Solar System Exploration
Moving Cassini for Testing
December 17, 2004
Moving Cassini for Testing
This view from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows an unnamed Cerean crater that is surrounded by a smooth blanket of ejecta, including bright material. Both the area around the crater and its floor are p...
Dawn LAMO Image 43
This NASA Hubble Space Telescope image of Comet (C/2012 S1) ISON was photographed on April 10, when the comet was slightly closer than Jupiter's orbit at a distance of 386 million miles from the Su...
Hubble Captures Comet ISON
The cameras on NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured this rare look at Earth and its moon from Saturn orbit on July 19, 2013. Taken while performing a large wide-angle mosaic of the entire Saturn rin...
One Special Day in the Life of Planet Earth
This nighttime view of Saturn's north pole by the visual and infrared mapping spectrometer on NASA's Cassini orbiter reveals a dynamic, active planet at least 75 kilometers (47 miles) below the nor...
Saturn's North Pole Hexagon and Aurora
The Cassini spacecraft looks close at Saturn to frame a view encompassing the entire C ring. In the dark region closer to the planet lies the much dimmer D ring. The bright B ring wraps around the ...
Framing the C Ring
Recent research suggests much of the eruption activity on the surface of Saturn's moon Enceladus could be in the form of broad, curtain-like eruptions, rather than discrete jets.
Icy Curtain Eruptions on Enceladus Create an Illusion of Discrete Jets
Titan's murky atmosphere shines as a halo of scattered light. Prior to the Cassini spacecraft's arrival, Titan remained incognito, swathed in its impenetrable envelope of frigid gases. Now, gradua...
Atlas, seen here, is one of the two moons that ply the Roche Division -- the region between Saturn's A and F rings. Prometheus also orbits within this division. This view looks toward flying-sauce...
During the Viking Mission, the Viking Lander Camera System acquired many high-resolution images of the scene at Chryse Planitia.
Morning on Chryse Planitia
This NASA Hubble Space Telescope image of the ringed planet Saturn shows a rare storm that appears as a white arrowhead-shaped feature near the planet's equator. The storm is generated by an upwell...
In this image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft, bright material extends out from the crater Canuleia on asteroid Vesta. The bright material appears to have been thrown out of the crater during the impac...
Bright Rays from Canuleia Crater
This wide-angle Voyager 2 image, taken through the camera's clear filter, is the first to show Neptune's rings in detail.
Two small but stately moons appear above and below the rings on the left of this image, serving to visually offset the dominance of Saturn on the picture's right. Rhea (1,528 kilometers, or 949 mi...
Balancing It Out
Moon and its Flock September 30, 2004 Full-Res: PIA06488 In its own way, the shepherd moon Prometheus (102 kilometers, 63 miles acros...
Moon and its Flock
This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft of asteroid Vesta's Fabia crater, roughly 12 kilometers (7.5 miles) in diameter with a large area of bright material originating from its top right rim and sl...
This Cassini image shows the night side of Saturn's moon Dione, dimly lit by "Saturnshine": that is, reflected light from the planet lying off to the left in Cassini's field of view when this imag...
Some of Saturn's satellites lie within the rings while others are outside the ring system. This slide illustrates the relationship between satellites and rings around Saturn. The ring plane crossin...
Saturn System Road Map
Pandora loops around Saturn, confining the narrow F ring as it goes. Craters are visible on the moon's surface in this view. See Pandora's Color Close-up for a closer view of Pandora (84 kilometer...
These three views of Titan from the Cassini spacecraft illustrate how different the same place can look in different wavelengths of light.
Cassini's Three Views of Titan
Western Plato crater (at right) and the geologically complex region west of its rim, including an ancient volcanic vent.
Ancient Volcanic Vent Near the Moon's Plato Crater
This image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft reveals the wind patterns within a large vortex that was spawned by a giant northern storm on Saturn. The arrows indicate the local direction of the winds....
Which Way the Wind Blows
The moon Enceladus passes behind the larger moon Tethys, as seen in this pair of Cassini spacecraft images. The image on the left was taken a little more than a minute before the image on the righ...
Enceladus Behind Tethys
NASA's Cassini spacecraft successfully completed its Oct. 1 flyby of Saturn's moon Enceladus, capturing these raw, unprocessed images of the moon and its dramatic plumes of water vapor and ice. Th...
Enceladus Flyby E-14 (Raw Image #6)
Large regions of Saturn's night side are illuminated by the planet's gleaming rings. Except for a sliver of the sunlit crescent at left, this view shows a part of the planet lit almost entirely by ...
Saturn by Ringshine
+ View Full Res This image was obtained by Cassini's radar instrument during a flyby on Dec. 20, 2007. The radar antenna was pointing toward Titan at an altitude of 970 kilometers (602 miles) du...
Titan Radar Swath (T-39 Flyby - Dec. 20, 2007)
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