Solar System Exploration
As Titan Turns
December 17, 2004
As Titan Turns
With the Sun directly behind Cassini, the spacecraft spies the opposition surge in Saturn's inner A ring. The opposition effect becomes visible from this special viewing geometry. See Opposition S...
In this unusual view, Cassini captured two icy moons of Saturn, Tethys and Enceladus, in a single narrow-angle frame. Little detail is visible on the surface of bright Enceladus, but battered Tethy...
This global map of Saturn's moon Dione was created using images taken during flybys by NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Images from NASA's Voyager mission fill the gaps in Cassini's coverage. An extensi...
Map of Dione - October 2010
Cassini spies the wrinkled, fractured and remarkably crater-poor terrain of Enceladus. Scientists are working to understand what causes the moon's surprising geologic activity (see Fountains of Enc...
Enigma in Ice
+ View Full Res This raw, unprocessed image of Saturn's moon Enceladus was taken on Oct. 19, 2011. As the spacecraft passed Enceladus, its infrared instruments, cameras and other instruments moni...
Enceladus Flyby E-15 (Raw Image #2)
NASA's Dawn spacecraft spotted this tall, conical mountain on Ceres from a distance of 915 miles (1,470 kilometers).
The Lonely Mountain
This Cassini narrow-angle camera image -- one of those acquired in the survey conducted by the Cassini imaging science team of the geyser basin at the south pole of Enceladus -- was taken as Cassin...
This ethereal scene captured by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft tells yet another story of Pluto's diversity of geological and compositional features -- this time in an enhanced color image of the n...
The Frozen Canyons of Pluto's North Pole
The shadow of the moon Janus dwarfs the shadow of Daphnis on Saturn's A ring in this image taken as the planet approached its August 2009 equinox. Daphnis (8 kilometers, or 5 miles across) orbits ...
Long Shadow, Short Shadow
Bright undulations disturb a faint ringlet drifting through the center of the Encke Gap. This ring structure shares the orbit of the moon Pan. A second, fainter ringlet is visible below the centra...
These two images illustrate just how far Cassini traveled to get to Saturn. On the left is one of the earliest images Cassini took of the ringed planet; On the right is one of Cassini's final image...
Alpha and Omega
Saturn's moon Mimas peeps out from behind the larger moon Dione in this view from the Cassini spacecraft. Mimas (246 miles, or 396 kilometers across) is near the bottom center of the image. Saturn...
This mosaic of images from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows the trail of a great northern storm on Saturn raging in full force. The contrast in the images has been enhanced to make the turbulent par...
Northern Storm in Full Force
Almost all of the hydrocarbon seas and lakes on the surface of Saturn's moon Titan cluster around the north pole, as can be seen in this mosaic from NASA's Cassini mission.
Titan's North: The Big Picture -- Unannotated
This composite was produced from images returned yesterday, January 14, 2005, by the European Space Agency's Huygens probe during its successful descent to land on Titan. It shows a full 360-degree...
Composite of Titan's Surface Seen During Descent
Bright clouds twist and twirl in the fast-moving and turbulent winds in the Saturnian north. Hints of organized jets can also be seen. This view is centered on a region 24 degrees north of Saturn'...
This map is part of a group release of Mercator and polar stereographic projections of Saturn's moon Phoebe. A Mercator projection is a map that preserves directions on a body, but distorts sizes, ...
Phoebe: Cartographic Projections (South Polar Map)
These two images of Saturn show the entire south polar region, not just the little area around the core of the hurricane-like vortex.
Saturn's South Polar Region Revealed
The two prominent dark gaps in Saturn's A ring contain small embedded moons and a host of other intriguing features. Here, three unique ringlets are visible in the Encke gap (325 kilometers, or 20...
Tiny Moons, Big Effects
Saturn's icy moon Tethys displays a very old impact basin here, just southeast of its giant canyon system, Ithaca Chasma. The large crater has been degraded, or softened, by time and a more recent ...
This computer-generated image shows the structure of the cyclonic pattern observed over Jupiter’s North pole: a central cyclone surrounded by eight circumpolar cyclones with diameters ranging from ...
A New View on Jupiter's North Pole
This poster shows a composite view from the descent imager/spectral radiometer taken while the European Space Agency's Huygens probe was setting on Titan's surface, juxtaposed with a similarly scal...
This nearly equatorial view shows cratered regions on Enceladus in the central part of its leading hemisphere and high northern latitudes. Much of the rest of the geologically active moon is relati...
Scars on an Active World
The Cassini spacecraft looks at an example of a ray crater on the leading hemisphere of Saturn's moon Dione. The ray crater is in the upper-left of the image and ejecta rays show up as brighter ma...
Dione Ray Crater
Stormy Weather November 12, 2004 Full-Res: PIA06519 This Cassini view shows a bright storm that appeared in Saturn's southern hemisph...
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