Solar System Exploration
Great Dark Spot
December 17, 2004
Great Dark Spot
The rings cast a dramatic but narrow shadow on the planet in this view on the sunlit side of the rings from just one degree below the ringplane. The rings' shadows have grown narrower on the glob...
The interior of Urvara Crater (101 miles, 163 kilometers wide) is featured in this image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft taken on June 2, 2016 at a distance of about 240 miles (385 kilometers) above th...
Dawn LAMO Image 181
This view from NASA's Dawn spacecraft taken on May 29, 2016, shows terrain on Ceres centered at approximately 41 degrees north latitude, 308 degrees east longitude. Several features in this view di...
Dawn LAMO Image 165
As Saturn's northern hemisphere summer approaches, the shadows of the rings creep ever southward across the planet. Here, the ring shadows appear to obscure almost the entire southern hemisphere, w...
This mosaic of Mars is a compilation of images captured by the Viking Orbiter 1.
Valles Marineris: The Grand Canyon of Mars
This image of domes and fractures in Occator Crater on Ceres was obtained by NASA's Dawn spacecraft on July 3, 2018 from an altitude of about 28 miles (44 kilometers).
Domes and Fractures in Occator Crater
he northern and southern hemispheres of Dione are seen in these polar stereographic maps, mosaicked from the best-available clear-filter images from NASA's Cassini and Voyager missions. Each map i...
Dione Polar Maps - October 2010
Nature is an artist, and this time she seems to have let her paints swirl together a bit.
The slim crescent of the moon Rhea glides silently onto the featureless, golden face of Saturn in this mesmerizing color movie. In an interplay of contrast and shadow, the moon goes dark against th...
Rhea Transits Saturn
This raw, unprocessed image of Saturn's moon Enceladus was taken during Cassini's Nov. 6, 2011, flyby which passed within about 300 miles (500 kilometers) of the moon's surface. This encounter wa...
Enceladus Flyby E-16 (Raw Image #2)
The nearest star system, the trinary star Alpha Centauri, hangs above the horizon of Saturn. Both Alpha Centauri A and B -- stars very similar to our own -- are clearly distinguishable in this imag...
This image highlights the striking differences between Pluto and it's largest moon, Charon.
Pluto and Charon: Strikingly Different Worlds
The Cassini spacecraft's close flyby of Epimetheus in December 2007 returned detailed images of the moon's south polar region. The view shows what might be the remains of a large impact crater co...
This radar image of the surface of Saturn's moon Titan was acquired on October 26, 2004, when the Cassini spacecraft flew approximately 1,600 kilometers (994 miles) above the surface and acquired r...
'Black Cat' on Titan
Cassini Enters Saturn's Orbit July 1, 2004 After becoming the first spacecraft to enter Saturn'...
Cassini Enters Saturn's Orbit
Less than 20 minutes after Cassini's close approach to Titan on March 31, 2005, its cameras captured this view of Saturn through Titan's upper atmosphere. The northern part of Saturn's disk can be ...
Saturn Through the Haze
+ Xanadu's Channels and Dunes + Annotated version In a sweeping mosaic of the low latitudes of Saturn's moon Titan, the bright landmass of the enigmatic region known as Xanadu stand...
Xanadu's channels and dunes (Related image)
+ View Full-Res This image was obtained by Cassini's radar instrument during a flyby on April 30, 2006. The radar antenna was pointing toward Titan at an altitude of 1,855 kilometers 1,153 miles) ...
Titan Radar Swath (T-13 Flyby, April 30, 2006)
Saturn's D ring--the innermost of the planet's rings--sports an intriguing structure that appears to be a wavy, or "vertically corrugated," spiral. This continuously changing ring structure provide...
A Twisted Tale (with inset graphic)
These images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft are located in asteroid Vesta's Urbinia quadrangle, in Vesta's southern hemisphere. Rays of bright material surround Canuleia crater and rays of dark materi...
Apparent Brightness and Topography Images of Sossia and Canuleia Craters
This view from NASA's Dawn spacecraft, captured on June 1, 2016, shows Rongo Crater, located near Ceres' equator.
Dawn LAMO Image 173
During its closest flyby of Saturn's wrinkled, icy moon Enceladus, Cassini obtained multi-spectral images of its cratered terrain that have been put together to create this false-color view. To hu...
Painting on the Walls
This near-infrared, color mosaic from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows the sun glinting off of Titan's north polar seas.
These images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft are located in asteroid Vesta's Urbinia quadrangle, in Vesta's southern hemisphere.
Apparent Brightness and Topography Images of Justina Crater
This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows Fabia crater, located in asteroid Vesta's Numisia quadrangle, in Vesta's northern hemisphere.
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