CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS
Light and Dark Bands

Light and Dark Bands
PIA 06494

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  Saturn's southern hemisphere boasts a great deal of fine detail in the turbulent boundaries between the atmospheric bands in this Cassini image. Note the faint bright spot in the band north of the dark polar region.

The image was taken with the narrow angle camera on September 3, 2004, from a distance of 9 million kilometers (5.6 million miles) from Saturn through a filter sensitive to wavelengths of infrared light. The image scale is 53 kilometers (33 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 8, 2004 (PIA 06494)
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