Solar System Exploration
Great Dark Spot
December 17, 2004
Great Dark Spot
NASA's Dawn spacecraft obtained this image with its framing camera on Aug. 20, 2011. This image was taken through the camera's clear filter. The image has a resolution of about 260 meters per pixel.
An Impact Structure Resembling a Snowman
MESSENGER's Earth flyby on Aug. 2, 2005, not only adjusted the spacecraft's path to Mercury - the gravity assist maneuver allowed the spacecraft team to test several MESSENGER science instruments b...
From on high, the Cassini spacecraft spots a group of faint spokes against the striped landscape of the B ring, the dark region in the middle of the rings here. The spokes appear as irregular blotc...
Stars and Stripes ... and Spokes
This image was acquired on 28 July 2008 with the nadir channel of the High Resolution Stereo Camera.
Close-Up of Phobos from Mars Express
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
Saturn's moons Daphnis and Pan demonstrate their effects on the planet's rings in this view from the Cassini spacecraft. Daphnis (5 miles, or 8 kilometers across), on the left of the image, orbits...
Ring Moons' Effects
The Cassini spacecraft captures a view of the southern latitudes of Saturn's tumbling moon Hyperion. To learn more about this spongy moon and how it tumbles in its orbit, see Encountering Hyperion...
This image of a bright crater on Ceres was obtained by NASA's Dawn spacecraft on July 17, 2018 from an altitude of about 25 miles (41 kilometers).
Bright Crater on Ceres
This image using color data obtained by the framing camera aboard NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows asteroid Vesta's southern hemisphere in color, centered on the Rheasilvia formation.
Asteroid Vesta in a 'Rainbow-Colored Palette'
Saturn's F ring, which appears kinked and gored in many images, looks straight here. Above the brighter core, the ghostly strands of the F ring's outer envelope, which has a spiral arm structure, a...
Straightening Out the Kinks
At high resolution, terrain in the transition region between bright and dark hemispheres on Saturn's moon Iapetus reveals a spotty appearance reminiscent of a Dalmatian. The bright material on the...
Looking down through the A ring and Cassini Division, the Cassini spacecraft sees the bright limb of Saturn. The view shows a portion the rings from the outer B ring, at upper right, to the F ring ...
Peering Through the Plane
This mosaic of a prominent mound located on the western side of Cerealia Facula was obtained by NASA's Dawn spacecraft on June 22, 2018 from an altitude of about 21 miles (34 kilometers).
Prominent Mound in Ceres' Cerealia Facula Region
The Cassini spacecraft peers at the pitted surface of the small and irregularly-shaped moon Hyperion. See Chiseled Away to learn how these pits are created on low-density Hyperion (270 kilometers,...
This 2007 view from NASA's Opportunity Mars Exploration Rover processed by an amateur image enthusiast shows the tracks left by a drive executed with more onboard autonomy than has been used on any...
NASA's Dawn spacecraft successfully observed Ceres at opposition on April 29, 2017, taking images from a position exactly between the sun and Ceres' surface.
Ceres During 'Opposition Surge'
View unannotated version. This sequence of three images, obtained by NASA's Cassini spacecraft over the course of about 10 minutes, shows the path of a newly found moonlet in a bright arc of Satur...
Tiny Moonlet Within G Ring Arc -- Annotated
This set of images from NASA's Cassini mission shows the difference in the amount of spray emanating from Saturn's moon Enceladus. The images from Cassini's visual and infrared mapping spectrometer...
Enceladus 'On' and 'Off'
Bold Saturn August 19, 2004 Full-Res: PIA06423 Saturn's atmosphere is prominently shown with th...
Saturn sits with its attendants in the icy depths of the outer Solar System. Near the edge-on rings, moons visible from left to right: Dione (1,126 kilometers, or 700 miles across), Enceladus (505...
Kingdom of Saturn
With the Sun directly behind Cassini, the spacecraft spies the opposition surge in Saturn's inner A ring. The opposition effect becomes visible from this special viewing geometry. See Opposition S...
Flowing Along November 18, 2004 Full-Res: PIA06523 This Cassini image shows details in the swirling clouds of Saturn's southern hemis...
Less intrusive than her sibling shepherd moon, Pandora nonetheless provides a gravitational influence that helps confine and perturb the F ring's shape. See Pandora's Color Close-up for a high res...
The Other Shepherd
+ 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
This image of asteroid Vesta from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows an old, very degraded crater that is almost completely filled with regolith. Regolith is the fine-grained material that covers most of...
An Old Crater Almost Completely Filled with Regolith
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