Solar System Exploration
December 17, 2004
This montage of two views is published by the Cassini team to mark the 10th anniversary of the Phoebe flyby.
Arrival and Departure at Phoebe
The Cassini spacecraft skims past Saturn's ringplane at a low angle, spotting two ring moons on the far side. Pan (26 kilometers, or 16 miles across) sits within the Encke Gap right of center. Bey...
Across the Dark Ringplane
This artist's concept illustrates how charged water particles flow into the Saturnian atmosphere from the planet's rings, causing a reduction in atmospheric brightness. The observations were made w...
Saturn's Ring 'Rain'
A startling silhouette of Saturn is created in this Cassini spacecraft portrait. Although the sun is eclipsed by Saturn in this dramatic image, some sunlight scatters through the uppermost part of...
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
These images are of HED (howardite, eucrite and diogenite) meteorites are a large group of meteorites believed to originate from asteroid Vesta, a hypothesis that is consistent with current Dawn ob...
Rocks from Vesta -- Part 2: Howardites
This image made with data from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows pit chains on dwarf planet Ceres called Samhain Catenae.
Samhain Catenae on Ceres
The Huygens probe is installed into the Cassini orbiter in the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility at the Kennedy Space Center in July 1997.
Probe at KSC
The shadow of the moon Enceladus appears on Saturn just south of the thin shadow of the planet's rings in this image captured shortly after Saturn's August 2009 equinox. Enceladus (504 kilometers,...
Shadow South of Another
The brightly lit limb of a crescent Enceladus looks ethereal against the blackness of space. The rest of the moon, lit by light reflected from Saturn, presents a ghostly appearance.
This image of Titan's surface, obtained by Huygens' DISR imager, shows patterns of tectonic and fluid-flow activity. The tectonic patterns are indicated by blue lines; the drainage divide is indica...
Building Our New View of Titan III
This image of Jupiter's icy satellite Europa shows surface features such as domes and ridges, as well as a region of disrupted terrain including crustal plates which are thought to have broken apar...
Europa "Ice Rafts" in Local and Color Context
This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft is centered on asteroid Vesta's Vibidia crater. There is a distinctive distribution of bright and dark material around Vibidia crater.
This false-color, visible-light image of comet ISON was taken with Hubble's Wide Field Camera 3.
Compass and Scale Image for Comet ISON
Saturn's moon Dione hangs in front of Saturn's rings in this view taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft during the inbound leg of its last close flyby of the icy moon.
Dione: Craters and Rings
NASA's Dawn spacecraft flys over dwarf planet Ceres which Dawn has been orbiting for mre than a year, providing us with fascinating views of an alien world.
Dawn LAMO Image 53
At first glance, the most obvious features in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft are Saturn's rings and the icy moon Enceladus. Upon closer inspection, Saturn's night side is also visible (n...
Dark and Arc
A short but fierce "gullywasher" rainstorm of methane falls on the mountains surrounding the intriguing flows of Titan's Hotei Arcus in this artist's concept by Michael Carroll, based upon radar ma...
Rainy Day at Hotei Arcus
This Cassini spacecraft view shows the interesting north-south asymmetry in Titan's atmosphere, which is thought to be a seasonal effect. North on Titan (5,150 kilometers, or 3,200 miles across) i...
Bright to Dark
Io in Eclipse
Io in Eclipse
This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft, taken June 7, 2016, shows part of Lono Crater (at bottom) within the giant Yalode impact basin on Ceres.
Dawn LAMO Image 195
This unmagnified view of Saturn's moon Dione shows the moon's bright, wispy terrain, along with several large impact craters. Two of the craters have central peaks. Dione is 1,118 kilometers (695 ...
Two different seasons on Titan in different hemispheres can be seen in this image. The moon's northern half appears slightly darker than the southern half in this view taken in visible blue light ...
Titan's Two Halves
Possible variations in chemical composition from one part of Saturn's ring system to another are visible in this Voyager 2 image as color variations that can be enhanced with special computer-proce...
This southerly view of Dione shows enormous canyons extending from mid-latitudes on the trailing hemisphere, at right, to the moon's south polar region. This view looks toward the Saturn-facing si...
A Stressed Surface
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