Solar System Exploration
November 11, 2011
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This image of Ceres, taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft, shows a 23-mile-wide (37 kilometer-wide) crater called Tupo, which features a curved central peak complex and terraces.
Dawn HAMO Image 56
The Cassini spacecraft surveys Saturn's outstretched ring system in the infrared from a vantage point high above the planet's northern latitudes. Nearly the full expanse of the main rings is visibl...
Receding Rhea August 10, 2004 Full-Res: PIA05431 This view of Saturn's icy moon Rhea shows hints of its heavily cratered surface, ...
A small moon appears from behind giant Saturn, accompanied by a warped view of the rings. Prometheus (102 kilometers, or 63 miles across) is seen here between the A and F rings. Close to the plan...
Saturn's dynamic F ring contains many different types of features to keep scientists perplexed.
Gored Clump in Saturn's F Ring
The Cassini spacecraft and Huygens probe begin their seven-year journey to the ringed planet. The successful launch of Cassini aboard a Titan IVB/Centaur occured at 4:43 a.m. EDT, October 15, 1997.
Launch -- repeat
Cassini, namesake of the Cassini Orbiter, discovered four moons of Saturn and the large gap in Saturn's rings, now called the Cassini division. He also was the first director of the Paris Observato...
Happy Birthday to Giovanni Domenico Cassini, Born June 8, 1625
This image of Ceres is part of a sequence taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft April 24 to 26, 2015, from a distance of 8,500 miles (13,500 kilometers).
Dawn RC3 Image 7
NASA's Cassini spacecraft has spotted a glowing patch of ultraviolet light near Saturn's north pole that marks the presence of an electrical circuit that connects Saturn with its moon Enceladus.
Enceladus 'Footprint' on Saturn
Clouds in Saturn's atmosphere create an intricate pattern reminiscent of whipped cream swirling in coffee.
Coffee and Cream Clouds
Groovy Rings and Moons May 27, 2004 Full-Res: PIA05396 The multitude of groove...
Groovy Rings and Moons
Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) technicians reposition and level the Cassini orbiter in the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility at KSC in July after stacking the craft’s upper equipment module on ...
Cassini On the Level
A four-panel frame shows a section of Jupiter's north equatorial belt viewed by NASA's Cassini spacecraft at four different wavelengths, and a separate reference frame shows the location of the b...
For hundreds of years, this gaseous giant planet appeared shrouded in colorful bands of clouds extending from dusk to dawn, referred to as zones and belts.
NASA's Juno Spacecraft Reveals the Depth of Jupiter's Colored Bands
Pluto's strange shape in this fuzzy 1978 telescope image led to the discovery of its companion moon, Charon.
Charon Discovery Image
A close-up of Saturn's A ring reveals dozens of small, bright streaks aligned with the orbital direction of the rings. These objects are the propeller-shaped features first captured in Cassini imag...
This perspective view of Baghdad Sulcus was generated using high resolution images of Enceladus acquired in August 2008 at 12 to 30 meters (40 to 100 feet) resolution, together with a new topograph...
Perspective View of Baghdad Sulcus, Enceladus
A selection of graphics celebrating America's birthday over the years.
Fourth of July
Comparing Jupiter’s moons Io and Europa with Saturn’s moons Enceladus and Titan.
Moons: Active Worlds
Scientists have long suspected that small moons hiding among Saturn's ring strands might be producing some of the unusual structure observed in the F ring. While the shepherd moon Prometheus is the...
The Clump/Moon Mystery
This image of asteroid Vesta from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows an old, very degraded crater that is almost completely filled with regolith. Regolith is the fine-grained material that covers most of...
An Old Crater Almost Completely Filled with Regolith
This radar image of Titan shows a semi-circular feature that may be part of an impact crater. Very few impact craters have been seen on Titan so far, implying that the surface is young. Each new cr...
A New Crater on Titan?
This image from the Cassini spacecraft shows a ghostly white streak, called a spoke, in Saturn's B ring. This is the first sighting of a spoke in nearly a year, and the first spoke seen by Cassini ...
Spokes Sighted Again!
This is a portion of a Cassini radar mapper image obtained by the Cassini spacecraft on its Dec. 21, 2008, flyby of Saturn's moon Titan. The area shown covers the southern boundary of an equatori...
At the Edge of Titan's Dunes
Moons and Gaps October 19, 2004 Full-Res: PIA06501 This image captures several important targets of the Cassini mission: icy moons, ri...
Moons and Gaps
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