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Saturn Equinox Raw Preview #3

Saturn Equinox Raw Preview #3
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  This raw, unprocessed image of Saturn's rings was taken by Cassini on Aug. 12, 2009, just after equinox.

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

The view was acquired at a distance of approximately 764,000 kilometers (475,000 miles) from Saturn and at a Sun-Saturn-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 70 degrees. Image scale is 42 kilometers (26 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.

For more information about the Cassini Equinox Mission visit, and

Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
Released: August 12, 2009
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Alliance Member Comments
Red_dragon (Aug 30, 2009 at 5:51 AM):
Cosmic ray hits on the CCD. They're quite common on raw, unprocessed images asthis one.
Grant_E (Aug 29, 2009 at 2:37 AM):
Hey I've got a question- what's the deal with those random streaky things in this image?
Iapetus Monolith (Aug 13, 2009 at 8:20 AM):
... the luckiest bunch of homo sapiens on this planet - what I wouldn't give to be on the team!
Iapetus Monolith (Aug 13, 2009 at 8:12 AM):
Breathtaking - cosmic geometry at its most stunning! The Imaging Team is
20tauri (Aug 12, 2009 at 6:15 PM):
Wow. That is truly amazing. Talk about a Houdini act!