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As NASA's Cassini soared above high northern latitudes on Saturn's moon Dione, the spacecraft looked down at a region near the day-night boundary.
As NASA's Cassini soared above high northern latitudes on Saturn's moon Dione, the spacecraft looked down at a region near the day-night boundary.

Cassini's Closest Views of Dione II

As NASA's Cassini soared above high northern latitudes on Saturn's moon Dione, the spacecraft looked down at a region near the day-night boundary.

Target: Dione
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle, Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA19654
Added: 2015-08-20

Views: 1410

Cassini's Closest Views of Dione II

As NASA's Cassini soared above high northern latitudes on Saturn's moon Dione, the spacecraft looked down at a region near the day-night boundary.

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This two-in-one view of Dione from NASA's Cassini spacecraft includes the mission's highest-resolution view of the Saturnian moon's icy surface.
This two-in-one view of Dione from NASA's Cassini spacecraft includes the mission's highest-resolution view of the Saturnian moon's icy surface.

Cassini's Closest Views of Dione I

This two-in-one view of Dione from NASA's Cassini spacecraft includes the mission's highest-resolution view of the Saturnian moon's icy surface.

Target: Dione
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA19653
Added: 2015-08-20

Views: 1134

Cassini's Closest Views of Dione I

This two-in-one view of Dione from NASA's Cassini spacecraft includes the mission's highest-resolution view of the Saturnian moon's icy surface.

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This view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows terrain on Saturn's moon Dione that is entirely lit by reflected light from Saturn, called Saturnshine.
This view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows terrain on Saturn's moon Dione that is entirely lit by reflected light from Saturn, called Saturnshine.

Dione's Saturn-lit Surface

This view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows terrain on Saturn's moon Dione that is entirely lit by reflected light from Saturn, called Saturnshine.

Target: Dione
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA19652
Added: 2015-08-20

Views: 595

Dione's Saturn-lit Surface

This view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows terrain on Saturn's moon Dione that is entirely lit by reflected light from Saturn, called Saturnshine.

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NASA's Cassini spacecraft gazes out upon a rolling, cratered landscape in this oblique view of Saturn's moon Dione. A record of impacts large and small is preserved in the moon's ancient, icy surface.
NASA's Cassini spacecraft gazes out upon a rolling, cratered landscape in this oblique view of Saturn's moon Dione. A record of impacts large and small is preserved in the moon's ancient, icy surface.

Dione's Impact-Battered Icescape

NASA's Cassini spacecraft gazes out upon a rolling, cratered landscape in this oblique view of Saturn's moon Dione. A record of impacts large and small is preserved in the moon's ancient, icy surface.

Target: Dione
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA19651
Added: 2015-08-20

Views: 1043

Dione's Impact-Battered Icescape

NASA's Cassini spacecraft gazes out upon a rolling, cratered landscape in this oblique view of Saturn's moon Dione. A record of impacts large and small is preserved in the moon's ancient, icy surface.

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This view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft looks toward Saturn's icy moon Dione, with giant Saturn and its rings in the background, just prior to the mission's final close approach to the moon on August 17, 2015.
This view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft looks toward Saturn's icy moon Dione, with giant Saturn and its rings in the background, just prior to the mission's final close approach to the moon on August 17, 2015.

Imminent Approach to Dione

This view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft looks toward Saturn's icy moon Dione, with giant Saturn and its rings in the background, just prior to the mission's final close approach to the moon on August 17, 2015.

Target: Dione
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle, Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA19650
Added: 2015-08-20

Views: 6403

Imminent Approach to Dione

This view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft looks toward Saturn's icy moon Dione, with giant Saturn and its rings in the background, just prior to the mission's final close approach to the moon on August 17, 2015.

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Dione hangs in front of Saturn and its icy rings in this view, captured during Cassini's final close flyby of the icy moon. North on Dione is up.
Dione hangs in front of Saturn and its icy rings in this view, captured during Cassini's final close flyby of the icy moon. North on Dione is up.

Dione with Rings and Shadows

Dione hangs in front of Saturn and its icy rings in this view, captured during Cassini's final close flyby of the icy moon. North on Dione is up.

Target: Dione
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA17200
Added: 2015-08-20

Views: 4387

Dione with Rings and Shadows

Dione hangs in front of Saturn and its icy rings in this view, captured during Cassini's final close flyby of the icy moon. North on Dione is up.

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Saturn's unusual appearance in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft is a result of the planet being imaged via an infrared filter. Infrared images can help scientists determine the location of clouds in the planet's atmosphere.
Saturn's unusual appearance in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft is a result of the planet being imaged via an infrared filter. Infrared images can help scientists determine the location of clouds in the planet's atmosphere.

Darkness Descending

Saturn's unusual appearance in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft is a result of the planet being imaged via an infrared filter. Infrared images can help scientists determine the location of clouds in the planet's atmosphere.

Target: S Rings
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA18332
Added: 2015-08-10

Views: 176

Darkness Descending

Saturn's unusual appearance in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft is a result of the planet being imaged via an infrared filter. Infrared images can help scientists determine the location of clouds in the planet's atmosphere.

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Thanks to the illumination angle, Mimas (right) and Dione (left) appear to be staring up at a giant Saturn looming in the background as captured in this image by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
Thanks to the illumination angle, Mimas (right) and Dione (left) appear to be staring up at a giant Saturn looming in the background as captured in this image by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Looking Up to the Giant

Thanks to the illumination angle, Mimas (right) and Dione (left) appear to be staring up at a giant Saturn looming in the background as captured in this image by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Target: Saturn
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA18331
Added: 2015-08-03

Views: 259

Looking Up to the Giant

Thanks to the illumination angle, Mimas (right) and Dione (left) appear to be staring up at a giant Saturn looming in the background as captured in this image by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

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Titan may be a 'large' moon -- its name even implies it -- but it is still dwarfed by its parent planet, Saturn. As it turns out, this is perfectly normal. This image is from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
Titan may be a 'large' moon -- its name even implies it -- but it is still dwarfed by its parent planet, Saturn. As it turns out, this is perfectly normal. This image is from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Not So Titanic

Titan may be a 'large' moon -- its name even implies it -- but it is still dwarfed by its parent planet, Saturn. As it turns out, this is perfectly normal. This image is from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Target: Titan
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA18326
Added: 2015-07-13

Views: 616

Not So Titanic

Titan may be a 'large' moon -- its name even implies it -- but it is still dwarfed by its parent planet, Saturn. As it turns out, this is perfectly normal. This image is from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

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NASA's Cassini imaging scientists processed this view of Saturn's moon Dione, taken during a close flyby on June 16, 2015. This was Cassini's fourth targeted flyby of Dione.
NASA's Cassini imaging scientists processed this view of Saturn's moon Dione, taken during a close flyby on June 16, 2015. This was Cassini's fourth targeted flyby of Dione.

In the Company of Dione

NASA's Cassini imaging scientists processed this view of Saturn's moon Dione, taken during a close flyby on June 16, 2015. This was Cassini's fourth targeted flyby of Dione.

Target: Dione
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA17196
Added: 2015-06-18

Views: 5189

In the Company of Dione

NASA's Cassini imaging scientists processed this view of Saturn's moon Dione, taken during a close flyby on June 16, 2015. This was Cassini's fourth targeted flyby of Dione.

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In this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, two large craters on Tethys, near the line where day fades to night, almost resemble two giant eyes observing Saturn. Tethys is significantly closer to the camera, while the planet is in the background.
In this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, two large craters on Tethys, near the line where day fades to night, almost resemble two giant eyes observing Saturn. Tethys is significantly closer to the camera, while the planet is in the background.

Tethys 'Eyes' Saturn

In this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, two large craters on Tethys, near the line where day fades to night, almost resemble two giant eyes observing Saturn. Tethys is significantly closer to the camera, while the planet is in the background.

Target: Tethys
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA18318
Added: 2015-06-15

Views: 670

Tethys 'Eyes' Saturn

In this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, two large craters on Tethys, near the line where day fades to night, almost resemble two giant eyes observing Saturn. Tethys is significantly closer to the camera, while the planet is in the background.

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From a distance Saturn seems to exude an aura of serenity and peace in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. In spite of this appearance, Saturn is an active and dynamic world. Mimas is seen to the upper-right of Saturn.
From a distance Saturn seems to exude an aura of serenity and peace in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. In spite of this appearance, Saturn is an active and dynamic world. Mimas is seen to the upper-right of Saturn.

Serene Saturn

From a distance Saturn seems to exude an aura of serenity and peace in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. In spite of this appearance, Saturn is an active and dynamic world. Mimas is seen to the upper-right of Saturn.

Target: Saturn
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA18314
Added: 2015-05-11

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Serene Saturn

From a distance Saturn seems to exude an aura of serenity and peace in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. In spite of this appearance, Saturn is an active and dynamic world. Mimas is seen to the upper-right of Saturn.

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Saturn's surface is painted with swirls and shadows. Each swirl here is a weather system, reminding us of how dynamic Saturn's atmosphere is. This image is from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
Saturn's surface is painted with swirls and shadows. Each swirl here is a weather system, reminding us of how dynamic Saturn's atmosphere is. This image is from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Swirls and Shadows

Saturn's surface is painted with swirls and shadows. Each swirl here is a weather system, reminding us of how dynamic Saturn's atmosphere is. This image is from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Target: Saturn
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA18311
Added: 2015-05-04

Views: 361

Swirls and Shadows

Saturn's surface is painted with swirls and shadows. Each swirl here is a weather system, reminding us of how dynamic Saturn's atmosphere is. This image is from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

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NASA's Cassini captured these views of Saturn's icy moon Rhea on Feb. 9. The spacecraft returned to equatorial orbits around Saturn in March after nearly two years, allowing the mission to once again have close encounters with moons other than Titan.
NASA's Cassini captured these views of Saturn's icy moon Rhea on Feb. 9. The spacecraft returned to equatorial orbits around Saturn in March after nearly two years, allowing the mission to once again have close encounters with moons other than Titan.

Return to Rhea

NASA's Cassini captured these views of Saturn's icy moon Rhea on Feb. 9. The spacecraft returned to equatorial orbits around Saturn in March after nearly two years, allowing the mission to once again have close encounters with moons other than Titan.

Target: Rhea
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle, Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA19057
Added: 2015-03-30

Views: 12264

Return to Rhea

NASA's Cassini captured these views of Saturn's icy moon Rhea on Feb. 9. The spacecraft returned to equatorial orbits around Saturn in March after nearly two years, allowing the mission to once again have close encounters with moons other than Titan.

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From afar, Saturn's rings look like a solid, homogenous disk of material. But upon closer examination from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, we see that there are varied structures in the rings at almost every scale imaginable.
From afar, Saturn's rings look like a solid, homogenous disk of material. But upon closer examination from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, we see that there are varied structures in the rings at almost every scale imaginable.

Groovy

From afar, Saturn's rings look like a solid, homogenous disk of material. But upon closer examination from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, we see that there are varied structures in the rings at almost every scale imaginable.

Target: S Rings
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Curiosity
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA18308
Added: 2015-03-16

Views: 839

Groovy

From afar, Saturn's rings look like a solid, homogenous disk of material. But upon closer examination from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, we see that there are varied structures in the rings at almost every scale imaginable.

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NASA's Cassini orbiter shows Saturn's main rings, seen here on their 'lit' face, appear much darker than normal. That's because they tend to scatter light back toward its source -- in this case, the Sun.
NASA's Cassini orbiter shows Saturn's main rings, seen here on their 'lit' face, appear much darker than normal. That's because they tend to scatter light back toward its source -- in this case, the Sun.

Darkness

NASA's Cassini orbiter shows Saturn's main rings, seen here on their 'lit' face, appear much darker than normal. That's because they tend to scatter light back toward its source -- in this case, the Sun.

Target: S Rings
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA18294
Added: 2014-12-22

Views: 2683

Darkness

NASA's Cassini orbiter shows Saturn's main rings, seen here on their 'lit' face, appear much darker than normal. That's because they tend to scatter light back toward its source -- in this case, the Sun.

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Although solid-looking in many images, NASA's Cassini orbiter shows that Saturn's rings are actually translucent.
Although solid-looking in many images, NASA's Cassini orbiter shows that Saturn's rings are actually translucent.

Translucent Rings

Although solid-looking in many images, NASA's Cassini orbiter shows that Saturn's rings are actually translucent.

Target: S Rings
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA18295
Added: 2014-12-08

Views: 1768

Translucent Rings

Although solid-looking in many images, NASA's Cassini orbiter shows that Saturn's rings are actually translucent.

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NASA's Cassini orbiter shows that Enceladus (visible in the lower-left corner of the image) is but a speck before enormous Saturn, but even a small moon can generate big waves of excitement throughout the scientific community.
NASA's Cassini orbiter shows that Enceladus (visible in the lower-left corner of the image) is but a speck before enormous Saturn, but even a small moon can generate big waves of excitement throughout the scientific community.

Mighty Little Dot

NASA's Cassini orbiter shows that Enceladus (visible in the lower-left corner of the image) is but a speck before enormous Saturn, but even a small moon can generate big waves of excitement throughout the scientific community.

Target: Enceladus
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA18296
Added: 2014-12-01

Views: 1648

Mighty Little Dot

NASA's Cassini orbiter shows that Enceladus (visible in the lower-left corner of the image) is but a speck before enormous Saturn, but even a small moon can generate big waves of excitement throughout the scientific community.

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NASA's Cassini orbiter shows Saturn is circled by its rings (nearly edge-on in this image), as well as by the moons Tethys (the large bright body near the lower right corner) and Mimas (seen as a slight crescent against Saturn's disk above the rings).
NASA's Cassini orbiter shows Saturn is circled by its rings (nearly edge-on in this image), as well as by the moons Tethys (the large bright body near the lower right corner) and Mimas (seen as a slight crescent against Saturn's disk above the rings).

Circling Saturn

NASA's Cassini orbiter shows Saturn is circled by its rings (nearly edge-on in this image), as well as by the moons Tethys (the large bright body near the lower right corner) and Mimas (seen as a slight crescent against Saturn's disk above the rings).

Target: S Rings
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA18288
Added: 2014-11-24

Views: 2223

Circling Saturn

NASA's Cassini orbiter shows Saturn is circled by its rings (nearly edge-on in this image), as well as by the moons Tethys (the large bright body near the lower right corner) and Mimas (seen as a slight crescent against Saturn's disk above the rings).

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A new day dawns on Saturn as the part of the planet is seen emerging once more into the Sun's light by NASA's Cassini orbiter. With an estimated rotation period of 10 hours and 40 minutes, Saturn's days and nights are much shorter than those on Earth.
A new day dawns on Saturn as the part of the planet is seen emerging once more into the Sun's light by NASA's Cassini orbiter. With an estimated rotation period of 10 hours and 40 minutes, Saturn's days and nights are much shorter than those on Earth.

Sunrise on Saturn

A new day dawns on Saturn as the part of the planet is seen emerging once more into the Sun's light by NASA's Cassini orbiter. With an estimated rotation period of 10 hours and 40 minutes, Saturn's days and nights are much shorter than those on Earth.

Target: S Rings
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA18289
Added: 2014-11-10

Views: 4095

Sunrise on Saturn

A new day dawns on Saturn as the part of the planet is seen emerging once more into the Sun's light by NASA's Cassini orbiter. With an estimated rotation period of 10 hours and 40 minutes, Saturn's days and nights are much shorter than those on Earth.

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The view from NASA's Cassini orbiter shows Titan's crescent nearly encircling Saturn's disk due to the small haze particles high in its atmosphere refracting the incoming light of the distant Sun.
The view from NASA's Cassini orbiter shows Titan's crescent nearly encircling Saturn's disk due to the small haze particles high in its atmosphere refracting the incoming light of the distant Sun.

Mimicking the Moon

The view from NASA's Cassini orbiter shows Titan's crescent nearly encircling Saturn's disk due to the small haze particles high in its atmosphere refracting the incoming light of the distant Sun.

Target: Titan
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA18291
Added: 2014-11-03

Views: 3481

Mimicking the Moon

The view from NASA's Cassini orbiter shows Titan's crescent nearly encircling Saturn's disk due to the small haze particles high in its atmosphere refracting the incoming light of the distant Sun.

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This image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows befitting moons named for brothers, Prometheus and Epimetheus. Both are small, icy moons that orbit near the main rings of Saturn.
This image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows befitting moons named for brothers, Prometheus and Epimetheus. Both are small, icy moons that orbit near the main rings of Saturn.

A Forethought and an Afterthought

This image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows befitting moons named for brothers, Prometheus and Epimetheus. Both are small, icy moons that orbit near the main rings of Saturn.

Target: S Rings
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA18286
Added: 2014-10-27

Views: 1986

A Forethought and an Afterthought

This image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows befitting moons named for brothers, Prometheus and Epimetheus. Both are small, icy moons that orbit near the main rings of Saturn.

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Although it looks like a simple hexagon, this feature surrounding Saturn's north pole is really a manifestation of a meandering polar jet stream. This image was taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
Although it looks like a simple hexagon, this feature surrounding Saturn's north pole is really a manifestation of a meandering polar jet stream. This image was taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Wavy Polar Jet

Although it looks like a simple hexagon, this feature surrounding Saturn's north pole is really a manifestation of a meandering polar jet stream. This image was taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Target: Saturn
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA18287
Added: 2014-10-06

Views: 3794

Wavy Polar Jet

Although it looks like a simple hexagon, this feature surrounding Saturn's north pole is really a manifestation of a meandering polar jet stream. This image was taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

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These two views of Saturn's moon Titan show the southern polar vortex, a huge, swirling cloud that was first observed by NASA's Cassini spacecraft in 2012.
These two views of Saturn's moon Titan show the southern polar vortex, a huge, swirling cloud that was first observed by NASA's Cassini spacecraft in 2012.

Spectral Map of Titan with Polar Vortex

These two views of Saturn's moon Titan show the southern polar vortex, a huge, swirling cloud that was first observed by NASA's Cassini spacecraft in 2012.

Target: Titan
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle, Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer
ID#: PIA18431
Added: 2014-10-01

Views: 2508

Spectral Map of Titan with Polar Vortex

These two views of Saturn's moon Titan show the southern polar vortex, a huge, swirling cloud that was first observed by NASA's Cassini spacecraft in 2012.

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Saturn's many cloud patterns, swept along by high-speed winds, look as if they were painted on by some eager alien artist in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
Saturn's many cloud patterns, swept along by high-speed winds, look as if they were painted on by some eager alien artist in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Painted Saturn

Saturn's many cloud patterns, swept along by high-speed winds, look as if they were painted on by some eager alien artist in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Target: Saturn
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA18280
Added: 2014-09-29

Views: 1387

Painted Saturn

Saturn's many cloud patterns, swept along by high-speed winds, look as if they were painted on by some eager alien artist in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

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