This Cassini image shows beautifully the complex eddies and wave patterns in Saturn's cloud bands.
The image was taken with the narrow angle camera on September 7, 2004 from a distance of 8.9 million kilometers (5.5 million miles) through a filter sensitive to wavelengths of infrared light centered at 727 nanometers. The image scale is 53 kilometers (33 miles) per pixel. The image was magnified by a factor of two and slightly contrast enhanced to improve visibility of 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.