Solar System Exploration
Great Dark Spot
December 17, 2004
Great Dark Spot
Craters cover the rugged surface of Saturn's moon Janus. The view is from 42 degrees above the moon's equator. North on Janus (179 kilometers, or 111 miles across) is towards the top of the image....
Tethys, like many moons in the solar system, keeps one face pointed towards the planet around which it orbits.
Tethys in Sunlight
Saturn's rings appear strangely warped in this view of the rings seen through the upper Saturn atmosphere. The atmosphere acts like a lens in refracting (bending) the light reflected from the ring...
Bending the Rings
This map of the south polar region of Saturn's moon Enceladus shows the correlation between jet sources identified in Cassini imaging data and hot spots on the surface located by the composite infr...
Enceladus Jet Sources
This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows Fabia crater, located in asteroid Vesta's Numisia quadrangle, in Vesta's northern hemisphere.
This image, taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft, shows a portion of the southern hemisphere of dwarf planet Ceres from an altitude of 915 miles (1,470 kilometers). The image, with a resolution of 450 f...
Dawn HAMO Image 6
Cassini's ability to remain precisely and steadily pointed at targets, such as Saturn's moon Mimas (seen here) yields sharp images despite the relatively high speed at which the spacecraft moves. ...
Evoking the haunting beauty of Earth's Moon, a crescent Enceladus appears in the skies around Saturn. Lit terrain seen here is on the Saturn-facing hemisphere of Enceladus. North on Enceladus is u...
+ View Video In this movie sequence, Cassini watches Saturn's moon Janus and Epimetheus in their orbital dance as the F ring slides out of view. These two moons are locked in a gravitational tang...
Cassini Enters Saturn's Orbit July 1, 2004 After becoming the first spacecraft to enter Saturn'...
Cassini Enters Saturn's Orbit
These images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft are located in asteroid Vesta's Gegania quadrangle, a little south of Vesta's equator; boulders can be seen on the bottom side of the crater.
HAMO and LAMO Images of Rubria Crater
Saturn casts a wide shadow across its rings in this Cassini spacecraft view which looks toward the darkened southern hemisphere of the night side of the planet. See Light and Dark Tricks and Activ...
Night Side Rings
The Cassini narrow angle camera took images of the ropy, taffy-like topography of Saturn's moon Enceladus from many different angles as the spacecraft flew by on Feb. 17, 2005. Images from differen...
Cassini Views Enceladus in Stereo
This close-up view of the icy surface of Europa, a moon of Jupiter, was obtained on December 20, 1996, by the Solid State Imaging system on board the Galileo spacecraft during its fourth orbit arou...
Close-up of Europa's Surface
Seeing in the Dark December 8, 2004 Full-Res: PIA06146 New details on Iapetus are illuminated by reflected light from Saturn in th...
Seeing in the Dark
The craters in the image, taken Oct. 1, 2015 from NASA's Dawn spacecraft, are characterized by different degrees of freshness, reflecting different ages. The sharply defined crater to right of cent...
Dawn HAMO Image 54
Scientists have used data from the Cassini radar mapper to map the global wind pattern on Saturn's moon Titan using data collected over a four-year period, as depicted in this image. The arrows ...
Mapping Titan's Global Wind Patterns
Mysterious Titan begins to appear more familiar as the Cassini spacecraft explores the once hidden surface of this Earth-like moon. + View the interactive feature
Saturn Moons Explorer: Titan
This image, taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft on June 16, 2015, shows a portion of the southern hemisphere of dwarf planet Ceres from an altitude of 2,700 miles (4,400 kilometers), with a resolution ...
Dawn Survey Orbit Image 17
Three of Saturn's moons are captured with the planet in this exquisite family portrait. At top, Saturn is bedecked with the shadows of its innermost rings. Tethys (1,071 kilometers, or 665 miles a...
Worlds in Orbit
Two kinds of dramatic shadows play across the face of Saturn in this view from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft from Dec. 6, 2007.
A Stage for Shadows
This image, taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft, shows dwarf planet Ceres from an altitude of 2,700 miles (4,400 kilometers). The image, with a resolution of 1,400 feet (410 meters) per pixel, was take...
Dawn Survey Orbit Image 32
The fragile F ring bears the signs of a moon's bruising passage. The A ring and its Keeler Gap sit idly by on the right of this image, but on the left dark lines cut across the F ring and mark whe...
This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows two overlapping impact craters on asteroid Vesta. The rims of the craters are both reasonably fresh but the larger crater must be older because the smal...
Successive Formation of Impact Craters
Mimas Looks On September 7, 2004 Full-Res: PIA06471 Lonely Mimas swings around Saturn, seeming ...
Mimas Looks On
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