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Chasing Away the Blues

Chasing Away the Blues
PIA 10414

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  Golden hues continue to creep northward on Saturn, subduing the blues and grays Cassini witnessed upon arrival in mid-2004.

This view was acquired from about 27 degrees above the ringplane.

Images taken using red, green and blue spectral filters were combined to create this natural color view. The images were acquired with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera on May 23, 2008 at a distance of approximately 1.3 million kilometers (780,000 miles) from Saturn. Image scale is 71 kilometers (44 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 30, 2008 (PIA 10414)
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Alliance Member Comments
Tiger (Jul 1, 2008 at 6:11 AM):
Yes,absoulutely beautiful.And I`m happy and surprised to hear that Cassini`s mission will be extended.
Red_dragon (Jun 30, 2008 at 8:25 AM):
Undoubtely, beautiful. The best is to compare it with pictures of 2007, 2006, 2005, and 2004 to see how have been changing the blues.
I wonder how would have looked Saturn's northern hemisphere during 2002, when rings were at its maximum.