Solar System Exploration
November 11, 2011
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The broad morphology of asteroid Vesta's mountain/central complex is clear in this image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft; it is a roughly circular topographic mound, which is approximately 200km in dia...
Anaglyph Image of the Mountain-Central Complex in Vesta's South Polar Region
The fine, dust-sized particles of ice in the F ring and Encke Gap ringlets appear relatively bright, with the rings positioned almost directly between the Cassini spacecraft and the Sun. This view...
This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft, taken on June 6, 2016, features bright material (at upper left) along the rim of the giant crater named Kerwan (174 miles, 280 kilometers wide) on Ceres.
Dawn LAMO Image 194
This composite image made from seven frames shows the International Space Station in silhouette as it transits the Sun at roughly five miles per second on June 25, 2021. The images were taken from ...
Space Station Transits the Sun
This Cassini image was the ninth 'skeet shoot' narrow-angle image captured during the Oct. 31, 2008 flyby of Saturn’s moon Enceladus. The source region for jet VII (see Enceladus Jet Sources) ha...
Enceladus Rev 91 Flyby - Skeet Shoot #9
High Above Saturn's Cloud Tops July 2, 2004 Full-Res: PIA06346 These graphs illustrate wind strength (bottom) and temperature abo...
Saturn's Sonic Boom
Atlas, seen here, is one of the two moons that ply the Roche Division -- the region between Saturn's A and F rings. Prometheus also orbits within this division. This view looks toward flying-sauce...
As Cassini spacecraft images often show, the Sun is not the only source of illumination in the Saturn System. The huge, reflective planet also shines upon its moons. This image was acquired by Cas...
The Light of Night
Tethys may not be tiny by normal standards, but when it is captured alongside Saturn, it can't help but seem pretty small.
This artist’s concept shows the OSIRIS-REx mission returning a sample from Bennu to Earth.
This image of Urvara Crater was obtained by NASA's Dawn spacecraft on May 20, 2018 from an altitude of about 920 miles (1480 kilometers).
Urvara Crater's Complex Floor
Saturn's rings appear curved in this Cassini spacecraft view, which also shows the moon Janus in the distance. Janus (179 kilometers, or 111 miles across) is at the bottom of the image and is fart...
Beyond Curved Rings
Jupiter, its Great Red Spot and three of its four largest satellites are visible in this photo taken Feb. 5, 1979, by Voyager 1.
Jupiter and Three Galilean Satellites
This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft of asteroid Vesta shows Laelia crater. The dark material inside of Laelia crops out from the rim and then slumps towards the crater's center.
This graphic summarizes Cassini's 13 years orbiting Saturn, with moon flybys grouped into columns for each phase of the mission.
Cassini's Mission at a Glance
This global digital map of Saturn's moon Rhea was created using data taken during Cassini and Voyager spacecraft flybys. The map is an equidistant projection and has a scale of 667 meters (2,188 fe...
Map of Rhea - December 2005
A large storm roils Saturn's atmosphere on the left of this Cassini spacecraft image. This view looks toward a region centered at 24 degrees south of the planet's equator. The image was taken wit...
Oval of a Storm
This anaglyph image shows the topography of part of Vesta's equatorial region. These craters are classed as ruin eroded craters and are most clear in the center of the image, above the troughs. You...
Anaglyph Image of Vesta's Equatorial Region (I)
Although difficult to see at first, more than one moon is at work sculpting Saturn's rings in this view from the Cassini spacecraft. Prometheus (102 kilometers, or 63 miles across) is more or less...
This image shows that NASA's Dawn mission detected abundances of hydrogen in a wide swath around the equator of the giant asteroid Vesta. The hydrogen probably exists in the form of hydroxyl or wat...
Hydrogen Hotspots on Vesta
This image, taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft, shows the surface of dwarf planet Ceres from an altitude of 915 miles (1,470 kilometers). The image, with a resolution of 450 feet (140 meters) per pixe...
Dawn HAMO Image 16
Spots on Saturn April 2, 2004 Full-Res: PIA05385 As Cassini closes in on Saturn, its view is growing sharper with time and now re...
Spots on Saturn
This movie captured by NASA'S Cassini spacecraft shows a south polar vortex, or a swirling mass of gas around the pole in the atmosphere, at Saturn’s moon Titan. The swirling mass appears to execut...
Titan's South Polar Vortex in Motion
This graphic shows the trajectory for the Cassini spacecraft during its flyby of the icy moon Enceladus on Oct. 31, 2008. At closet approach Cassini will be 197 kilometers (122.3 miles) from the su...
Cassini's E6 Trajectory -- Oct. 31, 2008
The Cassini spacecraft looks down on the cratered northern leading hemisphere of Dione, showing the moon's pockmarked surface. This view is centered on terrain at 42 degrees north latitude, 131 de...
Dione's Cratered Surface
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