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Raging Vortices

Raging Vortices
PIA 09745

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  Monster storms, or vortices, swirl in the roiling atmosphere of giant Saturn.

This view looks toward a region centered at 22 degrees south of the planet's equator.

The image was taken with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on Aug. 14, 2007 using a spectral filter sensitive to wavelengths of infrared light centered at 750 nanometers. The view was obtained at a distance of approximately 4 million kilometers (2.5 million miles) from Saturn. Image scale is 24 kilometers (15 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: October 9, 2007 (Happy 67th Birthday, John Lennon!) (PIA 09745)
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