miles a...
Epimetheus' Long Shadow
Viking 2 Orbiter image of the Martian satellite Deimos taken from 1400 km.
Mars' moon Deimos from 870 miles
These three images, created from Cassini Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) data, show the appearance and evolution of a mysterious feature in Ligeia Mare, one of the largest hydrocarbon seas on Saturn...
Mysterious Changing Feature in Ligeia Mare -- Annotated
The existence of oceans or lakes of liquid methane on Saturn's moon Titan was predicted more than 20 years ago.
Liquid Lakes on Titan
This view from NASA’s Dawn mission shows where ice has been detected in the northern wall of Ceres’ Juling Crater, which is in almost permanent shadow.
Juling Crater's shadow
The high northern latitudes on Enceladus show little detail from Cassini's distant vantage point, nearly 50 degrees above the moon's equator. The plume of icy material that jets from the south pol...
This raw image of Saturn's moon Dione taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows the fractured region known as "wispy terrain." The image was obtained on Dec. 20, 2010, from a distance of about 107,0...
Small water ice particles fly from fissures in the south polar region of Saturn's moon Enceladus in this image taken during the Aug. 13, 2010, flyby of the moon by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
Flowing Along November 18, 2004 Full-Res: PIA06523 This Cassini image shows details in the swirling clouds of Saturn's southern hemis...
Artist's concept of Cassini orbiter crossing Saturn's ring plane.
Crossing the Ring Plane
Peering over the shoulder of giant Saturn, through its rings, and across interplanetary space, NASA's Cassini spacecraft spies the bright, cloudy terrestrial planet, Venus.
Cassini Spies Bright Venus from Saturn Orbit
In this image, Saturn's fascinating meteorology manifests itself in a "string of pearls" formation, spanning over 60,000 kilometers (37,000 miles). Seen in new images acquired by Cassini's visual ...
String of Pearls
A meteor captured during the height of the Perseid shower in August 2018.
A "Shooting Star" Among the Stars
As the closest-orbiting of Saturn's intermediate-sized moons, Mimas is occasionally captured against the planet's dim and shadowed northern latitudes. The moon is seen here next to the shadows cast...
First Quarter Mimas
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