Solar System Exploration
Great Dark Spot
December 17, 2004
Great Dark Spot
NASA's Insight lander used a camera on its robotic arm to capture views of the Sun rising and setting on Mars.
Sunrise and Sunset on Mars (2019)
NASA's Dawn spacecraft views Oxo Crater (6 miles, 10 kilometers wide) in this view from Ceres, taken on June 4, 2016, from its low-altitude mapping orbit, at a distance of about 240 miles (385 kilo...
Dawn LAMO Image 188
A map of Venus compiled from data recorded by the Pioneer Venus Orbiter spacecraft.
Pioneer Venus Orbiter Map of Venus
Outside the soft edge of Cassini's F ring, Epimetheus and Janus negotiate their nearly-shared orbit. The two moons' orbits are typically about 50 kilometers (30 miles) apart, and the moons actually...
The shadow of the moon Prometheus can be seen as a small dark dot on Saturn just below the narrow shadow cast by the rings in the center of this image, which was taken almost a month after the plan...
Shadow Below Another
The Cassini spacecraft looks toward Saturn's tiny moon Aegaeon within the G-ring arc. The moonlet Aegaeon (formerly known as S/2008 S 1) can't be seen in this image, but it orbits in the bright ar...
Eye Toward Aegaeon
Mysterious Titan begins to appear more familiar as the Cassini spacecraft explores the once hidden surface of this Earth-like moon. + View the interactive feature
Saturn Moons Explorer: Titan
Saturn's largest moon, Titan, looks small here, pictured to the right of the gas giant in this Cassini spacecraft view. Titan (3,200 miles, or 5,150 kilometers across) is in the upper right. Satur...
Beside a Giant
The Cassini spacecraft spies the icy moon Mimas on the far side of Saturn's rings. The large crater Herschel gives the moon a flattened profile on its leading hemisphere, at left. This view looks ...
Mimas in Profile
Four Ways to See Saturn April 22, 2004 Full-Res: PIA05388 A montage of Cassini images, taken in four different regions of the sp...
Four Ways to See Saturn
The Cassini spacecraft looks between Saturn's A and B rings to spy structure in the Cassini Division. The Cassini Division, occupying the middle and left of the image, contains five dim bands of r...
Detailing the Division
This view shows the unlit side of Saturn's splendid rings made visible by sunlight filtering through the rings from the lit side. Light from the illuminated side of the rings brightens the night si...
Dim on the Darkside
This view obtained by NASA's Dawn spacecraft during its Survey orbit illustrates the diversity and complexity of Ceres' geology.
Complex Relationships in the Occator-Kirnis Region
Looming Saturn December 5, 2003 Full-Res: PIA04913 A cold, dusky Saturn looms in the distance in this striking, natural color ...
This composite is a mosaic comprising four individual NAVCAM images taken from 19 miles (31 kilometers) from the center of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on Nov. 20, 2014. The image resolution is ...
NASA's Cassini spacecraft obtained this unprocessed image of Saturn's moon Helene on June 18, 2011. This image has not been validated or calibrated. A validated/calibrated image will be archived w...
Another View of Helene
This image obtained by NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows a subtle feature on Ceres called Kwanzaa Tholus. The rounded shape of Kwanzaa Tholus is typical of tholi.
The bright streaks visible in these Cassini images taken during Saturn's August 2009 equinox are exciting evidence of a constant rain of interplanetary projectiles onto the planet's rings. Objects...
Rain on the Plane
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
This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows the largest crater on Ceres, called Kerwan. Kerwan is very relaxed and looks like a pancake especially when viewed near Ceres' limb.
Kerwan in Full
A close-up view of the Keeler Gap, which is near the outer edge of Saturn's main rings, shows in great detail just how much the moon Daphnis affects the edges of the gap.
Saturn's moon Enceladus, imaged at high phase, shows off its spectacular water ice plumes emanating from its south polar region. This image was captured at a phase, or sun-Enceladus-spacecraft, an...
Although difficult to see at first, more than one moon is at work sculpting Saturn's rings in this view from the Cassini spacecraft. Prometheus (102 kilometers, or 63 miles across) is more or less...
This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows craters with both sharp and smooth crater rims in asteroid Vesta's southern hemisphere. Detailed structure is seen more readily in the image with a smal...
Unusual Craters on Vesta III
This view from NASA’s Dawn mission shows where ice has been detected in the northern wall of Ceres’ Juling Crater, which is in almost permanent shadow.
Juling Crater's shadow
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