Solar System Exploration
Moving Cassini for Testing
December 17, 2004
Moving Cassini for Testing
Clouds swirl about in Saturn's active atmosphere. The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on Oct. 29, 2008 at a distance of approximately 1.278 million...
NEAR takes several images mosaics of Eros daily for purposes of navigating the spacecraft. The one shown here was taken February 29, 2000, from a range of 289 kilometers (180 miles). It shows featu...
The Sculptured Surface of Eros
The low illumination angle near the terminator makes visible the steep topography of craters on Rhea's battered surface. This view is centered on 10 degrees north latitude, 128 degrees west longi...
Rhea's Pitted Profile
High Haze in Color October 26, 2004 Full-Res: PIA06122 A global detached haze layer and discrete cloud-like features high above Titan...
High Haze in Color
This image taken by the Voyager 2 spacecraft of Saturn's A-ring shows the thin F-ring bracketed by its two shepherding satellites. Because the inner moon revolves around the planet slightly faster ...
A Delta II-Heavy rocket propelled NASA's Dawn spacecraft into space on its journey to the asteroid belt.
Dawn Spacecraft Launch
About a month after Saturn's August 2009 equinox, shadows continue to grace the planet's rings. Pan (28 kilometers, or 17 miles across) orbits in the Encke Gap, which runs through the center of th...
Shadows Still Seen
+ Annotated version The northern and southern hemispheres of Rhea are seen in these polar stereographic maps, mosaicked from the best-available Cassini and Voyager images. Six Voyager images fill...
Rhea Polar Maps - South - March 2012 - Unnanotated
New Radiation Belt August 5, 2004 The magnetospheric imaging instrument onboard Cassini recently discovered a new radiation belt...
New Radiation Belt
This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft of asteroid Vesta shows Octavia crater, located in Vesta's Marcia quadrangle, just south of Vesta's equator. Octavia's rim is fresher on the right side and mo...
Musical Rings September 27, 2004 Full-Res: PIA06485 Looking something like the fibrous bow of a viol...
NASA's Dawn spacecraft obtained this image with its framing camera on August 6, 2011. Old and heavily cratered terrain is shown on Vesta. The framing camera has a resolution about 280 yards (260 me...
Old and Heavily Cratered Terrain on Vesta
This Voyager 2 image of Saturn was acquired on Aug. 4, 1981, from a distance of 21 million kilometers (13 million miles).
Saturn Taken from Voyager 2
The Cassini spacecraft looks down toward Janus, which hugs the outer edges of Saturn's rings. Janus (181 kilometers, or 113 miles across) orbits Saturn about 11,250 kilometers (6,990 miles) beyond ...
The scene shows a complex of craters in mid-southern latitudes on Ceres, just west of the peaks known as Niman Rupes. NASA's Dawn spacecraft took this image on June 15, 2016.
Dawn LAMO Image 138
The Cassini spacecraft took a series of images on Sept. 9, 2006 as it watched the bright red giant star Aldebaran slip behind Saturn's rings. This type of observation is known as a stellar occultat...
Flickering Aldebaran #1
As NASA's Cassini spacecraft sped away from Titan following a relatively close flyby, its cameras monitored the moon's northern polar region, capturing signs of renewed cloud activity.
Northern Clouds Return to Titan (annotated version)
In this fabulous close-up, Cassini peers directly through regions of the A, B and C rings (from top to bottom here) to glimpse shadows of the very same rings cast upon the planet's atmosphere. Near...
Looking Through the Rings
A quartet of Saturn's moons, from tiny to huge, surround and are embedded within the planet's rings in this Cassini composition. Saturn's largest moon, Titan, is in the background of the image, an...
In, Around, Beyond Rings
This image provides a comparison between the Huygens landing site on Titan as viewed by the Cassini Imaging Science Subsystem (ISS) and the NACO/SDI instrument mounted on the 8-meter Yepun telescop...
Huygens Landing Site
In this sequence of four images taken during one night of observation by NASA's Catalina Sky Survey near Tucson, Arizona, the speck of light that moves relative to the background stars is a small a...
Sky Survey Detected This Small Asteroid
Voyager 2 obtained this closeup view of Saturn's satellite Hyperion on August 24, 1981, from a distance of about 500,000 kilometers (300,000 miles). This photograph was compiled from three separate...
A close-up view of an astronaut's bootprint in the lunar soil, photographed with a 70mm lunar surface camera during the Apollo 11 extravehicular activity (EVA) on the moon.
Close-up View of Astronaut's Footprint in Lunar Soil
This image of Jupiter was taken by the Cassini Imaging Science narrow angle camera through the blue filter (centered at 445 nanometers) on October 1, 2000, 15:26 UTC at a distance of 84.1 million k...
NASA's Dawn spacecraft obtained these images with its visible and infrared instrument of asteroid Vesta. The top image is a simulated true-color picture of the asteroid's surface.
Visible and Infrared Data Mosaic
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