Solar System Exploration
April 11, 2011
NASA's Cassini spacecraft looks toward the night side of Saturn's moon Titan in a view that highlights the extended, hazy nature of the moon's atmosphere.
Highlighting Titan's Hazes
This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows the texture of the surface in a part of asteroid Vesta's southern hemisphere. This region is just north of the main Rheasilvia structure.
Complex Surface Texture in Vesta's Southern Hemisphere
Saturn's hazy moon Titan appears to drift above Saturn's ringplane in this view taken only a 10th of a degree above the rings. Titan's small orbital inclination is enough to make it appear above th...
Titan Beyond the Rings
Saturn's moon Titan displays a detached, high-altitude global haze layer which is often its most prominent feature in ultraviolet views such as this one. See Titan's Halo [Dec. 22, 2005] to learn ...
Dark material splatters the walls and floors of craters in the surreal, frozen wastelands of Iapetus. This image shows terrain in the transition region between the moon's dark leading hemisphere an...
Inky Stains on a Frozen Moon
The F ring shepherd moon Prometheus touches the face of Saturn once more before moving off into blackness and continuing in its orbit. The F ring itself is visible as a thin line just below Promet...
Prometheus Makes Contact
This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft of asteroid Vesta shows Aelia crater, located in Vesta's Lucaria Tholus quadrangle, in Vesta's southern hemisphere.
Apparent Brightness and Topography Images of Aelia Crater
Moon and its Flock September 30, 2004 Full-Res: PIA06488 In its own way, the shepherd moon Prometheus (102 kilometers, 63 miles acros...
Moon and its Flock
Spiral density waves in Saturn's A ring reveal the gravitational signatures of distant moons as they subtly tug on the countless particles orbiting in the ring plane. Resulting from a process call...
Saturn's Watch Spiral
This map is part of a group release of cylindrical and polar stereographic projections of Jupiter. For the other maps see PIA07782 and PIA07784. (Related thumbnail images available here.) These...
Cassini's Best Maps of Jupiter (North Polar Map)
These images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft are located in asteroid Vesta's Gegania quadrangle, just south of Vesta's equator. Rubria is the crater with dark and bright material above Divalia Fossa an...
Rubria Crater, Apparent Brightness and Topography Images
These two images, taken about eight minutes apart, show clump-like structures and a great deal of dust in Saturn's ever-changing F ring. The images show an object-interior to and detached from the ...
This image, taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft, shows a portion of the northern hemisphere of dwarf planet Ceres from an altitude of 915 miles (1,470 kilometers). Featured here is Dantu crater, named ...
Dawn HAMO Image 51
With Cassini’s exploration of Saturn coming to a dashing end in a few months, the mission team scheduled an “All Cassini Plus Alumni” group photo to commemorate the event.
The Cassini Team
Weather whirls on an alien world. Bright clouds swim in giant banks and shoals in Saturn's dreamlike atmosphere. With the Sun low on the horizon, the three-dimensional shape of the clouds becomes ...
The Cassini spacecraft looks toward a crescent of Saturn's moon Iapetus and glimpses a bit of that moon's yin-yang appearance. Scientists continue to investigate the nature of this moon's dark and...
Sliver of Iapetus
Kerwan Crater, at 174 miles (280 kilometers) in diameter is the largest crater that NASA's Dawn has discovered on Ceres. A portion of its jagged rim runs from the top left to bottom center of this ...
Dawn XMO2 Image 12
Related QuickTime Movie The shadow of Saturn's moon Tethys seems to disappear as it crosses the planet's rings, demonstrating variations in the density of particles across the rings. These images...
Shadow from the Dark Side
Three of Saturn's brood hurtle around the vast icy disk of its rings. Mimas (397 kilometers, or 247 miles across) hangs at the top of this view, with its large crater Herschel in view; Pandora (84...
Chuck Berry (left) and Carl Sagan (right) at a Voyager 2 Neptune flyby celebration in August 1989.
Chuck Berry and Carl Sagan
Pan orbits in the Encke gap near the middle of this image. Also visible is one of the three dusty ringlets that reside in the Encke gap. Near the top of the image, the F ring puts in an appearanc...
A distant glimpse of Iapetus reveals details within the dark terrain of Cassini Regio, including an impact basin at top that is roughly 400 kilometers (250 miles) wide. Researchers remain unsure a...
Hazy All Over July 28, 2004 Full-Res: PIA06089 Following its first flyby of Titan, Cassini gazed back at the smog-enshrouded moon...
Hazy All Over
The sharp outer boundary of Saturn's B ring, which is the bright ring region seen to the right in this image, is maintained by a strong resonance with the moon Mimas. For every two orbits made by p...
The Huygens Gap
N00051621.jpg was taken on February 27, 2006 and received on Earth February 28, 2006. The camera was pointing toward TITAN at approximately 152,000 kilometers away, and the image was taken using th...
Titan -- T11
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