Solar System Exploration
As Titan Turns
December 17, 2004
As Titan Turns
This natural color mosaic was acquired by the Cassini spacecraft as it soared 39 degrees above the unilluminated side of the rings.
Saturn: On the Final Frontier
This montage of images of the Saturnian System was prepared from an assemblage of images taken by the Voyager 1 spacecraft during its Saturn encounter in November 1980. This artist's arrangement ...
The Saturn System
The Cassini spacecraft peers down through layers of haze to glimpse the lakes of Titan's northern regions.
Looking Down on Lakes
This view from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows the rim of Dantu Crater (78 miles, 125 kilometers wide). This image was taken on June 2, 2016.
Dawn LAMO Image 176
The Cassini spacecraft looks down onto middle northern latitudes on Rhea. The large Tirawa basin is seen on the terminator at right. Lit terrain seen here is primarily on the trailing side of Rhea...
North on Rhea
Saturn from Far and Near (Cassini-Huygens) May 26, 2004 Full-Res: PIA05983 The Cassini-Huygens spacecraft returned this bottom i...
Saturn from Far and Near (Cassini-Huygens)
This very detailed image taken during the Cassini spacecraft's closest approach to Saturn's moon Dione on Dec. 14, 2004 is centered on the wispy terrain of the moon. To the surprise of Cassini ima...
Highest Resolution View of Dione
A small new found object, temporarily designated S/2004 S 3, has been seen orbiting Saturn's outer F ring.
New Object in F ring
This image of asteroid Vesta from NASA's Dawn spacecraft is dominated by a chain of secondary craters located in Vesta's Floronia quadrangle, in Vesta's northern hemisphere.
Chain of Secondary Craters
This image from NASA's Dawn mission shows the varied minerals on the surface of the giant asteroid Vesta in false color.
Colorized Infrared View of Vesta
These images of dwarf planet Ceres, processed to enhance clarity, were taken on Feb. 19, 2015, from a distance of about 29,000 miles (46,000 kilometers), by NASA's Dawn spacecraft. Dawn observed Ce...
Views of Ceres on Approach
The Cassini spacecraft looks past Saturn's rings and small moon Janus to spy the planet's second largest moon, Rhea. Janus is closest to Cassini here. The rings are between Janus (179 kilometers, ...
Rhea Past Rings
The Cassini spacecraft looks down, almost directly at the north pole of Dione. The feature just left of the terminator at bottom is Janiculum Dorsa, a long, roughly north-south trending ridge. Lit...
Dione: North Polar View
Images recorded by the European Space Agency's Huygens probe descent imager/spectral radiometer between 11 and 5 miles (17 and 8 kilometers) were assembled to produce this panoramic mosaic. The pro...
The Aristarchus crater (about 25 miles or 40 kilometers in diameter) and plateau is one of the most geologically complex areas on the Moon. In this amazing picture, NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbi...
Enceladus in the Distance November 3, 2004 Full-Res: PIA06512 Cassini spied the moon Enceladus in the distance beyond Saturn's sou...
Enceladus in the Distance
The existence of oceans or lakes of liquid methane on Saturn's moon Titan was predicted more than 20 years ago.
Liquid Lakes on Titan
This dramatic view of the crescents of Neptune and Triton was acquired by Voyager 2 approximately 3 days, 6 and one-half hours after its closest approach to Neptune (north is to the right).
Crescents of Neptune and Triton
Limb clouds over Triton's south polar cap.
Limb clouds over Triton
This image is a portion of the swath acquired by the Cassini Titan radar mapper on Feb. 15, 2005, on the mission's second opportunity to image the surface with radar. The frame, measuring about ...
A fleet of small moons patrols the outskirts of Saturn's icy rings. The shepherd moons Prometheus (102 kilometers, or 63 miles across) and Pandora (84 kilometers, or 52 miles across) are seen resp...
The Orbiting Fleet
Among the highest features seen by NASA's Dawn spacecraft on Ceres so far is a mountain about 4 miles (6 kilometers) high, which is roughly the elevation of Mount McKinley in Alaska's Denali Nation...
Tall Mountain: Enhanced View
This view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft is the sharpest ever taken of belts of the features called propellers in the middle part of Saturn's A ring.
Propeller Belts of Saturn
This is an artist concept and movie of the view from Cassini during the star occultation that detected "Mittens," the small object to the right of the star. As Cassini watched the star pass behind ...
Storms in Saturn's Atmosphere May 28, 2004 Full-Res: PIA05397 This close-up of Saturn's southern hemisphere shows several dark sp...
Storms in Saturn's Atmosphere
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