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Two Pairs of Storms
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Two Pairs of Storms
PIA 05401

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  Two pairs of dark spots, or storms, in Saturn's atmosphere squeeze past each other as they dance around the planet. In this group of four, the top left and lower right storms are fringed with white clouds. The image was taken with the narrow angle camera in the near infrared on May 5, 2004 at a distance of 29.5 million kilometers (18.3 million miles) from Saturn. Image scale is 176 kilometers (109 miles) per pixel. Contrast in the image was enhanced to aid visibility.

The Cassini-Huygens mission is a cooperative project of NASA, the European Space Agency and the Italian Space Agency. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, manages the Cassini-Huygens mission for NASA's Office of Space Science, Washington, D.C. The imaging team consists of scientists from the US, England, France, and Germany. The imaging operations center and team lead (Dr. C. Porco) are based at the Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colo.

For more information about the Cassini-Huygens mission, visit and the Cassini imaging team home page,

Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
Released: June 4, 2004 (PIA 05401)
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