Solar System Exploration
Great Dark Spot
December 17, 2004
Great Dark Spot
This view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows Cassini's best image of the propeller feature known informally as Bleriot. The propeller is named after Louis Bleriot, the French engineer and aviator...
Bleriot Propeller Close-up
Like a drop of dew hanging on a leaf, Tethys appears to be stuck to the A and F rings from this perspective.
Stuck on the Rings
Seen here inside one half of its 62.7-foot tall fairing, the Parker Solar Probe was encapsulated on July 16, 2018, in preparation for the move from Astrotech Space Operations in Titusville, Florida...
Prepping to Launch for the Sun
The Herschel crater dominates this view of Saturn's moon Mimas. The 130-kilometer, or 80-mile, wide crater is located in the middle latitudes of Mimas (396 kilometers, or 246 miles across). The m...
This NASA Hubble Space Telescope image of the ringed planet Saturn shows a rare storm that appears as a white arrowhead-shaped feature near the planet's equator. The storm is generated by an upwell...
These images, from Dawn's visible and infrared mapping spectrometer (VIR), highlight two regions on Ceres containing bright spots. The top images show a region scientists have labeled '1' while the...
Dawn VIR Images of Ceres
As Cassini approached Titan on Aug. 21, 2005, it captured this natural color view of the moon's orange, global smog. Titan's hazy atmosphere was frustrating to NASA Voyager scientists during the fi...
Looking on the Bright Side of Titan
A close-up of the F ring shows dark gores in its interior faint ringlets following the passage of Prometheus. Each gore represents a single interaction of the moon with the F ring material. The gor...
Stretching the Gores
People with similar jobs or interests hold conventions and meetings, so why shouldn't moons? Pandora, Prometheus, and Pan -- seen here, from right to left -- also appear to be holding some sort of ...
Swathed in its thick blanket of atmosphere, frigid Titan approaches the brilliant limb of Saturn. This view was obtained just minutes after the wide-angle view, Titan Slips Away . Images taken u...
Titan Approaches Saturn
This natural color image of the limb of Triton was taken early in the morning of Aug. 25 1989, when the Voyager 2 spacecraft was at a distance of about 210,000 kilometers (128,000 miles) from the i...
The Limb of Triton
In 2002, NASA scientists and visualizers stitched together strips of brand new data, in natural color, collected over four months from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer, or MODIS, ...
Blue Marble 2002
The moon Janus casts a shadow on Saturn's A ring but misses the thin F ring in this image captured as the planet approached its August 2009 equinox. The moon itself is not pictured, and the shadow...
Skipping a Ring
Many of the elegant structures in Saturn's rings result from the influence of the planet's moons. Seen here at center is the Cassini Division, flanked at top and bottom by the outer B-ring edge and...
These views show surface features and color variation on the Trojan moon Telesto. The smooth surface of this moon suggests that, like Pandora, it is covered with a mantle of fine, dust-sized icy ma...
A Closer Look at Telesto (False-Color)
This Voyager 2 image of Saturn was acquired on Aug. 4, 1981, from a distance of 21 million kilometers (13 million miles).
Saturn Taken from Voyager 2
Dark material splatters the walls and floors of craters in the surreal, frozen wastelands of Iapetus. This image shows terrain in the transition region between the moon's dark leading hemisphere an...
Inky Stains on a Frozen Moon
The existence of oceans or lakes of liquid methane on Saturn's moon Titan was predicted more than 20 years ago.
Liquid Lakes on Titan
These two false-color views from NASA's Cassini spacecraft show detailed patterns that change during one Saturn day within the huge storm in the planet's northern hemisphere.
NASA's Dawn spacecraft looked down on Ceres' equatorial region to capture this view of intensely cratered terrain. The image is centered at approximately 3 degrees south latitude, 267 degrees east ...
Dawn LAMO Image 150
This composite was produced from images returned yesterday, January 14, 2005, by the European Space Agency's Huygens probe during its successful descent to land on Titan.
Composite of Titan's Surface Seen During Descent
The Titan IVB/Centaur carrying the Cassini spacecraft and its attached Huygens probe stand at Cape Canaveral Air Station's Launch Complex 40, awaiting liftoff. Clearly visible in this view are the ...
Ready for Launch
Saturn appears serene and majestic in the first color composite made of images taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft on its approach to the ringed planet, with arrival still 20 months away. The plane...
Ominous Giant November 26, 2004 Full-Res: PIA06530 Saturn's massive atmosphere appears poised to crush little Enceladus in this i...
Saturn casts its shadow on the rings in this Cassini image that also shows how the rings reflect sunlight onto the dark side of the planet. Here Saturn appears dimly illuminated by this ringshine. ...
Shadow and Ringshine
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