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The Solar System and Beyond is Awash in Water

Earth isn’t the only ocean world in our solar system. Oceans could exist in diverse forms on moons and dwarf planets, offering clues in the quest to discover life beyond our home planet.

A cylindrical projection of Jupiter stitched together from photos taken by the Cassini spacecraft during its December 2000 flyby of the planet.

A cylindrical projection of Jupiter stitched together from photos taken by Cassini spacecraft during its December 2000 flyby of the planet courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech

The Mars Express orbiter captured this striking view of rugged Martian landscapes extending from a mist-filled Coprates Chasma in the south, to Juventae Chasma and the outflow channels of Maja Valles in the north. Juventae Chasma, the box canyon near the center of the image, is about 100 km wide.

The Mars Express orbiter captured this striking view of rugged Martian landscapes extending from a mist-filled Coprates Chasma in the south, to Juventae Chasma and the outflow channels of Maja Valles in the north. Clouds and Chasmata By Bill Dunford

The north polar cap of Mars, with water ice clouds sweeping over the plains of Vastitas Borealis. The ice cap spans roughly 1000 kilometers. Observed by the Mars Express orbiter in May 2014.

ESA / DLR / FU Berlin / Bill Dunford Clouds Over the North The north polar cap of Mars, with water ice clouds sweeping over the plains of Vastitas Borealis. The ice cap spans roughly 1000 kilometers. Observed by the Mars Express orbiter in May

Mound in Chryse Planitia, Mars. An anaglyph (viewable in 3D using red-blue glasses) made from a pair of images acquired by the HiRISE instrument aboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. The structure shown is about a kilometer across.

Mound in Chryse Planitia, Mars. An anaglyph (viewable in using red-blue glasses) made from a pair of images acquired by the HiRISE instrument aboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. The structure shown is about a kilometer across.

Jupiter's Great Red Spot Viewed by Voyager I

Jupiter's Great Red Spot Viewed by Voyager I

Jupiter's Great Red Spot: Taken by Voyager 1 through color filters and recombined to produce the color image. Assembled from three black and white negatives by the Image Processing Lab at Jet Propulsion Laboratory. -by NASA/JPL

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Jupiter and Io

spaceexp: A montage of New Horizons images of Jupiter and its volcanic moon Io, taken during the spacecraft’s Jupiter flyby in early The image shows a major eruption in progress on Io’s night side, at the northern volcano Tvashtar

Exposure of Layered Deposits in the Southern Polar Cap of Mars. An anaglyph (viewable in 3D using red-blue glasses) made from a pair of images acquired by the HiRISE instrument aboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. The area shown is about three kilometers across.

An anaglyph (viewable in using red-blue glasses) made from a pair of images acquired by the HiRISE instrument aboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. The area shown is about three kilometers across.

Ceres rotates in this sped-up movie comprised of images taken by NASA's Dawn…

Ceres rotates in this frame from a movie comprised of images taken by NASA's Dawn mission during its approach to the dwarf planet. The images were taken on Feb. from a distance of nearly miles kilometers).

A Storm of Stars - In 2004, Cassini observed Saturn's moon Iapetus. Over the course of about a minute and a half, the camera captured reflected Saturnshine on the night side of Iapetus, and the apparent motion of stars in the background as the moon moved through the sky. The stars appear as streaks; the single dots are noise from radiation hitting the camera sensor.

In pictures of the planets, the stars aren't usually visible. But when they do appear, they're spectacular.

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