Solar System Exploration
Saturn at Opposition
February 19, 2008
Saturn at Opposition
Great Dark Spot
Great Dark Spot
This image is one frame from a movie clip of cloud motions on Jupiter, from the side of the planet opposite to the Great Red Spot. It was taken in the first week of October 2000 by the narrow-angle...
+ View Movie (QuickTime, 29 MB, no audio) On Monday, Nov. 2, NASA's Cassini spacecraft will take its deepest dive yet through the plumes of Saturn’s moon Enceladus. The goal is to learn more about...
Taking the Plunge: Cassini Soars by Enceladus
A single jet feature appears to leap from the F ring of Saturn in this image from the Cassini spacecraft.
The Subtle Jet
Looking toward high northern latitudes on Titan, the Cassini spacecraft spies a banded pattern encircling the pole. This sort of feature is what scientists expect to see in the stratosphere of Tita...
The Banded North
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
Using visible light, astronomers for the first time this century have detected clouds in the northern hemisphere of Uranus.
Hubble Spots Northern Hemispheric Clouds on Uranus
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
This test image from the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) captures a swath of the southern sky along the plane of our galaxy. More than 200,000 stars are visible in this image.
TESS: 200,000 stars
These color-enhanced views of Deimos, the smaller of the two moons of Mars, result from imaging on Feb. 21, 2009, by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA's Mars Re...
Martian Moon Deimos in High Resolution
This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows dark colored mountains (top of the image) in the northern region of asteroid Vesta. The origin of such mountains is currently being investigated.
Mountains and Bright and Dark Material on Vesta
This close-up view of the inner A ring shows intriguing variations in brightness along the direction of ring motion -- from top to bottom. Close examination reveals dark regions that appear to wide...
The rising Earth is about five degrees above the lunar horizon in this telephoto view taken from the Apollo 8 spacecraft near 110 degrees east longitude. The horizon, about 570 kilometers (250 st...
View of rising Earth about five degrees above the Lunar horizon
Numerous blue-green fractures can be seen in this false-color mosaic taken during Cassini's second close flyby of Enceladus, on March 9, 2005. The mosaic shows the anti-Saturnian hemisphere of Enc...
+ View Unlabeled Version This is an artist's concept of the Saturnian plasma sheet based on data from Cassini magnetospheric imaging instrument. It shows Saturn's embedded "ring current," an invi...
Artist Concept of Particle Population in Saturn's Magnetosphere -- Labeled
A stunning false-color view of Saturn's moon Hyperion.
Saturn's Battered Moon Hyperion
This artist's concept envisions what hydrocarbon ice forming on a liquid hydrocarbon sea of Saturn's moon Titan might look like. A new model from scientists on NASA's Cassini mission suggests that ...
Floating Ice on Titan Lakes?
This anaglyph shows the topography of Vesta's "Snowman" craters on asteroid Vesta. The bottom crater is named Marcia, the middle crater, Calpurnia, and the top crater, Minucia. You need 3-D glasses...
3-D Image of Vesta's 'Snowman' Craters
Receding Rhea August 10, 2004 Full-Res: PIA05431 This view of Saturn's icy moon Rhea shows hints of its heavily cratered surface, ...
Looming Saturn December 5, 2003 Full-Res: PIA04913 A cold, dusky Saturn looms in the distance in this striking, natural color ...
A Delta II-Heavy rocket propelled NASA's Dawn spacecraft into space on its journey to the asteroid belt.
Dawn Spacecraft Launch
The puzzling, fascinating surface of Jupiter's icy moon Europa looms large in this newly-reprocessed color view, made from images taken by NASA's Galileo spacecraft in the late 1990s.
Europa's Stunning Surface
This image, taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft on June 14, 2015, shows an intriguing mountain on dwarf planet Ceres protruding from a relatively smooth area.
Dawn Survey Orbit Image 10
This is one of the most detailed views of the surface of Triton taken by Voyager 2 on its flyby of the large satellite of Neptune early in the morning of Aug. 25, 1989.
Triton High Resolution View of Northern Hemisphere
This collage shows some of the most interesting geological sites that NASA's Dawn spacecraft has revealed at dwarf planet Ceres.
Collage of Features on Ceres
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