Solar System Exploration
Great Dark Spot
December 17, 2004
Great Dark Spot
This set of images shows the areas mapped so far on Saturn's moon Titan by the Cassini radar mapper using its synthetic aperture radar imaging mode. Labels represent the approximate central longitu...
Titan Viewed by Cassini's Radar
Shadows seem ubiquitous in this Cassini spacecraft view of Saturn's rings captured shortly after the planet's August 2009 equinox. The moon Pan (28 kilometers, or 17 miles across) casts a long sha...
A huge annular feature with an outer diameter of approximately 440 kilometers (273 miles) appears in this image taken with Cassini's Titan radar mapper. It resembles a large crater or part of a ri...
This view, made using images taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft, features a tall conical mountain on Ceres. Elevations span a range of about 5 miles (8 kilometers) from the lowest places in this regio...
Topographic View of Ceres Mountain
This radar image shows the entire scene in which hydrocarbon lakes were first discovered on Titan, near its north pole (see Lakes on Titan). This image was acquired on July 22, 2006, by Cassini's ...
Titan (T16) Viewed by Cassini's Radar July 22, 2006
The outer edge of Saturn's A ring displays intriguing structure in this Cassini spacecraft view. The scrambled pattern in the outer edge is not unlike the pattern Cassini recently imaged in the ou...
This close view of Rhea prominently shows two large impact basins on the ancient and battered moon. The great age of these basins is suggested by the large number of smaller craters that are overpr...
Pulverized Pulchritude (Monochrome)
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
Behold Titan's Surface October 27, 2004 Full-Res: PIA06982 These images show the surface of Titan at...
Behold Titan's Surface
NASA's Dawn spacecraft obtained this image of a dark band on asteroid Vesta with its framing camera on August 19, 2011. The image has a resolution of about 260 meters per pixel.
A Dark Band on Vesta
The Cassini spacecraft examines Titan's north polar hood, the part of the atmosphere of Saturn's largest moon appearing dark at the top of this image. See Titan's Hazes and Haze Layers on Titan to...
Above Titan's North
This image of Octavia AV-L-19, from the atlas of the giant asteroid Vesta, was created from images taken as NASA's Dawn mission flew around the object, also known as a protoplanet.
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This incredible, high resolution view of Saturn's moon Dione was taken during Cassini's first close approach to the icy moon on Dec. 14, 2004. The view shows linear, curving features within the reg...
Bright, high altitude clouds, like those imaged here, often appear more filamentary or streak-like than clouds imaged at slightly deeper levels in Saturn's atmosphere. This view also shows one of t...
The stars of the Pleiades cluster, also known by the names "M45" and "the Seven Sisters," shine brightly in this view from the Cassini spacecraft. The cluster is comprised of hundreds of stars, a f...
The Seven Sisters
As Saturn's equinox continues to approach, the moon Pan casts a slightly longer shadow on the A ring. See Pan's Very Own Shadow to see an earlier image of a shorter shadow cast by Pan (28 kilomete...
Sea ice is frozen seawater floating on the surface of the ocean that grows and shrinks with the seasons, shown here from Sep. 4, 2009-Jan. 30, 2011. Satellite observations show overall sea ice has ...
Sea Ice Moves
Moons and Gaps October 19, 2004 Full-Res: PIA06501 This image captures several important targets of the Cassini mission: icy moons, ri...
Moons and Gaps
This mosaic of images from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows the trail of a great northern storm on Saturn raging in full force. The contrast in the images has been enhanced to make the turbulent par...
Northern Storm in Full Force
This image from the Synthetic Aperture Radar instrument on the Cassini spacecraft shows the radar-bright region Xanadu and two circular features interpreted to be degraded impact craters. In radar ...
Impact craters on Xanadu
During Cassini's Oct. 9 flyby, the spacecraft's fields and particles instruments will venture deeper into the plume than ever before, directly sampling the particles and gases. The emphasis here is...
Enceladus Flyby -- Oct. 9, 2008
Jagged looking shadows stretch away from vertical structures of ring material created by the moon Daphnis in this image taken as Saturn approaches its August 2009 equinox. Daphnis (8 kilometers, o...
This Cassini spacecraft image affords a view of Titan's south polar region, an area home to one of Titan's hydrocarbon ''lake districts.'' Titan's south pole is illuminated to the right of the te...
Titan's Murky South Pole
Peering over the shoulder of giant Saturn, through its rings, and across interplanetary space, NASA's Cassini spacecraft spies the bright, cloudy terrestrial planet, Venus.
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