CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS
A Turbulent Interface

A Turbulent Interface
PIA 06496

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  The southern edge of Saturn's equatorial band displays a scalloped appearance in this Cassini image, as clouds of bright material are stretched and pulled like taffy.

The shadow of Saturn's rings is visible through the thin C ring at upper right.

The image was taken with the narrow angle camera on September 13, 2004 from a distance of 8.6 million kilometers (5.3 million miles) through a filter sensitive to wavelengths of infrared light. The image scale is 103 kilometers (32 miles) per pixel. Contrast was enhanced to improve visibility of features in the atmosphere.

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 12, 2004 (PIA 06496)
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