CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS
Magnificent Vista

Magnificent Vista
PIA 08357

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  Cassini coasts beneath giant Saturn, staring upward at its gleaming crescent and icy rings.

A great bull's-eye pattern is centered on the south pole, where a vast, hurricane-like storm spins.

This view looks toward the lit side of the rings from about 26 degrees below the ringplane. The view was acquired about two hours prior to PIA08347.

Images taken using red, green and blue spectral filters were combined to create this natural color view. The images were obtained with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera on Jan. 30, 2007 at a distance of approximately 1.1 million kilometers (700,000 miles) from Saturn. Image scale is 61 kilometers (38 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 1, 2007 (PIA 08357)
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