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Polar Vortex in Color
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Polar Vortex in Color
PIA 14925

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  The recently formed south polar vortex stands out in the color-swaddled atmosphere of Saturn's largest moon, Titan, in this natural color view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

The south polar vortex can be seen approximately centered over the south pole in the lower left of the image. See PIA14919 and PIA14920 to learn more about this mass of swirling gas around the pole in the atmosphere.

Images taken using red, green and blue spectral filters were combined to create this natural color view. The images were acquired with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera on July 25, 2012, at a distance of approximately 64,000 miles (103,000 kilometers) from Titan. Image scale is 4 miles (6 kilometers) per pixel.

The Cassini Solstice Mission is a joint United States and European endeavor. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, manages the mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington, D.C. The Cassini orbiter was designed, developed and assembled at JPL. 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 Solstice Mission visit, and

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute
Released: August 29, 2012 (PIA 14925)
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Alliance Member Comments
Frank (Sep 1, 2012 at 6:47 PM):
Fantastic angled view of this southern vortex.
Red_dragon (Aug 30, 2012 at 2:22 AM):
Fantastic. Given Saturn has a southern polar vortex too -albeit right now likely in darkness-, it resembles an image of Saturn took when it was visible with the rings removed.

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