Solar System Exploration
As Titan Turns
December 17, 2004
As Titan Turns
Two moons that have profound impacts on the rings, Mimas and Prometheus, are seen here with the F ring. Mimas (396 kilometers, or 246 miles across), the larger and much more distant of the moons, ...
This view from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows a sinuous canyon in the southern hemisphere of Ceres, south of Yalode Crater.
Dawn LAMO Image 56
The Cassini spacecraft looks across Saturn's cloud-dotted north and shadowed pole, and out across the lanes of ice that compose its rings. Prometheus (102 kilometers, or 63 miles across) is visibl...
An Icy Composition
This radar image of Titan shows Ganesa Macula, interpreted as a cryovolcano (ice volcano), and its surroundings. Cryovolcanism is thought to have been an important process on Titan and may still be...
Cassini Aims High in Upcoming Titan Flyby Cassini's next close flyby of Titan will be on Saturday, Sept. 23. This will be one of Cassini's closest flybys yet of Titan, at just 960 kilometers (600 ...
Titan Flyby - Sept. 23, 2006
These two false-color views from NASA's Cassini spacecraft show detailed patterns that change during one Saturn day within the huge storm in the planet's northern hemisphere.
The shadows of Saturn's rings cast onto the planet appear as a thin band at the equator in this image taken as the planet approached its August 2009 equinox.
Surely one of the most gorgeous sights the solar system has to offer, Saturn sits enveloped by the full splendor of its stately rings. Taking in the rings in their entirety was the focus of this p...
Cassini zooms in, for the first time, on the patchy, bright and dark mountains originally identified in images from the NASA Voyager spacecraft taken more than 25 years earlier. The image was acqui...
The 'Voyager' Mountains
Day breaks on the northern hemisphere of Saturn in this image from the Cassini spacecraft. The D ring is hidden below the horizon, but, working outward from the planet, this image shows the C, B, ...
Daybreak From Above
From its unique perspective high above the planet, the Cassini spacecraft looks down upon Saturn's murky northern hemisphere. The bluish hues seen in some Cassini views of Saturn's north are notabl...
The vortex at Saturn's north pole -- seen here in the infrared -- takes on the menacing look of something from the imagination of Edgar Allan Poe.
In the aftermath of a massive storm in Saturn's northern hemisphere, NASA's Cassini spacecraft observed record-setting disturbances in the planet's upper atmosphere, including an unprecedented spik...
Saturn Storm Surprises
The northern hemisphere of Saturn's moon Rhea is seen in this polar stereographic map, mosaicked from the best-available images obtained by NASA's Cassini and Voyager spacecraft. This map is an up...
Rhea North Polar Map - November 2009
This image of Europa's southern hemisphere was obtained by the solid state imaging (CCD) system on board NASA's Galileo spacecraft during its sixth orbit of Jupiter.
Thera and Thrace Macula on Europa
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
Cassini captured this arresting view of Saturn just before Epimetheus crossed into the blinding glare of the planet's sunlit crescent and was lost. As it orbits Saturn, Epimetheus (116 kilometers,...
A Captivating Vision
A great vortex rolls through high southern latitudes on Saturn, whirling twisted contours into the clouds. The ringed planet's uppermost clouds are thought to be composed largely of ammonia ice ove...
Plumes of water vapor and other gases escape at high velocity from the surface of Saturn's moon Enceladus, as shown in this artist concept. The "shear heating" mechanism suggests that tidal forces...
Shear Heating on Enceladus
This artist's concept shows an x-ray image of the Phoenix Lander in its pre-landing stowed configuration.
The slim crescent of Iapetus looms before the Cassini spacecraft as it approaches the mysterious moon. Iapetus, 1,468 kilometers (912 miles) across, seen here in false color, is unique in its dram...
This Cassini spacecraft composition features Saturn's rings, its second largest moon, Rhea, and one of the planet's tiny moons, Telesto. Rhea (1,528 kilometers, or 949 miles across) is on the righ...
Rings, Rhea and Telesto
This image is the third skeet-shoot image taken during Cassini's very close flyby of Enceladus on Aug. 11, 2008. Cairo Sulcus is crossing the southern part of the image. The terrain is littered w...
Enceladus Rev 80 Flyby Skeet Shoot #3
The last Cassini project science group meeting on Sept. 12, 2017, at Caltech in Pasadena, California, before Cassini plunges into the Saturn atmosphere on Sept. 15, 2017.
Cassini Project Science Group - September 2017
View unannotated version. This sequence of three images, obtained by NASA's Cassini spacecraft over the course of about 10 minutes, shows the path of a newly found moonlet in a bright arc of Satur...
Tiny Moonlet Within G Ring Arc -- Annotated
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