Solar System Exploration
Solar System Exploration
December 17, 2004
Craters of Tethys November 11, 2004 Full-Res: PIA06518 Two large craters and hints of several smaller ones are visible in this Cas...
Craters of Tethys
The huge Odysseus Crater disfigures the face of Saturn's moon Tethys. The crater, in the top right of the image, is 450 kilometers, or 280 miles, across (see The Great Basin for more information)....
A Little Off the Top
The Cassini spacecraft looks down under at the tortured south polar region of Enceladus, crossed by its "tiger stripes," or sulci, as the long, nearly parallel fractures are officially known. The u...
Saturn's moon Tethys with its prominent Odysseus Crater silently slips behind Saturn's largest moon Titan and then emerges on the other side. Tethys is not actually enshrouded in Titan's atmospher...
Tethys Slips Behind Titan
This Solar & Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) image, taken Oct. 24, 2012, at 11:06 a.m. UTC, shows a view of Saturn as it passes behind the sun, Cassini spacecraft in tow. Credit: SOHO - http:...
Saturn Superior Conjunction
Saturn's moon Enceladus, seen beyond the outline of the planet's night side, spews water ice from its south polar region. Enceladus is farther from Cassini than the planet is here. The plumes can ...
Activity Past Dark Side
Images taken with Cassini's ultraviolet imaging spectrograph shed some light on the dark side of Saturn's moon Iapetus. Scientists are trying to figure out what painted Iapetus' dark side. This is ...
Exposing Iapetus' Dark Side
Saturn's rings cast wide shadows on the planet, and the shadow of a moon also graces the gas giant in this scene from the Cassini spacecraft. The moon Enceladus is not shown in this view, but it d...
Shadows on a Giant
Saturn's moon Epimetheus moves in front of the larger moon Janus as seen by the Cassini spacecraft. This view looks toward the leading hemispheres of Epimetheus (113 kilometers, or 70 miles across...
Epimetheus Before Janus
Himalia, a Small Moon of Jupiter January 23, 2001 NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured images of Himalia, the brightest of Jupiter's outer moons, on Dec. 19, 2000, from a distance of 4.4 million ...
NASA’s Cassini spacecraft obtained this image of Saturn’s moon Dione on Sept. 3, 2010. The camera was pointing toward Dione at approximately 44,173 kilometers (27,448 miles) away. This image has ...
Dione Raw Image I, Sept. 3, 2010
This image shows the first, unprocessed image obtained by NASA's Dawn spacecraft of the giant asteroid Vesta in front of a background of stars. It was obtained by Dawn's framing camera on May 3, 2011.
Dawn's First Glimpse of Vesta -- Unprocessed
The Cassini spacecraft carried the European Space Agency's Huygens probe to Saturn and released it in December 2004. The probe landed on Titan Jan. 14, 2005, acquiring a set of images using the de...
Pinpointing Huygens Landing Site
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 cratered and cracked disk of Saturn's moon Dione looms ahead in this mosaic of images taken by Cassini on Oct.11, 2005, as it neared its close encounter with the icy moon. The images used for ...
Dione in Full View
These images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft, located in asteroid Vesta's Floronia quadrangle, in Vesta's northern hemisphere, demonstrate a special analytical technique, which results in shadowed area...
Revealing Shadows 5
In this 30 second exposure, a meteor streaks across the sky during the annual Perseid meteor shower.
Perseid Meteor 2016
A small and battered reminder of the solar system's violent youth, the ice moon Mimas hurtles around its gas giant parent, Saturn. At 397 kilometers (247 miles) across, Mimas is simply dwarfed by t...
Mimas and the Giant
This stereo view of Iapetus was created by combining two Cassini images, which were taken one day apart. The view serves mainly to show the spherical shape of Iapetus and some of the moon's topogra...
Iapetus in 3D
On May 28, the Cassini spacecraft will fly by Saturn's moon Titan in its last flyby of the original four-year tour, but Cassini’s exploration of Saturn will continue for two more years. This flyby ...
Cassini Flies By Titan, Readies for Extended Tour
Pandora orbits near a kink in the F ring. Whether it was Prometheus or Pandora that created the kink is not obvious in this instance. The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecra...
Pandora Gets Kinky
This view from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows an impact site at high southern latitude on Ceres. A smooth blanket of ejecta surrounds the crater. Many boulders can be seen around the crater's rim and...
Dawn LAMO Image 52
A bright arc within Saturn's faint G ring holds a tiny gift. A small moonlet is just visible as a short streak near the ansa of the G ring arc in the top of two versions of the same image. The sec...
On April 21, 2010, NASA released the first-light images from its newest sun-monitoring mission, the Solar Dynamics Observatory.
Prominence from the Solar Dynamics Observatory
The shadowy outlines of the terrain in Vesta's northern region are visible in this image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft. The image comes from the last sequence of images Dawn obtained of the giant ast...
Shadows of the North
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