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When viewed from a distance with the sun directly behind NASA's Cassini, the larger, brighter craters really stand out on moons like Dione. Among these larger craters, some leave bright ray patterns across the moon.
When viewed from a distance with the sun directly behind NASA's Cassini, the larger, brighter craters really stand out on moons like Dione. Among these larger craters, some leave bright ray patterns across the moon.

Rays of Creusa

When viewed from a distance with the sun directly behind NASA's Cassini, the larger, brighter craters really stand out on moons like Dione. Among these larger craters, some leave bright ray patterns across the moon.

Target: Dione
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA20521
Added: 2017-02-20

Views: 163

Rays of Creusa

When viewed from a distance with the sun directly behind NASA's Cassini, the larger, brighter craters really stand out on moons like Dione. Among these larger craters, some leave bright ray patterns across the moon.

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Daphnis, one of Saturn's ring-embedded moons, is featured in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, kicking up waves as it orbits within the Keeler gap.
Daphnis, one of Saturn's ring-embedded moons, is featured in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, kicking up waves as it orbits within the Keeler gap.

The Realm of Daphnis

Daphnis, one of Saturn's ring-embedded moons, is featured in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, kicking up waves as it orbits within the Keeler gap.

Target: Daphnis
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA17212
Added: 2017-02-14

Views: 236

The Realm of Daphnis

Daphnis, one of Saturn's ring-embedded moons, is featured in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, kicking up waves as it orbits within the Keeler gap.

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When seen up close, the F ring of Saturn resolves into multiple dusty strands. NASA's Cassini spacecraft's view shows three bright strands and a very faint fourth strand off to the right.
When seen up close, the F ring of Saturn resolves into multiple dusty strands. NASA's Cassini spacecraft's view shows three bright strands and a very faint fourth strand off to the right.

F for Fabulous

When seen up close, the F ring of Saturn resolves into multiple dusty strands. NASA's Cassini spacecraft's view shows three bright strands and a very faint fourth strand off to the right.

Target: S Rings
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA20519
Added: 2017-02-13

Views: 1691

F for Fabulous

When seen up close, the F ring of Saturn resolves into multiple dusty strands. NASA's Cassini spacecraft's view shows three bright strands and a very faint fourth strand off to the right.

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Seen from outside, Enceladus appears to be like most of its sibling moons: cold, icy and inhospitable, as seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
Seen from outside, Enceladus appears to be like most of its sibling moons: cold, icy and inhospitable, as seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Potentially Hospitable Enceladus

Seen from outside, Enceladus appears to be like most of its sibling moons: cold, icy and inhospitable, as seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Target: Enceladus
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA20522
Added: 2017-02-06

Views: 1642

Potentially Hospitable Enceladus

Seen from outside, Enceladus appears to be like most of its sibling moons: cold, icy and inhospitable, as seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

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NASA's Cassini image features a density wave in Saturn's A ring (at left) that lies around 134,500 km from Saturn. Density waves are accumulations of particles at certain distances from the planet.
NASA's Cassini image features a density wave in Saturn's A ring (at left) that lies around 134,500 km from Saturn. Density waves are accumulations of particles at certain distances from the planet.

Moon Waves and Moon Wakes

NASA's Cassini image features a density wave in Saturn's A ring (at left) that lies around 134,500 km from Saturn. Density waves are accumulations of particles at certain distances from the planet.

Target: S Rings
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA21060
Added: 2017-01-30

Views: 8204

Moon Waves and Moon Wakes

NASA's Cassini image features a density wave in Saturn's A ring (at left) that lies around 134,500 km from Saturn. Density waves are accumulations of particles at certain distances from the planet.

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This image from NASA's Cassini mission shows a region in Saturn's A ring. The view contains many small, bright blemishes due to cosmic rays and charged particle radiation near the planet.
This image from NASA's Cassini mission shows a region in Saturn's A ring. The view contains many small, bright blemishes due to cosmic rays and charged particle radiation near the planet.

The Propeller Belts in Saturn's A Ring

This image from NASA's Cassini mission shows a region in Saturn's A ring. The view contains many small, bright blemishes due to cosmic rays and charged particle radiation near the planet.

Target: S Rings
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA21059
Added: 2017-01-30

Views: 5961

The Propeller Belts in Saturn's A Ring

This image from NASA's Cassini mission shows a region in Saturn's A ring. The view contains many small, bright blemishes due to cosmic rays and charged particle radiation near the planet.

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This image shows a region in Saturn's outer B ring. NASA's Cassini spacecraft viewed this area at a level of detail twice as high as it had ever been observed before. And from this view, it is clear that there are still finer details to uncover.
This image shows a region in Saturn's outer B ring. NASA's Cassini spacecraft viewed this area at a level of detail twice as high as it had ever been observed before. And from this view, it is clear that there are still finer details to uncover.

Saturn's B Ring, Finer Than Ever

This image shows a region in Saturn's outer B ring. NASA's Cassini spacecraft viewed this area at a level of detail twice as high as it had ever been observed before. And from this view, it is clear that there are still finer details to uncover.

Target: S Rings
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA21058
Added: 2017-01-30

Views: 7849

Saturn's B Ring, Finer Than Ever

This image shows a region in Saturn's outer B ring. NASA's Cassini spacecraft viewed this area at a level of detail twice as high as it had ever been observed before. And from this view, it is clear that there are still finer details to uncover.

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This image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows a region in Saturn's outer B ring. The view here is of the outer edge of the B ring, at left, which is perturbed by the most powerful gravitational resonance in the rings.
This image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows a region in Saturn's outer B ring. The view here is of the outer edge of the B ring, at left, which is perturbed by the most powerful gravitational resonance in the rings.

Straw in the B Ring's Edge

This image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows a region in Saturn's outer B ring. The view here is of the outer edge of the B ring, at left, which is perturbed by the most powerful gravitational resonance in the rings.

Target: S Rings
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA21057
Added: 2017-01-30

Views: 7909

Straw in the B Ring's Edge

This image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows a region in Saturn's outer B ring. The view here is of the outer edge of the B ring, at left, which is perturbed by the most powerful gravitational resonance in the rings.

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Dione's lit hemisphere faces away from NASA's Cassini spacecraft's camera, yet the moon's darkened surface features are dimly illuminated in this image, due to Saturnshine.
Dione's lit hemisphere faces away from NASA's Cassini spacecraft's camera, yet the moon's darkened surface features are dimly illuminated in this image, due to Saturnshine.

Coy Dione

Dione's lit hemisphere faces away from NASA's Cassini spacecraft's camera, yet the moon's darkened surface features are dimly illuminated in this image, due to Saturnshine.

Target: Dione
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA20514
Added: 2017-01-30

Views: 509

Coy Dione

Dione's lit hemisphere faces away from NASA's Cassini spacecraft's camera, yet the moon's darkened surface features are dimly illuminated in this image, due to Saturnshine.

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Tethys, one of Saturn's larger icy moons, vaguely resembles an eyeball staring off into space in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. The resemblance is due to the enormous crater, Odysseus, and its complex of central peaks.
Tethys, one of Saturn's larger icy moons, vaguely resembles an eyeball staring off into space in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. The resemblance is due to the enormous crater, Odysseus, and its complex of central peaks.

Here's Looking at You, Tethys

Tethys, one of Saturn's larger icy moons, vaguely resembles an eyeball staring off into space in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. The resemblance is due to the enormous crater, Odysseus, and its complex of central peaks.

Target: Tethys
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA20518
Added: 2017-01-23

Views: 1358

Here's Looking at You, Tethys

Tethys, one of Saturn's larger icy moons, vaguely resembles an eyeball staring off into space in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. The resemblance is due to the enormous crater, Odysseus, and its complex of central peaks.

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The wavemaker moon, Daphnis, is featured in this view, taken as NASA's Cassini spacecraft made one of its ring-grazing passes over the outer edges of Saturn's rings on Jan. 16, 2017. This is the closest view of the small moon obtained yet.
The wavemaker moon, Daphnis, is featured in this view, taken as NASA's Cassini spacecraft made one of its ring-grazing passes over the outer edges of Saturn's rings on Jan. 16, 2017. This is the closest view of the small moon obtained yet.

Daphnis Up Close

The wavemaker moon, Daphnis, is featured in this view, taken as NASA's Cassini spacecraft made one of its ring-grazing passes over the outer edges of Saturn's rings on Jan. 16, 2017. This is the closest view of the small moon obtained yet.

Target: Daphnis
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA21056
Added: 2017-01-18

Views: 19576

Daphnis Up Close

The wavemaker moon, Daphnis, is featured in this view, taken as NASA's Cassini spacecraft made one of its ring-grazing passes over the outer edges of Saturn's rings on Jan. 16, 2017. This is the closest view of the small moon obtained yet.

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This view, seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, shows Saturn's daylit side, which no Earth-based telescope could capture. A spacecraft in orbit, like Cassini, can capture stunning scenes that would be impossible from our home planet.
This view, seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, shows Saturn's daylit side, which no Earth-based telescope could capture. A spacecraft in orbit, like Cassini, can capture stunning scenes that would be impossible from our home planet.

Peeking over Saturn's Shoulder

This view, seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, shows Saturn's daylit side, which no Earth-based telescope could capture. A spacecraft in orbit, like Cassini, can capture stunning scenes that would be impossible from our home planet.

Target: Saturn
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA20517
Added: 2017-01-16

Views: 958

Peeking over Saturn's Shoulder

This view, seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, shows Saturn's daylit side, which no Earth-based telescope could capture. A spacecraft in orbit, like Cassini, can capture stunning scenes that would be impossible from our home planet.

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Shadows cast across Mimas' defining feature, Herschel Crater, provide an indication of the size of the crater's towering walls and central peak, as seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
Shadows cast across Mimas' defining feature, Herschel Crater, provide an indication of the size of the crater's towering walls and central peak, as seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Mimas' Mountain

Shadows cast across Mimas' defining feature, Herschel Crater, provide an indication of the size of the crater's towering walls and central peak, as seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Target: Mimas
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA20515
Added: 2017-01-09

Views: 1681

Mimas' Mountain

Shadows cast across Mimas' defining feature, Herschel Crater, provide an indication of the size of the crater's towering walls and central peak, as seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

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This view, captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, shows wispy clouds, floating high above the hydrocarbon lakes. These wispy clouds have finally started to return to Titan's northern latitudes.
This view, captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, shows wispy clouds, floating high above the hydrocarbon lakes. These wispy clouds have finally started to return to Titan's northern latitudes.

Send in the Clouds

This view, captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, shows wispy clouds, floating high above the hydrocarbon lakes. These wispy clouds have finally started to return to Titan's northern latitudes.

Target: Titan
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA20516
Added: 2017-01-02

Views: 960

Send in the Clouds

This view, captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, shows wispy clouds, floating high above the hydrocarbon lakes. These wispy clouds have finally started to return to Titan's northern latitudes.

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Sunlight truly has come to Saturn's north pole. The whole northern region is bathed in sunlight in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, late 2016, feeble though the light may be at Saturn's distant domain in the solar system.
Sunlight truly has come to Saturn's north pole. The whole northern region is bathed in sunlight in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, late 2016, feeble though the light may be at Saturn's distant domain in the solar system.

Basking in Light

Sunlight truly has come to Saturn's north pole. The whole northern region is bathed in sunlight in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, late 2016, feeble though the light may be at Saturn's distant domain in the solar system.

Target: Saturn
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA20513
Added: 2016-12-26

Views: 837

Basking in Light

Sunlight truly has come to Saturn's north pole. The whole northern region is bathed in sunlight in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, late 2016, feeble though the light may be at Saturn's distant domain in the solar system.

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This image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft is one of the highest-resolution views ever taken of Saturn's moon Pandora.
This image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft is one of the highest-resolution views ever taken of Saturn's moon Pandora.

Pandora Up Close

This image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft is one of the highest-resolution views ever taken of Saturn's moon Pandora.

Target: Saturn
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA21055
Added: 2016-12-21

Views: 2655

Pandora Up Close

This image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft is one of the highest-resolution views ever taken of Saturn's moon Pandora.

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This comparison of two views from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, taken fairly close together in time, illustrates a peculiar mystery: Why would clouds on Saturn's moon Titan be visible in some images, but not in others?
This comparison of two views from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, taken fairly close together in time, illustrates a peculiar mystery: Why would clouds on Saturn's moon Titan be visible in some images, but not in others?

Titan's Mystery Clouds

This comparison of two views from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, taken fairly close together in time, illustrates a peculiar mystery: Why would clouds on Saturn's moon Titan be visible in some images, but not in others?

Target: Titan
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem
ID#: PIA21054
Added: 2016-12-20

Views: 405

Titan's Mystery Clouds

This comparison of two views from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, taken fairly close together in time, illustrates a peculiar mystery: Why would clouds on Saturn's moon Titan be visible in some images, but not in others?

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It may look as though Saturn's moon Mimas is crashing through the rings in this image taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, but Mimas is actually 28,000 mi (45,000 km) away from the rings. There is a strong connection between the icy moon and Saturn's rings
It may look as though Saturn's moon Mimas is crashing through the rings in this image taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, but Mimas is actually 28,000 mi (45,000 km) away from the rings. There is a strong connection between the icy moon and Saturn's rings

Crash Course

It may look as though Saturn's moon Mimas is crashing through the rings in this image taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, but Mimas is actually 28,000 mi (45,000 km) away from the rings. There is a strong connection between the icy moon and Saturn's rings

Target: Mimas
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA20510
Added: 2016-12-19

Views: 738

Crash Course

It may look as though Saturn's moon Mimas is crashing through the rings in this image taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, but Mimas is actually 28,000 mi (45,000 km) away from the rings. There is a strong connection between the icy moon and Saturn's rings

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Captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, the waves that Saturn's moon, Daphnis, raises on the edges of the Keeler Gap, can also be used to deduce the moon's mass and even some of its orbital behavior.
Captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, the waves that Saturn's moon, Daphnis, raises on the edges of the Keeler Gap, can also be used to deduce the moon's mass and even some of its orbital behavior.

Watching the Wavemaker

Captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, the waves that Saturn's moon, Daphnis, raises on the edges of the Keeler Gap, can also be used to deduce the moon's mass and even some of its orbital behavior.

Target: Daphnis
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA20511
Added: 2016-12-12

Views: 875

Watching the Wavemaker

Captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, the waves that Saturn's moon, Daphnis, raises on the edges of the Keeler Gap, can also be used to deduce the moon's mass and even some of its orbital behavior.

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This collage of images from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows Saturn's northern hemisphere and rings as viewed with four different spectral filters; each is sensitive to different wavelengths of light and reveals clouds and hazes at different altitudes.
This collage of images from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows Saturn's northern hemisphere and rings as viewed with four different spectral filters; each is sensitive to different wavelengths of light and reveals clouds and hazes at different altitudes.

Saturnian Hexagon Collage

This collage of images from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows Saturn's northern hemisphere and rings as viewed with four different spectral filters; each is sensitive to different wavelengths of light and reveals clouds and hazes at different altitudes.

Target: Saturn
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA21053
Added: 2016-12-06

Views: 7364

Saturnian Hexagon Collage

This collage of images from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows Saturn's northern hemisphere and rings as viewed with four different spectral filters; each is sensitive to different wavelengths of light and reveals clouds and hazes at different altitudes.

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This view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft was obtained about two days before its first close pass by the outer edges of Saturn's main rings during its penultimate mission phase.
This view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft was obtained about two days before its first close pass by the outer edges of Saturn's main rings during its penultimate mission phase.

Over Saturn's Turbulent North

This view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft was obtained about two days before its first close pass by the outer edges of Saturn's main rings during its penultimate mission phase.

Target: Saturn
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA21052
Added: 2016-12-06

Views: 7115

Over Saturn's Turbulent North

This view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft was obtained about two days before its first close pass by the outer edges of Saturn's main rings during its penultimate mission phase.

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This image taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft on Aug. 22, 2016, show's the moon Hyperion tumbles as it orbits Saturn. Hyperion's spin axis has a chaotic orientation in time.
This image taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft on Aug. 22, 2016, show's the moon Hyperion tumbles as it orbits Saturn. Hyperion's spin axis has a chaotic orientation in time.

Chaos at Hyperion

This image taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft on Aug. 22, 2016, show's the moon Hyperion tumbles as it orbits Saturn. Hyperion's spin axis has a chaotic orientation in time.

Target: Hyperion
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA20512
Added: 2016-12-05

Views: 824

Chaos at Hyperion

This image taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft on Aug. 22, 2016, show's the moon Hyperion tumbles as it orbits Saturn. Hyperion's spin axis has a chaotic orientation in time.

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Saturn's icy moon Mimas is dwarfed by the planet's enormous rings as seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
Saturn's icy moon Mimas is dwarfed by the planet's enormous rings as seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Tiny Mimas, Huge Rings

Saturn's icy moon Mimas is dwarfed by the planet's enormous rings as seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Target: S Rings
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA20509
Added: 2016-11-28

Views: 1321

Tiny Mimas, Huge Rings

Saturn's icy moon Mimas is dwarfed by the planet's enormous rings as seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

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Surface features are visible on Saturn's moon Prometheus in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Most of Cassini's images of Prometheus are too distant to resolve individual craters, making views like this a rare treat.
Surface features are visible on Saturn's moon Prometheus in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Most of Cassini's images of Prometheus are too distant to resolve individual craters, making views like this a rare treat.

Faint F Ring and Prometheus

Surface features are visible on Saturn's moon Prometheus in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Most of Cassini's images of Prometheus are too distant to resolve individual craters, making views like this a rare treat.

Target: S Rings
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA20508
Added: 2016-11-21

Views: 975

Faint F Ring and Prometheus

Surface features are visible on Saturn's moon Prometheus in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Most of Cassini's images of Prometheus are too distant to resolve individual craters, making views like this a rare treat.

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NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured Saturn's north polar region displaying its beautiful bands and swirls. Where they meet and flow past each other, the bands' interactions produce many eddies and swirls.
NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured Saturn's north polar region displaying its beautiful bands and swirls. Where they meet and flow past each other, the bands' interactions produce many eddies and swirls.

Saturn's 'Watercolor' Swirls

NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured Saturn's north polar region displaying its beautiful bands and swirls. Where they meet and flow past each other, the bands' interactions produce many eddies and swirls.

Target: Saturn
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA20507
Added: 2016-11-14

Views: 1422

Saturn's 'Watercolor' Swirls

NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured Saturn's north polar region displaying its beautiful bands and swirls. Where they meet and flow past each other, the bands' interactions produce many eddies and swirls.

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