Solar System Exploration
Great Dark Spot
December 17, 2004
Great Dark Spot
A bright, powerful, lightning-producing storm churns and coasts along the lane of Saturn's southern hemisphere nicknamed "Storm Alley" by scientists. NASA's Cassini spacecraft detected this parti...
Our solar system is made up of a star—the Sun—eight planets, 146 moons, a bunch of comets, asteroids and space rocks, ice, and several dwarf planets, such as Pluto.
Our Solar System
As it zoomed in on Saturn's moon Dione for a close flyby, the Cassini spacecraft captured a set of images of the icy moon which have been combined into a mosaic here to provide a stunningly detaile...
Mimas drifts along in its orbit against the azure backdrop of Saturn's northern latitudes in this true color view. The long, dark lines on the atmosphere are shadows cast by the planet's rings. Sa...
During its time in orbit, Cassini has spotted many beautiful cat's eye-shaped patterns like the ones visible here. These patterns occur in places where the winds and the atmospheric density at one ...
Flowing "Cat's Eye"
The colorful globe of Saturn's largest moon, Titan, passes in front of the planet and its rings in this true color snapshot from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. The north polar hood can be seen on Tita...
Titan Up Front
This graphic illustrates the differences in Titan's and Earth's atmospheres. Titan's atmosphere extends 10 times further into space than Earth's.
The European Space Agency has set up a special gallery for the more than 350 raw images snapped by the Huygens probe as it descended to Titan on Jan. 14, 2005. Visit the gallery at: http://esamulti...
ESA Huygens Raw Image Gallery
The Cassini spacecraft peers closely at the layers of organic haze in Titan's upper atmosphere during a recent flyby. Planet-sized Titan is 5,150 kilometers (3,200 miles) across. The image was ta...
Artist's concept showing the exploration of the Kuiper Belt so far. New Horizons became the first spacecraft to explore a Kuiper Belt Object - dwarf planet Pluto - up close in 2015.
Kuiper Belt: In Depth
These images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft are located in asteroid Vesta's Numisia quadrangle, just south of Vesta's equator; there is a large slump of material covering the top rim of Teia crater, w...
HAMO and LAMO Images of Teia Crater
Saturn's Sunlit Rings July 1, 2004 After becoming the first spacecraft to enter Saturn's orbit,...
Saturn's Sunlit Rings
This raw image of Saturn's moon Enceladus was taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft on Dec. 20, 2010. The spacecraft was approximately 155,000 kilometers (96,000 miles) away from Enceladus. Image cre...
Chorus of Jets
NASA's Dawn spacecraft captures part of the northern rim of Urvara Crater (101 miles, 163 kilometers wide). obtained on June 2, 2016, from its low-altitude mapping orbit, at a distance of about 240...
Dawn LAMO Image 179
NASA's Dawn spacecraft obtained this image of asteroid Vesta with its framing camera on Aug. 26, 2011. This image was taken through the camera's clear filter. The image has a resolution of about 26...
Craters, Scarps, Troughs, Grooves and Plains on Vesta
Colorful Saturn tilts its darkened ringplane toward Cassini. Against the dark sky, the rings are made visible by the light that scatters through them toward the camera. The F ring shepherd moon Pa...
At a Tilt
Saturn's moon Rhea is gently lit in front of a background of the planet with a wide shadow cast by the rings which are seen nearly edge-on. This view looks toward the anti-Saturn side of Rhea (1,5...
Rhea, Rings and Shadow
Cassini looks toward northern latitudes on Saturn and out across the ringplane. This infrared view probes clouds beneath the hazes that obscure the planet's depths in natural color views. This ima...
+ View Raw Image Cassini took this raw, unprocessed image of Rhea on Dec. 22, 2012, from approximately 16,805 miles (27,045 kilometers) away. This image has not been validated or calibrated. A va...
Rhea's Surface (Raw Image)
This computer-enhanced photo of Saturn, taken November 13, 1980, by Voyager 1, shows Saturn's rings and their shadows against the lighted crescent of the planet. The photo was taken from a distance...
The small moon Pan casts a short shadow on Saturn's A ring in this image taken as the planet approached its August 2009 equinox. Pan (28 kilometers, or 17 miles across) orbits in the Encke Gap of ...
Pan's Short Shadow
Entering Saturn's Magnetosphere with a Boom July 1, 2004 Full-Res: PIA06347 This graph illustrates the series of sonic booms that...
Entering Saturn's Magnetosphere with a Boom
Inside the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, OSIRIS-REx is prepared for encapsulation in its payload fairing.
OSIRIS-REx and its Payload Fairing
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Artist's graphic of the asteroid belt, part of Dawn's Mission Art series.
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