CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS

Atmospheric Detail in the Near Infrared
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Atmospheric Detail in the Near Infrared
PIA 05400

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  Saturn shows white feathery clouds near 45 degrees south latitude. Note the disturbances around the eastern edge of the south polar collar. Mimas (396 kilometers, 246 miles across) is visible above the rings at upper right.

The image was taken with the narrow angle camera in the near infrared on May 10, 2004 at a distance of 27.2 million kilometers (16.9 million miles) from Saturn. Image scale is 162 kilometers (101 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 2, 2004 (PIA 05400)
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