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Restless Atmosphere
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Several whirling storms churn through this scene from Saturn's atmosphere, obtained by the Cassini spacecraft.

It is common on Saturn to see bright rings around dark atmospheric vortices, as in this view. The large vortex at upper right appears to have material flowing either into or out of it.

The image was taken with the narrow angle camera on February 5, 2005, from a distance of approximately 3.4 million kilometers (2.1 million miles) from Saturn through a filter sensitive to wavelengths of infrared light centered at 750 nanometers. The image scale is 20 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 and the Cassini imaging team home page,

Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
Released: March 4, 2005 (PIA 06598)
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  Restless Atmosphere
PIA 06598

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