Cassini Spacecraft Views “Painted” Saturn

New Cassini Image of Saturn

This image captures the sunlit side of Saturn’s rings from a vantage point about 29 degrees above the ring plane.  Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

Using a spectral filter, this wide-angle camera view of Saturn was taken on April 2, 2014 by the Cassini spacecraft.

Saturn’s many cloud patterns, swept along by high-speed winds, look as if they were painted on by some eager alien artist.

With no real surface features to slow them down, wind speeds on Saturn can top 1,100 mph (1,800 kph), more than four times the top speeds on Earth.

This view looks toward the sunlit side of the rings from about 29 degrees above the ring plane. The image was taken with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera on April 4, 2014, using a spectral filter which preferentially admits wavelengths of near-infrared light centered at 752 nanometers.

The view was obtained at a distance of approximately 1.1 million miles (1.8 million kilometers) from Saturn. The image scale is 68 miles (109 kilometers) 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 mission for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, Washington, D.C. The Cassini orbiter and its two onboard cameras were designed, developed, and assembled at JPL. The imaging operations center is based at the Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colorado.

1 Comment on "Cassini Spacecraft Views “Painted” Saturn"

  1. This is amazing. Didn’t even know this technology existed.!! Amazing.*

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