Mimas, one of Saturn‘s small moons with a big crater, is made of mostly water ice with a smattering of rock – so it is accurately described as a big dirty snowball.
This stunning false-color image of the ringed planet’s north pole, recorded by the Cassini spacecraft’s wide-angle camera, during its first sunlit views of far northern Saturn in late 2012.
Saturn’s auroras persist for days, as opposed to only minutes on Earth. To find the similarities in these two different auroras, the Hubble Space Telescope and the Cassini spacecraft monitored Saturn’s South Pole simultaneously.
This image, taken during Cassini‘s orbital insertion at Saturn, shows, from left to right, the outer part of the C ring and inner part of the B ring.
Enceladus, the Icy Moon of Saturn, may have a underground sea. Using Cassini’s radio science experiment, planetary scientists have now been able to investigate the interior of the enigmatic moon.
NASA’s Cassini spacecraft spies a mysterious object confounding scientists, named ‘Peggy’, at edge of Saturn’s rings. NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
Animation of Saturn’s mysterious Hexagon, from NASA’s Cassini mission. Is the highest-resolution view of the unique six-sided jet stream at Saturn’s north pole known as “the hexagon.” Image © NASA/JPL-Caltech/SSI/Hampton
A very rare portrait looking down on Saturn and its rings, created from images obtained by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft on Oct. 10, 2013. Image © NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute/G. Ugarkovic
People around the world shared more than 1,400 images of themselves as part of the Wave at Saturn event organized by NASA’s Cassini mission on July 19 — the day the Cassini spacecraft turned back toward Earth to take our picture. Image © NASA/JPL-Caltech
Saturn‘s moon Enceladus shows off its beautiful plume to the Cassini spacecraft’s cameras. Enceladus (313 miles – 504 kilometers across) is seen here illuminated by light reflected off Saturn. Image © NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute