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This detail shows swirls and shoals in Saturn's cloud bands near the planet's south pole.
The image was taken with the narrow angle camera on July 25, 2004, from a distance of 7.1 million kilometers (4.4 million miles) from Saturn through a filter sensitive to wavelengths of infrared light. The image scale is 42 kilometers (26 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.