Solar System Exploration
As Titan Turns
December 17, 2004
As Titan Turns
After more than 13 years at Saturn, and with its fate sealed, NASA's Cassini spacecraft bid farewell to the Saturnian system by firing the shutters of its wide-angle camera and capturing this last,...
A Farewell to Saturn
Far above the howling winds of Saturn, its icy moons circle the planet in silence. Mimas is seen near the upper right, while Tethys hovers at the bottom. Dark shadows cast by the see-through rings ...
Enceladus peeks over the limb of Dione during a partial occultation. Dione (1,123 kilometers, or 698 miles across), like most of Saturn's icy moons, has a rather bright, reflective surface. But En...
Gazing off toward the horizon is thought-provoking no matter what body's horizon it is.
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)
The Cassini spacecraft captures a couple of small moons in this image taken while the spacecraft was nearly in the plane of Saturn's rings. Near the top of this image, a crescent Mimas (396 kilome...
Mimas and Pan
In this infrared view, Saturn's cratered moon Tethys shows a faint, dark band across its equatorial region. Tethys is 1,071 kilometers (665 miles) across. North is up in this view, which shows t...
This composite was produced from images returned on 14 January 2005, by ESA's Huygens probe during its successful descent to land on Titan. It shows the boundary between the lighter-coloured uplift...
Building Our New View of Titan
This image, taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft, shows dwarf planet Ceres from an altitude of 2,700 miles (4,400 kilometers). The image, with a resolution of 1,400 feet (410 meters) per pixel, was take...
Dawn Survey Orbit Image 15
This image, taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft, shows a portion of the southern hemisphere of dwarf planet Ceres from an altitude of 915 miles (1,470 kilometers). The image was taken on Sept. 20, 2015...
Dawn HAMO Image 38
Many of the local JPL Cassini Flight Team members are gathered in the main Cassini conference room in the Space Flight Operations Facility to say good-bye to Donna L. Cummings, who has been the Cas...
Local JPL Cassini Flight Team Members Gather to Say Goodbye to Donna L. Cummings
This map from NASA's Dawn mission shows the global distribution of hydrogen on the surface of the giant asteroid Vesta.
Hydrogen Map of Vesta
+ View Full Res + Original PIA09217, July 2007 This image was obtained by Cassini's radar instrument during a flyby on April 10, 2007. The radar antenna was pointing toward Titan at an altitude...
Titan Radar Swaths (T-28 Flyby, April 10, 2007)
The Cassini spacecraft observes the wispy terrain that covers the trailing side of Rhea. North on Rhea (1,528 kilometers, or 949 miles across) is up and rotated 27 degrees to the right. The image...
This north polar image of Titan was acquired by Cassini's radar instrument on May 12, 2007. Stretching from 69 degrees north, 329 degrees west to 33 degrees north, 227 degrees west, this swath g...
Titan (T30) Viewed by Cassini's Radar -- May 12, 2007
These composite images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft show three views of a terrain with ridges and grooves near Aquilia crater in the southern hemisphere of the giant asteroid Vesta.
Vibidia Crater in Color
As Cassini scientists work to understand the newly-exposed surface of Saturn's largest moon, Titan, they have found an interesting arrowhead-shaped feature, shown in the center of this synthetic ap...
Follow the Arrow
Nearly invisible upon first glance, Saturn's moon Enceladus is a small bright dot beyond the planet's rings in this Cassini spacecraft image. Enceladus (504 kilometers, or 313 miles across) is vis...
Speck of Enceladus
NASA's Dawn spacecraft obtained this image of asteroid Vesta with its framing camera on Aug. 28, 2011. This image of the south polar region was taken through the camera's clear filter at a distance...
Wrinkled Terrain at Vesta's South Pole
Detecting Lightning From Saturn August 5, 2004 Full-Res: PIA06414 This artist concept shows how Cassini is able to detect radio si...
Detecting Lightning From Saturn
This map of the surface of Saturn's moon, Rhea, illustrates the regions that will be imaged by Cassini during the spacecraft's close flyby of the moon on Nov. 26, 2005. At closest approach, the spa...
Prime Time for Rhea
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
Prometheus tugs icy particles from the F ring into fanciful shapes like ropes of glowing neon. Although Prometheus (86 kilometers, or 53 miles across) is overexposed here, the moon's irregular out...
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 15
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 was taken on August 21, 2015, and has a resolution o...
Dawn HAMO Image 24
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