CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS
Depth Sounding

Depth Sounding
PIA 08973

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  Cassini looks toward northern latitudes on Saturn and out across the ringplane. This infrared view probes clouds beneath the hazes that obscure the planet's depths in natural color views.

This image looks toward the unilluminated side of the rings from about 24 degrees above the ringplane. The rings' shadow drapes across the region north of the planet's bright equatorial band.

The image was taken with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera using a spectral filter sensitive to wavelengths of light centered at 890 nanometers. The view was acquired on May 24, 2007 at a distance of approximately 1.5 million kilometers (1 million miles) from Saturn. Image scale is 89 kilometers (55 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: June 29, 2007 (PIA 08973)
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Red_dragon (Jun 29, 2007 at 6:37 AM):
Awesome. This great image shows how even B/W images may be unearthly beautiful.