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As seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, the surface of Dione is covered in craters, reminding us of the impacts that have shaped all of the worlds of our solar system; the surface also bears linear features that suggest geological activity in the past.
As seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, the surface of Dione is covered in craters, reminding us of the impacts that have shaped all of the worlds of our solar system; the surface also bears linear features that suggest geological activity in the past.

Dione, Face On

As seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, the surface of Dione is covered in craters, reminding us of the impacts that have shaped all of the worlds of our solar system; the surface also bears linear features that suggest geological activity in the past.

Target: Dione
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA17166
Added: 2014-06-30

Views: 95

Dione, Face On

As seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, the surface of Dione is covered in craters, reminding us of the impacts that have shaped all of the worlds of our solar system; the surface also bears linear features that suggest geological activity in the past.

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Only a sharp and careful eye can make out the subtle variations in Titan's clouds when viewed in visible light by NASA's Cassini spacecraft. This infrared image clearly reveals a band around the Titan's north pole.
Only a sharp and careful eye can make out the subtle variations in Titan's clouds when viewed in visible light by NASA's Cassini spacecraft. This infrared image clearly reveals a band around the Titan's north pole.

Subtle Titan

Only a sharp and careful eye can make out the subtle variations in Titan's clouds when viewed in visible light by NASA's Cassini spacecraft. This infrared image clearly reveals a band around the Titan's north pole.

Target: Titan
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA17168
Added: 2014-06-23

Views: 123

Subtle Titan

Only a sharp and careful eye can make out the subtle variations in Titan's clouds when viewed in visible light by NASA's Cassini spacecraft. This infrared image clearly reveals a band around the Titan's north pole.

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NASA's Cassini spacecraft captures a glimpse of the moon Atlas shortly after emerging from Saturn's shadow.
NASA's Cassini spacecraft captures a glimpse of the moon Atlas shortly after emerging from Saturn's shadow.

Emerging from Darkness

NASA's Cassini spacecraft captures a glimpse of the moon Atlas shortly after emerging from Saturn's shadow.

Target: Atlas
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA17167
Added: 2014-06-16

Views: 119

Emerging from Darkness

NASA's Cassini spacecraft captures a glimpse of the moon Atlas shortly after emerging from Saturn's shadow.

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The image on the left shows Cassini's view on approach to Phoebe, while the right shows the spacecraft's departing perspective. As it entered the Saturn system, NASA's Cassini spacecraft performed its first targeted flyby of one of the planet's moons.
The image on the left shows Cassini's view on approach to Phoebe, while the right shows the spacecraft's departing perspective. As it entered the Saturn system, NASA's Cassini spacecraft performed its first targeted flyby of one of the planet's moons.

Arrival and Departure at Phoebe

The image on the left shows Cassini's view on approach to Phoebe, while the right shows the spacecraft's departing perspective. As it entered the Saturn system, NASA's Cassini spacecraft performed its first targeted flyby of one of the planet's moons.

Target: Phoebe
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle, Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA18411
Added: 2014-06-11

Views: 134

Arrival and Departure at Phoebe

The image on the left shows Cassini's view on approach to Phoebe, while the right shows the spacecraft's departing perspective. As it entered the Saturn system, NASA's Cassini spacecraft performed its first targeted flyby of one of the planet's moons.

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Prometheus is caught in the act of creating gores and streamers in the F ring. Scientists believe that Prometheus and its partner-moon Pandora are responsible for much of the structure in the F ring as shown by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
Prometheus is caught in the act of creating gores and streamers in the F ring. Scientists believe that Prometheus and its partner-moon Pandora are responsible for much of the structure in the F ring as shown by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Gored of the Rings

Prometheus is caught in the act of creating gores and streamers in the F ring. Scientists believe that Prometheus and its partner-moon Pandora are responsible for much of the structure in the F ring as shown by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Target: Prometheus
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA18270
Added: 2014-06-09

Views: 155

Gored of the Rings

Prometheus is caught in the act of creating gores and streamers in the F ring. Scientists believe that Prometheus and its partner-moon Pandora are responsible for much of the structure in the F ring as shown by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

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Dione's large crater, Evander, appears here half in shadow, throwing its topography into sharp relief as seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
Dione's large crater, Evander, appears here half in shadow, throwing its topography into sharp relief as seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Evander Half in Shadow

Dione's large crater, Evander, appears here half in shadow, throwing its topography into sharp relief as seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Target: Dione
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA17165
Added: 2014-05-26

Views: 188

Evander Half in Shadow

Dione's large crater, Evander, appears here half in shadow, throwing its topography into sharp relief as seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

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Tethys' trailing side shows two terrains that tell a story of a rough past. To the north (up, in image) is older, rougher terrain, while to the south is new material dubbed 'smooth plains' by scientists. This image was taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
Tethys' trailing side shows two terrains that tell a story of a rough past. To the north (up, in image) is older, rougher terrain, while to the south is new material dubbed 'smooth plains' by scientists. This image was taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Tethys' Terrains

Tethys' trailing side shows two terrains that tell a story of a rough past. To the north (up, in image) is older, rougher terrain, while to the south is new material dubbed 'smooth plains' by scientists. This image was taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Target: Tethys
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA17164
Added: 2014-05-19

Views: 415

Tethys' Terrains

Tethys' trailing side shows two terrains that tell a story of a rough past. To the north (up, in image) is older, rougher terrain, while to the south is new material dubbed 'smooth plains' by scientists. This image was taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

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This view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft features a blue planet, Uranus, imaged by Cassini for the first time. Uranus is a pale blue in this natural color image because its visible atmosphere contains methane gas and few aerosols or clouds.
This view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft features a blue planet, Uranus, imaged by Cassini for the first time. Uranus is a pale blue in this natural color image because its visible atmosphere contains methane gas and few aerosols or clouds.

Blue Orb on the Horizon

This view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft features a blue planet, Uranus, imaged by Cassini for the first time. Uranus is a pale blue in this natural color image because its visible atmosphere contains methane gas and few aerosols or clouds.

Target: Uranus
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA17178
Added: 2014-05-01

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Blue Orb on the Horizon

This view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft features a blue planet, Uranus, imaged by Cassini for the first time. Uranus is a pale blue in this natural color image because its visible atmosphere contains methane gas and few aerosols or clouds.

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Saturn's moon Pan, named for the Greek god of shepherds, rules over quite a different domain: the Encke gap in Saturn's rings. This image is from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
Saturn's moon Pan, named for the Greek god of shepherds, rules over quite a different domain: the Encke gap in Saturn's rings. This image is from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

God of the Gap

Saturn's moon Pan, named for the Greek god of shepherds, rules over quite a different domain: the Encke gap in Saturn's rings. This image is from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Target: Pan
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA17161
Added: 2014-04-21

Views: 245

God of the Gap

Saturn's moon Pan, named for the Greek god of shepherds, rules over quite a different domain: the Encke gap in Saturn's rings. This image is from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

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The disturbance visible at the outer edge of Saturn's A ring in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft could be caused by an object replaying the birth process of icy moons.
The disturbance visible at the outer edge of Saturn's A ring in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft could be caused by an object replaying the birth process of icy moons.

Commotion at Ring's Edge May Be Effect of Small Icy Object

The disturbance visible at the outer edge of Saturn's A ring in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft could be caused by an object replaying the birth process of icy moons.

Target: S Rings
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA18078
Added: 2014-04-14

Views: 24979

Commotion at Ring's Edge May Be Effect of Small Icy Object

The disturbance visible at the outer edge of Saturn's A ring in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft could be caused by an object replaying the birth process of icy moons.

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Saturn's moon Prometheus orbits near some of its handiwork in the F ring in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Prometheus and its partner Pandora gravitationally sculpt and maintain the narrow F ring.
Saturn's moon Prometheus orbits near some of its handiwork in the F ring in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Prometheus and its partner Pandora gravitationally sculpt and maintain the narrow F ring.

Prometheus' Handiwork

Saturn's moon Prometheus orbits near some of its handiwork in the F ring in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Prometheus and its partner Pandora gravitationally sculpt and maintain the narrow F ring.

Target: Prometheus
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA17158
Added: 2014-03-31

Views: 331

Prometheus' Handiwork

Saturn's moon Prometheus orbits near some of its handiwork in the F ring in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Prometheus and its partner Pandora gravitationally sculpt and maintain the narrow F ring.

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A nearly full Rhea shines in the sunlight in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Rhea (949 miles, or 1,527 kilometers across) is Saturn's second largest moon.
A nearly full Rhea shines in the sunlight in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Rhea (949 miles, or 1,527 kilometers across) is Saturn's second largest moon.

Rhea's Day in the Sun

A nearly full Rhea shines in the sunlight in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Rhea (949 miles, or 1,527 kilometers across) is Saturn's second largest moon.

Target: Rhea
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA17155
Added: 2014-03-10

Views: 470

Rhea's Day in the Sun

A nearly full Rhea shines in the sunlight in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Rhea (949 miles, or 1,527 kilometers across) is Saturn's second largest moon.

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Saturn's D ring is easy to overlook since it's trapped between the brighter C ring and the planet itself. In this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, all that can be seen of the D ring is the faint and narrow arc as it stretches from top right of the ima
Saturn's D ring is easy to overlook since it's trapped between the brighter C ring and the planet itself. In this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, all that can be seen of the D ring is the faint and narrow arc as it stretches from top right of the ima

Dusty D Ring

Saturn's D ring is easy to overlook since it's trapped between the brighter C ring and the planet itself. In this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, all that can be seen of the D ring is the faint and narrow arc as it stretches from top right of the ima

Target: S Rings
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA17150
Added: 2014-02-24

Views: 559

Dusty D Ring

Saturn's D ring is easy to overlook since it's trapped between the brighter C ring and the planet itself. In this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, all that can be seen of the D ring is the faint and narrow arc as it stretches from top right of the ima

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Although the crack-like features seen here on Dione's surface appear wispy and faded, they are in reality a series of geologically fresh fractures as seen in this images captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
Although the crack-like features seen here on Dione's surface appear wispy and faded, they are in reality a series of geologically fresh fractures as seen in this images captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

The Wisps of Dione

Although the crack-like features seen here on Dione's surface appear wispy and faded, they are in reality a series of geologically fresh fractures as seen in this images captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Target: Dione
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA17149
Added: 2014-02-17

Views: 608

The Wisps of Dione

Although the crack-like features seen here on Dione's surface appear wispy and faded, they are in reality a series of geologically fresh fractures as seen in this images captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

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Saturn's F ring often appears to do things other rings don't. In this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, a strand of ring appears to separate from the core of the ring as if pulled apart by mysterious forces.
Saturn's F ring often appears to do things other rings don't. In this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, a strand of ring appears to separate from the core of the ring as if pulled apart by mysterious forces.

Splitting the F Ring

Saturn's F ring often appears to do things other rings don't. In this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, a strand of ring appears to separate from the core of the ring as if pulled apart by mysterious forces.

Target: S Rings
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA17148
Added: 2014-02-10

Views: 503

Splitting the F Ring

Saturn's F ring often appears to do things other rings don't. In this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, a strand of ring appears to separate from the core of the ring as if pulled apart by mysterious forces.

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Similar to many of the small, inner moons of Saturn, Prometheus points its long axis at Saturn as if giving us directions to the planet. This image was taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
Similar to many of the small, inner moons of Saturn, Prometheus points its long axis at Saturn as if giving us directions to the planet. This image was taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Pointing Toward Saturn

Similar to many of the small, inner moons of Saturn, Prometheus points its long axis at Saturn as if giving us directions to the planet. This image was taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Target: Prometheus
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA17153
Added: 2014-01-27

Views: 556

Pointing Toward Saturn

Similar to many of the small, inner moons of Saturn, Prometheus points its long axis at Saturn as if giving us directions to the planet. This image was taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

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Titan's atmosphere puts on a display with the detached haze to the north (top of image) and the polar vortex to the south as seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
Titan's atmosphere puts on a display with the detached haze to the north (top of image) and the polar vortex to the south as seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Titan's Polar Atmosphere

Titan's atmosphere puts on a display with the detached haze to the north (top of image) and the polar vortex to the south as seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Target: Titan
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA17151
Added: 2014-01-13

Views: 1021

Titan's Polar Atmosphere

Titan's atmosphere puts on a display with the detached haze to the north (top of image) and the polar vortex to the south as seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

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NASA's Cassini spacecraft captures Saturn's tiny irregular moon Janus surrounded by the vast, dark expanse of the outer solar system.
NASA's Cassini spacecraft captures Saturn's tiny irregular moon Janus surrounded by the vast, dark expanse of the outer solar system.

Janus from Afar

NASA's Cassini spacecraft captures Saturn's tiny irregular moon Janus surrounded by the vast, dark expanse of the outer solar system.

Target: Janus
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA17146
Added: 2014-01-06

Views: 971

Janus from Afar

NASA's Cassini spacecraft captures Saturn's tiny irregular moon Janus surrounded by the vast, dark expanse of the outer solar system.

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The vortex at Saturn's north pole, seen here in the infrared by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, takes on the menacing look.
The vortex at Saturn's north pole, seen here in the infrared by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, takes on the menacing look.

The Maelstrom

The vortex at Saturn's north pole, seen here in the infrared by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, takes on the menacing look.

Target: Saturn
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA17145
Added: 2013-12-30

Views: 1264

The Maelstrom

The vortex at Saturn's north pole, seen here in the infrared by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, takes on the menacing look.

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Saturn's moon Enceladus, covered in snow and ice, resembles a perfectly packed snowball in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
Saturn's moon Enceladus, covered in snow and ice, resembles a perfectly packed snowball in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

A Snowball in Space

Saturn's moon Enceladus, covered in snow and ice, resembles a perfectly packed snowball in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Target: Enceladus
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA17182
Added: 2013-12-23

Views: 2516

A Snowball in Space

Saturn's moon Enceladus, covered in snow and ice, resembles a perfectly packed snowball in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

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NASA's Cassini spacecraft captures a still and partially sunlit Enceladus. The Saturnian moon is covered in ice that reflects sunlight similar to freshly fallen snow, making Enceladus one of the most reflective objects in the solar system.
NASA's Cassini spacecraft captures a still and partially sunlit Enceladus. The Saturnian moon is covered in ice that reflects sunlight similar to freshly fallen snow, making Enceladus one of the most reflective objects in the solar system.

Frozen in Time

NASA's Cassini spacecraft captures a still and partially sunlit Enceladus. The Saturnian moon is covered in ice that reflects sunlight similar to freshly fallen snow, making Enceladus one of the most reflective objects in the solar system.

Target: Enceladus
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA17181
Added: 2013-12-23

Views: 2369

Frozen in Time

NASA's Cassini spacecraft captures a still and partially sunlit Enceladus. The Saturnian moon is covered in ice that reflects sunlight similar to freshly fallen snow, making Enceladus one of the most reflective objects in the solar system.

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NASA's Cassini spacecraft looks towards the dark side of Saturn's largest moon, Titan, capturing the blue halo caused by a haze layer that hovers high in the moon's atmosphere.
NASA's Cassini spacecraft looks towards the dark side of Saturn's largest moon, Titan, capturing the blue halo caused by a haze layer that hovers high in the moon's atmosphere.

The Halo

NASA's Cassini spacecraft looks towards the dark side of Saturn's largest moon, Titan, capturing the blue halo caused by a haze layer that hovers high in the moon's atmosphere.

Target: Titan
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA17180
Added: 2013-12-23

Views: 2903

The Halo

NASA's Cassini spacecraft looks towards the dark side of Saturn's largest moon, Titan, capturing the blue halo caused by a haze layer that hovers high in the moon's atmosphere.

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Using a special spectral filter, NASA's Cassini spacecraft was able to peer through the hazy atmosphere of Saturn's moon Titan. This image features the largest seas and some of the many hydrocarbon lakes that are present on Titan's surface.
Using a special spectral filter, NASA's Cassini spacecraft was able to peer through the hazy atmosphere of Saturn's moon Titan. This image features the largest seas and some of the many hydrocarbon lakes that are present on Titan's surface.

Lakes Through the Haze

Using a special spectral filter, NASA's Cassini spacecraft was able to peer through the hazy atmosphere of Saturn's moon Titan. This image features the largest seas and some of the many hydrocarbon lakes that are present on Titan's surface.

Target: Titan
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA17179
Added: 2013-12-23

Views: 2167

Lakes Through the Haze

Using a special spectral filter, NASA's Cassini spacecraft was able to peer through the hazy atmosphere of Saturn's moon Titan. This image features the largest seas and some of the many hydrocarbon lakes that are present on Titan's surface.

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Slipping into shadow, the south polar vortex at Saturn's moon Titan still stands out against the orange and blue haze layers that are characteristic of Titan's atmosphere. Images like this, from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
Slipping into shadow, the south polar vortex at Saturn's moon Titan still stands out against the orange and blue haze layers that are characteristic of Titan's atmosphere. Images like this, from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Dusk in the South

Slipping into shadow, the south polar vortex at Saturn's moon Titan still stands out against the orange and blue haze layers that are characteristic of Titan's atmosphere. Images like this, from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Target: Titan
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA17177
Added: 2013-12-23

Views: 1957

Dusk in the South

Slipping into shadow, the south polar vortex at Saturn's moon Titan still stands out against the orange and blue haze layers that are characteristic of Titan's atmosphere. Images like this, from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

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Saturn's largest and second largest moons, Titan and Rhea, appear to be stacked on top of each other in this true-color scene from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
Saturn's largest and second largest moons, Titan and Rhea, appear to be stacked on top of each other in this true-color scene from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Fire and Ice

Saturn's largest and second largest moons, Titan and Rhea, appear to be stacked on top of each other in this true-color scene from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Target: Titan
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA17174
Added: 2013-12-23

Views: 2976

Fire and Ice

Saturn's largest and second largest moons, Titan and Rhea, appear to be stacked on top of each other in this true-color scene from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

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