Solar System Exploration
December 16, 2004
An iron meteorite from the Barringer Meteorite Crater.
This image of a fracture network on the floor of Occator Crater was obtained by NASAs Dawn spacecraft on July 26, 2018 from an altitude of about 94 miles (152 kilometers).
Fracture Network on the Floor of Occator Crater
Saturn's moon Dione passes in front of the larger moon Titan, as seen from the Cassini spacecraft. This image is part of a mutual event sequence in which one moon passes close to or in front of an...
Before Hazy Titan
Saturn's moon Enceladus orbits serenely before a backdrop of clouds roiling the atmosphere the planet. Enceladus (504 kilometers, or 313 miles across) appears in front of the planet's rings near t...
Beyond the Tumult
These two Cassini images, taken four years before Saturn's August 2009 equinox, have taken on a new significance as data gathered at equinox indicate the streaks in these images are likely evidence...
New Views on Old Finds
Held in gravity's embrace, Saturn's darkened, icy rings encircle the clouded gas giant. This view looks toward the unilluminated side of the rings from about 29 degrees above the ringplane. The ri...
In Saturn's Grasp
ORIGINAL CAPTION: The Cassini spacecraft awaits placement of its payload fairing at Launch Pad 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Station (CCAS) to protect Cassini during launch.
Cassini: Ready for Her Shell
Cassini's landmark investigation of Saturn's yin-yang moon Iapetus, with its bright and dark hemispheres, continues to provide insights into the nature of this intriguing body. These two views of ...
From Dark to Bright and Red to White
The ghostly features in Saturn's B ring called spokes are making an appearance again as the Cassini spacecraft continues its tour of the Saturn system. These dusty features on the rings are often ...
Spacecraft specialists huddle to discuss the critical lift of NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander into a thermal vacuum chamber.
Team Huddle Before Lifting Phoenix into Test Chamber
Eye of the Storm October 14, 2004 Full-Res: PIA06498 Cassini caught this intriguing view of a dark storm near the limb of Saturn on S...
Eye of the Storm
These three enhanced-color views of an equatorial region on Saturn’s moon Rhea were made from data obtained by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft. The colors have been enhanced to show colorful splotches an...
The Colorful Equator of Rhea
This interesting vortex in Saturn's atmosphere is surrounded by a halo of bright clouds that extend away toward the east and west. Storms like this one seem to be bright at all wavelengths at which...
This image, taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft on June 16, 2015, shows a portion of the southern hemisphere of dwarf planet Ceres from an altitude of 2,700 miles (4,400 kilometers), with a resolution ...
Dawn Survey Orbit Image 17
Cassini offers this lovely, crisp view of Saturn, which shows detail in the planet's banded atmosphere, as well as the delicate ring system. The image has been rotated so that north on Saturn is u...
Are the moons tiny or are the rings vast? Both, in a way! The moons visible in this image, Pandora and Atlas, are quite small by astronomical standards, but the rings are also enormous.
These two images demonstrate how, over time, rain can carve landscapes into formations that look like aspects of volcanoes. The images are computer simulation models of landform evolution by Alan H...
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.
As one NASA spacecraft sailed past the distant ice world of Pluto, collecting never-before-seen vistas and invaluable science data, another spacecraft turned its gaze in that direction from its out...
Pluto Seen from Saturn
Students from McMurry University, in Abilene, Texas, were inspired by Cassini's story to design and build a permanent memorial sculpture.
Remembering Cassini, Texas Style
The oblong form of Prometheus glides by, trailing behind it wiggles in Saturn's ribbon-like F ring. Prometheus (102 kilometers, or 63 miles across) causes a great deal of perturbation to the F rin...
This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows a relatively smooth part of asteroid Vesta's surface. This smooth texture is probably due to the surface being covered in a layer of tiny dust particles.
Dust-covered Surface with Fresh Small Craters
These two Cassini images taken 23 minutes apart show many vortices and turbulent wakes in Saturn's atmosphere. They also show the overall filamentary structure of the flow in the atmosphere. Many ...
This raw, unprocessed image of Titan behind Saturn's rings was taken on May 18, 2010, by the Cassini spacecraft. Credit: NASA/JPL/SSI + Raw Image
Enceladus, Titan, and Rings -- Raw
This image mosaic of Vesta's south pole is generated from dozens of individual images from the framing camera aboard NASA's Dawn spacecraft. This view is centered on the asteroid's south pole, whic...
Map of Vesta's South Pole
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