The Cassini–Huygens mission, commonly called Cassini, was a collaboration between NASA, the European Space Agency, and the Italian Space Agency to send a probe to study the planet Saturn and its system, including its rings and natural satellites.
It has been in operation since 1997 and it has brought us ever closer to the outer planets, especially Saturn and its moons.
Below are some of the best images taken of Saturn and its moons by Cassini.
The Day The Earth Smiled
Full processed mosaic of images taken by the Cassini spacecraft on July 19, 2013
Top Of The World
These turbulent clouds are on top of the world at Saturn.
Prometheus and the Ghostly F Ring
The thin sliver of Saturn’s moon Prometheus lurks near ghostly structures in Saturn’s narrow F ring in this view from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft.
These two views of Saturn’s moon Titan exemplify how NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has revealed the surface of this fascinating world.
Highlighting Titan’s Hazes
NASA’s Cassini spacecraft looks toward the night side of Saturn’s moon Titan in a view that highlights the extended, hazy nature of the moon’s atmosphere.
Clouds on Saturn take on the appearance of strokes from a cosmic brush thanks to the wavy way that fluids interact in Saturn’s atmosphere.
Cassini gazes across the icy rings of Saturn toward the icy moon Tethys, whose night side is illuminated by Saturnshine, or sunlight reflected by the planet.
Nevertheless, It Moves
The heavens often seem vast and unchanging as seen from Earth, but movement in the skies is the norm.
So Far from Home
With this view, Cassini captured one of its last looks at Saturn and its main rings from a distance.
Saturn: Before the Plunge
This image of Saturn’s northern hemisphere was taken by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft on Sept. 13, 2017. It is among the last images Cassini sent back to Earth. The view was taken in visible red light using the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera at a distance of 684,000 miles (1.1 million kilometers) from Saturn.
Impact Site: Cassini’s Final Image
This monochrome view is the last image taken by the imaging cameras on NASA’s Cassini spacecraft. It looks toward the planet’s night side, lit by reflected light from the rings, and shows the location at which the spacecraft would enter the planet’s atmosphere hours later.
Zoom-in on Epimetheus
This zoomed-in view of Epimetheus, one of the highest resolution ever taken, shows a surface covered in craters, vivid reminders of the hazards of space.
This montage of views from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft shows three of Saturn’s small ring moons.
The projection of Saturn’s shadow on the rings grows shorter as Saturn’s season advances toward northern summer.
North Pole of Enceladus
In the north, Enceladus’ surface appears to be about as old as any in the solar system. The south, however, is an entirely different story.
Hail the Hexagon
Saturn’s hexagonal polar jet stream is the shining feature of almost every view of the north polar region of Saturn.
The hexagon in clear blue.
The Big One
Mimas’ gigantic crater Herschel lies near the moon’s limb in this Cassini view.
Enceladus is a world divided. To the north, we see copious amounts of craters and evidence of the many impacts the moon has suffered in its history.
Infrared Saturn Clouds
This false-color view from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft shows clouds in Saturn’s northern hemisphere. The view was made using images taken by Cassini’s wide-angle camera on July 20, 2016, using a combination of spectral filters sensitive to infrared light at 750, 727 and 619 nanometers.
Helorus in Half-light
Cassini captures a crater duo on Saturn’s moon Dione that is superimposed on older, linear features.
Tethys Tops Saturn
An illusion of perspective, Saturn’s moon Tethys seems to hang above the planet’s north pole in this view from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft.