Solar System Exploration
Great Dark Spot
December 17, 2004
Great Dark Spot
Click here for the QuickTime video. Mimas, a little moon of Saturn with a big crater, is the star of this movie. This movie consists of 37 individual frames taken over 20 minutes, while Cassini r...
Mimas on the Move
This image was taken on 2017-08-31 06:11 (PDT) and received on Earth 2017-08-31 20:57 (PDT)
Image of Titan
Saturn's most prominent feature, its dazzling ring system, takes center stage in this stunning natural color mosaic which reveals the color and diversity present in this wonder of the solar system....
Darkness sweeps over Iapetus as the Cassini spacecraft watches the shadow of Saturn's B ring engulf the dichotomous moon. The image at left shows the unshaded moon, while at right, Iapetus sits in ...
Daphnis leaves a path of disturbance on either side of her as she moves in her orbit within the Keeler Gap. The gravity of the small moon (8 kilometers, or 5 miles across) is enough to carve wavel...
In Her Wake
This image, created by combining two different types of radar images from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft, reveals more details of Titan’s crater Menrva (at left) and its surroundings than a single image...
Cassini Radar Zooms Out on Menrva
This view from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows part of the southwestern rim of Yalode Crater on Ceres. Yalode is one of the largest impact basins on Ceres. A great deal of material has slumped down th...
Dawn XMO2 Image 24
A montage of Cassini images: left, Saturn and its moon Tethys; right: top, Titan, middle, Telesto, and Enceladus at the bottom. Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
Saturn with Tethys, and close-ups of Titan, Telesto and Enceladus
This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows the interior of the crater Datan, which is superimposed on the northwestern rim of the larger crater Geshtin. The area at right, above the rim of Datan,...
Dawn LAMO Image 28
This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft of asteroid Vesta shows Lepida crater, located in Vesta's Floronia quadrangle, in Vesta's northern hemisphere.
Saturn's rings cast shadows on the planet, except their shadows appear to be inside out!
Me and My Shadow
This image of Ontario Lacus, the largest lake on the southern hemisphere of Saturn’s moon Titan, was obtained by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft on Jan. 12, 2010. North is up in this image. Objects app...
Footprint of Ontario Lacus
+ View Movie The 60th moon of Saturn reveals itself in a sequence of images. The discovery suggests that the new moon, along with its neighbors Methone and Pallene (discovered by the Cassini imagi...
Sixty for Saturn
This animated sequence of Cassini images shows methane clouds moving above the large methane sea on Saturn's moon Titan known as Ligeia Mare.
Clouds Over Ligeia Mare on Titan
From a highly inclined orbit, the Cassini spacecraft looks toward far northern latitudes on Tethys. Here, the spacecraft was above a position about 45 degrees north of the moon's equator. This van...
Working with image data from NASA's Cassini mission, researchers have found evidence that Saturn's moon Enceladus may have tipped over, reorienting itself so that terrain closer to its original equ...
Wandering Poles of Enceladus
Cool and icy Dione floats in front of giant Saturn bedecked in a dazzling array of colors. The surface of Dione, which exhibits contrasting bright and dark areas when viewed up close, appears pale...
“This is an adaption of the Cassini Raw Image W00086402."
Saturn's Polar Storm by Roseann Arabia
A pair of small moons join Saturn's second largest moon in this Cassini spacecraft image spotlighting Rhea in front of the rings. Rhea (1,528 kilometers, or 949 miles across) is in the center fore...
On Either Side
This stereo image, or anaglyph, shows huge mountains on Saturn's moon Iapetus, imaged by NASA's Cassini spacecraft during its very close flyby in Sept. 2007. These mountains are located at the moon...
Towering Peaks of Iapetus
This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows an area in the northern hemisphere of Ceres. At upper left, material from the rim of a fresher crater appears to have slumped into its neighbor.
Dawn LAMO Image 105
This anaglyph of Ceres is part of a sequence of images taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft April 24 to 26, 2015, from a distance of 8,500 miles (13,500 kilometers). 3-D glasses are needed to view this ...
Dawn RC3 Image 1 Anaglyph
The rich dynamics of Saturn's F ring are on display in this image taken by the Cassini spacecraft. Most of the features seen here are believed to be due to the ring's interactions with its shepherd...
The Cassini spacecraft charts a quartet of dark albedo features on the moon Titan. From upper left to lower right of the image are Fenzal, Aztlan, Aaru and Senkyo. This view looks toward the Satur...
Low Albedo Foursome
The shadow of the moon Tethys is revealed on Saturn's B and C rings in this image which also includes the planet. The planet is overexposed in this image in which the exposure time was set to capt...
Exposing a Shadow
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