Solar System Exploration
Saturn at Opposition
February 19, 2008
Saturn at Opposition
Wispy streaks curl over the horizon on Saturn's moon Dione, caught here in a distant view from Cassini. The streaks were first revealed by NASA's Voyager spacecraft and subsequently were shown by C...
This specially processed composite view reveals a tremendous amount of structure in the northern polar atmosphere of Titan. The hazes in Titan's atmosphere are known to extend hundreds of kilometer...
The Air Up There
This image of domes and fractures in Occator Crater on Ceres was obtained by NASA's Dawn spacecraft on July 3, 2018 from an altitude of about 28 miles (44 kilometers).
Domes and Fractures in Occator Crater
The colorful globe of Saturn's largest moon, Titan, passes in front of the planet and its rings in this true color snapshot from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. The north polar hood can be seen on Tita...
Titan Up Front
An ultraviolet view reveals comet Shoemaker-Levy 9's multiple impacts on Jupiter.
Multiple Comet Impacts on Jupiter (1994)
This view looks up toward the sunlit side of Saturn's rings, as Dione and Pandora trundle by. The moons are on the near side of the rings and the planet's shadow stretches across the rings in the ...
Dione and Pandora
This view looks toward Rhea's north polar region, where icy fractures slither away toward the south. Lit terrain in this view is on the Saturn-facing hemisphere of Rhea (1,528 kilometers, or 949 m...
These three views of Titan from the Cassini spacecraft illustrate how different the same place can look in different wavelengths of light.
Cassini's Three Views of Titan
A close-up of the F ring shows dark gores in its interior faint ringlets following the passage of Prometheus. Each gore represents a single interaction of the moon with the F ring material. The gor...
Stretching the Gores
Ithaca Chasma, an enormous rift that stretches more than 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) from north to south across the face of Tethys, seemingly takes a bite out of the moon's limb in this image from...
A Bite Out of the Moon
In a Magellan image dubbed the "Crater Farm" we see the curious layering of volcanic activity and impact craters.
The Crater Farm
A Turbulent Interface October 12, 2004 Full-Res: PIA06496 The southern edge of Saturn's equatorial b...
A Turbulent Interface
On Oct. 9, NASA's Juno spacecraft flew past Earth, using our home planet's gravity to get the final boost it needed to reach Jupiter.
Earth from Juno
This image of Saturn's outer A ring features the small moon Daphnis and the waves it raises in the edges of the Keeler Gap. The image was taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft on Sept. 13, 2017. It is...
Daphnis' Final Appearance
This close-up look at Saturn's moon Janus reveals spots on the moon's surface which may be dark material exposed by impacts. If the dark markings within bright terrain are indeed impact features, t...
Spots on Janus
This view, taken on Oct. 26, 2016, from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows Meanderi Crater on Ceres, seen at lower right. Meanderi hosts several medium-sized craters within its walls.
Dawn XMO2 Image 28
The crater on asteroid Vesta shown in this image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft was emplaced onto the ejecta blanket of two large twin craters. Commonly, rays from impact craters are brighter than the...
Fresh Dark Ray Crater
This photo was taken around the time of the Mariner 4 launch to Mars, which launched on 28 November 1964.
Working Long Hours on Mariner 4
The complete remote sensing pallet is lowered by technicians from JPL to mate with the Cassini spacecraft in the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility at the Kennedy Space Center in July 1997.
NEAR Shoemaker's scientific observations of Eros focus on different priorities as the spacecraft descends into lower orbits.
A Swath of Eros
These color topographic views from NASA's Dawn spacecraft show variations in surface height around Ahuna Mons, a mysterious mountain on Ceres.
Dawn Color Topography of Ahuna Mons on Ceres
This image of the eastern rim of Occator Crater was obtained by NASA's Dawn spacecraft on June 10, 2018 from an altitude of about 22 miles (36 kilometers).
Occator Crater Eastern Rim
Artist Rendition: The Huygens Probe en route to Titan This artist's rendition depicts the Huygens Probe, after deploying from the Cassini Orbiter, en route into the murky atmosphere of Saturn's...
The Huygens Probe en route to Titan
Two ring moons chase each other as their larger sibling looks on.This view shows Tethys at lower left, along with perpetually mingling Epimetheus at left of center, and Janus at center. Tethys is ...
Darkened Moons, Searing F Ring
The small bright crater Oxo, 6 miles (10 kilometers) wide, is seen in this perspective view view from NASA's Dawn spacecraft. The elevation has been exaggerated by a factor of two.
Oxo Crater: Side View
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