Solar System Exploration
November 11, 2011
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The Cassini spacecraft continues to observe brightness variations along the orbital direction within Saturn's B ring. This view looks toward the unlit side of the rings from about 53 degrees above...
Saturn's moon Dione dwarfs the moon Telesto in this Cassini spacecraft image. Dione (1123 kilometers, 698 miles across) is the fourth largest of Saturn's moons, and it dominates this view. Tiny Te...
Don't Forget Telesto
Eye of the Storm October 14, 2004 Full-Res: PIA06498 Cassini caught this intriguing view of a dark storm near the limb of Saturn on S...
Eye of the Storm
+ See unlabeled version This is a side-by-side view of large cyclones at both poles of Saturn obtained by the visual and infrared mapping spectrometer onboard the Cassini spacecraft. These high-s...
Infrared Images of Saturn's Poles -- Labeled
Presented here are side-by-side comparisons of a traditional Cassini Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) view, at left, and one made using a new technique for handling electronic noise that results in c...
Leilah Fluctus Despeckled
Befitting moons named for brothers, the moons Prometheus and Epimetheus share a lot in common.
A Forethought and an Afterthought
This image, processed to show the true size of the giant asteroid Vesta, shows Vesta in front of a spectacular background of stars. It was obtained by the framing camera aboard NASA's Dawn spacecra...
Dawn's First Glimpse of Vesta -- Processed
These two images, taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, show Jupiter in a near-infrared wavelength, and catch Europa, one of Jupiter's largest moons, at different phases. Cassini's narrow-angl...
Rhea transits the banded clouds of the Ringed Planet. The edge-on rings cast curved shadows onto Saturn's northern hemisphere. More subtle than the ring shadows, the zonal jet streams of Saturn str...
Long, thin streamers of cloud arc gracefully across this view of Saturn's southerly latitudes. Analysis of images like this should lead scientists to a new understanding of cloud height variations...
Seeking the Cloud Tops
This image, taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft, shows a portion of the southern hemisphere of dwarf planet Ceres from an altitude of 915 miles (1,470 kilometers). The image, with a resolution of 450 f...
Dawn HAMO Image 10
Several whirling storms churn through this scene from Saturn's atmosphere, obtained by the Cassini spacecraft. It is common on Saturn to see bright rings around dark atmospheric vortices, as in th...
NASA's Dawn spacecraft obtained this false-color image of asteroid Vesta's equatorial region with its framing camera on July 25, 2011.
False-Color Image of Vesta's Equatorial Region
South Polar Features August 25, 2004 Full-Res: PIA06462 Wavy bands of clouds near Saturn's south pole dominate this ultraviolet image...
South Polar Features
In the top right of this Cassini image, the southern end of Titan's huge lake of liquid hydrocarbons called Kraken Mare is visible near the moon's north pole. See Maps of Titan - January 2009 to l...
Titan's Northern Lake
This movie of asteroid 2014 JO25 was generated using radar data collected by NASA's 230-foot-wide (70-meter) Deep Space Network antenna at Goldstone, California on April 19, 2017.
New Radar Images of Asteroid 2014 JO25
The small moon Helene leads Dione (not shown) by 60 degrees in the moons' shared orbit. Helene (33 kilometers, or 21 miles across) is a "Trojan" moon of Dione (1,123 kilometers, or 698 miles acros...
Helene Attends Dione
These images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft show Caparronia crater on asteroid Vesta.
Topography and Albedo Image of Caparronia Crater
NASA's Cassini spacecraft obtained this raw image of the south polar region of Saturn's moon Enceladus on Nov. 30, 2010. The spacecraft was about 89,000 kilometers (55,000 miles) away from the moon...
Bright Jets, Dimly Lit Terrain
With the expanded range of colors visible to Cassini's cameras, differences in materials and their textures become apparent that are subtle or unseen in natural color views.
Bright Basin on Tethys
Saturn's cratered moon Dione displays a large impact basin near its south pole in this Cassini spacecraft image. The topographic features that extend radially away from the basin could be secondary...
Craters large and small cover the rugged surface of Saturn's moon Janus. This view looks toward the southern hemisphere of Janus (179 kilometers, or 111 miles across at its widest point). The moon...
Heavily-shadowed craters in the northernmost latitudes of Ceres are seen in this view from NASA's Dawn spacecraft, taken on Jan. 25, 2016.
Dawn LAMO Image 41
This global digital map of Saturn's moon Tethys was created using data taken by the Cassini spacecraft, with gaps in coverage filled in by NASA's Voyager spacecraft data. The map is an equidistant ...
Map of Tethys - December 2006
The soft appearance of Dione's wispy terrains belies their true nature. They are, in fact, complex systems of crisp, braided fractures that cover the moon's trailing hemisphere. (See Dione's Surpr...
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