Solar System Exploration
Great Dark Spot
December 17, 2004
Great Dark Spot
A coincidence of viewing angle makes Pandora appear to be hovering over Titan, almost like an accent mark.
Titan's Accent Mark
NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission will be approaching Bennu.
Cassini Captures Merging Storms
Cassini Captures Merging Storms
Is Dione (698 miles or 1123 kilometers across) suddenly larger than Rhea (949 miles or 1527 kilometers across)?
Dione Dwarfing Rhea
This map of the surface of Saturn's moon Enceladus, generated from images taken by NASA's Cassini and Voyager spacecraft, illustrates the imaging coverage planned for Cassini's very close flyby of ...
Close Brush with Enceladus
With giant Saturn hanging in the blackness and sheltering Cassini from the sun's blinding glare, the spacecraft viewed the rings as never before, revealing previously unknown faint rings and even g...
In Saturn's Shadow
Scientists have used data from the Cassini radar mapper to map the global wind pattern on Saturn's moon Titan using data collected over a four-year period, as depicted in this image. The arrows ...
Mapping Titan's Global Wind Patterns
The shadow of Saturn's largest moon darkens a huge portion of the gas giant planet. Titan (5,150 kilometers, or 3,200 miles across) is not pictured here, but its shadow is elongated in the bottom ...
Enormous Elongated Shadow
Three of Saturn's closest-orbiting moons are captured here, rounding the rings. From innermost to outermost are Atlas (32 kilometers, or 20 miles across), Pandora (84 kilometers, or 52 miles acros...
Cluster of Moons
The Cassini spacecraft takes in a southern view of the scarred face of icy Tethys.
The sun's low angle near the terminator highlights the topography of craters within Rhea's wispy terrain. A similar view, Rhea in Natural Color, shows this region from a slightly different perspec...
The Adventure Ahead December 8, 2004 Full-Res: PIA06538 This majestic view of Saturn captures several phenomena of interest to scient...
The Adventure Ahead
Bright clouds twist and twirl in the fast-moving and turbulent winds in the Saturnian north. Hints of organized jets can also be seen. This view is centered on a region 24 degrees north of Saturn'...
This map from NASA's Dawn mission indicates the presence of hydrated minerals on the giant asteroid Vesta about 30 degrees north latitude, in August 2011. At the time, it was winter in Vesta's nort...
Map of Hydrated Minerals on Vesta
The Cassini spacecraft reveals a remarkable amount of structure in the outer portion of Saturn's A ring. The granular look of the outer edge of the A ring, first discovered soon after Cassini's or...
A small moon clings to the edge of Saturn's A ring. External to the moon is the thin and contorted F ring. The flattened shape of Atlas (32 kilometers, or 20 miles across) is just discernible. See...
While close to Saturn in its orbit, Cassini stared directly at the planet to find Saturn's moon Pandora in the field of view. The F ring shepherd moon is gliding towards the right in this scene. Th...
Pandora Glides Along
The Helioseismic Magnetic Imager (HMI) aboard the Solar Dynamics Observatory takes a series of images every 45 seconds in a very narrow range of wavelengths in visible light of the solar photospher...
The Active Sun from SDO: HMI Dopplergram
This composite of 24 images from the Cassini spacecraft shows multiple layers in Titan's stratospheric haze. The most prominent layer is located about 500 kilometers (300 miles) above the surface a...
Haze Layers on Titan
Appearing like the swirls of marble, the wispy terrain of Saturn's moon Dione is captured in a dramatic display of light and dark. These wispy features are a system of braided canyons with bright ...
Atmospheric Detail in Infrared July 13, 2004 Full-Res: PIA05415 Cassini captured intriguing cloud structures on Saturn as it near...
Atmospheric Detail in Infrared
The Cassini spacecraft examines Titan's north polar hood, the part of the atmosphere of Saturn's largest moon appearing dark at the top of this image. See Titan's Hazes and Haze Layers on Titan to...
Above Titan's North
Cassini's high-gain antenna is able to operate at S, X, Ka, and Ku-band frequencies. In addition to communications (X-band between Earth and orbiter, and S-band from probe to orbiter), radio scie...
The shadow of Saturn's rings grows wider on the planet as the planet moves away from its August 2009 equinox, when the rings cast a pencil-thin shadow. See The Rite of Spring for a view of Saturn ...
Herschel Crater is 81 miles (130 kilometers) wide and covers a large portion of Saturn's moon Mimas.
An Eye on Mimas
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