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Captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, Saturn's A and F rings appear bizarrely warped where they intersect the planet's limb, whose atmosphere acts here like a very big lens.
Captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, Saturn's A and F rings appear bizarrely warped where they intersect the planet's limb, whose atmosphere acts here like a very big lens.

Bent Rings

Captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, Saturn's A and F rings appear bizarrely warped where they intersect the planet's limb, whose atmosphere acts here like a very big lens.

Target: S Rings
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA20491
Added: 2016-07-25

Views: 226

Bent Rings

Captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, Saturn's A and F rings appear bizarrely warped where they intersect the planet's limb, whose atmosphere acts here like a very big lens.

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This image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft captures Saturn's main rings, along with its moons, which are much brighter than most stars.
This image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft captures Saturn's main rings, along with its moons, which are much brighter than most stars.

Not Really Starless at Saturn

This image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft captures Saturn's main rings, along with its moons, which are much brighter than most stars.

Target: S Rings
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA20489
Added: 2016-07-18

Views: 1200

Not Really Starless at Saturn

This image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft captures Saturn's main rings, along with its moons, which are much brighter than most stars.

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An illusion of perspective, Saturn's moon Tethys seems to hang above the planet's north pole in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
An illusion of perspective, Saturn's moon Tethys seems to hang above the planet's north pole in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Tethys Tops Saturn

An illusion of perspective, Saturn's moon Tethys seems to hang above the planet's north pole in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Target: Tethys
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA20488
Added: 2016-07-11

Views: 2810

Tethys Tops Saturn

An illusion of perspective, Saturn's moon Tethys seems to hang above the planet's north pole in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

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Pan and moons like it have profound effects on Saturn's rings. The effects can range from clearing gaps, to creating new ringlets, to raising vertical waves that rise above and below the ring plane, as seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
Pan and moons like it have profound effects on Saturn's rings. The effects can range from clearing gaps, to creating new ringlets, to raising vertical waves that rise above and below the ring plane, as seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Pandemonium

Pan and moons like it have profound effects on Saturn's rings. The effects can range from clearing gaps, to creating new ringlets, to raising vertical waves that rise above and below the ring plane, as seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Target: Pan
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA20490
Added: 2016-07-04

Views: 2225

Pandemonium

Pan and moons like it have profound effects on Saturn's rings. The effects can range from clearing gaps, to creating new ringlets, to raising vertical waves that rise above and below the ring plane, as seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

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At first glance, the most obvious features in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft are Saturn's rings and the icy moon Enceladus. Upon closer inspection, Saturn's night side is also visible.
At first glance, the most obvious features in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft are Saturn's rings and the icy moon Enceladus. Upon closer inspection, Saturn's night side is also visible.

Dark and Arc

At first glance, the most obvious features in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft are Saturn's rings and the icy moon Enceladus. Upon closer inspection, Saturn's night side is also visible.

Target: Enceladus
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA20487
Added: 2016-06-27

Views: 1647

Dark and Arc

At first glance, the most obvious features in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft are Saturn's rings and the icy moon Enceladus. Upon closer inspection, Saturn's night side is also visible.

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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: 1932

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: 8071

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: 1254

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: 2465

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: 2476

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: 1992

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: 6213

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: 2027

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: 1377

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: 1192

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: 1665

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: 2369

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: 881

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: 2092

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: 914

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: 1597

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: 1111

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: 1535

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: 1490

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: 6324

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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