Solar System Exploration
Great Dark Spot
December 17, 2004
Great Dark Spot
This image, taken on June 10, 2016 by NASA's Dawn spacecraft, shows cratered terrain on Ceres. Dawn took this image from its low-altitude mapping orbit, at a distance of about 240 miles (385 kilome...
Dawn LAMO Image 201
+ Annotated version The tiny wavemaker moon Daphnis is dwarfed by the very waves it creates on the edge of the Keeler gap. Daphnis (5 miles, or 8 kilometers across), a tiny dot in the Keeler gap, ...
+ Viewing options The small moon Mimas passes in front of the larger moon Rhea, which is partly obscured by Saturn's rings, in this movie from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Observations of mutual m...
Before a Veiled Rhea
Saturn's moon Daphnis, appearing as a tiny speck in the Keeler Gap of the A ring on the far right of this Cassini spacecraft image, is almost lost among the moon's attendant edge waves. Daphnis (8...
Hidden Among Waves
From a viewing angle slightly above the ringplane Cassini spied Saturn's moon Atlas, which orbits Saturn between the broad A ring and the thin F ring. The background of Saturn's atmosphere (a unifo...
The Cassini spacecraft delivers this stunning vista showing small, battered Epimetheus and smog-enshrouded Titan, with Saturn's A and F rings stretching across the scene. The prominent dark region...
Io Above Clouds on New Year's Day, 2001 January 23, 2001 The moon Io floats above the cloudtops of Jupiter in this image captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft on the dawn of the new mill...
New Year's Io
Saturn's brilliant limb shines through the semi-transparent A ring, while the outer F ring shepherd moon hangs against the black sky. F-ring shepherding moon Pandora (81 kilometers, or 50 miles ac...
The Shepherd and Saturn
This synthetic aperture radar image was obtained by the Cassini spacecraft on its pass by Titan's south pole on Dec. 20, 2007. This image is centered near 76.5 south, 32.5 west and covers an area ...
Flowing Liquids on Titan
This artist's concept summarizes our understanding of how the inside of Ceres could be structured, based on the data returned by the NASA's Dawn mission. The most internal layer, the mantle is domi...
Ceres' Internal Structure (Artist's Concept)
Possible variations in chemical composition from one part of Saturn's ring system to another are visible in this Voyager 2 image as color variations that can be enhanced with special computer-proce...
Map of the trajectory NASA's Magellan spacecraft took to explore Venus.
Magellan Trajectory Map
This image, taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft, shows unnamed craters high in the northern hemisphere of Ceres. A bright patch of material can be seen on the upper wall of the large crater (near the l...
Dawn LAMO Image 46
+ View Full Res This raw, unprocessed image of Saturn's moon Enceladus was taken on Oct. 19, 2011. As the spacecraft passed Enceladus, its infrared instruments, cameras and other instruments moni...
Enceladus Flyby E-15 (Raw Image #8)
Speeding Away from Tethys August 3, 2004 Full-Res: PIA05426 This view of Saturn's icy moon Tethys shows a large crater with a cent...
Speeding Away from Tethys
Some of the interesting variety among Saturn's many known icy satellites is revealed in these Voyager 2 images. Enceladus' bright, relatively uncratered terrain is coated with water ice. The smoo...
Enceladus & Iapetus
This global map of Saturn's moon Enceladus was created using images taken during Cassini spacecraft flybys, with Voyager images filling in the gaps in Cassini's coverage. The map is an equidistant...
Map of Enceladus - December 2008
The dark side of the ringplane glows with scattered light, including the luminous F ring, which shines like a rope of brilliant neon. Below, Dione (1,126 kilometers, or 700 miles across) presents a...
Saturn's Night Lights
In this series of images from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, a dark, rectangular hot spot (top) interacts with a line of vortices that approaches from on the upper-right side (second panel). The intera...
Vortices Bump into a Hot Spot in Jupiter's Atmosphere
This global digital map of Saturn's moon Enceladus was created using data taken by the Cassini spacecraft, with gaps in coverage filled in by NASA Voyager spacecraft data. The map is an equidistant...
Map of Enceladus - December 2006
NASA's Dawn spacecraft flys over dwarf planet Ceres which Dawn has been orbiting for mre than a year, providing us with fascinating views of an alien world.
Dawn LAMO Image 53
Diverse cloud forms shift and spin in the far northern reaches of Saturn. The image was taken with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera on Feb. 18, 2008 using a spectral filter sensitive to wa...
The Turbulent North
This Solar & Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) image, taken Oct. 24, 2012, at 11:06 a.m. UTC, shows a view of Saturn as it passes behind the sun, Cassini spacecraft in tow. Credit: SOHO - http:...
Saturn Superior Conjunction
This false-color image of Saturn's main rings was made by combining data from multiple star occultations using the Cassini ultraviolet imaging spectrograph.
Mapping Clumps in Saturn's Rings
The wavemaker moon, Daphnis, is featured in this view, taken as NASA's Cassini spacecraft made one of its ring-grazing passes over the outer edges of Saturn's rings on Jan. 16, 2017. This is the cl...
Daphnis Up Close
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