Solar System Exploration
Great Dark Spot
December 17, 2004
Great Dark Spot
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
Dione's beautiful wispy terrain is brightly lit alongside Saturn's elegant rings.
Wisps Under the Rings
[Note: Re-issued and updated July 8, 2010] An unusually large propeller feature is detected just beyond the Encke Gap in this Cassini image of Saturn's outer A ring taken a couple days after the p...
Giant Propeller in A Ring
Ligeia Mare, shown here in a false-color image from NASA's Cassini mission, is the second largest known body of liquid on Saturn's moon Titan.
Vast Ligeia Mare in False Color
High northern terrain on Titan is made visible by some image processing sleight of hand. The view is the product of a ratio between Titan images taken using two different spectral filters. This pr...
Seeing Farther North
This amazing perspective view captures battered Mimas against the hazy limb of Saturn. It is obvious in such close-up images that Mimas (397 kilometers, or 247 miles across) has been badly scarred...
Sharp Focus on Mimas
Saturn's fourth-largest moon, Dione, can be seen through the haze of the planet's largest moon, Titan, in this view of the two posing before the planet and its rings from NASA's Cassini spacecraft....
Titan and Dione
As Cassini hurtled toward its fatal encounter with Saturn, the spacecraft turned to catch this final look at Saturn's moon Pandora next to the thin line of the F ring.
Pandora, the Would-Be Perturber
NASA's Dawn spacecraft took this moody scene on Ceres, located within Zadeni Crater, named for the ancient Georgian god of bountiful harvest. Dawn saw Zadeni at approximately 76 miles (120 kilomete...
Dawn LAMO Image 130
+ View Unlabeled Version This is an artist's concept of the Saturnian plasma sheet based on data from Cassini magnetospheric imaging instrument. It shows Saturn's embedded "ring current," an invi...
Artist Concept of Particle Population in Saturn's Magnetosphere -- Labeled
This view from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows a sinuous canyon in the southern hemisphere of Ceres, south of Yalode Crater.
Dawn LAMO Image 56
This artist concept shows NASA's Dawn spacecraft above dwarf planet Ceres, as seen in images from the mission.
Dawn Fires Its Engine Above Ceres (Artist Concept)
From the Dark Side December 10, 2004 Full-Res: PIA06529 As Cassini swung around to the dark side of ...
From the Dark Side
This image of Ceres is part of a sequence taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft April 24 to 26, 2015, from a distance of 8,500 miles (13,500 kilometers).
Dawn RC3 Image 4
Small and asteroid-like in appearance, Epimetheus is seen here with Saturn's nearly edge-on rings in the distance. Epimetheus has a mean density that is less than that of water, suggesting that it ...
Rounding the Rings October 13, 2004 Full-Res: PIA06497 Cassini spied two members of Saturn's family rounding the rings in this image f...
Rounding the Rings
On Oct. 9, 2008, just after coming within 25 kilometers (15.6 miles) of the surface of Enceladus, NASA’s Cassini captured this stunning mosaic as the spacecraft sped away from this geologically act...
A Tectonic Feast
+ QuickTime (no audio, 4.7 MB) The Cassini spacecraft's narrow-angle camera captured Saturn's moon Rhea as it gradually slipped into the planet's shadow – an event known as “ingress” – on Aug. 19,...
Darkness Falls on Rhea
Sunlight scatters through Titan's atmosphere, illuminating high hazes and bathing the entire moon in a soft glow. This high phase angle view of Titan was acquired from 21 degrees below the smoggy ...
Part of the southern hemisphere on dwarf planet Ceres is seen in this image taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft. Two prominent, similarly sized craters (at left) demonstrate how impact features become ...
Dawn HAMO Image 72
Lit by reflected light from Saturn, Enceladus appears to hover above the gleaming rings, its well-defined ice particle jets spraying a continuous hail of tiny ice grains.
Brilliant Ice Dust
NASA's Dawn spacecraft obtained this image of two large, young craters on Vesta with its framing camera on August 6, 2011. This image was taken through the framing camera's clear filter aboard the ...
Two Large Young Craters
Rippling Rings July 1, 2004 Full-Res: PIA06094 This is one of the first images taken by the Cas...
A closer view of the Cassini image of the Huygens Probe after its successful release. The full image is available here. Cassini snapped this image of the probe about 12 hours after its release fro...
Huygens Probe Release Zoom
Titan and Saturn have very few things in common, but a hazy appearance is one feature they share. Although their faces seem similar in images like this, appearances can be misleading.
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