The Instrument Deployment Camera (IDC), located on the robotic arm of NASA’s InSight lander, took this picture of the Martian surface on Nov. 26, 2018, the same day the spacecraft touched down on the Red Planet. The camera’s transparent dust cover is still on in this image, to prevent particulates kicked up during landing from settling on the camera’s lens. This image was relayed from InSight to Earth via NASA’s Odyssey spacecraft, currently orbiting Mars.
clouds and storms on Jupiter
NASA/ SwRI/ MSSS/ Gerald Eichstädt/ Seán Doran
Venus at Dawn – Nov 19, 2018
This photograph of Neptune’s southern hemisphere was taken by the narrow-angle camera on NASA’s Voyager 2 when the spacecraft was 4.2 million km (2.6 million miles) from the planet.
Image credit: NASA/JPL
‘Dolphin’ in Jupiter’s South South Temperate Belt. Image credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech / SwRI / MSSS / David Marriott.
Jupiter – June 21 1979
NASA/JPL-Caltech/Kevin M. Gill
Saturn’s atmosphere exhibits a banded pattern similar to Jupiter’s, but Saturn’s bands are much fainter and are much wider near the equator. The nomenclature used to describe these bands is the same as on Jupiter. Saturn’s finer cloud patterns were not observed until the flybys of the Voyager spacecraft during the 1980s. Since then, Earth-based telescopy has improved to the point where regular observations can be made. The composition of the clouds varies with depth and increasing pressure.
The winds on Saturn are the second fastest among the Solar System’s planets, after Neptune’s. Voyager data indicate peak easterly winds of 500 m/s (1,800 km/h).
Thermography has shown that Saturn’s south pole has a warm polar vortex, the only known example of such a phenomenon in the Solar System. Whereas temperatures on Saturn are normally −185 °C, temperatures on the vortex often reach as high as −122 °C, suspected to be the warmest spot on Saturn.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute and Kevin M. Gill
Saturn and Titan
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute
Six Moons of Saturn (Titan, Mimas, Tethys, Enceladus, Dione & Rhea)
Image Credit: Rafael Defavari
Image of the planet Uranus observed by the Hubble Space Telescope
Credit: NASA/ESA, M. Showalter (Stanford University/NASA/ESA Ames Research Center), J. Lissauer (NASA/ESA Ames Research Center)