Solar System Exploration
December 16, 2004
Dione and Rhea pair up for an occultation, or mutual event, as seen by Cassini. While the lit portion of each moon is but a crescent, the dark side of Dione has begun to take a bite out of its dist...
Saturn's entire main ring system spreads out below Cassini in this night side view, which shows the rings disappearing into the planet's shadow. This view looks toward the unlit side of the rings ...
The Vanishing Rings
During two close flybys of Saturn’s moon Enceladus in 2008, the cameras on NASA's Cassini acquired several very high-resolution images of specific regions of the south polar terrain. These images h...
NASA's Dawn spacecraft obtained this image of asteroid Vesta's south polar scarp with its framing camera on August 12, 2011. The image was taken through the framing camera's clear filter. The image...
South Polar Scarp
On January 15, 2001, 17 days after it passed its closest approach to Jupiter, NASA's Cassini spacecraft looked back to see the giant planet as a thinning crescent. This image is a color mosaic ...
Cassini's Farewell to Jupiter
Having passed closer to Tethys than the Voyager 2 spacecraft, Cassini has returned the best-ever natural color view of this icy Saturnian moon. As seen here, the battered surface of Tethys (1,060 ...
Battered and Grooved
From a distance Saturn seems to exude an aura of serenity and peace.
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
These images show part of asteroid Vesta's equatorial region, which contains impact craters and troughs (linear depressions).
Topography of Vesta's Equatorial Region I
+ See Animation These two false-color views from NASA's Cassini spacecraft show detailed patterns that change during one Saturn day within the huge storm in the planet's northern hemisphere. Take...
This image, taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft, shows the surface of dwarf planet Ceres from an altitude of 915 miles (1,470 kilometers). The image was taken on August 21, 2015, and has a resolution o...
Dawn HAMO Image 24
These images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft show the ~20km diameter Numisia crater on asteroid Aster, after which Numisia quadrangle is named.
Topography and Albedo Image of Numisia Crater
This single frame from a color movie of Jupiter from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows what it would look like to unpeel the entire globe of Jupiter, stretch it out on a wall into the form of a rec...
Full Jupiter Map
This view of the trailing hemisphere of Saturn's moon Rhea shows the region's bright wispy markings, but also shows off the moon's craters in great detail. Of particular interest to imaging scienti...
Saturn's fourth-largest moon, Dione, can be seen through the haze of the planet's largest moon, Titan, in this view of the two posing before the planet and its rings from NASA's Cassini spacecraft....
Titan and Dione
Collapsed volcanoes form large, dark spots on Io’s surface.
Inside the Cassini team's beloved tradition of Friday breakfast together.
Friday Morning Breakfast Tradition
This animation shows the Cassini spacecraft approaching Titan. The strips of data on the globe represent areas observed with the Cassini radar instrument. The pink swatch is the area observed by ...
Cassini Radar Titan Movie
Saturn's rings obscure part of Titan's colorful visage in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
Obscured by Rings
Towards the bottom of image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft, slightly offset from the image center, is a small, young, fresh crater within a rectangular, older, heavily eroded crater.
Fresh Crater Inside a Rectangular Crater
This Cassini narrow-angle camera image -- one of those acquired in the survey conducted by the Cassini imaging science team of the geyser basin at the south pole of Enceladus -- was taken as Cassin...
Glowing Titan August 5, 2004 The glow of Titan's extensive atmosphere shines in false colors in...
Saturn Methane Image March 5, 2004 Full-Res: PIA05381 The Cassini narrow angle camera took this image of Saturn on Feb. 16, 2004,...
Saturn Methane Image
The small dot moving slightly off to the left of center in this image is newly-discovered Kuiper Belt object 2004 DW.
This image captures the swirling cloud formations around the south pole of Jupiter, looking up toward the equatorial region.
Jovian ‘Twilight Zone'
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