CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS
Banded Beauty

Banded Beauty
PIA 08949

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  Storms and cloud bands emerge from beneath Saturn's obscuring hazes in this infrared view.

This view looks toward the sunlit side of the rings from about 20 degrees below the ringplane. The inner rings partly obscure the planet at top.

The image was taken with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera on July 12, 2005 at a distance of approximately 1.5 million kilometers (900,000 miles) from Saturn. The monochrome view uses a combination of images taken using spectral filters sensitive to wavelengths of light centered at 728, 752 and 890 nanometers. Image scale is 170 kilometers (105 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: May 28, 2007 (PIA 08949)
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