Solar System Exploration
Great Dark Spot
December 17, 2004
Great Dark Spot
Saturn's moon Mimas poses with the larger moon Dione in this handsome portrait. The wispy fractured terrain of Dione's trailing side is visible here. Mimas is 397 kilometers (247 miles) across, w...
Mimas and Dione
This color-enhanced image of Jupiter and two of its largest moons—Io and Europa—was captured by NASA's Juno spacecraft as it performed its eighth flyby of the gas giant planet.
Juno Observes Jupiter, Io and Europa
A serene orb of ice is set against the gentle pastel clouds of giant Saturn. Rhea transits the face of the gas giant, whose darkened rings and their planet-hugging shadows appear near upper right. ...
Orb of Ice
This image, made from data obtained by NASA's Dawn spacecraft, shows a perspective view of a layered young crater in the Rheasilvia basin at asteroid Vesta.
Perspective View of Layered Young Crater
Cassini's radar instrument finds lakes in the southern hemisphere of Titan during the most recent Titan flyby. This is the first confirmation of lakes in the southern hemisphere with the radar ins...
Radar Sees Lakes in Titan's Southern Hemisphere
Peering over the shoulder of giant Saturn, through its rings, and across interplanetary space, NASA's Cassini spacecraft spies the bright, cloudy terrestrial planet, Venus.
Cassini Spies Bright Venus from Saturn Orbit
Plumes of icy material extend above the southern polar region of Saturn's moon Enceladus, as imaged by the Cassini spacecraft in January 2005. The monochrome view is presented along with a color-co...
Spray Above Enceladus II
The ghostly spokes in Saturn's B ring continue to put on a show for the Cassini spacecraft cameras in this recent image. The spokes, believed to be a seasonal phenomenon, are expected to disappear ...
Still Active Spokes
Titan, Saturn's largest moon, and Mimas, closer but much smaller on the right, are seen together in this view from Cassini. Titan's gravity is weaker than Earth's, so the moon's atmosphere is quite...
Mimas...and Titan Beyond
This is an image of the meteorite that NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity found and examined in September 2010.
Mars Meteorite: Oileán Ruaidh
Three sizeable impact craters, including one with a marked central peak, lie along the line that divides day and night on the Saturnian moon, Dione (dee-OH-nee), which is 1,118 kilometers, or 695 m...
Craters 'Twixt Day and Night
This raw, unprocessed image of Prometheus [pro-MEE-thee-us], taken in visible light, was obtained by Cassini's narrow-angle camera at a distance of approximately 36,000 kilometers (23,000 miles). ...
Prometheus: Over Easy
This image of Claudia AV-L-23, from the atlas of the giant asteroid Vesta, was created from images taken as NASA's Dawn mission flew around the object, also known as a protoplanet.
The night skies of Saturn are graced by the planet's dazzling rings, but as this image shows, one's view could be very different depending on the season and from which hemisphere one gazes up. Thi...
Night on Saturn
This montage of images shows the precise location of the north pole on Saturn's icy moon Enceladus.
Enceladus North Pole Montage
Saturn casts its shadow on the rings in this Cassini image that also shows how the rings reflect sunlight onto the dark side of the planet. Here Saturn appears dimly illuminated by this ringshine. ...
Shadow and Ringshine
Occator Crater and Ahuna Mons appear together in this view obtained by NASA's Dawn spacecraft on February 11, 2017.
Occator and Ahuna
+ Annotated Version This global digital map of Rhea was created using data taken during Cassini and Voyager spacecraft flybys. The map is an equidistant projection and has a scale of 417 meters (...
Map of Rhea - March 2012 -- Unannotated
Titan in False Color October 27, 2004 Full-Res: PIA06139 This image shows Titan in ultraviolet and infrared wavelengths. It was taken...
Titan in False Color
This image was taken during Cassini's extremely close encounter with Enceladus on Oct. 9, 2008. The image was taken with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on Oct. 9, 2008, a distance of a...
Enceladus Oct. 9, 2008 Flyby - Posted Image #4
Saturn's hexagonal polar jet stream is the shining feature of almost every view of the north polar region of Saturn. The region, in shadow for the first part of the Cassini mission, now enjoys full...
Hail the Hexagon
Even in a peaceful looking scene such as this one of Saturn and its moon Tethys, the Cassini spacecraft reveals clues about how Saturn is ever-changing. Saturn's northern hemisphere still shows th...
Saturn's moon Enceladus drifts before the rings, which glow brightly in the sunlight.
The Cassini spacecraft's current high-inclination orbit allows for some fantastic perspectives, like this shot of Saturn's south pole, which looks toward the rings beyond. The dark bullseye at the...
Triton Voyager 2 approach sequence with latitude-longitude grid superposed.
Color Sequence of Triton Approach Images
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