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Waves on Saturn
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Waves on Saturn
PIA 06655

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  An up-close look at Saturn's atmosphere shows wavelike structures in the planet's constantly changing clouds.

Feathery striations in the lower right appear to be small-scale waves propagating at a higher altitude than the other cloud features.

The image was taken with the wide angle camera on April 14, 2005, through a filter sensitive to wavelengths of infrared light centered at 727 nanometers and from a distance of approximately 386,000 kilometers (240,000 miles) from Saturn. The image scale is 19 kilometers (12 miles) per pixel.

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 http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov and the Cassini imaging team home page, http://ciclops.org.

Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
Released: May 24, 2005 (PIA 06655)
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