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This image of Miranda, obtained by NASA's Voyager 2 on approach in 1986, shows an unusual 'chevron' figure and regions of distinctly differing terrain on the Uranian moon.
This image of Miranda, obtained by NASA's Voyager 2 on approach in 1986, shows an unusual 'chevron' figure and regions of distinctly differing terrain on the Uranian moon.

Miranda - 'Chevron' Grooves

Saturn's icy moon Miranda is seen in this image from Voyager 2 on January 24, 1986.
Saturn's icy moon Miranda is seen in this image from Voyager 2 on January 24, 1986.

Miranda's Icy Face

On Jan. 24, 1986, NASA's Voyager 2 obtained this color picture of the Uranian moon, Ariel. Most of the visible surface consists of relatively intensely cratered terrain transected by fault scarps and fault-bounded valleys (graben).
On Jan. 24, 1986, NASA's Voyager 2 obtained this color picture of the Uranian moon, Ariel. Most of the visible surface consists of relatively intensely cratered terrain transected by fault scarps and fault-bounded valleys (graben).

Ariel - Highest Resolution Color Picture

This mosaic of Miranda was obtained by NASA's Voyager 2 during its close flyby of the Uranian moon. Miranda exhibits varied geologic provinces where ridges and valleys of one province are cut off against the boundary of the next province.
This mosaic of Miranda was obtained by NASA's Voyager 2 during its close flyby of the Uranian moon. Miranda exhibits varied geologic provinces where ridges and valleys of one province are cut off against the boundary of the next province.

Miranda - High Resolution Mosaic

This image captured by NASA's Voyager 2 in 1986 revealed a continuous distribution of small particles throughout the Uranus ring system. This unique geometry, the highest phase angle at which Voyager imaged the rings, allowed us to see lanes of fine dust.
This image captured by NASA's Voyager 2 in 1986 revealed a continuous distribution of small particles throughout the Uranus ring system. This unique geometry, the highest phase angle at which Voyager imaged the rings, allowed us to see lanes of fine dust.

Uranus Ring System

These two images of Uranus, one in true color and the other in false color, were compiled from images returned in 1986, by the narrow-angle camera of NASA's Voyager 2.
These two images of Uranus, one in true color and the other in false color, were compiled from images returned in 1986, by the narrow-angle camera of NASA's Voyager 2.

Uranus in True and False Color

Miranda reveals a complex geologic history in this view, acquired by NASA's Voyager 2 on Jan. 24, 1986, around its close approach to the Uranian moon. At least three terrain types of different age and geologic style are evident.
Miranda reveals a complex geologic history in this view, acquired by NASA's Voyager 2 on Jan. 24, 1986, around its close approach to the Uranian moon. At least three terrain types of different age and geologic style are evident.

Miranda's Geologic History (variety of terrain)

This image of Miranda, Uranus' moon, was acquired by NASA's Voyager 2 on Jan. 24, 1986. Miranda displays a dramatically varied surface. Well shown are numerous ridges and valleys -- a topography that was probably produced by compressional tectonics.
This image of Miranda, Uranus' moon, was acquired by NASA's Voyager 2 on Jan. 24, 1986. Miranda displays a dramatically varied surface. Well shown are numerous ridges and valleys -- a topography that was probably produced by compressional tectonics.

Miranda High Resolution of Large Fault

These two pictures of Uranus were compiled from images recorded by NASA's Voyager 2 on Jan. 1O, 1986. This view is toward the planet's pole of rotation, which lies just left of center. The image on the right is a false-color image.
These two pictures of Uranus were compiled from images recorded by NASA's Voyager 2 on Jan. 1O, 1986. This view is toward the planet's pole of rotation, which lies just left of center. The image on the right is a false-color image.

Uranus, towards the planet's pole of rotation.

A sliver of Uranus is seen by NASA's Voyager 2. This image was taken through three color filters and recombined to produce the color image.
A sliver of Uranus is seen by NASA's Voyager 2. This image was taken through three color filters and recombined to produce the color image.

Uranus

A recent NASA Hubble Space Telescope view reveals Uranus surrounded by its four major rings and by 10 of its 17 known satellites.
A recent NASA Hubble Space Telescope view reveals Uranus surrounded by its four major rings and by 10 of its 17 known satellites.

Hubble Finds Many Bright Clouds on Uranus

Taking its first peek at Uranus, NASA's Hubble Space Telescope's Near Infrared Camera and Multi-Object Spectrometer (NICMOS) detected six distinct clouds in images taken July 28,1997.
Taking its first peek at Uranus, NASA's Hubble Space Telescope's Near Infrared Camera and Multi-Object Spectrometer (NICMOS) detected six distinct clouds in images taken July 28,1997.

Hubble Tracks Clouds on Uranus

NASA's Voyager 2 took this image on January  24, 1986, showing Ariel's surface densely pitted with craters. Numerous valleys and fault scarps crisscross the highly pitted terrain.
NASA's Voyager 2 took this image on January  24, 1986, showing Ariel's surface densely pitted with craters. Numerous valleys and fault scarps crisscross the highly pitted terrain.

Ariel's Densely Pitted Surface

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

Uranus' moon Miranda is shown in a computer-assembled mosaic of images obtained Jan. 24, 1986, by NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft. Miranda is the innermost and smallest of the five major Uranian satellites,
Uranus' moon Miranda is shown in a computer-assembled mosaic of images obtained Jan. 24, 1986, by NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft. Miranda is the innermost and smallest of the five major Uranian satellites,

South Polar View of Miranda

This is an image of the planet Uranus taken by the spacecraft Voyager 2 in 1986.
This is an image of the planet Uranus taken by the spacecraft Voyager 2 in 1986.

Uranus as seen by NASA's Voyager 2

This view of pale blue-green Uranus was recorded by NASA's Voyager 2 on Jan 25, 1986, as the spacecraft left the planet behind. The thin crescent of Uranus is seen here between the spacecraft, the planet and the Sun.
This view of pale blue-green Uranus was recorded by NASA's Voyager 2 on Jan 25, 1986, as the spacecraft left the planet behind. The thin crescent of Uranus is seen here between the spacecraft, the planet and the Sun.

Uranus - Final Image

Processing brings out Uranus' atmosphere in this image taken by NASA's Voyager 2.
Processing brings out Uranus' atmosphere in this image taken by NASA's Voyager 2.

Uranus' Atmosphere

NASA's Voyager 2 returned this picture of the Uranus rings on Jan. 22, 1986, from a distance of 2.52 million kilometers (1.56 million miles). All nine known rings are visible in this image.
NASA's Voyager 2 returned this picture of the Uranus rings on Jan. 22, 1986, from a distance of 2.52 million kilometers (1.56 million miles). All nine known rings are visible in this image.

Uranus Rings

Voyager 2 obtained this full-disk view of Uranus' moon Titania in the early morning hours of Jan. 24, 1986, from a distance of about 500,000 kilometers (300,000 miles). Many circular depressions, probably impact craters, are visible in this clear-filter.
Voyager 2 obtained this full-disk view of Uranus' moon Titania in the early morning hours of Jan. 24, 1986, from a distance of about 500,000 kilometers (300,000 miles). Many circular depressions, probably impact craters, are visible in this clear-filter.

Full-disk View of Titania

Taken in 1997, NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, using visible light, detected clouds in the northern hemisphere of Uranus.
Taken in 1997, NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, using visible light, detected clouds in the northern hemisphere of Uranus.

Hubble Spots Northern Hemispheric Clouds on Uranus

Uranus' rings, photographed by NASA's Voyager 2 in 1986 as it approached the plane of the Uranian ring system.
Uranus' rings, photographed by NASA's Voyager 2 in 1986 as it approached the plane of the Uranian ring system.

Uranus' Far-flung Rings

This image of the Uranian moon, Miranda, was taken Jan 24, 1986 by NASA's Voyager 2. This image reveals a bewildering variety of fractures, grooves and craters, as well as features of different albedos (reflectancea).
This image of the Uranian moon, Miranda, was taken Jan 24, 1986 by NASA's Voyager 2. This image reveals a bewildering variety of fractures, grooves and craters, as well as features of different albedos (reflectancea).

Miranda Fractures, Grooves and Craters

This NASA Voyager 2 image of the Uranian rings delta, gamma, eta, beta and alpha (from top) was taken Jan. 23, 1986.
This NASA Voyager 2 image of the Uranian rings delta, gamma, eta, beta and alpha (from top) was taken Jan. 23, 1986.

Rings of Uranus

Montage of Uranus' five largest satellites taken by NASA's Voyager 2.. From to right to left in order of decreasing distance from Uranus are Oberon, Titania, Umbriel, Ariel, and Miranda.
Montage of Uranus' five largest satellites taken by NASA's Voyager 2.. From to right to left in order of decreasing distance from Uranus are Oberon, Titania, Umbriel, Ariel, and Miranda.

Uranus - Montage of Uranus' Five Largest Satellites

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