Solar System Exploration
Saturn at Opposition
February 19, 2008
Saturn at Opposition
The small moon Janus is illuminated by light from both the sun and Saturn. This view looks toward the south pole of Janus (179 kilometers, or 111 miles across) which lies on the terminator just be...
Two Lights on Two-faced Janus
This piece entitled "Cassini Tracking Saturn I" was painted by Florida artist Cecil Herring, who absolutely loves everything about space exploration. As part of her "Spacescapes" series, she uses a...
Cassini Saturn Art
This image combines two separate views of the giant asteroid Vesta obtained by NASA's Dawn spacecraft. The fresh impact craters in this view are located in the south polar region, which has been pa...
Fresh Impact Craters on Asteroid Vesta
Saturn's rings appear strangely warped in this view of the rings seen through the upper Saturn atmosphere. The atmosphere acts like a lens in refracting (bending) the light reflected from the ring...
Bending the Rings
During its final close flyby of Saturn's moon Enceladus, NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured this view featuring the nearly parallel furrows and ridges of the feature named Samarkand Sulci.
People with similar jobs or interests hold conventions and meetings, so why shouldn't moons? Pandora, Prometheus, and Pan -- seen here, from right to left -- also appear to be holding some sort of ...
Titan's First Close-Up October 26, 2004 This image is one of the closest ever taken of Saturn's hazy moon Titan. It was captured by Cassini's imaging scien...
Titan's First Close-Up
This is a montage of New Horizons images of Jupiter and its volcanic moon Io, taken during the spacecraft’s Jupiter flyby in early 2007.
Jupiter and Io
This is one of the first images returned from T6, the sixth Titan flyby. The image (W00010189.jpg) was taken on August 21, 2005 and received on Earth August 23, 2005. The camera was pointing toward...
Cassini's Whirlwind Tour of Titan Continues
Saturn’s rings display their subtle colors in this view captured on Aug. 22, 2009, by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft. The particles that make up the rings range in size from smaller than a grain of sand...
This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft taken on June 13, 2016, shows terrain at the equator of Ceres. The image is centered at 0 degrees latitude, 291 degrees east longitude.
Dawn LAMO Image 206
The Cassini spacecraft looks through the dense B ring toward a distant star in an image from a recent stellar occultation observation. These observations point the camera toward a star whose bright...
Light From a Flickering Star
Saturn's moon Enceladus, imaged at high phase, shows off its spectacular water ice plumes emanating from its south polar region.
This artist's concept illustrates how charged water particles flow into the Saturnian atmosphere from the planet's rings, causing a reduction in atmospheric brightness. The observations were made w...
Saturn's Ring 'Rain'
Achita Crater on Ceres was named for the Nigerian god of agriculture. NASA's Dawn spacecraft took this image of the crater on January 15, 2016. Achita is located in the northern hemisphere.
Dawn LAMO Image 71
A new diffuse ring, coincident with the orbits of Saturn's moon's Janus and Epimetheus, has been revealed in ultra-high phase angle views from Cassini. Ultra-high phase angle indicates the sun is b...
The Janus/Epimetheus Ring
Saturn's moon Pan casts a delicate shadow onto the planet's A ring. Shown in the center of this image, Pan (28 kilometers, or 17 miles across) orbits within the Encke Gap of the A ring. Other brig...
Pan's Slender Shadow
This image of Ceres' Occator Crater's eastern rim was obtained by NASA's Dawn spacecraft on June 9, 2018 from an altitude of about 30 miles (48 kilometers).
Occator Crater's Eastern Rim
Of all the planets NASA has explored, none have matched the dynamic complexity of our own.
Blue Marble, Eastern Hemisphere
Shadow-draped Saturn rests on its side as two icy moons glide past. Dione (1,126 kilometers, or 700 miles across) hangs against the planet's bright southern hemisphere. Mimas (397 kilometers, or 2...
Planet in Repose
+ View Original Image High-resolution Cassini images show an astonishing level of structure in Saturn's Cassini Division, including two ringlets that were not seen in NASA Voyager spacecraft im...
New Rings for Cassini's Division (Labeled Version)
This image of Ceres from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows a crater near the dwarf planet's equator. The view is centered at approximately 6 degrees south latitude, 230 degrees east longitude.
Dawn LAMO Image 112
Magellan radar image of Wheatley crater on Venus.
Wheatley Crater, Venus
In this image, obtained by the framing camera on NASA's Dawn spacecraft, a set of three craters, informally nicknamed 'Snowman' by the camera's team members, is located in the northern hemisphere o...
Close-up View of 'Snowman' Craters
Launched on March 2, 1972, Pioneer 10 was the first spacecraft to travel through the asteroid belt, and the first spacecraft to make direct observations and obtain close-up images of Jupiter.
Pioneer 10 Launch
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