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As Saturn's northern hemisphere summer approaches, NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured the shadows of the rings creep ever southward across the planet.
As Saturn's northern hemisphere summer approaches, NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured the shadows of the rings creep ever southward across the planet.

Shadow Below

As Saturn's northern hemisphere summer approaches, NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured the shadows of the rings creep ever southward across the planet.

Target: S Rings
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA20486
Added: 2016-06-20

Views: 680

Shadow Below

As Saturn's northern hemisphere summer approaches, NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured the shadows of the rings creep ever southward across the planet.

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NASA's Cassini spacecraft spies a bright disruption (features known as 'jets') in Saturn's narrow F ring suggesting it may have been disturbed recently, though not by Pandora which lurks nearby at lower right.
NASA's Cassini spacecraft spies a bright disruption (features known as 'jets') in Saturn's narrow F ring suggesting it may have been disturbed recently, though not by Pandora which lurks nearby at lower right.

Not Guilty

NASA's Cassini spacecraft spies a bright disruption (features known as 'jets') in Saturn's narrow F ring suggesting it may have been disturbed recently, though not by Pandora which lurks nearby at lower right.

Target: S Rings
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA20485
Added: 2016-06-13

Views: 7388

Not Guilty

NASA's Cassini spacecraft spies a bright disruption (features known as 'jets') in Saturn's narrow F ring suggesting it may have been disturbed recently, though not by Pandora which lurks nearby at lower right.

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Distant Titan, its northern hemisphere drenched in the sunlight of late spring, hangs above Saturn's rings in this image captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
Distant Titan, its northern hemisphere drenched in the sunlight of late spring, hangs above Saturn's rings in this image captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Rings Interrupted

Distant Titan, its northern hemisphere drenched in the sunlight of late spring, hangs above Saturn's rings in this image captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Target: Titan
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA20484
Added: 2016-06-06

Views: 1080

Rings Interrupted

Distant Titan, its northern hemisphere drenched in the sunlight of late spring, hangs above Saturn's rings in this image captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

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Saturn's moons Janus and Mimas coast in their silent orbits beyond the rings in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. The ansa, or outer edge of the rings, is visible at left.
Saturn's moons Janus and Mimas coast in their silent orbits beyond the rings in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. The ansa, or outer edge of the rings, is visible at left.

In Formation

Saturn's moons Janus and Mimas coast in their silent orbits beyond the rings in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. The ansa, or outer edge of the rings, is visible at left.

Target: Mimas
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA18369
Added: 2016-05-30

Views: 2329

In Formation

Saturn's moons Janus and Mimas coast in their silent orbits beyond the rings in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. The ansa, or outer edge of the rings, is visible at left.

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NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows off this angled view of the rings and Saturn's poles taken on Feb. 26, 2016.
NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows off this angled view of the rings and Saturn's poles taken on Feb. 26, 2016.

Up and Over

NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows off this angled view of the rings and Saturn's poles taken on Feb. 26, 2016.

Target: S Rings
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA20481
Added: 2016-05-23

Views: 2355

Up and Over

NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows off this angled view of the rings and Saturn's poles taken on Feb. 26, 2016.

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Most planetary rings appear to be shaped, at least in part, by moons orbiting their planets, but nowhere is that more evident than in Saturn's F ring as seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
Most planetary rings appear to be shaped, at least in part, by moons orbiting their planets, but nowhere is that more evident than in Saturn's F ring as seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Sculptor and His Work

Most planetary rings appear to be shaped, at least in part, by moons orbiting their planets, but nowhere is that more evident than in Saturn's F ring as seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Target: S Rings
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA20483
Added: 2016-05-16

Views: 1905

Sculptor and His Work

Most planetary rings appear to be shaped, at least in part, by moons orbiting their planets, but nowhere is that more evident than in Saturn's F ring as seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

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Epimetheus, seen here by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, with Saturn in the background, is lumpy and misshapen, thanks in part to its size and formation process. Bombardment over the eons has left this tiny moon's surface heavily pitted.
Epimetheus, seen here by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, with Saturn in the background, is lumpy and misshapen, thanks in part to its size and formation process. Bombardment over the eons has left this tiny moon's surface heavily pitted.

Hard Knock Life

Epimetheus, seen here by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, with Saturn in the background, is lumpy and misshapen, thanks in part to its size and formation process. Bombardment over the eons has left this tiny moon's surface heavily pitted.

Target: Epimetheus
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA20482
Added: 2016-05-09

Views: 5902

Hard Knock Life

Epimetheus, seen here by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, with Saturn in the background, is lumpy and misshapen, thanks in part to its size and formation process. Bombardment over the eons has left this tiny moon's surface heavily pitted.

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The water-world Enceladus appears here to sit atop Saturn's rings like a drop of dew upon a leaf in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
The water-world Enceladus appears here to sit atop Saturn's rings like a drop of dew upon a leaf in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

The Dew Drop of Saturn

The water-world Enceladus appears here to sit atop Saturn's rings like a drop of dew upon a leaf in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Target: Enceladus
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA18368
Added: 2016-05-02

Views: 1958

The Dew Drop of Saturn

The water-world Enceladus appears here to sit atop Saturn's rings like a drop of dew upon a leaf in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

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At first glance, Saturn's rings appear to be intersecting themselves in an impossible way. In actuality, this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows the rings in front of the planet, upon which the shadow of the rings is cast.
At first glance, Saturn's rings appear to be intersecting themselves in an impossible way. In actuality, this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows the rings in front of the planet, upon which the shadow of the rings is cast.

Criss-Crossed Rings

At first glance, Saturn's rings appear to be intersecting themselves in an impossible way. In actuality, this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows the rings in front of the planet, upon which the shadow of the rings is cast.

Target: S Rings
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA18367
Added: 2016-04-25

Views: 1299

Criss-Crossed Rings

At first glance, Saturn's rings appear to be intersecting themselves in an impossible way. In actuality, this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows the rings in front of the planet, upon which the shadow of the rings is cast.

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A sinuous feature snakes northward from Enceladus' south pole like a giant tentacle in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. This feature, is actually tectonic in nature, created by stresses in Enceladus' icy shell.
A sinuous feature snakes northward from Enceladus' south pole like a giant tentacle in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. This feature, is actually tectonic in nature, created by stresses in Enceladus' icy shell.

Y Marks the Spot

A sinuous feature snakes northward from Enceladus' south pole like a giant tentacle in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. This feature, is actually tectonic in nature, created by stresses in Enceladus' icy shell.

Target: Enceladus
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA18366
Added: 2016-04-18

Views: 1092

Y Marks the Spot

A sinuous feature snakes northward from Enceladus' south pole like a giant tentacle in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. This feature, is actually tectonic in nature, created by stresses in Enceladus' icy shell.

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It's difficult to get a sense of scale when viewing Saturn's rings, but the Cassini Division (seen here between the bright B ring and dimmer A ring) is almost as wide as the planet Mercury as seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
It's difficult to get a sense of scale when viewing Saturn's rings, but the Cassini Division (seen here between the bright B ring and dimmer A ring) is almost as wide as the planet Mercury as seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

The Great Divide

It's difficult to get a sense of scale when viewing Saturn's rings, but the Cassini Division (seen here between the bright B ring and dimmer A ring) is almost as wide as the planet Mercury as seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Target: S Rings
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA18365
Added: 2016-04-11

Views: 1551

The Great Divide

It's difficult to get a sense of scale when viewing Saturn's rings, but the Cassini Division (seen here between the bright B ring and dimmer A ring) is almost as wide as the planet Mercury as seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

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NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured this image of Saturn as it views the planet and its expansive rings from all sorts of angles. Here, a half-lit Saturn sits askew as tiny Dione looks on from lower left.
NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured this image of Saturn as it views the planet and its expansive rings from all sorts of angles. Here, a half-lit Saturn sits askew as tiny Dione looks on from lower left.

Saturn Askew

NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured this image of Saturn as it views the planet and its expansive rings from all sorts of angles. Here, a half-lit Saturn sits askew as tiny Dione looks on from lower left.

Target: S Rings
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA18364
Added: 2016-04-04

Views: 2275

Saturn Askew

NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured this image of Saturn as it views the planet and its expansive rings from all sorts of angles. Here, a half-lit Saturn sits askew as tiny Dione looks on from lower left.

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Two moons hover above the rings from this perspective, Enceladus (313 miles or 504 kilometers across), at left, and Janus (111 miles or 179 kilometers across), at right as seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
Two moons hover above the rings from this perspective, Enceladus (313 miles or 504 kilometers across), at left, and Janus (111 miles or 179 kilometers across), at right as seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Dark Moons, Dark Rings

Two moons hover above the rings from this perspective, Enceladus (313 miles or 504 kilometers across), at left, and Janus (111 miles or 179 kilometers across), at right as seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Target: S Rings
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA18360
Added: 2016-03-28

Views: 810

Dark Moons, Dark Rings

Two moons hover above the rings from this perspective, Enceladus (313 miles or 504 kilometers across), at left, and Janus (111 miles or 179 kilometers across), at right as seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

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Each of these two montages shows four synthetic views of Titan created using data acquired by NASA's Cassini spacecraft between 2004 and 2015. With each flyby, a brief opportunity to add small pieces to the overall mapping coverage of Titan.
Each of these two montages shows four synthetic views of Titan created using data acquired by NASA's Cassini spacecraft between 2004 and 2015. With each flyby, a brief opportunity to add small pieces to the overall mapping coverage of Titan.

Working Toward 'Seamless' Infrared Maps of Titan

Each of these two montages shows four synthetic views of Titan created using data acquired by NASA's Cassini spacecraft between 2004 and 2015. With each flyby, a brief opportunity to add small pieces to the overall mapping coverage of Titan.

Target: Titan
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer
ID#: PIA20022
Added: 2016-03-24

Views: 2025

Working Toward 'Seamless' Infrared Maps of Titan

Each of these two montages shows four synthetic views of Titan created using data acquired by NASA's Cassini spacecraft between 2004 and 2015. With each flyby, a brief opportunity to add small pieces to the overall mapping coverage of Titan.

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This map of Saturn's moon Titan identifies the locations of mountains that have been named by the International Astronomical Union.
This map of Saturn's moon Titan identifies the locations of mountains that have been named by the International Astronomical Union.

Mountains of Titan Map - 2016 Update

This map of Saturn's moon Titan identifies the locations of mountains that have been named by the International Astronomical Union.

Target: Titan
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Radar Mapper, Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer
ID#: PIA20024
Added: 2016-03-24

Views: 824

Mountains of Titan Map - 2016 Update

This map of Saturn's moon Titan identifies the locations of mountains that have been named by the International Astronomical Union.

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The trio of ridges on Titan known as Mithrim Montes is home to the hazy Saturnian moon's tallest peak. The mountain is located midway along the lower of the three ridges shown in this radar image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
The trio of ridges on Titan known as Mithrim Montes is home to the hazy Saturnian moon's tallest peak. The mountain is located midway along the lower of the three ridges shown in this radar image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Radar View of Titan's Tallest Mountains

The trio of ridges on Titan known as Mithrim Montes is home to the hazy Saturnian moon's tallest peak. The mountain is located midway along the lower of the three ridges shown in this radar image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Target: Titan
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Radar Mapper
ID#: PIA20023
Added: 2016-03-24

Views: 1500

Radar View of Titan's Tallest Mountains

The trio of ridges on Titan known as Mithrim Montes is home to the hazy Saturnian moon's tallest peak. The mountain is located midway along the lower of the three ridges shown in this radar image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

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Cassini captures a crater duo (Italus on ancient trough called Petelia Fossae, and Caieta, atop Helorus Fossa) on Saturn's moon Dione that is superimposed on older, linear features.
Cassini captures a crater duo (Italus on ancient trough called Petelia Fossae, and Caieta, atop Helorus Fossa) on Saturn's moon Dione that is superimposed on older, linear features.

Helorus in Half-light

Cassini captures a crater duo (Italus on ancient trough called Petelia Fossae, and Caieta, atop Helorus Fossa) on Saturn's moon Dione that is superimposed on older, linear features.

Target: Dione
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA18359
Added: 2016-03-21

Views: 1054

Helorus in Half-light

Cassini captures a crater duo (Italus on ancient trough called Petelia Fossae, and Caieta, atop Helorus Fossa) on Saturn's moon Dione that is superimposed on older, linear features.

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NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured this view of Saturn's moon Enceladus that shows wrinkled plains that are remarkably youthful in appearance, being generally free of large impact craters.
NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured this view of Saturn's moon Enceladus that shows wrinkled plains that are remarkably youthful in appearance, being generally free of large impact craters.

Tilted Terminator

NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured this view of Saturn's moon Enceladus that shows wrinkled plains that are remarkably youthful in appearance, being generally free of large impact craters.

Target: Enceladus
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA18362
Added: 2016-03-14

Views: 1488

Tilted Terminator

NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured this view of Saturn's moon Enceladus that shows wrinkled plains that are remarkably youthful in appearance, being generally free of large impact craters.

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he view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft looks toward the anti-Saturn sides of Tethys and Rhea. North on both moons is up. Rhea and Tethys are medium-sized moons that are large enough to have pulled themselves into round shapes.
he view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft looks toward the anti-Saturn sides of Tethys and Rhea. North on both moons is up. Rhea and Tethys are medium-sized moons that are large enough to have pulled themselves into round shapes.

The Saturnian Sisters

he view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft looks toward the anti-Saturn sides of Tethys and Rhea. North on both moons is up. Rhea and Tethys are medium-sized moons that are large enough to have pulled themselves into round shapes.

Target: Rhea
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA18363
Added: 2016-03-07

Views: 1426

The Saturnian Sisters

he view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft looks toward the anti-Saturn sides of Tethys and Rhea. North on both moons is up. Rhea and Tethys are medium-sized moons that are large enough to have pulled themselves into round shapes.

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This image from the Radar instrument aboard NASA's Cassini spacecraft show the evolution of a transient feature in the large hydrocarbon sea named Ligeia Mare on Saturn's moon Titan.
This image from the Radar instrument aboard NASA's Cassini spacecraft show the evolution of a transient feature in the large hydrocarbon sea named Ligeia Mare on Saturn's moon Titan.

Mystery Feature Evolves in Titan's Ligeia Mare

This image from the Radar instrument aboard NASA's Cassini spacecraft show the evolution of a transient feature in the large hydrocarbon sea named Ligeia Mare on Saturn's moon Titan.

Target: Titan
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Radar Mapper
ID#: PIA20021
Added: 2016-03-02

Views: 6118

Mystery Feature Evolves in Titan's Ligeia Mare

This image from the Radar instrument aboard NASA's Cassini spacecraft show the evolution of a transient feature in the large hydrocarbon sea named Ligeia Mare on Saturn's moon Titan.

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Two of Saturn's moons, Tethys and the much smaller Janus, are captured in this photo from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
Two of Saturn's moons, Tethys and the much smaller Janus, are captured in this photo from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Different Worlds

Two of Saturn's moons, Tethys and the much smaller Janus, are captured in this photo from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Target: Tethys
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA18356
Added: 2016-02-29

Views: 3651

Different Worlds

Two of Saturn's moons, Tethys and the much smaller Janus, are captured in this photo from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

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Three of Saturn's moons, Tethys, Enceladus and Mimas, are captured in this group photo from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
Three of Saturn's moons, Tethys, Enceladus and Mimas, are captured in this group photo from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Three Times the Fun

Three of Saturn's moons, Tethys, Enceladus and Mimas, are captured in this group photo from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Target: S Rings
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA18357
Added: 2016-02-22

Views: 1491

Three Times the Fun

Three of Saturn's moons, Tethys, Enceladus and Mimas, are captured in this group photo from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

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This sequence of maps shows varying surface temperatures on Saturn's moon Titan at two-year intervals, from 2004 to 2016. The measurements were made by the Composite Infrared Spectrometer (CIRS) instrument on NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
This sequence of maps shows varying surface temperatures on Saturn's moon Titan at two-year intervals, from 2004 to 2016. The measurements were made by the Composite Infrared Spectrometer (CIRS) instrument on NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Titan Temperature Lag Maps & Animation

This sequence of maps shows varying surface temperatures on Saturn's moon Titan at two-year intervals, from 2004 to 2016. The measurements were made by the Composite Infrared Spectrometer (CIRS) instrument on NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Target: Titan
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Composite Infrared Spectrometer
ID#: PIA20020
Added: 2016-02-18

Views: 760

Titan Temperature Lag Maps & Animation

This sequence of maps shows varying surface temperatures on Saturn's moon Titan at two-year intervals, from 2004 to 2016. The measurements were made by the Composite Infrared Spectrometer (CIRS) instrument on NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

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Dione appears cut in two by Saturn's razor-thin rings, seen nearly edge-on in a view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
Dione appears cut in two by Saturn's razor-thin rings, seen nearly edge-on in a view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Dione Divided

Dione appears cut in two by Saturn's razor-thin rings, seen nearly edge-on in a view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Target: Dione
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA18358
Added: 2016-02-15

Views: 6495

Dione Divided

Dione appears cut in two by Saturn's razor-thin rings, seen nearly edge-on in a view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

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Saturn's moon Tethys appears to float between two sets of rings in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, but it's just a trick of geometry. The rings, which are seen nearly edge-on, are the dark bands above Tethys.
Saturn's moon Tethys appears to float between two sets of rings in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, but it's just a trick of geometry. The rings, which are seen nearly edge-on, are the dark bands above Tethys.

Ices and Shadows

Saturn's moon Tethys appears to float between two sets of rings in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, but it's just a trick of geometry. The rings, which are seen nearly edge-on, are the dark bands above Tethys.

Target: Tethys
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA18355
Added: 2016-02-08

Views: 2324

Ices and Shadows

Saturn's moon Tethys appears to float between two sets of rings in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, but it's just a trick of geometry. The rings, which are seen nearly edge-on, are the dark bands above Tethys.

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