Solar System Exploration
December 17, 2004
Rhea's surface gains some depth in this stereo image, or anaglyph, which features the bright and geologically young-looking rayed crater on the moon's leading hemisphere. The view was created from ...
Rhea's Pop-up Crater
When seen up close, the F ring of Saturn resolves into multiple dusty strands. This Cassini view shows three bright strands and a very faint fourth strand off to the right.
F for Fabulous
This updated mosaic of the southern hemisphere of Saturn’s moon Enceladus has been constructed from the many high-resolution images (less than 1 kilometer per pixel, or 0.6 mile per pixel) acquired...
The Southern Hemisphere of Enceladus
Tholin formation in Titan's upper atmosphere Credit: Southwest Research Institute
Tholin Formation in Titan's Upper Atmosphere
Presented here is a complete set of cartographic map sheets from a high-resolution Enceladus atlas, a project of the Cassini Imaging Team. The map sheets form a 15-quadrangle series covering the...
The Enceladus Atlas (2008)
This image of Texas, obtained by astronauts aboard NASA's Gemini 4 spacecraft on June 5, 1965, shows a large dark swath attributed to rainfall. The dark areas correspond to regions that received mo...
Portrait of the prime crew of the Apollo 12 lunar landing mission.
Apollo 12 Crew
Dawn cartoon character, part of Dawn's Mission Art series.
Dawn Cartoon Character
The Cassini spacecraft monitors the myriad cloud forms that drift in Saturn's atmosphere, helping scientists gain a better understanding of how energy is transported around, and from within, the pl...
Following the Clouds
This image of Titan, taken by a Voyager spacecraft, shows Titan to be completely shrouded by a thick atmosphere. The atmosphere is about 95% nitrogen, the remainder methane as well as other hydroca...
Complex and unique canyon systems appear to have been intricately carved into older terrain by the ample flow of liquid methane rivers on Saturn's moon Titan, as seen in this radar image taken by N...
Southern Canyons of Titan
A portion of the rugged rim of Occator Crater is seen in this image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft. Occator, a young crater approximately 80 million years old.
Dawn LAMO Image 123
Pandora is seen in this dramatic view, orbiting just beyond the outer edge of Saturn's F ring. Several bright areas are visible within the F ring. In the main rings, the Keeler gap and the Encke ga...
Pandora at the Edge
NASA's Cassini spacecraft has been on an epic road trip, as this graphic of its orbits around the Saturn system shows. This picture traces Cassini's orbits from Saturn orbit insertion, on June 30, ...
Round and Round Saturn
This image, taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft, shows the southeastern rim of Occator Crater. Compacted material forms spurs along the crater wall. A group of roughly parallel, braided fractures can b...
Dawn LAMO Image 51
Located in the Marcia quadrangle, the left-hand image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows the apparent brightness of asteroid Vesta's surface. The right-hand image is based on this apparent brightnes...
Apparent Brightness and Topography Images of Calpurnia and Minucia
NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, right, and NASA Associate Administrator for the Science Mission Directorate, Thomas Zurbuchen, watch the launch of NASA's InSight spacecraft.
InSight Launch: NASA Administrator
N00067472.jpg was taken on Oct. 10, 2006 and received on Earth Oct. 10, 2006. The camera was pointing toward TITAN at approximately 189,368 kilometers away, and the image was taken using the CL1 an...
Titan Flyby -- Oct. 9, 2006 -- (Raw Image)
An enigmatic large basin appears in the south polar region of Saturn's moon Titan at the center of this Titan Radar Mapper image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft acquired on June 22, 2009. Centere...
South Polar Basin on Titan
The moon Prometheus casts a shadow on the thin F ring marked with streamer-channels created by the moon in this image taken as Saturn approaches its August 2009 equinox. The gravity of potato-shap...
Shadow and Streamer-channels
This image from NASA's Dawn mission shows huge grooves on the giant asteroid Vesta that were the result of mega impacts at the south pole.
Huge Troughs on Vesta
The Cassini spacecraft zooms in on Mimas, pitted by craters and slightly out-of-round. Cassini images taken during a flyby of Mimas in August 2005 were compiled into a movie showing the moon's batt...
Mimas in View
Dust plumes from Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan blow southward over the Arabian Sea, Dec. 28, 2012.
The Mysteries of Clouds and Aerosols
NEAR Shoemaker's scientific observations of Eros focus on different priorities as the spacecraft descends into lower orbits.
A Swath of Eros
The MESSENGER spacecraft has captured the first portrait of our Solar System from the inside looking out.
A Solar System Family Portrait, from the Inside Out
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