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NASA's Cassini orbiter shows that Tethys appears to be peeking out from behind Rhea, watching the watcher. Scientists believe that Tethys' surprisingly high albedo is due to the water ice jets emerging from its neighbor, Enceladus.
NASA's Cassini orbiter shows that Tethys appears to be peeking out from behind Rhea, watching the watcher. Scientists believe that Tethys' surprisingly high albedo is due to the water ice jets emerging from its neighbor, Enceladus.

Tethys the Spy

NASA's Cassini orbiter shows that Tethys appears to be peeking out from behind Rhea, watching the watcher. Scientists believe that Tethys' surprisingly high albedo is due to the water ice jets emerging from its neighbor, Enceladus.

Target: Tethys
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA18293
Added: 2014-12-15

Views: 592

Tethys the Spy

NASA's Cassini orbiter shows that Tethys appears to be peeking out from behind Rhea, watching the watcher. Scientists believe that Tethys' surprisingly high albedo is due to the water ice jets emerging from its neighbor, Enceladus.

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Although solid-looking in many images, NASA's Cassini orbiter shows that Saturn's rings are actually translucent. In this picture, we can glimpse the shadow of the rings on the planet through the A and C rings themselves, towards the lower right corner.
Although solid-looking in many images, NASA's Cassini orbiter shows that Saturn's rings are actually translucent. In this picture, we can glimpse the shadow of the rings on the planet through the A and C rings themselves, towards the lower right corner.

Translucent Rings

Although solid-looking in many images, NASA's Cassini orbiter shows that Saturn's rings are actually translucent. In this picture, we can glimpse the shadow of the rings on the planet through the A and C rings themselves, towards the lower right corner.

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

Views: 417

Translucent Rings

Although solid-looking in many images, NASA's Cassini orbiter shows that Saturn's rings are actually translucent. In this picture, we can glimpse the shadow of the rings on the planet through the A and C rings themselves, towards the lower right corner.

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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: 931

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

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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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Nature is an artist, and this time she seems to have let her paints swirl together a bit. What the viewer might perceive to be Saturn's surface captured by NASA's Cassini orbiter is really just the tops of its uppermost cloud layers.
Nature is an artist, and this time she seems to have let her paints swirl together a bit. What the viewer might perceive to be Saturn's surface captured by NASA's Cassini orbiter is really just the tops of its uppermost cloud layers.

Mixing Paints

Nature is an artist, and this time she seems to have let her paints swirl together a bit. What the viewer might perceive to be Saturn's surface captured by NASA's Cassini orbiter is really just the tops of its uppermost cloud layers.

Target: S Rings
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA18290
Added: 2014-11-17

Views: 667

Mixing Paints

Nature is an artist, and this time she seems to have let her paints swirl together a bit. What the viewer might perceive to be Saturn's surface captured by NASA's Cassini orbiter is really just the tops of its uppermost cloud layers.

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NASA's Cassini's radar instrument images show that a bright feature appeared in Kraken Mare, Titan's largest sea.
NASA's Cassini's radar instrument images show that a bright feature appeared in Kraken Mare, Titan's largest sea.

Bright Feature Appears in Titan's Kraken Mare

NASA's Cassini's radar instrument images show that a bright feature appeared in Kraken Mare, Titan's largest sea.

Target: Titan
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Radar Mapper
ID#: PIA19047
Added: 2014-11-10

Views: 2129

Bright Feature Appears in Titan's Kraken Mare

NASA's Cassini's radar instrument images show that a bright feature appeared in Kraken Mare, Titan's largest sea.

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NASA's Cassini radar data reveal the depth of a liquid methane/ethane sea on Saturn's moon Titan near the mouth of a large, flooded river valley.
NASA's Cassini radar data reveal the depth of a liquid methane/ethane sea on Saturn's moon Titan near the mouth of a large, flooded river valley.

Plumbing Coastal Depths in Titan's Kraken Mare

NASA's Cassini radar data reveal the depth of a liquid methane/ethane sea on Saturn's moon Titan near the mouth of a large, flooded river valley.

Target: Titan
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Radar Mapper
ID#: PIA19046
Added: 2014-11-10

Views: 2113

Plumbing Coastal Depths in Titan's Kraken Mare

NASA's Cassini radar data reveal the depth of a liquid methane/ethane sea on Saturn's moon Titan near the mouth of a large, flooded river valley.

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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: 2017

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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This set of global, color mosaics of Saturn's moon Tethys was produced from images taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft during its first ten years exploring the Saturn system.
This set of global, color mosaics of Saturn's moon Tethys was produced from images taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft during its first ten years exploring the Saturn system.

Color Maps of Tethys - 2014

This set of global, color mosaics of Saturn's moon Tethys was produced from images taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft during its first ten years exploring the Saturn system.

Target: Tethys
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem
ID#: PIA18439
Added: 2014-11-04

Views: 1797

Color Maps of Tethys - 2014

This set of global, color mosaics of Saturn's moon Tethys was produced from images taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft during its first ten years exploring the Saturn system.

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This set of global, color mosaics of Saturn's moon Rhea was produced from images taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft during its first ten years exploring the Saturn system.
This set of global, color mosaics of Saturn's moon Rhea was produced from images taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft during its first ten years exploring the Saturn system.

Color Maps of Rhea - 2014

This set of global, color mosaics of Saturn's moon Rhea was produced from images taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft during its first ten years exploring the Saturn system.

Target: Rhea
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem
ID#: PIA18438
Added: 2014-11-04

Views: 1516

Color Maps of Rhea - 2014

This set of global, color mosaics of Saturn's moon Rhea was produced from images taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft during its first ten years exploring the Saturn system.

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This set of global, color mosaics of Saturn's moon Mimas was produced from images taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft during its first ten years exploring the Saturn system.
This set of global, color mosaics of Saturn's moon Mimas was produced from images taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft during its first ten years exploring the Saturn system.

Color Maps of Mimas - 2014

This set of global, color mosaics of Saturn's moon Mimas was produced from images taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft during its first ten years exploring the Saturn system.

Target: Mimas
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem
ID#: PIA18437
Added: 2014-11-04

Views: 2854

Color Maps of Mimas - 2014

This set of global, color mosaics of Saturn's moon Mimas was produced from images taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft during its first ten years exploring the Saturn system.

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This set of global, color mosaics of Saturn's moon Iapetus was produced from images taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft during its first ten years exploring the Saturn system.
This set of global, color mosaics of Saturn's moon Iapetus was produced from images taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft during its first ten years exploring the Saturn system.

Color Maps of Iapetus - 2014

This set of global, color mosaics of Saturn's moon Iapetus was produced from images taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft during its first ten years exploring the Saturn system.

Target: Iapetus
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem
ID#: PIA18436
Added: 2014-11-04

Views: 1999

Color Maps of Iapetus - 2014

This set of global, color mosaics of Saturn's moon Iapetus was produced from images taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft during its first ten years exploring the Saturn system.

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This set of global, color mosaics of Saturn's moon Enceladus was produced from images taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft during its first ten years exploring the Saturn system.
This set of global, color mosaics of Saturn's moon Enceladus was produced from images taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft during its first ten years exploring the Saturn system.

Color Maps of Enceladus - 2014

This set of global, color mosaics of Saturn's moon Enceladus was produced from images taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft during its first ten years exploring the Saturn system.

Target: Enceladus
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem
ID#: PIA18435
Added: 2014-11-04

Views: 3319

Color Maps of Enceladus - 2014

This set of global, color mosaics of Saturn's moon Enceladus was produced from images taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft during its first ten years exploring the Saturn system.

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This set of global, color mosaics of Saturn's moon Dione taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft during its first ten years exploring the Saturn system; obvious feature on the maps is the difference in color and brightness between the two hemispheres.
This set of global, color mosaics of Saturn's moon Dione taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft during its first ten years exploring the Saturn system; obvious feature on the maps is the difference in color and brightness between the two hemispheres.

Color Maps of Dione - 2014

This set of global, color mosaics of Saturn's moon Dione taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft during its first ten years exploring the Saturn system; obvious feature on the maps is the difference in color and brightness between the two hemispheres.

Target: Dione
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem
ID#: PIA18434
Added: 2014-11-04

Views: 1681

Color Maps of Dione - 2014

This set of global, color mosaics of Saturn's moon Dione taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft during its first ten years exploring the Saturn system; obvious feature on the maps is the difference in color and brightness between the two hemispheres.

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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: 1979

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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The view was obtained during NASA's Cassini orbiter's flyby on July 24, 2012, also called the 'T85' flyby by the Cassini team. This was the most intense specular reflection that Cassini had seen to date.
The view was obtained during NASA's Cassini orbiter's flyby on July 24, 2012, also called the 'T85' flyby by the Cassini team. This was the most intense specular reflection that Cassini had seen to date.

Sunglint on a Hydrocarbon Lake

The view was obtained during NASA's Cassini orbiter's flyby on July 24, 2012, also called the 'T85' flyby by the Cassini team. This was the most intense specular reflection that Cassini had seen to date.

Target: Titan
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer
ID#: PIA18433
Added: 2014-10-30

Views: 3133

Sunglint on a Hydrocarbon Lake

The view was obtained during NASA's Cassini orbiter's flyby on July 24, 2012, also called the 'T85' flyby by the Cassini team. This was the most intense specular reflection that Cassini had seen to date.

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This near-infrared, color view from NASA'S Cassini orbiter shows the sun glinting off of Titan's north polar seas.
This near-infrared, color view from NASA'S Cassini orbiter shows the sun glinting off of Titan's north polar seas.

Specular Spectacular

This near-infrared, color view from NASA'S Cassini orbiter shows the sun glinting off of Titan's north polar seas.

Target: Titan
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer
ID#: PIA18432
Added: 2014-10-30

Views: 45317

Specular Spectacular

This near-infrared, color view from NASA'S Cassini orbiter shows the sun glinting off of Titan's north polar seas.

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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: 1514

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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The moons visible in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, Pandora and Atlas, are quite small by astronomical standards, but the rings are also enormous. From one side of the planet to the other, the A ring stretches over 170,000 miles (270,000 km).
The moons visible in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, Pandora and Atlas, are quite small by astronomical standards, but the rings are also enormous. From one side of the planet to the other, the A ring stretches over 170,000 miles (270,000 km).

Mini Moons

The moons visible in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, Pandora and Atlas, are quite small by astronomical standards, but the rings are also enormous. From one side of the planet to the other, the A ring stretches over 170,000 miles (270,000 km).

Target: Tethys
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA18279
Added: 2014-10-20

Views: 993

Mini Moons

The moons visible in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, Pandora and Atlas, are quite small by astronomical standards, but the rings are also enormous. From one side of the planet to the other, the A ring stretches over 170,000 miles (270,000 km).

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Like a drop of dew hanging on a leaf, Tethys appears to be stuck to the A and F rings from this perspective of NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
Like a drop of dew hanging on a leaf, Tethys appears to be stuck to the A and F rings from this perspective of NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Stuck on the Rings

Like a drop of dew hanging on a leaf, Tethys appears to be stuck to the A and F rings from this perspective of NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Target: Tethys
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA18284
Added: 2014-10-13

Views: 3301

Stuck on the Rings

Like a drop of dew hanging on a leaf, Tethys appears to be stuck to the A and F rings from this perspective of NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

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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: 3158

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: 1410

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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These three images, created from NASA's Cassini Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) data, show the appearance and evolution of a mysterious feature in Ligeia Mare, one of the largest hydrocarbon seas on Saturn's moon Titan.
These three images, created from NASA's Cassini Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) data, show the appearance and evolution of a mysterious feature in Ligeia Mare, one of the largest hydrocarbon seas on Saturn's moon Titan.

Mysterious Changing Feature in Ligeia Mare

These three images, created from NASA's Cassini Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) data, show the appearance and evolution of a mysterious feature in Ligeia Mare, one of the largest hydrocarbon seas on Saturn's moon Titan.

Target: Titan
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Radar Mapper
ID#: PIA18430
Added: 2014-09-29

Views: 659

Mysterious Changing Feature in Ligeia Mare

These three images, created from NASA's Cassini Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) data, show the appearance and evolution of a mysterious feature in Ligeia Mare, one of the largest hydrocarbon seas on Saturn's moon Titan.

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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: 747

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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NASA's Cassini spacecraft captures a rare family photo of three of Saturn's moons that couldn't be more different from each other. Shown here are Tethys (center), Hyperion (upper left), and Prometheus (lower left).
NASA's Cassini spacecraft captures a rare family photo of three of Saturn's moons that couldn't be more different from each other. Shown here are Tethys (center), Hyperion (upper left), and Prometheus (lower left).

The Odd Trio

NASA's Cassini spacecraft captures a rare family photo of three of Saturn's moons that couldn't be more different from each other. Shown here are Tethys (center), Hyperion (upper left), and Prometheus (lower left).

Target: Tethys
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA18283
Added: 2014-09-22

Views: 279

The Odd Trio

NASA's Cassini spacecraft captures a rare family photo of three of Saturn's moons that couldn't be more different from each other. Shown here are Tethys (center), Hyperion (upper left), and Prometheus (lower left).

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