This image shows several dark spots confined to a region south of 30 degrees latitude in Saturn's atmosphere. This turbulent region has produced quite a few spots during Cassini's approach to Saturn, including some that have merged. A number of other interesting smaller-scale atmospheric features are also becoming visible.
The image scale is 157 kilometers (98 miles) per pixel. The image was taken with the narrow angle camera on May 11, 2004, from a distance of 26.4 million kilometers (16.4 million miles) from Saturn through a filter centered at 750 nanometers. 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.