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After more than 13 years at Saturn, and with its fate sealed, NASA's Cassini spacecraft bid farewell to the Saturnian system by firing the shutters of its wide-angle camera and capturing this last, full mosaic of Saturn and its rings.
After more than 13 years at Saturn, and with its fate sealed, NASA's Cassini spacecraft bid farewell to the Saturnian system by firing the shutters of its wide-angle camera and capturing this last, full mosaic of Saturn and its rings.

A Farewell to Saturn

After more than 13 years at Saturn, and with its fate sealed, NASA's Cassini spacecraft bid farewell to the Saturnian system by firing the shutters of its wide-angle camera and capturing this last, full mosaic of Saturn and its rings.

Target: Saturn
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA17218
Added: 2017-11-21

Views: 5695

A Farewell to Saturn

After more than 13 years at Saturn, and with its fate sealed, NASA's Cassini spacecraft bid farewell to the Saturnian system by firing the shutters of its wide-angle camera and capturing this last, full mosaic of Saturn and its rings.

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Reflected sunlight is the source of the illumination for visible wavelength images such as this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
Reflected sunlight is the source of the illumination for visible wavelength images such as this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

The North

Reflected sunlight is the source of the illumination for visible wavelength images such as this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Target: Saturn
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA21351
Added: 2017-10-30

Views: 840

The North

Reflected sunlight is the source of the illumination for visible wavelength images such as this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

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Saturn's graceful lanes of orbiting ice (its iconic rings) wind their way around the planet to pass beyond the horizon in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
Saturn's graceful lanes of orbiting ice (its iconic rings) wind their way around the planet to pass beyond the horizon in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

The Grace of Saturn

Saturn's graceful lanes of orbiting ice (its iconic rings) wind their way around the planet to pass beyond the horizon in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Target: S Rings
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA21352
Added: 2017-10-23

Views: 1786

The Grace of Saturn

Saturn's graceful lanes of orbiting ice (its iconic rings) wind their way around the planet to pass beyond the horizon in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

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This image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows Saturn's cloud belts moving around the planet in a circular path with the wandering, hexagon-shaped polar jet stream breaking the mold. The Cassini spacecraft ended its mission on Sept. 15, 2017.
This image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows Saturn's cloud belts moving around the planet in a circular path with the wandering, hexagon-shaped polar jet stream breaking the mold. The Cassini spacecraft ended its mission on Sept. 15, 2017.

Circles and Hexagons

This image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows Saturn's cloud belts moving around the planet in a circular path with the wandering, hexagon-shaped polar jet stream breaking the mold. The Cassini spacecraft ended its mission on Sept. 15, 2017.

Target: Saturn
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA21348
Added: 2017-10-09

Views: 995

Circles and Hexagons

This image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows Saturn's cloud belts moving around the planet in a circular path with the wandering, hexagon-shaped polar jet stream breaking the mold. The Cassini spacecraft ended its mission on Sept. 15, 2017.

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Stunning views like this image of Saturn's night side are only possible thanks to our robotic emissaries like NASA's Cassini spacecraft. The Cassini spacecraft ended its mission on Sept. 15, 2017.
Stunning views like this image of Saturn's night side are only possible thanks to our robotic emissaries like NASA's Cassini spacecraft. The Cassini spacecraft ended its mission on Sept. 15, 2017.

Goodbye to the Dark Side

Stunning views like this image of Saturn's night side are only possible thanks to our robotic emissaries like NASA's Cassini spacecraft. The Cassini spacecraft ended its mission on Sept. 15, 2017.

Target: Saturn
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA21350
Added: 2017-10-02

Views: 1205

Goodbye to the Dark Side

Stunning views like this image of Saturn's night side are only possible thanks to our robotic emissaries like NASA's Cassini spacecraft. The Cassini spacecraft ended its mission on Sept. 15, 2017.

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This monochrome view is the last image taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft. It looks toward the planet's night side, lit by reflected light from the rings, and shows the location at which the spacecraft would enter the planet's atmosphere hours later.
This monochrome view is the last image taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft. It looks toward the planet's night side, lit by reflected light from the rings, and shows the location at which the spacecraft would enter the planet's atmosphere hours later.

Impact Site: Cassini's Final Image

This monochrome view is the last image taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft. It looks toward the planet's night side, lit by reflected light from the rings, and shows the location at which the spacecraft would enter the planet's atmosphere hours later.

Target: Saturn
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA21895
Added: 2017-09-15

Views: 779

Impact Site: Cassini's Final Image

This monochrome view is the last image taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft. It looks toward the planet's night side, lit by reflected light from the rings, and shows the location at which the spacecraft would enter the planet's atmosphere hours later.

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This view of Saturn's A ring features a lone 'propeller,' one of many such features created by small moonlets embedded in the rings as they attempt, unsuccessfully, to open gaps in the ring material, taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft on Sept. 13, 2017.
This view of Saturn's A ring features a lone 'propeller,' one of many such features created by small moonlets embedded in the rings as they attempt, unsuccessfully, to open gaps in the ring material, taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft on Sept. 13, 2017.

Lone Propeller

This view of Saturn's A ring features a lone 'propeller,' one of many such features created by small moonlets embedded in the rings as they attempt, unsuccessfully, to open gaps in the ring material, taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft on Sept. 13, 2017.

Target: S Rings
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA21894
Added: 2017-09-15

Views: 290

Lone Propeller

This view of Saturn's A ring features a lone 'propeller,' one of many such features created by small moonlets embedded in the rings as they attempt, unsuccessfully, to open gaps in the ring material, taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft on Sept. 13, 2017.

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This image of Saturn's outer A ring features the small moon Daphnis and the waves it raises in the edges of the Keeler Gap. The image was taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft on Sept. 13, 2017. It is among the last images Cassini sent back to Earth.
This image of Saturn's outer A ring features the small moon Daphnis and the waves it raises in the edges of the Keeler Gap. The image was taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft on Sept. 13, 2017. It is among the last images Cassini sent back to Earth.

Daphnis' Final Appearance

This image of Saturn's outer A ring features the small moon Daphnis and the waves it raises in the edges of the Keeler Gap. The image was taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft on Sept. 13, 2017. It is among the last images Cassini sent back to Earth.

Target: Daphnis
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA21893
Added: 2017-09-15

Views: 184

Daphnis' Final Appearance

This image of Saturn's outer A ring features the small moon Daphnis and the waves it raises in the edges of the Keeler Gap. The image was taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft on Sept. 13, 2017. It is among the last images Cassini sent back to Earth.

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This image of Saturn's northern hemisphere was taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft on Sept. 13, 2017. It is among the last images Cassini sent back to Earth.
This image of Saturn's northern hemisphere was taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft on Sept. 13, 2017. It is among the last images Cassini sent back to Earth.

Saturn: Before the Plunge

This image of Saturn's northern hemisphere was taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft on Sept. 13, 2017. It is among the last images Cassini sent back to Earth.

Target: Saturn
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA21892
Added: 2017-09-15

Views: 195

Saturn: Before the Plunge

This image of Saturn's northern hemisphere was taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft on Sept. 13, 2017. It is among the last images Cassini sent back to Earth.

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This image of Saturn's rings was taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft on Sept. 13, 2017. It is among the last images Cassini sent back to Earth.
This image of Saturn's rings was taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft on Sept. 13, 2017. It is among the last images Cassini sent back to Earth.

Finale Ringscape

This image of Saturn's rings was taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft on Sept. 13, 2017. It is among the last images Cassini sent back to Earth.

Target: S Rings
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA21891
Added: 2017-09-15

Views: 288

Finale Ringscape

This image of Saturn's rings was taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft on Sept. 13, 2017. It is among the last images Cassini sent back to Earth.

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With this view, NASA's Cassini captured one of its last looks at Saturn and its main rings from a distance. The Saturn system has been Cassini's home for 13 years, but that journey is nearing its end.
With this view, NASA's Cassini captured one of its last looks at Saturn and its main rings from a distance. The Saturn system has been Cassini's home for 13 years, but that journey is nearing its end.

So Far from Home

With this view, NASA's Cassini captured one of its last looks at Saturn and its main rings from a distance. The Saturn system has been Cassini's home for 13 years, but that journey is nearing its end.

Target: Saturn
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA21345
Added: 2017-09-11

Views: 4149

So Far from Home

With this view, NASA's Cassini captured one of its last looks at Saturn and its main rings from a distance. The Saturn system has been Cassini's home for 13 years, but that journey is nearing its end.

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These turbulent clouds are on top of the world at Saturn. NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured this view of Saturn's north pole on April 26, 2017, the day it began its Grand Finale.
These turbulent clouds are on top of the world at Saturn. NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured this view of Saturn's north pole on April 26, 2017, the day it began its Grand Finale.

Top of the World

These turbulent clouds are on top of the world at Saturn. NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured this view of Saturn's north pole on April 26, 2017, the day it began its Grand Finale.

Target: Saturn
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA21343
Added: 2017-08-28

Views: 3034

Top of the World

These turbulent clouds are on top of the world at Saturn. NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured this view of Saturn's north pole on April 26, 2017, the day it began its Grand Finale.

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This frame from a movie from NASA's Cassini spacecraft offers a unique perspective on Saturn's ring system. Cassini from within the gap between the planet and its rings, looking outward.
This frame from a movie from NASA's Cassini spacecraft offers a unique perspective on Saturn's ring system. Cassini from within the gap between the planet and its rings, looking outward.

Cassini's 'Inside-Out' Rings Movie

This frame from a movie from NASA's Cassini spacecraft offers a unique perspective on Saturn's ring system. Cassini from within the gap between the planet and its rings, looking outward.

Target: S Rings
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA21886
Added: 2017-08-26

Views: 28000

Cassini's 'Inside-Out' Rings Movie

This frame from a movie from NASA's Cassini spacecraft offers a unique perspective on Saturn's ring system. Cassini from within the gap between the planet and its rings, looking outward.

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NASA's Cassini gazes across the icy rings of Saturn toward the icy moon Tethys, whose night side is illuminated by Saturnshine, or sunlight reflected by the planet.
NASA's Cassini gazes across the icy rings of Saturn toward the icy moon Tethys, whose night side is illuminated by Saturnshine, or sunlight reflected by the planet.

Saturn-lit Tethys

NASA's Cassini gazes across the icy rings of Saturn toward the icy moon Tethys, whose night side is illuminated by Saturnshine, or sunlight reflected by the planet.

Target: Tethys
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA21342
Added: 2017-08-21

Views: 1742

Saturn-lit Tethys

NASA's Cassini gazes across the icy rings of Saturn toward the icy moon Tethys, whose night side is illuminated by Saturnshine, or sunlight reflected by the planet.

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NASA's Cassini saw Saturn's northern hemisphere reach its summer solstice in mid-2017, bringing continuous sunshine to the planet's far north. The solstice took place on May 24, 2017.
NASA's Cassini saw Saturn's northern hemisphere reach its summer solstice in mid-2017, bringing continuous sunshine to the planet's far north. The solstice took place on May 24, 2017.

Good Old Summer Time

NASA's Cassini saw Saturn's northern hemisphere reach its summer solstice in mid-2017, bringing continuous sunshine to the planet's far north. The solstice took place on May 24, 2017.

Target: Saturn
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA21337
Added: 2017-07-31

Views: 942

Good Old Summer Time

NASA's Cassini saw Saturn's northern hemisphere reach its summer solstice in mid-2017, bringing continuous sunshine to the planet's far north. The solstice took place on May 24, 2017.

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NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured the near-infrared images in this mosaic on June 29, 2017, as it raced toward the gap between Saturn and its rings.
NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured the near-infrared images in this mosaic on June 29, 2017, as it raced toward the gap between Saturn and its rings.

Cassini Near-Infrared 'Noodle' Mosaic of Saturn

NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured the near-infrared images in this mosaic on June 29, 2017, as it raced toward the gap between Saturn and its rings.

Target: Saturn
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA21622
Added: 2017-07-24

Views: 1327

Cassini Near-Infrared 'Noodle' Mosaic of Saturn

NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured the near-infrared images in this mosaic on June 29, 2017, as it raced toward the gap between Saturn and its rings.

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This mosaic combines views captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft as it made the first dive of the mission's Grand Finale on April 26, 2017, and shows details in bands and swirls in the atmosphere.
This mosaic combines views captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft as it made the first dive of the mission's Grand Finale on April 26, 2017, and shows details in bands and swirls in the atmosphere.

Cassini 'Noodle' Mosaic of Saturn

This mosaic combines views captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft as it made the first dive of the mission's Grand Finale on April 26, 2017, and shows details in bands and swirls in the atmosphere.

Target: Saturn
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA21617
Added: 2017-07-24

Views: 2127

Cassini 'Noodle' Mosaic of Saturn

This mosaic combines views captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft as it made the first dive of the mission's Grand Finale on April 26, 2017, and shows details in bands and swirls in the atmosphere.

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This view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft looks toward the sunlit side of the rings from above the ringplane. Although the rings lack the many colors of the rainbow, they arc across the sky of Saturn.
This view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft looks toward the sunlit side of the rings from above the ringplane. Although the rings lack the many colors of the rainbow, they arc across the sky of Saturn.

Ring-Bow

This view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft looks toward the sunlit side of the rings from above the ringplane. Although the rings lack the many colors of the rainbow, they arc across the sky of Saturn.

Target: S Rings
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA21339
Added: 2017-07-24

Views: 1310

Ring-Bow

This view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft looks toward the sunlit side of the rings from above the ringplane. Although the rings lack the many colors of the rainbow, they arc across the sky of Saturn.

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The light of a new day on Saturn illuminates the planet's wavy cloud patterns and the smooth arcs of the vast rings as seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
The light of a new day on Saturn illuminates the planet's wavy cloud patterns and the smooth arcs of the vast rings as seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Dawn's Early Light

The light of a new day on Saturn illuminates the planet's wavy cloud patterns and the smooth arcs of the vast rings as seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Target: Saturn
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA21336
Added: 2017-07-10

Views: 1065

Dawn's Early Light

The light of a new day on Saturn illuminates the planet's wavy cloud patterns and the smooth arcs of the vast rings as seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

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NASA's Cassini spacecraft peers toward a sliver of Saturn's sunlit atmosphere while the icy rings stretch across the foreground as a dark band.
NASA's Cassini spacecraft peers toward a sliver of Saturn's sunlit atmosphere while the icy rings stretch across the foreground as a dark band.

Saturnian Dawn

NASA's Cassini spacecraft peers toward a sliver of Saturn's sunlit atmosphere while the icy rings stretch across the foreground as a dark band.

Target: Saturn
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA21334
Added: 2017-06-26

Views: 2553

Saturnian Dawn

NASA's Cassini spacecraft peers toward a sliver of Saturn's sunlit atmosphere while the icy rings stretch across the foreground as a dark band.

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From high above Saturn's northern hemisphere, NASA's Cassini spacecraft gazes over the planet's north pole, with its intriguing hexagon and bullseye-like central vortex.
From high above Saturn's northern hemisphere, NASA's Cassini spacecraft gazes over the planet's north pole, with its intriguing hexagon and bullseye-like central vortex.

Mimas Dwarfed

From high above Saturn's northern hemisphere, NASA's Cassini spacecraft gazes over the planet's north pole, with its intriguing hexagon and bullseye-like central vortex.

Target: Mimas
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA21331
Added: 2017-06-05

Views: 1004

Mimas Dwarfed

From high above Saturn's northern hemisphere, NASA's Cassini spacecraft gazes over the planet's north pole, with its intriguing hexagon and bullseye-like central vortex.

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These natural color views from NASA's Cassini spacecraft compare the appearance of Saturn's north-polar region in June 2013 and April 2017.
These natural color views from NASA's Cassini spacecraft compare the appearance of Saturn's north-polar region in June 2013 and April 2017.

Saturn's Hexagon as Summer Solstice Approaches

These natural color views from NASA's Cassini spacecraft compare the appearance of Saturn's north-polar region in June 2013 and April 2017.

Target: Saturn
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA21611
Added: 2017-05-24

Views: 10027

Saturn's Hexagon as Summer Solstice Approaches

These natural color views from NASA's Cassini spacecraft compare the appearance of Saturn's north-polar region in June 2013 and April 2017.

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The projection of Saturn's shadow on the rings grows shorter as Saturn's season advances toward northern summer, thanks to the planet's permanent tilt as it orbits the sun, as seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
The projection of Saturn's shadow on the rings grows shorter as Saturn's season advances toward northern summer, thanks to the planet's permanent tilt as it orbits the sun, as seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Short Shadow

The projection of Saturn's shadow on the rings grows shorter as Saturn's season advances toward northern summer, thanks to the planet's permanent tilt as it orbits the sun, as seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Target: S Rings
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA21328
Added: 2017-05-15

Views: 2552

Short Shadow

The projection of Saturn's shadow on the rings grows shorter as Saturn's season advances toward northern summer, thanks to the planet's permanent tilt as it orbits the sun, as seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

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Saturn's hexagonal polar jet stream is the shining feature of almost every view of the north polar region of Saturn. The region, in shadow for the first part of NASA's Cassini mission, now enjoys full sunlight.
Saturn's hexagonal polar jet stream is the shining feature of almost every view of the north polar region of Saturn. The region, in shadow for the first part of NASA's Cassini mission, now enjoys full sunlight.

Hail the Hexagon

Saturn's hexagonal polar jet stream is the shining feature of almost every view of the north polar region of Saturn. The region, in shadow for the first part of NASA's Cassini mission, now enjoys full sunlight.

Target: Saturn
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA21327
Added: 2017-05-08

Views: 1868

Hail the Hexagon

Saturn's hexagonal polar jet stream is the shining feature of almost every view of the north polar region of Saturn. The region, in shadow for the first part of NASA's Cassini mission, now enjoys full sunlight.

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This frame from a movie sequence of images from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows the view as Cassini swooped over Saturn during the first of its Grand Finale dives between the planet and its rings on April 26, 2017.
This frame from a movie sequence of images from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows the view as Cassini swooped over Saturn during the first of its Grand Finale dives between the planet and its rings on April 26, 2017.

Cassini's 'Porthole' Movie of Saturn

This frame from a movie sequence of images from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows the view as Cassini swooped over Saturn during the first of its Grand Finale dives between the planet and its rings on April 26, 2017.

Target: Saturn
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA21441
Added: 2017-05-03

Views: 9630

Cassini's 'Porthole' Movie of Saturn

This frame from a movie sequence of images from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows the view as Cassini swooped over Saturn during the first of its Grand Finale dives between the planet and its rings on April 26, 2017.

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