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Great Dark Spot
December 17, 2004
Great Dark Spot
Distant Rhea August 26, 2004 Full-Res: PIA06463 Cassini caught a hint of Rhea's heavily cratered surface as it sped rapidly away f...
The Cassini-Huygens mission was recognized with an award in the space category at the 2005 World Technology Awards in San Francisco on Nov. 15. From left to right: Enrico Flamini, Italian Space Ag...
Cassini-Huygens Wins Space Award
This ultraviolet view of Titan shows the moon's north polar hood and its detached, high-altitude haze layer. See Haze Layers on Titan to learn more. This view looks toward the Saturn-facing side o...
Titan's North Polar Hood
This composite image made from seven frames shows the International Space Station in silhouette as it transits the Sun at roughly five miles per second on June 25, 2021. The images were taken from ...
Space Station Transits the Sun
These images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft show Urbinia crater on asteroid Vesta. Urbinia crater is distinctive because is has an irregularly shaped rim due to the formation of other impact craters a...
Topography and Albedo Image of Urbinia Crater
This figure illustrates the unexpected and bizarre pattern of daytime temperatures found on Saturn's small inner moon Mimas (396 kilometers, or 246 miles, in diameter).
Bizarre Temperatures on Mimas
In this image, obtained by NASA's Dawn spacecraft from above the surface of the giant asteroid Vesta, topography in the area surrounding the south pole area shows impact craters, ridges and grooves...
Vesta's Surface in 3-D: Details of Wave-Like Terrain in the South Pole
The battered moon Epimetheus is dwarfed by Saturn in this image which shows a fraction of the planet's northern hemisphere. This view looks toward the trailing hemisphere of Epimetheus (113 kilome...
This synthetic aperture radar image of Titan was taken on Oct. 28, 2005, as the Cassini spacecraft flew by at a distance of 1,350 kilometers (840 miles). This was the first pass dedicated to radar...
A new found ring of material, S/2004 1 R, in the orbit of Saturn's moon Atlas has been seen in this view of the region between the edge of Saturn's A ring and the F ring.
The Atlas Ring
The Cassini spacecraft profiles several features oriented north-south on Saturn's moon Tethys. A line of craters runs north to south near the center of the image: (from top) Phemius, Polyphemus, A...
Up and Down Tethys
This view looks down onto the unlit side of Saturn's ringplane. It nicely shows a near-arm/far-arm brightness asymmetry in the B ring: The near arm of the B ring (in the lower half of the image) is...
Vortices mingle amidst other turbulent motions in Saturn's atmosphere in these two comparison images. The image on the right was taken about two Saturn rotations after the image on the left. Both ...
This image, taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft, shows a portion of the northern hemisphere of dwarf planet Ceres from an altitude of 915 miles (1,470 kilometers). Jarovit crater, named for the Slavic ...
Dawn HAMO Image 47
+ View Unlabeled Version This image collage features Saturn and the moons Titan, Enceladus, Dione, Rhea and Helene, which will be studied in the extended mission. Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science I...
Saturn Moon Collage -- Labeled
Powerful forces ripped apart the surface of Tethys at some time in the deep past, creating the incredible canyon system of Ithaca Chasma. This view shows nearly the full extent of Ithaca Chasma, wh...
Rays of light from the sun have taken many different paths to compose this glorious image of Saturn and its rings. This view looks toward the unilluminated (north) side of the rings and, at the to...
This montage of Cassini Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) images of the surface of Titan shows four examples of how a newly developed technique for handling noise results in clearer, easier to interpr...
Titan Despeckled Montage
This piece entitled "Cassini Tracking Saturn I" was painted by Florida artist Cecil Herring, who absolutely loves everything about space exploration. As part of her "Spacescapes" series, she uses a...
Cassini Saturn Art
This view, taken on Oct. 22, 2016, from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows the rim of Yalode Crater on Ceres at upper left. Yalode is one of the largest impact basins on Ceres.
Dawn XMO2 Image 27
South Polar Turbulence August 30, 2004 Full-Res: PIA06465 Structures in the turbulent cloud bands near Saturn's south pole are visibl...
South Polar Turbulence
This pair of images, taken by the Cassini spacecraft radar mapper on two different Titan passes on Dec. 11, 2006 (T21 left), and Oct. 29, 2005 (T8 right), represent two different views of a field o...
Two Sides of Dunes
The shadow of the moon Epimetheus is cast onto Saturn's rings, striking the outer-most part of the A ring and only just nipping the F ring. Epimetheus (113 kilometers, or 70 miles across) is not s...
This image of Saturn's largest moon, Titan, obtained by Cassini's radar instrument during a near-polar flyby on Feb. 22, 2007, features dunes and lakes, one of which is larger than any lake on Eart...
Titan (T25) Viewed by Cassini's Radar - Feb. 22, 2007
This image showing detail of Urvara Crater's central ridge on Ceres was obtained by NASA's Dawn spacecraft on July 6, 2018 from an altitude of about 72 miles (116 kilometers).
Detail of Urvara Crater's Central Ridge
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