Solar System Exploration
November 11, 2011
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This image of Ontario Lacus, the largest lake on the southern hemisphere of Saturn’s moon Titan, was obtained by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft on Jan. 12, 2010. North is up in this image. Objects app...
Footprint of Ontario Lacus
South Polar Turbulence August 30, 2004 Full-Res: PIA06465 Structures in the turbulent cloud bands near Saturn's south pole are visibl...
South Polar Turbulence
The surface of Saturn's moon Rhea bears witness to its violent history. Each crater seen here records an impact in the moon's past. On some of Rhea's terrains, craters are so densely packed that t...
Saturn's northern hemisphere reached its summer solstice in mid-2017, bringing continuous sunshine to the planet's far north.
Good Old Summer Time
This composite image, which has become a popular poster, shows a global view of Earth at night, compiled from over 400 satellite images
Earth at Night
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Huygens Arrival at Titan (onto sea)
This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows craters with both sharp and smooth rims. The most obvious is the large crater in the bottom left of the image.
Unusual Craters on Vesta II
+ QuickTime (875.4 kilobytes, no audio) This movie sequence provides the record of Cassini's first close brush with Hyperion, Saturn's chaotically tumbling moon. As the spacecraft whizzes past, Hy...
Encountering Hyperion (Movie)
A pair of Saturn's moons accompany the planet and its rings in this image taken shortly after the planet's August 2009 equinox. Dione (1,123 kilometers, or 698 miles across) is in top left of the ...
Saturnscape After Equinox
This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows an ejecta blanket mantling the surface and obscuring older caters. The bright crater rim, seen in the middle right edge, is one of a group of craters wh...
Ejecta Blanket on Vesta
NASA's Dawn spacecraft obtained this 3-D image of asteroid Vesta with its framing camera on Aug. 23 and 28, 2011 at a distance of 1,700 miles (2,740 kilometers). You will need 3D glasses to view th...
3-D Image of Grooves and Wrinkles in the South Polar Region
This stereographic projection of Descent Imager/Spectral Radiometer images from the European Space Agency's Huygens probe combines 60 images in 31 triplets, projected from a height of 3,000 meters ...
Huygens Titan Mosaic #1
This northern hemisphere scene from NASA's Dawn spacecraft, taken on Oct. 20, 2016, features Ceres' Messor Crater, exhibiting a flow feature from the collapse of the rim of an adjacent crater.
Dawn XMO2 Image 17
+ View High Res Team members of NASA's Cassini mission to Saturn gather in October 2010 at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., where the mission is managed. Over 200 scientists, eng...
Cassini Team (October 2010)
Smog Moon November 15, 2004 Full-Res: PIA06520 Smog-enshrouded Titan shows itself to be a featureless orb in this Cassini image taken in v...
The set of images shown here in color was acquired as part of a sequence intended to monitor any changes in the calibration of the multispectral Wide Angle Camera over time, but it also gives a bea...
The Beauty of Calibration
Artist's concept of Earth's reflection in Dawn spacecraft.
Earth's Reflection in Dawn Spacecraft (Artist's Concept)
NASA's Dawn spacecraft spotted this tall, conical mountain on Ceres from a distance of 915 miles (1,470 kilometers).
The Lonely Mountain
This artist's illustration shows the likely interior structure of Saturn's moon Titan deduced from gravity field data collected by NASA's Cassini spacecraft. The investigation by Cassini's radio sc...
Titan's cool and sluggish interior
This is one of the first images returned from T6, the sixth Titan flyby. The image (W00010189.jpg) was taken on August 21, 2005 and received on Earth August 23, 2005. The camera was pointing toward...
Cassini's Whirlwind Tour of Titan Continues
Bright icy fractures, or linea, cover the trailing hemisphere of Saturn's moon, Dione. The Cassini spacecraft imaged the fractured terrain at high resolution in October 2005 (See At Carthage Line...
Clouds on Saturn take on the appearance of strokes from a cosmic brush thanks to the wavy way that fluids interact in Saturn's atmosphere.
Cloudy Waves (False Color)
A thin crescent of cratered terrain is illuminated on Saturn's fourth largest moon, Dione. Lit terrain seen here is on the Saturn-facing side of Dione (1,123 kilometers, or 698 miles across). Nort...
As seasons change on Saturn, and sunlight creeps farther north, the region surrounding the north pole is steadily coming to light. This scene reveals many features in Saturn's dynamic and beautifu...
Coming to Light
Cassini captured this revealing view, which shows that Saturn's hydrogen- and helium-rich atmosphere is a dynamic place, filled with spots, ovals and swirling vortices and filaments of gas. The im...
Spotting the Storms
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