Solar System Exploration
Great Dark Spot
December 17, 2004
Great Dark Spot
Mimas's lit crescent has the appearance of a golf ball thanks to its heavily cratered surface. The image was taken with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on Oct. 24, 2008 using a spectral...
Saturn's moon Daphnis raises waves wherever it goes. In fact, such waves are one way that scientists search for undiscovered moons in the ring gaps.
Watching the Wavemaker
NASA's Dawn spacecraft obtained this image of the giant asteroid Vesta with its framing camera on July 24, 2011. Dawn entered orbit around Vesta on July 15, and will spend a year orbiting the body.
Full-Frame Image of Vesta
This view from NASA's Dawn spacecraft features a crater named Oxo, which is about 6 miles (9 kilometers) in diameter. A short, linear slump, where a mass of material has dropped below the surface, ...
Dawn HAMO Image 73
This Cassini image shows predominantly the impact-scarred leading hemisphere of Saturn's icy moon Rhea (1,528 kilometers, or 949 miles across). The image was taken in visible light with the Cassin...
Rhea and Her Craters
Three different false-color views of Saturn's moon Iapetus show the boundary of the global "color dichotomy" on the hemisphere of this moon facing away from Saturn. The "color dichotomy," which has...
Color Dichotomy on Iapetus
This frame from an animated sequence of images shows northern terrain on the sunlit side of dwarf planet Ceres as seen by NASA's Dawn spacecraft on April 14 and 15, 2015.
Settling in at Ceres
This close-up of the inner edge of the Cassini Division shows an enormous amount of structure, including a grainy texture in the bright outer B ring material near the gap edge. An extreme enhancem...
This image has not been validated or calibrated. A validated/calibrated image will be archived with the NASA Planetary Data System in 2012. For more information on raw images check out our Freque...
Enceladus (Raw Image 4)
Two ring moons chase each other as their larger sibling looks on.This view shows Tethys at lower left, along with perpetually mingling Epimetheus at left of center, and Janus at center. Tethys is ...
Darkened Moons, Searing F Ring
Titan's smoggy atmosphere glows brilliantly in scattered sunlight, creating a thin, gleaming crescent beyond Saturn's rings.
Titan Shines Through
The Cassini spacecraft's camera looks in near-infrared light at a dramatic view of Saturn, its ringplane and the shadows of a couple of its moons. The large shadow south of the equator is that of ...
Scene Seen in the Near-Infrared
The moon Janus casts a shadow on Saturn's A ring but misses the thin F ring in this image captured as the planet approached its August 2009 equinox. The moon itself is not pictured, and the shadow...
Skipping a Ring
This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft of asteroid Vesta shows Aquilia crater located in Pinaria quadrangle, in Vesta's southern hemisphere. The especially degraded bottom rim was probably formed b...
Wispy terrain reflects sunlight brightly in the lower left of this Cassini image of the northern latitudes of Saturn's moon Dione. These "wisps" are actually fractures on the trailing hemisphere of...
Peeking over the crescent of Enceladus, the Cassini spacecraft views the towering plume of ice particles erupting from the moon's south polar region. Multiple components of the overall plume are v...
This colorized mosaic from NASA's Cassini mission shows the most complete view yet of Titan's northern land of lakes and seas. Saturn's moon Titan is the only world in our solar system other than E...
Titan's North -- Annotated, With Text
Detecting Lightning From Saturn August 5, 2004 Full-Res: PIA06414 This artist concept shows how Cassini is able to detect radio si...
Detecting Lightning From Saturn
These updated maps of Saturn's moon Titan, consisting of data from the Cassini imaging science subsystem, include Cassini's August 2008 imaging of the moon's northern hemisphere. Evidence from Cas...
Maps of Titan - January 2009
This two-in-one view of Dione from NASA's Cassini spacecraft includes the mission's highest-resolution view of the Saturnian moon's icy surface.
Cassini's Closest Views of Dione I (A)
Artist's concept of Cassini orbiter crossing Saturn's ring plane.
Crossing the Ring Plane
This intense false-color view highlights and enhances color variations across the cratered and cracked surface of Saturn's moon Rhea. To create the false-color view, ultraviolet, green and infrare...
Intense Color on Rhea
Among the interplay of Saturn's shadow and rings, Mimas, which appears in the lower-right corner of the image, orbits Saturn as a set of the ever-intriguing spokes appear in the B ring (just to the...
Shadows and Rings
Titan's murky atmosphere shines as a halo of scattered light. Prior to the Cassini spacecraft's arrival, Titan remained incognito, swathed in its impenetrable envelope of frigid gases. Now, gradua...
The range of features to be found in Saturn's C ring is seen in this Cassini image. Near the bottom of the frame is a narrow eccentric ringlet lying in a gap that researchers suspect may contain o...
Many Faces of the C Ring
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