CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS

Infrared South Pole
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Infrared South Pole
PIA 05438

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  This narrow angle camera view of Saturn's southern polar region shows interesting details in the swirling boundaries between cloud bands. Two faint spots are visible at right, north and south of the boundary of the dark polar collar. The dark spot at the bottom of the image marks the planet's south pole.

The image was taken on July 19, 2004, from a distance of 6.2 million kilometers (3.9 million miles) from Saturn through a filter which passes infrared light. The image scale is 36 kilometers (22 miles) per pixel. The image was slightly contrast enhanced to bring out features in the atmosphere.

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 Science Mission Directorate, 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: August 19, 2004 (PIA 05438)
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