Solar System Exploration
April 11, 2011
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). The image was taken on Sept. 22, 2015...
Dawn HAMO Image 48
NASA’s Cassini spacecraft obtained this raw image of the moon Mimas on Oct. 16, 2010, just before Mimas went into shadow behind Saturn. The camera was approximately 101,552 kilometers (63,1010 mil...
Mimas -- Oct. 16, 2010 (raw)
This artist concept shows NASA's Dawn spacecraft above dwarf planet Ceres, as seen in images from the mission.
Dawn Fires Its Engine Above Ceres (Artist Concept)
After more than 13 years at Saturn, and with its fate sealed, NASA's Cassini spacecraft bid farewell to the Saturnian system by firing the shutters of its wide-angle camera and capturing this last,...
A Farewell to Saturn
A Crisp View October 25, 2004 Full-Res: PIA06505 This detailed view of Saturn's southern hemisphere shows clouds, storms and waves in...
A Crisp View
Engineers at NASA's Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif., prepare NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) Observatory for acoustic environmental testing.
Cassini looks toward Saturn's night side in this view, capturing a glimpse of Dione's tortured surface in the foreground and a far-off view of Epimetheus beyond Saturn. The spacecraft was just a 10...
This is NASA InSight's first full selfie on Mars. It displays the lander's solar panels and deck.
InSight's First Selfie
A huge impact created Odysseus Crater, which covers a large part of Saturn's moon Tethys in this Cassini spacecraft image. Odysseus Crater is 450 kilometers (280 miles) across. This view looks tow...
Big Ding on Tethys
Fluids have flowed and cut these deeply-incised channels into the icy surface of Titan as seen in this Synthetic Aperture Radar image. The channels are roughly 1 kilometer across (0.6 miles) and p...
Canyonlands of Titan
This view of the topography of asteroid Vesta's surface is composed of several images obtained with the clear filter in the framing camera on NASA's Dawn spacecraft on August 6, 2011. The image has...
Topography of Troughs on Vesta
The Cassini spacecraft watches as clouds swirl through Saturn's equatorial latitudes. The two transitions between the light and dark areas seen here north and south of the ringplane are each locat...
These two false-color views from NASA's Cassini spacecraft show detailed patterns that change during one Saturn day within the huge storm in the planet's northern hemisphere.
A bright streak of cloud graces the northern skies of Titan. This is the second time the Cassini spacecraft's imaging cameras have spotted clouds at 60 degrees north latitude on Titan -- the prev...
Asteroid 2003 SD220 as seen by radar as it flew past Earth in mid-December 2018.
Holiday Asteroid Flyby
This image of Ceres is part of a sequence taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft on May 5 and 6, 2015, from a distance of 8,400 miles (13,600 kilometers).
Dawn RC3 Image 19
This colorful view, taken from edge-on with the ringplane, contains four of Saturn's attendant moons. Tethys (1,071 kilometers, 665 miles across) is seen against the black sky to the left of the ga...
These images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft show part of Rheasilvia quadrangle in asteroid Vesta's southern hemisphere. The hummocky, undulating terrain surrounding the central complex feature consist...
Topography and Albedo Image of Central Complex and Hummocky Terrain
This image of Ceres is part of a sequence taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft on April 29, 2015, from a distance of 8,400 miles (13,600 kilometers).
Dawn RC3 Image 14
This image shows a crater, approximately 60 kilometers (37 miles) in diameter, on the very eastern end of the radar image strip taken by the Cassini orbiter on its third close flyby of Titan on Feb...
Impact Crater with Ejecta Blanket
These two images compare topographic maps of the giant asteroid Vesta as discerned by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope (top) and as seen by NASA's Dawn spacecraft (bottom). Hubble has been in an orbit...
Comparing Vesta's Topography
Scientists have discovered a wave pattern, or oscillation, in Saturn's atmosphere only visible from Earth every 15 years.
Saturn's Infrared Temperature Snapshot
This color view shows two of the largest craters on Saturn's icy moon Tethys: Odysseus in the northern hemisphere and Melanthius in the south. The moon's surface grows notably darker northward of t...
Hue and Contrast
NASA's Cassini spacecraft obtained these views of the south polar area of Saturn's moon Enceladus in visible and near-visible (ultraviolet and infrared) light and synthetic-aperture radar (SAR). Th...
Southern Enceladus in Radar View
While the curtain-like auroras we see at Earth are green at the bottom and red at the top, NASA's Cassini spacecraft has shown us similar curtain-like auroras at Saturn that are red at the bottom a...
Saturn's Colorful Aurora (annotated)
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