CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS
Paisley Skies

Twirling vortices swim through a vast ocean of hydrogen and helium in Saturn's far north.

This view looks toward a region at 70 degrees north latitude.

The image was taken with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on May 23, 2008 using a spectral filter sensitive to wavelengths of infrared light centered at 750 nanometers. The view was obtained at a distance of approximately 1.2 million kilometers (776,000 miles) from Saturn. Image scale is 7 kilometers (4 miles) per pixel.

The Cassini Equinox 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.

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Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
Released: July 2, 2008 (PIA 10416)
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  Paisley Skies
PIA 10416

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Alliance Member Comments
bruno.thiery (Jul 12, 2008 at 7:41 AM):
Another fine image. Looks like galaxies bathed in milk. Appropriate, since galaktos means milk in ancient Greek.