CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS
Round and Round

Just as Saturn's famous hexagonal shaped jet stream encircles the planet's north pole, the rings encircle the planet, as seen from Cassini's position high above. Around and around everything goes!

This view looks toward the sunlit side of the rings from about 43 degrees above the ringplane. The image was taken with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera on Nov. 23, 2013 using a spectral filter that preferentially admits wavelengths of near-infrared light centered at 752 nanometers.

The view was obtained at a distance of approximately 1.6 million miles (2.5 million kilometers) from Saturn and at a Sun-Saturn-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 97 degrees. Image scale is 93 miles (150 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.

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Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute
Released: February 3, 2014 (PIA 17147)
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  Round and Round
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Alliance Member Comments
NeKto (May 5, 2014 at 2:30 PM):
is there any measurement that tells us what the atmospheic presure is at the cloud tops? some of Cassini's images suggest cloud banks that are impossibly tall by Earth stadards. i wonder what the presure difference is from top to bottom of some of those cloud banks.
raketenflugplatz (Apr 29, 2014 at 0:20 AM):
looks like a pastor's hat...
enceladus5 (Feb 3, 2014 at 1:02 PM):
what a beautiful shot of saturn. reminiscent of satellite images of our own planet.
NeKto (Feb 3, 2014 at 12:45 PM):
better picture.