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South Polar Turbulence
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South Polar Turbulence
PIA 06465

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  Structures in the turbulent cloud bands near Saturn's south pole are visible in this infrared view.

The image was taken with the narrow angle camera on July 23, 2004, from a distance of 6.7 million kilometers (4.2 million miles) from Saturn. The image scale is 40 kilometers (25 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 30, 2004 (PIA 06465)
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