Solar System Exploration
As Titan Turns
December 17, 2004
As Titan Turns
This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows craters of different sizes and shapes in Vesta's southern hemisphere. The freshest craters can be classified as fresh scarp rimmed craters and the less ...
Unusual craters on Vesta I
NASA's Insight lander used a camera on its robotic arm to capture views of the Sun rising and setting on Mars.
Sunrise and Sunset on Mars (2019)
Saturn's moon Tethys displays its distinctive dark equatorial band here, along with two sizeable impact craters in the west. The larger crater to the north is Odysseus, which has a diameter (450 ki...
With the Band
Glowing like a neon lasso, Saturn’s aurora is seen spinning above Saturn’s north pole over the course of most of a Saturn day in this movie made from multiple images taken by the ultraviolet imagin...
Ultraviolet Aurora Movie
Herding the Rings September 21, 2004 Full-Res: PIA06481 Saturn's moon Prometheus is seen shephe...
Herding the Rings
Phoebe in Ultraviolet June 23, 2004 Full-Res: PIA06401 On the right, the ultraviolet image of Sat...
Phoebe in Ultraviolet
Orbiting in the Encke Gap of Saturn's A ring, the moon Pan casts a shadow on the ring in this image taken about six months after the planet's August 2009 equinox. Pan (28 kilometers, or 17 miles a...
Shadow From the Gap
C. Alexander Gate, a feature on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, is named in honor of Claudia Alexander, a NASA scientist who passed away in July 2015.
Claudia Alexander Gate
+ View Full Res This raw, unprocessed image was taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft on May 20, 2012. The camera was pointing toward Tethys at approximately 81,580 miles (131,290 kilometers) away. ...
Tethys in View (Raw Image)
This global map of Saturn's moon Mimas was created using images taken during Cassini spacecraft flybys.
Mimas Global Map - June 2017
This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows a portion of the famous "White Rock" feature in Pollack Crater in the Sinus Sabaeus region of Mars.
Looking down through the A ring and Cassini Division, the Cassini spacecraft sees the bright limb of Saturn. The view shows a portion the rings from the outer B ring, at upper right, to the F ring ...
Peering Through the Plane
The Cassini spacecraft gazes toward a distant star as Saturn's rings slip past in the foreground. At upper left is the outer A ring, with its dark Keeler Gap. At lower right, a train of bright clum...
A Helpful Star
Like a silvery pearl, an icy moon crosses the face of Saturn, while two of its siblings cast shadows onto the planet. Rhea (1,528 kilometers, or 949 miles across) hangs in the foreground. Near upp...
This 3D image was obtained as Dawn approached Vesta and circled the giant asteroid during the mission's survey orbit phase. You need 3D glasses to view this image.
Dawn Soars Over Asteroid Vesta in 3-D
Equatorial troughs of asteroid Vesta are shown running obliquely across this image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft. The troughs both overlie and are overlain by impact craters.
Equatorial Troughs and Dark Material I
This almost surreal view of Iapetus was acquired by Cassini about 10 minutes after the spacecraft's closest approach to the icy moon during a close flyby on New Year's Eve 2004. The image shows Ia...
Iapetus by Saturn Shine
It is easy to forget just how large Saturn is, at around 10 times the diameter of Earth.
Saturn the Mighty
Cassini bids farewell to Saturn’s yin-and-yang moon, Iapetus. This image is from the last set of observations Cassini made of this world of striking contrasts.
Farewell to Iapetus
This collection of Cassini images provides context for understanding the location and scale of propeller-shaped features observed within Saturn's A ring. Careful analysis of the highest resolution...
Locating the Propellers
The head of Saturn's huge northern storm is well established in this view captured early in the storm's development by NASA's Cassini spacecraft in late 2010. Saturn's atmosphere and its rings are...
Storm Head in False Color
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 September 20, 2015, and has a resolutio...
Dawn HAMO Image 36
The Cassini spacecraft views Saturn with a selection of its moons in varying sizes. Saturn's largest moon, Titan, is in the center of the image. Titan is 5,150 kilometers, or 3,200 miles, across...
Moons Small to Large
The Cassini spacecraft snapped this exquisite, close-up view of Saturn's moon Janus, looking toward the south polar region, on Feb. 20, 2008. Janus is 181 kilometers (113 miles) across. The image...
Janus: Down South
Vertical structures, among the tallest seen in Saturn's main rings, rise abruptly from the edge of Saturn's B ring to cast long shadows on the ring in this image taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft ...
The Tallest Peaks
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