CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS
Cloud Phantoms

Bright, circular cloud features waltz through the turbid atmosphere of Saturn in this Cassini view.

The image was taken using a spectral filter sensitive to wavelengths of infrared light centered at 750 nanometers. The view was obtained with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on July 8, 2007 at a distance of approximately 2.9 million kilometers (1.8 million miles) from Saturn. Image scale is 17 kilometers (10 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: August 8, 2007 (PIA 09001)
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  Cloud Phantoms
PIA 09001

Avg Rating: 8.40/10

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Alliance Member Comments
Kevin S. Moore (Aug 8, 2007 at 11:21 PM):
This is another beautiful detail of Saturn's atmosphere. I gave it a 10 rating.
It looks as though you could just dive right into the clouds. Would be a rather
cold experience.. GRIN. The detail of the cloud structure is amazing. The infared
even seems to make it almost 3d like in Black and White. I would like to see
some digital artist take this and put color to it. Cassini is definity floating
high; sails raised full in the cosmic ocean!

Kevin 2nd shift