Solar System Exploration
December 17, 2004
This raw image of Saturn's moon Enceladus was taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft on Dec. 20, 2010. The spacecraft was approximately 158,000 kilometers (98,000 miles) away from Enceladus. Image cre...
Dark Moon, Bright Spray
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
Prometheus poses here with its latest creation: a dark, diagonal gore in the tenuous material interior to Saturn's F ring. The shepherd moon creates a new gore each time it comes closest to the F r...
Drawing the Drapes
Saturn's moon Janus orbits in front of the rings, which are partially darkened by the shadow of the planet in this Cassini spacecraft view. Saturn's shadow obscures about half the rings. This can ...
Only Half the Rings
This image of Nar Sulcus in Yalode Crater was obtained by NASA's Dawn spacecraft on May 19, 2018 from an altitude of about 875 miles (1410 kilometers).
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...
Part of the complex geologic history of icy Triton, Neptune's largest satellite, is shown in this Voyager 2 photo, which has a resolution of 900 meters (2,700 feet) per picture element.
Complex Geologic History of Triton
This image of Matronalia AV-L-25, 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.
A sinuous feature snakes northward from Enceladus' south pole like a giant tentacle. This feature, which stretches from the terminator near center, toward upper left, is actually tectonic in nature...
Y Marks the Spot
These images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft are located in asteroid Vesta's Gegania quadrangle, just south of Vesta's equator. Rubria is the crater with dark and bright material above Divalia Fossa an...
Rubria Crater, Apparent Brightness and Topography Images
Slipping into shadow, the south polar vortex at Saturn's moon Titan still stands out against the orange and blue haze layers that are characteristic of Titan's atmosphere.
Dusk in the South
This image, taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft, shows the surface of dwarf planet Ceres from an altitude of 915 miles (1,470 kilometers). The image, with a resolution of 450 feet (140 meters) per pixe...
Dawn HAMO Image 23
The Cassini spacecraft spots the irregularly shaped icy moon Janus as it swings around Saturn. This view looks toward the unilluminated side of the rings from about 8 degrees above the ringplane. ...
Janus in View
The most prominent jets of vapor and icy particles emerging from the south polar terrain of Saturn’s moon Enceladus are shown here in graphical form in a movie clip of a “rotating” Enceladus. A ...
The shadow of the moon Epimetheus crosses Saturn's rings in this image taken as the planet approached its August 2009 equinox. The moon Epimetheus (113 kilometers, or 70 miles across), a co-orbita...
In this 30 second exposure, a meteor streaks across the sky during the annual Perseid meteor shower Friday, August 12, 2016 in Spruce Knob, West Virginia.
Perseid Meteor Shower 2016
This view highlights tectonic faults and craters on Dione, an icy world that has undoubtedly experienced geologic activity since its formation. To create the enhanced-color view, ultraviolet, gree...
Dione Has Her Faults (False Color)
Saturn and its north polar hexagon dwarf Mimas as the moon peeks over the planet's limb. Saturn's A ring also makes an appearance on the far right. Mimas is 246 miles (396 kilometers) across. This...
Mimas Peeks Over Saturn
NASA's Galileo spacecraft acquired its highest resolution images of Jupiter's moon Io on 3 July 1999 during its closest pass to Io since orbit insertion in late 1995.
Global Image of Io (True Color)
The cratered moon Mimas appears as if it has been hung like an ornament above Saturn's rings in this Cassini spacecraft image. The spacecraft was closer to Mimas than to the rings when this image ...
Voyager 1 looked back at Saturn on November 16, 1980, four days after the spacecraft flew past the planet, to observe the appearance of Saturn and its rings from this unique perspective. A few of t...
This high-resolution infrared image was taken during the Cassini spacecraft's closest approach to Titan on Oct. 26, 2004. These images were obtained by Cassini's visual and infrared mapping spectro...
Infrared Image of Titan Volcano
This pair of Voyager 2 images (FDS 11446.21 and 11448.10), two 591-s exposures obtained through the clear filter of the wide angle camera, show the full ring system with the highest sensitivity.
Neptune - Full Ring System
A portion of the rim of giant Yalode Crater is seen in this image of Ceres. Yalode is approximately 162 miles (260 kilometers) in diameter. NASA's Dawn spacecraft took this image on June 15, 2016.
Dawn LAMO Image 127
This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft taken on June 13, 2016, shows cratered terrain to the west of Ahuna Mons. In this area there are chains of craters called Uhola Catenae.
Dawn LAMO Image 205
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