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NASA Cassini Saturn Image: Raging Planet

By SpaceRef Editor
June 28, 2008
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NASA Cassini Saturn Image: Raging Planet

Full-Res: PIA09917

Myriad vortices churn through Saturn’s high northern latitudes while Dione’s shadow drifts across the gas giant’s face.

This view looks toward the unilluminated side of the rings from about 43 degrees above the ringplane.

The image was taken with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera on May 7, 2008 using a spectral filter sensitive to wavelengths of infrared light centered at 752 nanometers. The view was obtained at a distance of approximately 1.2 million kilometers (760,000 miles) from Saturn. Image scale is 69 kilometers (43 miles) per pixel.

The Cassini-Huygens mission is a cooperative project of NASA, the European Space Agency and the Italian Space Agency. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, manages the mission for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, Washington, D.C. The Cassini orbiter and its two onboard cameras were designed, developed and assembled at JPL. The imaging operations center is based at the Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colo.

For more information about the Cassini-Huygens mission visit . The Cassini imaging team homepage is at Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

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