CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS
Looking Up

Cassini gazes upward at the face of giant Saturn, seeing beyond the equator to where ring shadows fall across the bluish northern latitudes.

This extreme southern view looks northward from about 58 degrees below the ringplane.

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 Feb. 1, 2007 at a distance of approximately 940,000 kilometers (584,000 miles) from Saturn. Image scale is 106 kilometers (66 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: April 20, 2007 (PIA 08923)
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  Looking Up
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Red_dragon (Apr 30, 2007 at 9:00 AM):
Cassini images come into three types: the beautiful ones, the epic ones, and the interesting ones. This is of the two first types: beautiful and epic.