Solar System Exploration
Great Dark Spot
December 17, 2004
Great Dark Spot
Of the countless equinoxes Saturn has seen since the birth of the solar system, this one, captured here in a mosaic of light and dark, is the first witnessed up close by an emissary from Earth ... ...
The Rite of Spring
Capturing the interplay between light and shadow, the Cassini spacecraft looks toward the night side of Saturn where sunlight reflected off the rings has dimly illuminated what would otherwise be t...
Light and Dark Tricks
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Dione floats past, with Saturn's rings beyond. This view looks toward the anti-Saturn side of Dione (1,126 kilometers, or 700 miles across). North is up. The darker terrain on the moon's trailing ...
Two Saturnian storms swirl in the region informally dubbed "storm alley" by scientists. This mid-latitude region has been active with storms since Cassini scientists began monitoring Saturn in earl...
The Hubble Space Telescope is deployed from the cargo bay of space shuttle Discovery on April 25, 1990 as part of STS-31.
Hubble Space Telescope Deployed
The finest details on the surface of Saturn's moon Enceladus are revealed in this 30-meter (100-foot) per-pixel, enhanced-color image taken during Cassini's closest-ever encounter with Enceladus on...
Cracked Face of Enceladus
Long, thin streamers of cloud arc gracefully across this view of Saturn's southerly latitudes. Analysis of images like this should lead scientists to a new understanding of cloud height variations...
Seeking the Cloud Tops
This image, taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft, shows the surface of dwarf planet Ceres from an altitude of 915 miles (1,470 kilometers). The image was taken on September 14, 2015, and has a resolutio...
Dawn HAMO Image 33
The transition region from Saturn's moon Iapetus' dark leading hemisphere to its bright trailing hemisphere is a complicated patchwork of craters and highlands, with low elevations filled in by dar...
A Complex Transition
Cassini briefly turned its gaze from Saturn and its rings and moons to marvel at the Carina Nebula, a brilliant region 8,000 light years from our solar system and more than 200 light years across. ...
Cassini's Galactic Aspiriations
This map of Saturn's moon Titan shows the location mapped with the Cassini radar mapper using its Synthetic Aperture Radar imaging mode on April 30, 2006. The global map shows the areas mapped so...
Radar Flyby of Titan - April 30, 2006
Titan's Tantalizing Streaks October 28, 2004 Full-Res: PIA06985 This wide-angle image captured by Cassini's imaging science subsystem sho...
Titan's Tantalizing Streaks
NASA's Cassini spacecraft took this raw image of Saturn's moon Titan on Oct. 14, 2010, kicking off an action-packed long weekend that took the spacecraft by eight other moons. The camera was pointi...
Titan -- Oct. 14, 2010 (raw)
A small moon travels its circuit just outside the main rings of Saturn. Epimetheus (116 kilometers, 72 miles across) is absolutely dwarfed by the giant planet. This view looks toward the unillumin...
Alone With the Giant
Saturn's moon Janus shows the scars of impacts in this Cassini spacecraft image of craters light and dark. This view looks toward the Saturn-facing side of Janus (179 kilometers, or 111 miles acro...
These three views of Saturn's moon Rhea were made from data obtained by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, enhanced to show colorful splotches and bands on the icy moon's surface. Scientists believe the re...
These two images of Saturn show the entire south polar region, not just the little area around the core of the hurricane-like vortex.
Saturn's South Polar Region Revealed
Bright light reflects off the wispy terrain of Saturn's moon Rhea in this image which looks down on the high northern latitudes of the icy moon. Lit terrain seen here is on the trailing hemisphere...
Shine On Crazy Wisps
This is the final view taken by the JunoCam instrument on NASA's Juno spacecraft before Juno's instruments were powered down in preparation for orbit insertion.
Juno Closes in on Jupiter
The Cassini spacecraft captures three magnificent sights at once: Saturn's north polar vortex and hexagon along with its expansive rings.
Vortex and Rings
The small, dark form of Janus cruises along in front of bright Saturn. The edge-on rings cast dramatic shadows onto the northern hemisphere. Janus is 181 kilometers (113 miles) across. The image ...
Ring Moon, Ring Shadows
NASA's InSight spacecraft, its heat shield and its parachute were imaged on Dec. 6 and 11 by the HiRISE camera onboard NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
InSight on Mars, as Seen by HiRISE
+ Video Launch Page The window at left shows the field-of-view of the prime instrument during Cassini's flyby Mar. 12, 2008, The right-hand windows show the view from the instrument boresights.
Enceladus Flyby (Fields of View) -- March 12, 2008
The Helioseismic Magnetic Imager (HMI) aboard the Solar Dynamics Observatory takes a series of images every 45 seconds in a very narrow range of wavelengths in visible light of the solar photospher...
The Active Sun from SDO: HMI Dopplergram
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