Solar System Exploration
Great Dark Spot
December 17, 2004
Great Dark Spot
View unannotated version. This sequence of three images, obtained by NASA's Cassini spacecraft over the course of about 10 minutes, shows the path of a newly found moonlet in a bright arc of Satur...
Tiny Moonlet Within G Ring Arc -- Annotated
The brightest spots on dwarf planet Ceres are seen in this image taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft on June 6, 2015.
Bright Spots in Ceres' Second Mapping Orbit
Rippling with detail, the southern hemisphere of Saturn comes to life in this view from the Cassini spacecraft. Long, flowing streamers and bands of great contrast soften toward the pole, where a g...
Rivers of Cloud
With its dazzling rings, Saturn radiates a beauty and splendor like no other known world. Here, Cassini has captured the cool crescent of Saturn from above the ringplane, with the planet's shadow c...
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 ...
At 1,528 kilometers (950 miles) in diameter, Rhea is the second largest satellite of Saturn. Only Titan is larger. Bright wispy streaks cover one hemisphere of Rhea.
Saturn's rings cut across an eerie scene that is ruled by Titan's luminous crescent and globe-encircling haze, broken by the small moon Enceladus, whose icy jets are dimly visible at its south pole...
Candle in the Dark
Case of the Lost Atmosphere October 27, 2004 Full-Res: PIA06981 This graph shows data acquired by Cassini as it flew by Titan at an a...
Case of the Lost Atmosphere
With the Sun directly behind Cassini, the spacecraft spies the opposition surge in Saturn's inner A ring. The opposition effect becomes visible from this special viewing geometry. See Opposition S...
This strongly enhanced false color view is a departure from the familiar bluish north and golden south seen in natural color Cassini spacecraft images, but the contrast between regions north and so...
The Cassini orbiter continues its observations of Saturn¿s mysterious moon Titan, stealing another early peek at the haze-enshrouded surface. Cassini's view of Titan now surpasses Earth-based obser...
Peering Closer at Titan
Artist's concept of the Dawn spacecraft gathering spectral data from Vesta.
Dawn Spacecraft Gathering Spectral Data from Vesta (Artist's Concept)
A portion of the rugged rim of Occator Crater is seen in this image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft. Occator, a young crater approximately 80 million years old.
Dawn LAMO Image 123
The Cassini spacecraft captures a "mutual event" between Titan and Mimas in front of a backdrop of the planet's rings. This image was snapped shortly before Saturn's largest moon passed in front of...
Big Obscures Small
This image from NASA's Dawn mission shows a 3-D, colorized rendering of Oppia Crater near the equator of the giant asteroid Vesta. Oppia is about 21 miles (34 kilometers) across.
Around Oppia Crater
The objectives of the Cassini mission can be divided into five scientific categories. Titan, at the upper right, is the target for the Huygens probe, which will descend to the surface of Saturn's...
Saturn's largest moon, Titan, looks small here, pictured to the right of the gas giant in this Cassini spacecraft view. Titan (3,200 miles, or 5,150 kilometers across) is in the upper right. Satur...
Beside a Giant
Enceladus continues to exhale water ice into Saturn orbit, keeping the E ring topped off with tiny particles. Enceladus (505 kilometers, or 314 miles across) is a source of much interest for plan...
This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft is of the south pole region of the asteroid Vesta, a mountain is rising approximately 9 miles (15 kilometers) above the floor of a crater.
Impressive Mountain Tops on Vesta
This spectacular image of Saturn's clouds looks obliquely across the high northern latitudes. The Sun is low on the horizon here, making the vertical extent of the clouds easier to see. Cloud bands...
Swirling With Shadows
A star field in the constellation Cepheus is a composite of two 600-second exposures by the Framing Camera acquired during tests on December 3, 2007.
Star Field in the Constellation Cepheus
This image has not been validated or calibrated. A validated/calibrated image will be archived with the NASA Planetary Data System in 2012. For more information on raw images check out our Freque...
Enceladus (Raw Image 2)
This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows a close up image of two of the craters that make up the three 'Snowman' craters on asteroid Vesta.
Calpurnia and Minucia Craters
Mimas drifts along in its orbit against the azure backdrop of Saturn's northern latitudes in this true color view. The long, dark lines on the atmosphere are shadows cast by the planet's rings. Sa...
Rendered in myriad hues, vivid details of Saturn's stormy atmosphere play out below the shadow of the rings. A well defined storm swirls through the atmosphere of the southern hemisphere in the lo...
Blue Eyed Storm
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