Category: cassini

Vertical structures, among the tallest seen …

Vertical structures, among the tallest seen in Saturn’s main rings, rise abruptly from the edge of Saturn’s B ring to cast long shadows on the ring in this image taken by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft two weeks before the planet’s August 2009 equinox.

Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

Images of the Earth and the moon above the Rin…

Images of the Earth and the moon above the Rings of Saturn taken by Cassini on April 13, 2017.

Credit:

NASA/JPL-Caltech/SSI/CICLOPS/Kevin M. Gill

Jupiter and Io taken by the Cassini spacecraft…

Jupiter and Io taken by the Cassini spacecraft on December 1, 2000.

Credit: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona

Saturn’s active, ocean-bearing moon En…

Saturn’s active, ocean-bearing moon Enceladus sinks behind the giant planet in a farewell portrait from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft.

Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

Titan’s atmosphere makes Saturn’…

Titan’s atmosphere makes Saturn’s largest moon look like a fuzzy orange ball in this natural color view from Cassini.

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

In the early afternoon of September 13, 2017, …

In the early afternoon of September 13, 2017, the venerable and much-loved Cassini probe captured this final portrait of Saturn and its main ring system, before plummeting to fiery destruction in the planet’s hazy atmosphere just 48 hours later.

Credit: NASA/JPL/Caltech/SSI/Ian Regan

Saturn Rings and Moons: From left, the moons…

Saturn Rings and Moons: From left, the moons are Janus, Pandora, Enceladus, Mimas and Rhea. Following the images below, Enceladus e Tethys, Titan, Rhea and Mimas. Enceladus e Tethys.

by Gordan Ugarkovic

The mosaic shown here was composed with data…

The mosaic shown here was composed with data from Cassini’s visual and infrared mapping spectrometer taken during the Titan flyby Dec. 26, 2005.

Credit: NASA

Saturn’s rings display their subtle colors in …

Saturn’s rings display their subtle colors in this view captured on Aug. 22, 2009, by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft. The particles that make up the rings range in size from smaller than a grain of sand to as large as mountains, and are mostly made of water ice. The exact nature of the material responsible for bestowing color on the rings remains a matter of intense debate among scientists.

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

Saturn in Infrared from Cassini Image Cr…

Saturn in Infrared from Cassini

Image Credit: NASA, JPL-Caltech, SSI; Processing: Maksim Kakitsev