CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS
Southern Color

Cassini samples a bit of Saturn's southern hemisphere along with a spread of the planet's main rings.

Working outward from the planet, the C, B, and A rings are visible in this natural color image. The rings have been brightened relative to the planet to enhance visibility.

This view looks toward the sunlit side of the rings from about 59 degrees below 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 April 23, 2009 at a distance of approximately 1 million kilometers (621,000 miles) from Saturn. Image scale is 58 kilometers (36 miles) per pixel.

The Cassini Equinox Mission is a joint United States and European endeavor. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, manages the mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington, D.C. The Cassini orbiter was designed, developed and assembled at JPL. 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.

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Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
Released: June 12, 2009 (PIA 11513)
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  Southern Color
PIA 11513

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Alliance Member Comments
mipsandbips (Jun 13, 2009 at 8:39 PM):
The spectral filters complement the rings and the
planet surface extremely well in this image.
Red_dragon (Jun 13, 2009 at 5:52 AM):
Beautiful and breathtaking. Seeing it on full screen makes one to feel as if he/she was passing below Saturn.