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In this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, a bright and narrow ringlet located toward the outer edge of the C ring is flanked by two broader features called plateaus.
In this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, a bright and narrow ringlet located toward the outer edge of the C ring is flanked by two broader features called plateaus.

So Long, C Ring

In this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, a bright and narrow ringlet located toward the outer edge of the C ring is flanked by two broader features called plateaus.

Target: S Rings
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA21356
Added: 2017-11-13

Views: 411

So Long, C Ring

In this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, a bright and narrow ringlet located toward the outer edge of the C ring is flanked by two broader features called plateaus.

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As NASA's Cassini hurtled toward its fatal encounter with Saturn, the spacecraft turned to catch this final look at Saturn's moon Pandora next to the thin line of the F ring.
As NASA's Cassini hurtled toward its fatal encounter with Saturn, the spacecraft turned to catch this final look at Saturn's moon Pandora next to the thin line of the F ring.

Pandora, the Would-Be Perturber

As NASA's Cassini hurtled toward its fatal encounter with Saturn, the spacecraft turned to catch this final look at Saturn's moon Pandora next to the thin line of the F ring.

Target: Pandora
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA21355
Added: 2017-11-06

Views: 585

Pandora, the Would-Be Perturber

As NASA's Cassini hurtled toward its fatal encounter with Saturn, the spacecraft turned to catch this final look at Saturn's moon Pandora next to the thin line of the F ring.

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Saturn's moon Dione is captured in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, half in shadow and half in light. Sinuous canyons carve interconnected paths across the moon's icy landscape. The Cassini spacecraft ended its mission on Sept. 15, 2017.
Saturn's moon Dione is captured in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, half in shadow and half in light. Sinuous canyons carve interconnected paths across the moon's icy landscape. The Cassini spacecraft ended its mission on Sept. 15, 2017.

Half-lit Dione

Saturn's moon Dione is captured in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, half in shadow and half in light. Sinuous canyons carve interconnected paths across the moon's icy landscape. The Cassini spacecraft ended its mission on Sept. 15, 2017.

Target: Dione
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA21349
Added: 2017-10-16

Views: 576

Half-lit Dione

Saturn's moon Dione is captured in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, half in shadow and half in light. Sinuous canyons carve interconnected paths across the moon's icy landscape. The Cassini spacecraft ended its mission on Sept. 15, 2017.

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The brightly lit limb of a crescent Enceladus looks ethereal against the blackness of space as seen by NASA's Cassini's spacecraft. The rest of the moon, lit by light reflected from Saturn, presents a ghostly appearance.
The brightly lit limb of a crescent Enceladus looks ethereal against the blackness of space as seen by NASA's Cassini's spacecraft. The rest of the moon, lit by light reflected from Saturn, presents a ghostly appearance.

Phantom Limb

The brightly lit limb of a crescent Enceladus looks ethereal against the blackness of space as seen by NASA's Cassini's spacecraft. The rest of the moon, lit by light reflected from Saturn, presents a ghostly appearance.

Target: Enceladus
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA21346
Added: 2017-09-25

Views: 2098

Phantom Limb

The brightly lit limb of a crescent Enceladus looks ethereal against the blackness of space as seen by NASA's Cassini's spacecraft. The rest of the moon, lit by light reflected from Saturn, presents a ghostly appearance.

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NASA's Cassini spacecraft bids farewell to Saturn's yin-and-yang moon, Iapetus. This image is from the last set of observations Cassini made of this world of striking contrasts.
NASA's Cassini spacecraft bids farewell to Saturn's yin-and-yang moon, Iapetus. This image is from the last set of observations Cassini made of this world of striking contrasts.

Farewell to Iapetus

NASA's Cassini spacecraft bids farewell to Saturn's yin-and-yang moon, Iapetus. This image is from the last set of observations Cassini made of this world of striking contrasts.

Target: Iapetus
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA21347
Added: 2017-09-18

Views: 1487

Farewell to Iapetus

NASA's Cassini spacecraft bids farewell to Saturn's yin-and-yang moon, Iapetus. This image is from the last set of observations Cassini made of this world of striking contrasts.

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As it glanced around the Saturn system one final time, NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured this view of the planet's giant moon Titan. These views were obtained by Cassini on Sept. 13, 2017. They are among the last images Cassini sent back to Earth.
As it glanced around the Saturn system one final time, NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured this view of the planet's giant moon Titan. These views were obtained by Cassini on Sept. 13, 2017. They are among the last images Cassini sent back to Earth.

A Last Look at Titan

As it glanced around the Saturn system one final time, NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured this view of the planet's giant moon Titan. These views were obtained by Cassini on Sept. 13, 2017. They are among the last images Cassini sent back to Earth.

Target: Titan
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA21890
Added: 2017-09-15

Views: 276

A Last Look at Titan

As it glanced around the Saturn system one final time, NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured this view of the planet's giant moon Titan. These views were obtained by Cassini on Sept. 13, 2017. They are among the last images Cassini sent back to Earth.

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Saturn's active, ocean-bearing moon Enceladus sinks behind the giant planet in a farewell portrait from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. This view of Enceladus was taken by the Cassini spacecraft on Sept. 13, 2017.
Saturn's active, ocean-bearing moon Enceladus sinks behind the giant planet in a farewell portrait from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. This view of Enceladus was taken by the Cassini spacecraft on Sept. 13, 2017.

Enceladus Setting Behind Saturn (Image & Movie)

Saturn's active, ocean-bearing moon Enceladus sinks behind the giant planet in a farewell portrait from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. This view of Enceladus was taken by the Cassini spacecraft on Sept. 13, 2017.

Target: Enceladus
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA21889
Added: 2017-09-15

Views: 366

Enceladus Setting Behind Saturn (Image & Movie)

Saturn's active, ocean-bearing moon Enceladus sinks behind the giant planet in a farewell portrait from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. This view of Enceladus was taken by the Cassini spacecraft on Sept. 13, 2017.

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NASA's Cassini spacecraft gazed toward the northern hemisphere of Saturn to spy subtle, multi-hued bands in the clouds there.
NASA's Cassini spacecraft gazed toward the northern hemisphere of Saturn to spy subtle, multi-hued bands in the clouds there.

Dreamy Swirls on Saturn

NASA's Cassini spacecraft gazed toward the northern hemisphere of Saturn to spy subtle, multi-hued bands in the clouds there.

Target: Saturn
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA21888
Added: 2017-09-12

Views: 1552

Dreamy Swirls on Saturn

NASA's Cassini spacecraft gazed toward the northern hemisphere of Saturn to spy subtle, multi-hued bands in the clouds there.

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This image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft is the last dedicated observation of the Enceladus plume, taken Aug. 28, 2017.
This image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft is the last dedicated observation of the Enceladus plume, taken Aug. 28, 2017.

Last Enceladus Plume Observation

This image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft is the last dedicated observation of the Enceladus plume, taken Aug. 28, 2017.

Target: Enceladus
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA21887
Added: 2017-09-08

Views: 1473

Last Enceladus Plume Observation

This image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft is the last dedicated observation of the Enceladus plume, taken Aug. 28, 2017.

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This image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft is one the highest-resolution color images of any part of Saturn's rings, to date, showing a portion of the inner-central part of the planet's B Ring.
This image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft is one the highest-resolution color images of any part of Saturn's rings, to date, showing a portion of the inner-central part of the planet's B Ring.

Colorful Structure at Fine Scales

This image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft is one the highest-resolution color images of any part of Saturn's rings, to date, showing a portion of the inner-central part of the planet's B Ring.

Target: S Rings
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA21628
Added: 2017-09-07

Views: 5119

Colorful Structure at Fine Scales

This image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft is one the highest-resolution color images of any part of Saturn's rings, to date, showing a portion of the inner-central part of the planet's B Ring.

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This view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows a wave structure in Saturn's rings known as the Janus 2:1 spiral density wave.
This view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows a wave structure in Saturn's rings known as the Janus 2:1 spiral density wave.

Staggering Structure

This view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows a wave structure in Saturn's rings known as the Janus 2:1 spiral density wave.

Target: S Rings
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA21627
Added: 2017-09-06

Views: 7294

Staggering Structure

This view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows a wave structure in Saturn's rings known as the Janus 2:1 spiral density wave.

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This image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows a 'spacecraft's eye' view of Enceladus during Cassini's recent flyby on Aug. 1, 2017.
This image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows a 'spacecraft's eye' view of Enceladus during Cassini's recent flyby on Aug. 1, 2017.

Nevertheless, It Moves

This image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows a 'spacecraft's eye' view of Enceladus during Cassini's recent flyby on Aug. 1, 2017.

Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA21344
Added: 2017-09-04

Views: 3315

Nevertheless, It Moves

This image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows a 'spacecraft's eye' view of Enceladus during Cassini's recent flyby on Aug. 1, 2017.

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On Aug. 25, 1989, NASA's Voyager 2 made its historic flyby of Neptune and that planet's largest moon Triton. The Cassini mission is publishing this image to celebrate the anniversary of that event.
On Aug. 25, 1989, NASA's Voyager 2 made its historic flyby of Neptune and that planet's largest moon Triton. The Cassini mission is publishing this image to celebrate the anniversary of that event.

Neptune from Saturn

On Aug. 25, 1989, NASA's Voyager 2 made its historic flyby of Neptune and that planet's largest moon Triton. The Cassini mission is publishing this image to celebrate the anniversary of that event.

Target: Neptune
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA21629
Added: 2017-08-25

Views: 481

Neptune from Saturn

On Aug. 25, 1989, NASA's Voyager 2 made its historic flyby of Neptune and that planet's largest moon Triton. The Cassini mission is publishing this image to celebrate the anniversary of that event.

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Clouds on Saturn take on the appearance of strokes from a cosmic brush thanks to the wavy way that fluids interact in Saturn's atmosphere in this false color view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
Clouds on Saturn take on the appearance of strokes from a cosmic brush thanks to the wavy way that fluids interact in Saturn's atmosphere in this false color view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Cloudy Waves (False Color)

Clouds on Saturn take on the appearance of strokes from a cosmic brush thanks to the wavy way that fluids interact in Saturn's atmosphere in this false color view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Target: Saturn
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA21341
Added: 2017-08-14

Views: 2513

Cloudy Waves (False Color)

Clouds on Saturn take on the appearance of strokes from a cosmic brush thanks to the wavy way that fluids interact in Saturn's atmosphere in this false color view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

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NASA's Cassini spacecraft looks toward the night side of Saturn's moon Titan in a view that highlights the extended, hazy nature of the moon's atmosphere.
NASA's Cassini spacecraft looks toward the night side of Saturn's moon Titan in a view that highlights the extended, hazy nature of the moon's atmosphere.

Highlighting Titan's Hazes

NASA's Cassini spacecraft looks toward the night side of Saturn's moon Titan in a view that highlights the extended, hazy nature of the moon's atmosphere.

Target: Titan
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA21625
Added: 2017-08-11

Views: 579

Highlighting Titan's Hazes

NASA's Cassini spacecraft looks toward the night side of Saturn's moon Titan in a view that highlights the extended, hazy nature of the moon's atmosphere.

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The thin sliver of Saturn's moon Prometheus lurks near ghostly structures in Saturn's narrow F ring in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Many of the narrow ring's faint and wispy features result from its gravitational interactions with Prometheus.
The thin sliver of Saturn's moon Prometheus lurks near ghostly structures in Saturn's narrow F ring in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Many of the narrow ring's faint and wispy features result from its gravitational interactions with Prometheus.

Prometheus and the Ghostly F Ring

The thin sliver of Saturn's moon Prometheus lurks near ghostly structures in Saturn's narrow F ring in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Many of the narrow ring's faint and wispy features result from its gravitational interactions with Prometheus.

Target: Prometheus
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA21340
Added: 2017-08-07

Views: 1362

Prometheus and the Ghostly F Ring

The thin sliver of Saturn's moon Prometheus lurks near ghostly structures in Saturn's narrow F ring in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Many of the narrow ring's faint and wispy features result from its gravitational interactions with Prometheus.

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NASA's Cassini gazed toward high southern latitudes near Saturn's south pole to observe ghostly curtains of dancing light, Saturn's southern auroras, or southern lights.
NASA's Cassini gazed toward high southern latitudes near Saturn's south pole to observe ghostly curtains of dancing light, Saturn's southern auroras, or southern lights.

Southern Auroras Over Saturn

NASA's Cassini gazed toward high southern latitudes near Saturn's south pole to observe ghostly curtains of dancing light, Saturn's southern auroras, or southern lights.

Target: Saturn
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA21623
Added: 2017-07-28

Views: 2844

Southern Auroras Over Saturn

NASA's Cassini gazed toward high southern latitudes near Saturn's south pole to observe ghostly curtains of dancing light, Saturn's southern auroras, or southern lights.

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This false-color view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft gazes toward the rings beyond Saturn's sunlit horizon, where a thin haze can be seen along the limb.
This false-color view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft gazes toward the rings beyond Saturn's sunlit horizon, where a thin haze can be seen along the limb.

Haze on the Horizon

This false-color view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft gazes toward the rings beyond Saturn's sunlit horizon, where a thin haze can be seen along the limb.

Target: Saturn
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA21621
Added: 2017-07-24

Views: 4192

Haze on the Horizon

This false-color view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft gazes toward the rings beyond Saturn's sunlit horizon, where a thin haze can be seen along the limb.

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Recent images captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft show features in Saturn's C ring called 'plateaus' revealing a streaky texture that is very different from the textures of the regions around them.
Recent images captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft show features in Saturn's C ring called 'plateaus' revealing a streaky texture that is very different from the textures of the regions around them.

More Textures in the C Ring

Recent images captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft show features in Saturn's C ring called 'plateaus' revealing a streaky texture that is very different from the textures of the regions around them.

Target: S Rings
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA21619
Added: 2017-07-24

Views: 792

More Textures in the C Ring

Recent images captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft show features in Saturn's C ring called 'plateaus' revealing a streaky texture that is very different from the textures of the regions around them.

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The central feature in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft is called Plateau P1. Plateau regions are brighter than their surroundings, and have sharp edges.
The central feature in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft is called Plateau P1. Plateau regions are brighter than their surroundings, and have sharp edges.

Textures in the C Ring

The central feature in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft is called Plateau P1. Plateau regions are brighter than their surroundings, and have sharp edges.

Target: S Rings
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA21618
Added: 2017-07-24

Views: 1567

Textures in the C Ring

The central feature in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft is called Plateau P1. Plateau regions are brighter than their surroundings, and have sharp edges.

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Enceladus' intriguing south-polar jets are viewed by NASA's Cassini spacecraft from afar, backlit by sunlight while the moon itself glows softly in reflected Saturn-shine.
Enceladus' intriguing south-polar jets are viewed by NASA's Cassini spacecraft from afar, backlit by sunlight while the moon itself glows softly in reflected Saturn-shine.

Jets from a Distance

Enceladus' intriguing south-polar jets are viewed by NASA's Cassini spacecraft from afar, backlit by sunlight while the moon itself glows softly in reflected Saturn-shine.

Target: Enceladus
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA21338
Added: 2017-07-17

Views: 1269

Jets from a Distance

Enceladus' intriguing south-polar jets are viewed by NASA's Cassini spacecraft from afar, backlit by sunlight while the moon itself glows softly in reflected Saturn-shine.

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This zoomed-in view of Epimetheus, one of the highest resolution ever taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, shows a surface covered in craters, vivid reminders of the hazards of space.
This zoomed-in view of Epimetheus, one of the highest resolution ever taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, shows a surface covered in craters, vivid reminders of the hazards of space.

Zoom-in on Epimetheus

This zoomed-in view of Epimetheus, one of the highest resolution ever taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, shows a surface covered in craters, vivid reminders of the hazards of space.

Target: Epimetheus
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA21335
Added: 2017-07-03

Views: 1728

Zoom-in on Epimetheus

This zoomed-in view of Epimetheus, one of the highest resolution ever taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, shows a surface covered in craters, vivid reminders of the hazards of space.

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This montage of views from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows three of Saturn's small ring moons: Atlas (top), Daphnis (middle) and Pan (bottom) at the same scale for ease of comparison.
This montage of views from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows three of Saturn's small ring moons: Atlas (top), Daphnis (middle) and Pan (bottom) at the same scale for ease of comparison.

Small Wonders

This montage of views from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows three of Saturn's small ring moons: Atlas (top), Daphnis (middle) and Pan (bottom) at the same scale for ease of comparison.

Target: Saturn
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA21449
Added: 2017-06-28

Views: 4572

Small Wonders

This montage of views from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows three of Saturn's small ring moons: Atlas (top), Daphnis (middle) and Pan (bottom) at the same scale for ease of comparison.

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Many of the features seen in Saturn's rings are shaped by the planet's moons. This view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows two different effects of moons that cause waves in the A ring and kinks in a faint ringlet.
Many of the features seen in Saturn's rings are shaped by the planet's moons. This view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows two different effects of moons that cause waves in the A ring and kinks in a faint ringlet.

Grooves and Kinks in the Rings

Many of the features seen in Saturn's rings are shaped by the planet's moons. This view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows two different effects of moons that cause waves in the A ring and kinks in a faint ringlet.

Target: S Rings
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA21333
Added: 2017-06-19

Views: 2571

Grooves and Kinks in the Rings

Many of the features seen in Saturn's rings are shaped by the planet's moons. This view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows two different effects of moons that cause waves in the A ring and kinks in a faint ringlet.

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NASA's Cassini spacecraft sees bright methane clouds drifting in the summer skies of Saturn's moon Titan, along with dark hydrocarbon lakes and seas clustered around the north pole.
NASA's Cassini spacecraft sees bright methane clouds drifting in the summer skies of Saturn's moon Titan, along with dark hydrocarbon lakes and seas clustered around the north pole.

Northern Summer on Titan

NASA's Cassini spacecraft sees bright methane clouds drifting in the summer skies of Saturn's moon Titan, along with dark hydrocarbon lakes and seas clustered around the north pole.

Target: Titan
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA21615
Added: 2017-06-14

Views: 4015

Northern Summer on Titan

NASA's Cassini spacecraft sees bright methane clouds drifting in the summer skies of Saturn's moon Titan, along with dark hydrocarbon lakes and seas clustered around the north pole.

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