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Saturn Equinox Raw Preview #2

Saturn Equinox Raw Preview #2
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  This raw, unprocessed image of Saturn was taken by Cassini on Aug. 12, 2009, just after equinox.

The image was taken in visible red light with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera.

The view was obtained at a distance of approximately 857,000 kilometers (532,000 miles) from Saturn and at a Sun-Saturn-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 74 degrees. Image scale is 48 kilometers (30 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: August 12, 2009
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Alliance Member Comments
Red_dragon (Aug 13, 2009 at 8:36 AM):
What I like of this image is how -thanks to you and the good people that manages the Cassini mission- we've seen the shadows disappearing from Saturn's northern hemisphere and the changing from winter/summer to spring/"fall" during these five years (it's like Enterprise's original mission in ST: TOS: "five years boldly seeing what no others have seen before").
You know, you have to create a color view of Saturn that looks like those good ol' Voyager images. I can't wait to see the progress of imaging technology between Voyager's vidicons and Cassini's CCDs.
Udanax (Aug 12, 2009 at 7:32 PM):
What a dramatic change in the narrowness of the rings' shadow... The exact opposite of