Solar System Exploration
Moving Cassini for Testing
December 17, 2004
Moving Cassini for Testing
Saturn sits with its attendants in the icy depths of the outer Solar System. Near the edge-on rings, moons visible from left to right: Dione (1,126 kilometers, or 700 miles across), Enceladus (505...
Kingdom of Saturn
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
Ceres' Haulani Crater is shown in these views from NASA's Dawn spacecraft. These views reveal variations in the region's brightness, mineralogy and temperature at infrared wavelengths.
Haulani Crater in Infrared
This image of a battered crater rim on Ceres was obtained by NASA's Dawn spacecraft on June 10, 2018 from an altitude of about 25 miles (40 kilometers).
Battered Crater Rim on Ceres
This image of Ceres is part of a sequence taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft on May 4, 2015, from a distance of 8,400 miles (13,600 kilometers).
Dawn RC3 Image 8
The Huygens probe is installed into the Cassini orbiter in the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility at the Kennedy Space Center in July 1997.
In this closest-yet view of Ceres, the brightest spots within a crater in the northern hemisphere are revealed to be composed of many smaller spots. This frame is from an animation of sequences tak...
Ceres RC3 Animation
2001 Mars Odyssey's Thermal Emission Imaging System (THEMIS) took this portrait of the Earth and its companion Moon, using the infrared camera, one of two cameras in the instrument. It was taken at...
The Earth and Moon As Seen by 2001 Mars Odyssey
+ Annotated version These images from NASA's Cassini spacecraft show one of the large seas and a bounty of smaller lakes on Saturn's moon Titan. Scientists saw these small lakes in data obtained b...
Titan Lake Country (Unannotated)
The Philae lander of the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission took this self-portrait of the spacecraft on Sept. 7, 2014, at a distance of about 10 miles (16 kilometers) from comet 67P/Churyumov...
Rosetta Mission Selfie at 10 Miles
The immense size of Saturn is emphasized in this Cassini spacecraft portrait that features the moon Mimas shown in front of the planet. Mimas (396 kilometers, or 246 miles across) appears as only ...
Io, the most volcanic body in the solar system is seen in the highest resolution obtained to date by NASA's Galileo spacecraft.
High Resolution Global View of Io
New Horizons took this image of the icy moon Europa rising above Jupiter's cloud tops with its Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) at 11:48 Universal Time on February 28, 2007, six hours after...
This image, taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft, shows cratered terrain in the northern hemisphere of Ceres. The large crater in the scene appears quite ancient.
Dawn LAMO Image 47
This colorful view, taken from edge-on with the ringplane, contains four of Saturn's attendant moons. Tethys (1,071 kilometers, 665 miles across) is seen against the black sky to the left of the ga...
Two moons orbit serenely before Saturn while large storms churn through the planet's southern hemisphere. The moon Mimas (396 kilometers, or 246 miles across) is on the right. Dione (1,123 kilomet...
This image shows a crescent Uranus, a view that Earthlings never witnessed until Voyager 2 flew near and then beyond Uranus on January 24, 1986.
Color Voyager 2 Image Showing Crescent Uranus
Light and Dark Bands October 8, 2004 Full-Res: PIA06494 Saturn's southern hemisphere boasts a great deal of fine detail in the turbul...
Light and Dark Bands
From just beneath the ringplane, Saturn's rings take on a strange and unfamiliar appearance, as Saturn's battered moon Mimas looks on. Part of Saturn's immense shadow makes a dark, fingerlike proj...
Near the Ringplane
This image was taken on 2009-07-29 14:00 (PDT) and received on Earth 2009-07-30 17:06 (PDT).
Image of Atlas
Click here for the QuickTime video. Mimas, a little moon of Saturn with a big crater, is the star of this movie. This movie consists of 37 individual frames taken over 20 minutes, while Cassini r...
Mimas on the Move
This image of Ceres is part of a sequence taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft on May 23, 2015, from a distance of 3,169 miles (5,100 kilometers). Resolution in the image is about 1,565 feet (477 meters...
Dawn View from OpNav9
Specially designed Cassini orbits place Earth and Cassini on opposite sides of Saturn's rings, a geometry known as occultation. Cassini conducted the first radio occultation observation of Saturn's...
Small Particles in Saturn's Rings
This colorized map from NASA's Dawn mission shows the types of rocks and minerals distributed around the surface of the giant asteroid Vesta.
Map of Rock Properties at Giant Asteroid Vesta
Saturn's clouds billow and swirl in the turbulent zones of shear between eastward- and westward-flowing jets. This view looks toward the terminator on Saturn, where night gives way to day. The ima...
Clouds at Dawn
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