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Surface of Mercury This image is rendered from the surface of Mercury, with the Mariner 10 spacecraft seen in the sky above. During the JPL open house, the public gets to stand in front of a bluescreen, be photographed with a digital camera, placed in this picture, and receive a color hard copy to take home with them. By David Seal. A high resolution TIFF file is available.


Surface of Venus This image is rendered from the surface of Venus, with the Magellan spacecraft seen in the sky above. During the JPL open house, the public gets to stand in front of a bluescreen, be photographed with a digital camera, placed in this picture, and receive a color hard copy to take home with them. By David Seal. A high resolution TIFF file is available.


Surface of the Moon This image is rendered from the surface of the Moon, with the Lunar Surveyor spacecraft seen resting on the surface. During the JPL open house, the public gets to stand in front of a bluescreen, be photographed with a digital camera, placed in this picture, and receive a color hard copy to take home with them. By David Seal. A high resolution TIFF file is available.


Surface of Mars This image is rendered from the surface of Mars, with the Pathfinder spacecraft seen resting on the surface. During the JPL open house, the public gets to stand in front of a bluescreen, be photographed with a digital camera, placed in this picture, and receive a color hard copy to take home with them. By David Seal. A high resolution TIFF file is available.


Surface of Europa with Jupiter This image is rendered from the surface of Europa, with the Galileo spacecraft seen in the sky above. During the JPL open house, the public gets to stand in front of a bluescreen, be photographed with a digital camera, placed in this picture, and receive a color hard copy to take home with them. By David Seal. A high resolution TIFF file is available.


Surface of Enceladus with Saturn This image is rendered from the surface of Enceladus, with the Cassini spacecraft seen in the sky above. During the JPL open house, the public gets to stand in front of a bluescreen, be photographed with a digital camera, placed in this picture, and receive a color hard copy to take home with them. By David Seal. A high resolution TIFF file is available.


In Clouds of Uranus This image is rendered from the clouds of Uranus, with the Voyager spacecraft seen in the sky above. During the JPL open house, the public gets to stand in front of a bluescreen, be photographed with a digital camera, placed in this picture, and receive a color hard copy to take home with them. By David Seal. A high resolution TIFF file is available.


In Clouds of Neptune This image is rendered from the clouds of Neptune, with the Voyager spacecraft seen in the sky above. During the JPL open house, the public gets to stand in front of a bluescreen, be photographed with a digital camera, placed in this picture, and receive a color hard copy to take home with them. By David Seal. A high resolution TIFF file is available.


Surface of Pluto This image is rendered from the surface of Pluto, with the Pluto Express spacecraft seen in the sky above. During the JPL open house, the public gets to stand in front of a bluescreen, be photographed with a digital camera, placed in this picture, and receive a color hard copy to take home with them. By David Seal. This image is rendered from the surface of Pluto looking sunward with Charon very dark, and low in the sky. Pluto is suspected of having a thin atmosphere, which can be seen as a layer of haze close to the horizon. Years from now, this atmosphere may likely freeze and fall to the surface. By David Seal. A high resolution TIFF file is available.


Surface of the Sun This image is rendered from the surface of the Sun, with the Solar probe seen in the sky above. During the JPL open house, the public gets to stand in front of a bluescreen, be photographed with a digital camera, placed in this picture, and receive a color hard copy to take home with them. By David Seal. A high resolution TIFF file is available.


Surface of an asteroid This image is rendered from the surface of an asteroid, with the Galileo spacecraft seen in the sky above. During the JPL open house, the public gets to stand in front of a bluescreen, be photographed with a digital camera, placed in this picture, and receive a color hard copy to take home with them. By David Seal. A high resolution TIFF file is available.


Surface of a comet This image is rendered from the surface of a comet, with the Stardust spacecraft seen in the sky above. During the JPL open house, the public gets to stand in front of a bluescreen, be photographed with a digital camera, placed in this picture, and receive a color hard copy to take home with them. By David Seal. A high resolution TIFF file is available.


Surface renderings of Saturn and its moons

Surface of Enceladus This artist's rendering shows the notable bright surface of icy Enceladus. In the foreground, an ice geyser can be seen projecting a jet of vapor into space. Enceladus is considered by some as the source of the E ring (which can be very faintly seen along Saturn's equatorial plane); icy geysers may be responsible for sustaining the E ring's supply of micrometer-sized particles. By David Seal (P-46505BC). A high resolution TIFF file is available.


Surface of Titan This narrow angle field-of-view artist's rendering shows Titan's surface with Saturn dimly in the background through Titan's thick atmosphere of methane, ethane and (mostly) nitrogen. The Cassini spacecraft flys over the surface with its High Gain Antenna pointed at the Huygens probe as it reaches the surface. Thin methane clouds dot the horizon, and a narrow methane spring or "methanefall" flows from the cliff at left and drifts mostly into vapor. Smooth ice features rise out of the methane/ethane lake, and crater walls can be seen far in the distance. By David Seal. (P-46508AC) A high resolution TIFF file is available.


Surface of Tethys One of the most exciting features of Tethys (and of the whole Saturnian system as well) is Ithaca Chasma, a huge trench which extends from near the north pole down almost all the way to the south pole. It's average width is 100 kilometers (60 miles) and is 4-5 kilometers (2-3 miles) deep. This artist's rendering is drawn from the lip of the large chasm looking into it, with Saturn in the background. By David Seal (P-46506BC). A high resolution TIFF file is available.


Surface of Rhea This computer rendering shows the surface of Rhea, Saturn's second largest satellite behind Titan. Like Dione and Iapetus, there is a noticeable difference between the two hemispheres of the satellite. Rhea is a densely cratered satellite, and this image shows two of the most prominent craters, Izanagi (the larger) and Izanami (the smaller), which partially overlap. These craters are well into the southern hemisphere. Saturn is seen on the horizon, and a small meteor is seen striking the surface inside the Izanagi crater. This image was created at JPL using KPT Bryce, animation software developed by Jim Blinn, and Adobe Photoshop. (P-46506AC) A high resolution TIFF file is available.


Surface of Iapetus In this extremely narrow angle field-of-view artist's rendering Iapetus, with its notable dark surface, occupies the foreground with a dimly lit crescent Saturn low in the sky. Iapetus' surface shows some strange wavy ice formations, some low scoured hills, and mountains in the background. The Sun as well as three other satellites are also visible. By David Seal (only available.tronically). A high resolution TIFF file is available.


Surface of Phoebe This is a narrow angle field-of-view artist's rendering from the bottom of a large ice crevasse on the surface of Phoebe, the least known of all the Saturnian satellites. Since Cassini will never approach Phoebe closer than than 50,000 kilometers, no spacecraft is shown. By David Seal (only available.tronically). A high resolution TIFF file is available.


Surface of Pandora with F ring This wide angle field-of-view artist's rendering shows the surface of Pandora, one of the shepherds of the F ring, a thin wispy band of material just on the outside of the main rings of Saturn. The F ring is brightly shown on the left hand side of the picture, and Prometheus, the companion shepherd can be seen farther on down the ring on the inner side. By David Seal (P-46505AC) A high resolution TIFF file is available.


Surface of Hyperion Hyperion is one of the smaller of Saturn's main satellites, is irregular in shape, about 400 by 250 by 240 kilometers (250 by 160 by 150 miles), and is noted for its odd scarp system. Scarps like that shown in this narrow angle field-of-view artist's rendering are long cliff-like features, and may be as much as 30 kilometers (20 miles) above the main surface level of the satellite. By David Seal (only available.tronically). A high resolution TIFF file is available.


Surface of Mimas This artist's rendering is imaged near the center of Herschel crater, which occupies a large portion of Mimas' leading hemisphere. The near ice formations comprise the central mountains of the crater, with the crater walls visible in the distance. By David Seal (only available electronically). A high resolution TIFF file is available.


Surface of Dione This narrow angle field-of-view artist's rendering is drawn from the floor of Aeneas crater, showing Dione's icy surface and the irregular features inside the crater viewed from space. Saturn, Titan, and the Cassini spacecraft are all visible in the sky. By David Seal (only available electronically). A high resolution TIFF file is available.