CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS
Saturn's Summer Tilt

Saturn's Summer Tilt
PIA 06544

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  Saturn's southern hemisphere shines in the light of a summer morning in this unusual view from Cassini. The planet's southern hemisphere is currently tilted toward the Sun (for reference see PIA05425).

The image was taken in visible light with the wide angle camera on October 30, 2004, from a distance of approximately 1.4 million kilometers (870,000 miles) from Saturn and at a Sun-Saturn-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 123 degrees. North is rotated about 20 degrees to the left. The image scale is 82 kilometers (51 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: December 22, 2004 (PIA 06544)
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