Aug 15, 2017: Saturn and Titan 'Rev 288' Raw Preview - These raw, unprocessed images of Saturn and Titan were taken on August 11th and 12th, 2017 and received on Earth August 12th and 13th, 2017.
Aug 11, 2017: Two Titans - These two views of Saturn's moon Titan exemplify how NASA's Cassini spacecraft has revealed the surface of this fascinating world.
Aug 11, 2017: Titan - 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. During its long mission at Saturn, Cassini has frequently observed Titan at viewing angles like this, where the atmosphere is backlit by the Sun, in order to make visible the structure of the hazes.
Star Date: November 29, 2004
Now, far from Saturn, as we prepare for our next whirlwind fling into the inner Saturnian system, we look back on the vistas we have been treated to so far.
Insertion into orbit in late June brought us unprecedented and celebrated views of the rings, and placed us on a long looping orbit, back into the direction from which we came.
Distant images of Saturn and its rings and moons were all there was to be had until our retreat from the planet came to a halt and we fell inwards once again, under the gravitational pull of the planet, for our next swing by the rings and moons in late October. That second passage brought us a very close encounter with Titan -- our first of many -- and history-making glimpses of Titanian geography that still elude explanation and will for some time. It also brought us new and sweeping views of the rings.
Looking here and there as we made our way through the course of Saturn's moons, we spied Enceladus, Dione, Rhea, and Tethys as never before ... mere tastes of what is in store for the coming year.
Then, in early November, as we began our journey back out again, over our shoulder we caught sight of Mimas against the cool, blue-streaked backdrop of Saturn's shadow-draped northern hemisphere.
Salves for the soul are these images, the gifts of one extraordinary machine.
In just two weeks, we dive in for another scraping encounter with Titan, more close views of the rings, and a passage by Dione closer than we've ever been.
This is life in orbit around Saturn and it is good.