Solar System Exploration
November 11, 2011
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These apparent brightness and topography images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft are located in asteroid Vesta's Gegania quadrangle, in Vesta's southern hemisphere.
Occia Crater, Apparent Brightness and Topography Images
This image was taken on March 09, 2013, and received on Earth March 10, 2013, by NASA's Cassini spacecraft. The camera was pointing toward Rhea at approximately 2,348 miles (3,778 kilometers) away,...
Rhea's Shadowy Craters (Raw Image)
Cassini looks up from beneath the ringplane to spot Prometheus and Atlas orbiting between Saturn's A and F rings. Prometheus is 102 kilometers (63 miles) across. Atlas is 20 kilometers (12 mile...
The In-Between Moons
This stereo image, or anaglyph, shows huge mountains on Saturn's moon Iapetus, imaged by NASA's Cassini spacecraft during its very close flyby in Sept. 2007. These mountains are located at the moon...
Towering Peaks of Iapetus
Jupiter casts a baleful eye toward the moon Ganymede in this enhanced-contrast image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Jupiter's 'eye', the Great Red Spot, was captured just before disappearing...
Eye on Ganymede
Based on the first direct measurements ever obtained of Martian rocks and terrain, scientists on NASA's Mars Pathfinder mission report in this week's Science magazine that the red planet may have o...
Pathfinder on Mars
Gazing Upon Mimas September 9, 2004 Full-Res: PIA06473 On its first orbit of the ringed planet, the Cassini spacecraft gazed into ...
Gazing Upon Mimas
Titan's Mottled Surface July 3, 2004 Full-Res: PIA06109 Shown here is a mosaic of Titan's south polar region acquired as Cassini ...
Titan's Mottled Surface
The primordial contact binary Kuiper Belt Object Arrokoth (2014 MU69) as seen by New Horizons.
Enhanced-Color Composite Image of Kuiper Belt Object Arrokoth (2014 MU69)
This full-frame view of asteroid Vesta was obtained by NASA's Dawn spacecraft with its framing camera on July, 24 2011. This image was taken through the camera's clear filter. The image has a resol...
A Full-Frame View of Vesta
This close-up view of Saturn's moon Janus shows what appear to be two large craters near the boundary between day and night. The left side of the moon is lit feebly by reflected light from Saturn. ...
Janus: God of Beginnings
Cassini peers around the hazy limb of Titan to spy the sunlit south pole of Saturn in the distance beyond.
Peeking at Saturn
The Cassini spacecraft catches a glimpse of features that reveal important clues about processes occurring in Titan's atmosphere. The north polar stratosphere exhibits a banded appearance, as fast...
High Altitude Hints
Three different false-color views of Saturn's moon Iapetus show the boundary of the global "color dichotomy" on the hemisphere of this moon facing away from Saturn. The "color dichotomy," which has...
Color Dichotomy on Iapetus
+ Unannotated version These images from NASA's Cassini spacecraft show one of the large seas and a bounty of smaller lakes on Saturn's moon Titan. Scientists saw these small lakes in data obtain...
Titan Lake Country (Annotated)
Saturn's shepherd moons gravitationally herd the F ring's particles into a narrow thread. The structure seen in the inner edge of the F ring in this wide-angle view is similar to that seen in the ...
Cassini's ability to remain sharply pointed at its targets allowed this image of Saturn's faint, dusty G ring to be made. The thin streaks visible here are star trails, which are created during lon...
G Ring, Brightened by Time
Old spokes never die, they just fade away. That is the current thinking of scientists who study these ephemeral features in Saturn's rings. This "difference image" is actually a composite of two i...
NASA's Cassini spacecraft obtained this raw image of Saturn's moon Titan on Oct. 18, 2010. Bright clouds streak the moon's midsection, likely an indication of changing seasons and the arrival of sp...
Titan -- Oct. 20, 2010 (raw)
This enhanced-color view of Saturn’s moon Mimas was made from images obtained by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft. It highlights the bluish band around the icy moon’s equator.
Mimas' Blue Streak
Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter caught this image of Phoenix hanging from its parachute as it descended to the Martian surface in 2008.
Phoenix Lander Descending to Mars
Two ring moons sweep through the scene as Cassini focuses on Saturn's intriguing F ring. Daphnis (8 kilometers, or 5 miles across) is seen at right with its edge waves in the Keeler Gap. Pandora (...
F Ring in Between
This global color mosaic of Saturn's moon Rhea was produced from images taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft during its first 10 years exploring the Saturn system.
Color Map of Rhea (2014)
Saturn's F ring shows several "mini-jets" near the upper-right of this image captured by the Cassini spacecraft. The A ring also appears in the lower-left of the image. The mini-jets are thought b...
Tethys, like many moons in the solar system, keeps one face pointed towards the planet around which it orbits.
Tethys in Sunlight
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