Solar System Exploration
Great Dark Spot
December 17, 2004
Great Dark Spot
This is a narrow angle field-of-view artist's rendering from the bottom of a large ice crevasse on the surface of Phoebe, the least known of all the Saturnian satellites. Since Cassini will never ...
Ice Crevasse on Phoebe
Using a special spectral filter, the high-resolution camera aboard NASA's Cassini spacecraft was able to peer through the hazy atmosphere of Saturn's moon Titan.
Lakes Through the Haze (annotated)
Hovering Mimas September 16, 2004 Full-Res: PIA06478 Saturn's moon Mimas hangs in the sky above Saturn's rings in this Cassini spa...
Cassini conducts a successful close flyby of Saturn's icy moon Enceladus (en-SELL-uh-duss) at 500 kilometers (310 miles) from its surface today. Enceladus is the coldest of the Saturnian moons and ...
This perspective view of Cornelia crater on the giant asteroid Vesta shows an example of 'pitted terrain,' an unexpected discovery in data returned by NASA's Dawn mission.
Cornelia is the Pits
These images of dwarf planet Ceres, processed to enhance clarity, were taken on Feb. 19, 2015, from a distance of about 29,000 miles (46,000 kilometers), by NASA's Dawn spacecraft. Dawn observed Ce...
Views of Ceres on Approach
An artist's concept of NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) spacecraft firing its maneuvering thrusters in order to maintain a safe altitude as it orbits the moon.
LADEE Fires Thrusters Artist's Concept
The Cassini spacecraft and Huygens probe begin their seven-year journey to the ringed planet. The successful launch of Cassini aboard a Titan IVB/Centaur occured at 4:43 a.m. EDT, October 15, 1997.
Clearing the Tower
This amazing perspective view captures battered Mimas against the hazy limb of Saturn. It is obvious in such close-up images that Mimas (397 kilometers, or 247 miles across) has been badly scarred...
Sharp Focus on Mimas
+ Non-annotated version This false-color view of Saturn's moon Mimas from NASA's Cassini spacecraft accentuates terrain-dependent color differences and shows dark streaks running down the sides ...
Color Near Herschel Crater (annotated)
NASA's Cassini spacecraft has delivered a glorious view of Saturn, taken while the spacecraft was in Saturn's shadow.
A Splendor Seldom Seen
This illustration shows the core structure with ion propulsion system installed aboard NASA's Dawn spacecraft.
Illustration of Dawn Spacecraft Core Structure
Artist's concept of LADEE spacecraft approaching the moon.
LADEE Approaches the Moon
This artist concept shows the detection of an atmosphere on Saturn's icy moon Enceladus. The Cassini magnetometer instrument is designed to measure the magnitude and direction of the magnetic fiel...
Atmosphere on Enceladus
Recent images of features in Saturn's C ring called "plateaus" reveal a streaky texture that is very different from the textures of the regions around them.
Textures in the C Ring
NASA's Cassini spacecraft peers toward a sliver of Saturn's sunlit atmosphere while the icy rings stretch across the foreground as a dark band.
This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows an interior wall and southern terrace of Marcia crater on Vesta. Relatively smooth material covers much of the terrace and has flowed downslope (toward ...
Wall and Terrace at Marcia Crater
Joining other moons in heralding the coming of Saturn's August 2009 equinox, the moon Tethys casts its shadow across Saturn's F ring and part of the A ring. The penumbra, or outer non-opaque part ...
Trumpeting the Equinox
This colorized movie from NASA's Cassini mission shows a polar projection of the curious six-sided jet stream at Saturn's north pole known as "the hexagon" in the infrared.
Hexagon in Silhouette, Polar View
Saturn's north polar hexagon basks in the Sun's light now that spring has come to the northern hemisphere. Many smaller storms dot the north polar region and Saturn's signature rings, which appear...
Hexagon and Rings
Jupiter Night-Side Auroras, North and South February 5, 2001 Oval-shaped auroras glow in night-side areas near Jupiter's north and south poles in these images taken by NASA's Cassini spa...
This is a collection of the most detailed images of deep-level clouds obtained by the visual and infrared mapping spectrometer onboard the Cassini spacecraft. Images were obtained at 5.1 micron wa...
A Gallery of Views of Saturn's Deep Clouds
Two small portions of Saturn's F ring shine brilliantly in scattered sunlight as Rhea floats in the distance beyond. Rhea is 1,528 kilometers (949 miles) across. This view looks toward the unillu...
This false-color composite was created with images taken during the Cassini spacecraft's closest flyby of Titan on April 16, 2005. It was created by combining two infrared images (taken at 938 a...
Cassini's View of Titan: False Color Composite
This montage of images shows the precise location of the north pole on Saturn's icy moon Enceladus.
Enceladus North Pole Montage
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