Solar System Exploration
December 17, 2004
This movie created from images obtained by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft shows a propeller-shaped structure created by a hidden, embedded moon moving through one of Saturn's rings. The moon, likely ab...
Propeller Churns the A Ring
The night sides of Saturn and Tethys are dark places indeed.
From the Night Side
As NASA's Dawn spacecraft takes off for its next destination, this mosaic synthesizes some of the best views the spacecraft had of the giant asteroid Vesta. The set of three craters known as the 's...
Full View of Vesta
Recent Cassini images of Saturn's moon Enceladus backlit by the sun show the fountain-like sources of the fine spray of material that towers over the south polar region.
Fountains of Enceladus - Image #2
During a recent pass of Saturn's moon Titan, one of more than 40 during Cassini's planned four-year mission, the spacecraft acquired this infrared view of the bright Xanadu region and the moon's so...
Clues in the Bright and Dark
Achita Crater on Ceres was named for the Nigerian god of agriculture. NASA's Dawn spacecraft took this image of the crater on January 15, 2016. Achita is located in the northern hemisphere.
Dawn LAMO Image 71
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.
Looking Down on the Hexagon in Infrared
This radar image, obtained by Cassini's radar instrument during a near-polar flyby on Feb. 22, 2007, shows a big island smack in the middle of one of the larger lakes imaged on Saturn's moon Titan....
Titan: Larger and Larger Lakes
This collage includes about 1,600 images submitted by members of the public as part of the NASA Cassini mission's "Wave at Saturn" campaign.
The Faces of 'Wave at Saturn'
This map is part of a group release of Mercator and polar stereographic projections of Saturn's moon Phoebe. A Mercator projection is a map that preserves directions on a body, but distorts sizes, ...
Phoebe: Cartographic Projections (South Polar Map)
N00151527.jpg was taken on February 13, 2010 and received on Earth February 14, 2010. The camera was pointing toward MIMAS at approximately 20,032 kilometers away, and the image was taken using the...
Mimas Flyby Raw Image 1
+ Annotated Version This global map of Saturn's moon Mimas was created using images taken during Cassini spacecraft flybys, with Voyager images filling in the gaps in Cassini's coverage. The moon...
Map of Mimas - June 2012 -- Unannotated
Recent research suggests much of the eruption activity on the surface of Saturn's moon Enceladus could be in the form of broad, curtain-like eruptions, rather than discrete jets.
Icy Curtain Eruptions on Enceladus Create an Illusion of Discrete Jets
These views of Ceres, taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft on December 10, 2015, shows an area in the southern mid-latitudes of the dwarf planet. They are located around a crater chain called Gerber Cat...
Dawn LAMO View Around Gerber Catena, Ceres
A full-sized, 363-foot Saturn V rocket is projected onto the east face of the Washington Monument.
Apollo 11 Saturn V Rocket Projected On The Washington Monument
This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft of asteroid Vesta shows Rubria crater, with dark and bright material, offset from the center of the image. Rubria crater is located in Vesta's Gegania quadran...
Three moons have bunched themselves together in this image of Saturn's rings. Janus (179 kilometers, or 111 miles across) sits bright and overexposed outside the faint F ring. Prometheus (86 kilom...
Moons by the Bunch
Across the darkened expanse of Saturn's rings, the Cassini spacecraft spies one of the F-ring shepherd moons. Pandora (84 kilometers, or 52 miles across) orbits Saturn just beyond the outer edges...
Spotting the Shepherd
Dione [dy-OH-nee] is the second densest moon of Saturn, after Titan. Dione is probably composed of a rocky core making up one-third of the moon's mass, and the rest is composed of water-ice. Dione ...
Tethys and Dione, side by side
In this unusual view, Cassini captured two icy moons of Saturn, Tethys and Enceladus, in a single narrow-angle frame. Little detail is visible on the surface of bright Enceladus, but battered Tethy...
The Cassini spacecraft looks toward the unilluminated side of Saturn's rings to spy on the moon Pan as it cruises through the Encke Gap. This view looks toward the rings from about 13 degrees abov...
Cassini spies a shadow cast by a vertically extended structure or object in the F ring in this image taken as Saturn approaches its August 2009 equinox. The structure can be seen as a bulge near t...
Shadows in the F Ring
This stereographic projection of Descent Imager/Spectral Radiometer images from the European Space Agency's Huygens probe combines 60 images in 31 triplets, projected from a height of 3,000 meters ...
Huygens Titan Mosaic #1
A star field in the constellation Cepheus is a composite of two 600-second exposures by the Framing Camera acquired during tests on December 3, 2007.
Star Field in the Constellation Cepheus
Saturn’s moon Enceladus drifts before the rings and the tiny moon Pandora in this view that NASA’s Cassini spacecraft captured on Nov. 1, 2009. The entire scene is backlit by the Sun, providing str...
A Song of Ice and Light
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