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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-08-05 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
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The area within Saturn's north polar hexagon is shown by NASA's Cassini spacecraft to contain myriad storms of various sizes, not the least of which is the remarkable and imposing vortex situated over the planet's north pole.
PIA17122:
Stormy North
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-07-31 Enceladus Cassini-Huygens
Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer
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This set of images from NASA's Cassini mission shows how the gravitational pull of Saturn affects the amount of spray coming from jets at the active moon Enceladus.
PIA17040:
Squeezing and Releasing Enceladus
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-07-31 Enceladus Cassini-Huygens
Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer
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This set of images from NASA's Cassini mission shows the difference in the amount of spray emanating from Saturn's moon Enceladus.
PIA17039:
Enceladus "On" and "Off"
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-07-29 Enceladus Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
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Evoking the haunting beauty of Earth's Moon, a crescent Enceladus appears in the skies around Saturn in this image captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA17121:
Crescent Enceladus
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-07-22 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
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In this rare image taken on July 19, 2013, the wide-angle camera on NASA's Cassini spacecraft has captured Saturn's rings and our planet Earth and its moon in the same frame.
PIA17171:
The Day the Earth Smiled: Sneak Preview
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-07-22 Earth Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
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The cameras on NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured this rare look at Earth and its moon from Saturn orbit on July 19, 2013. The image has been magnified five times.
PIA17170:
One Special Day in the Life of Planet Earth -- Close-Up
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-07-22 S Rings MESSENGER
Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
MDIS - Wide Angle
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These images show views of Earth and the moon from NASA's Cassini (left) and MESSENGER spacecraft (right) from July 19, 2013.
PIA17038:
Two Views of Home
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-07-22 Earth Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem
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The cameras on NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured this rare look at Earth and its moon from Saturn orbit on July 19, 2013.
PIA14949:
One Special Day in the Life of Planet Earth
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-07-22 Mimas Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
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This image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft reminds us of how different Mimas and Pandora are when they appear together; although both are moons of Saturn, Pandora's small size means that it lacks sufficient gravity to pull itself into a round shape.
PIA17120:
Two Moons Passing in the Night
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-07-15 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
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The shadows of Saturn's rings edge ever farther southward as Saturn creeps towards southern winter (or northern summer). Saturn is now almost exactly halfway between its equinox (August 2009) and southern winter solstice (in May 2017).
PIA14669:
Halfway to Southern Winter
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-07-08 Pan Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
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The shepherd moon Pan orbits Saturn in the Encke gap while the A ring surrounding the gap displays wave features created by interactions between the ring particles and Saturnian moons in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA14668:
Pan and Waves
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-07-01 Janus Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
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The Cassini spacecraft catches a glimpse of Janus, an irregularly shaped moon. Lacking sufficient gravity to pull itself into a round shape, Janus has had its lumpy primordial shape only slightly modified by impacts since its formation.
PIA14667:
Lumpy Janus
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-06-24 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
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NASA's Cassini spacecraft has been monitoring propeller features such as Bleriot since their discovery. The bright dash-like features are regions where a small moonlet has caused ring particles to cluster together more densely than normal.
PIA14666:
Propeller, Light and Dark
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-06-17 Dione Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
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In this recent view of Dione, the Cassini spacecraft looks on as the moon's slow rotation brings the terrain from day into night. Dione's rotation period is 66 hours.
PIA14665:
Dusk on Dione
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-06-10 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
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In this image, NASA's Cassini spacecraft has captured some of the structure of the tenuous D ring, appearing here as light/dark banding in the upper-right of the image.
PIA14664:
A Long, Hard Stare
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-06-05 Titan Cassini-Huygens
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This illustration shows the various steps that lead to the formation of the aerosols that make up the haze on Titan, Saturn's largest moon.
PIA17240:
The Formation of Titan's Haze
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-06-03 Titan Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
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Although hidden from human eyes, NASA's Cassini spacecraft can spot these dark features on the surface of Titan dubbed 'Fensal' and 'Aztlan.' The dark features are believed to be vast dunes of particles that precipitated out of Titan's atmosphere.
PIA14663:
Fenzal and Aztlan
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-05-29 Dione Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem
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This image, which is composed of data obtained by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, shows the topography of a mountain known as Janiculum Dorsa on the Saturnian moon Dione.
PIA17032:
Buckling Under the Weight
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-05-27 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
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Forever changing, the F ring takes on a ladder-like appearance in this recent image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Scientists believe that interactions between the F ring and the moons Prometheus and Pandora cause the dynamic structure of the ring.
PIA14662:
Ladder-like Ring
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-05-22 Titan Cassini-Huygens
Radar Mapper
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Ligeia Mare, shown here in a false color image from NASA's Cassini mission, is the second largest known body of liquid on Saturn's moon Titan. It is filled with liquid hydrocarbons, such as ethane and methane.
PIA17031:
Vast Ligeia Mare in False Color
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-05-20 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
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NASA's Cassini spacecraft takes full advantage of the sunlight to capture these amazing views of the north polar hexagon and myriad storms, large and small, that comprise the weather systems in the polar region.
PIA14661:
Summer is Coming!
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-05-15 Titan Cassini-Huygens
Radar Mapper
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These polar maps show the first global, topographic mapping of Saturn's moon Titan, using data from NASA's Cassini mission. To create these maps, scientists employed a mathematical process called splining.
PIA17030:
Polar Views of Titan's Global Topography
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-05-15 Titan Cassini-Huygens
Radar Mapper
Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer
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To create the first global, topographic map of Saturn's moon Titan, scientists analyzed data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft and a mathematical process called splining.
PIA16849:
Two Views of Titan's Topography
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-05-15 Titan Cassini-Huygens
Radar Mapper
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Using data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, scientists have created the first global topographic map of Saturn's moon Titan, giving researchers a 3-D tool for learning more about one of the most Earthlike and interesting worlds in the solar system.
PIA16848:
Global Topographic Map of Titan
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-05-13 Rhea Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
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On its fourth and final targeted flyby of Rhea, NASA's Cassini spacecraft provided this stunning view of the ancient and heavily cratered surface. Billions of years of impacts have sculpted Rhea's surface into the form we see today.
PIA14660:
Goodbye to Rhea
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-05-06 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
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NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows Saturn's shadow cutting sharply across its rings as the orbits of ring particles carry them suddenly from day to night. With no atmosphere to scatter light, shadows in space are much darker than we're used to here on Earth.
PIA14659:
Long Day's Journey into Night
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-04-29 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem
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This image obtained by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, shows the clouds of a hurricane-like storm, which circulate around the north pole of Saturn out to 88.5 degrees north latitude. The clouds at the very center are spinning rapidly.
PIA14947:
Saturn Hurricane Movie Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-04-29 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
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This spectacular, vertigo inducing, false-color image from NASA's Cassini mission highlights the storms at Saturn's north pole. The angry eye of a hurricane-like storm appears dark red.
PIA14946:
Enter the Vortex ... in Psychedelic Color
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-04-29 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
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The north pole of Saturn, in the fresh light of spring, is revealed in this color image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. The north pole was previously hidden from the gaze of Cassini.
PIA14945:
Spring at the North Pole
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-04-29 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
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The spinning vortex of Saturn's north polar storm resembles a deep red rose of giant proportions surrounded by green foliage in this false-color image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA14944:
The Rose Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-04-25 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
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This animation depicts the shearing of an initially circular cloud of debris as a result of the particles in the cloud having differing orbital speeds around Saturn.
PIA14942:
A Race Around Saturn (Animation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-04-25 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
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This illustration depicts the shearing of an initially circular cloud of debris as a result of the particles in the cloud having differing orbital speeds around Saturn.
PIA14941:
A Race Around Saturn
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-04-25 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
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Five images of Saturn's rings, taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft between 2009 and 2012, show clouds of material ejected from impacts of small objects into the rings.
PIA14938:
Meteors Meet Saturn's Rings
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-04-15 Titan Cassini-Huygens
Radar Mapper
Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer
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Three new small lakes, 100 to 300 square miles (a few hundreds of square kilometers) in surface area, have been identified on Saturn's moon Titan in data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA16846:
A Sprinkling of Little Lakes
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-04-15 Titan Cassini-Huygens
Radar Mapper
Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer
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A dense network of small rivers or swampy areas appears to connect some of the seas on Saturn's moon Titan, as seen in this comparison of data of the same area from two instruments on NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA16845:
Titan Wetlands
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-04-15 Titan Cassini-Huygens
Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer
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These images from NASA's Cassini spacecraft show one of the large seas and a bounty of smaller lakes on Saturn's moon Titan.
PIA16844:
Titan Lake Country
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-04-11 Enceladus Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem
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The northern and southern hemispheres of Enceladus are seen in these polar stereographic maps, mosaicked from the best-available NASA Cassini clear-filter images.
PIA14940:
Enceladus Polar Maps - December 2011
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-04-11 Enceladus Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem
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The northern and southern hemispheres of Enceladus are seen in these polar stereographic maps, mosaicked from the best-available NASA Cassini clear-filter images.
PIA14939:
Enceladus Polar Maps - December 2011
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-04-11 Enceladus Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem
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This mosaic shows an updated global map of Saturn's icy moon Enceladus, created using images taken during flybys of NASA's Cassini spacecraft. The map incorporates new images taken during flybys in December 2011.
PIA14937:
Map of Enceladus - December 2011
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-04-10 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
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This artist's concept illustrates how charged water particles flow into the Saturnian atmosphere from the planet's rings, causing a reduction in atmospheric brightness.
PIA16842:
Saturn's Ring 'Rain' (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-04-01 Prometheus Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
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Like a shepherd guarding his sheep, Prometheus keeps a lonely watch over the F ring in this image captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA14657:
A Shepherd's Watch
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-03-25 Rhea Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
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The surface of Saturn's moon Rhea bears witness to its violent history. Each crater seen here by NASA's Cassini spacecraft records an impact in the moon's past.
PIA14654:
Rhea's Record
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-03-18 Mimas Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
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Saturn and its north polar hexagon dwarf Mimas as the moon peeks over the planet's limb. Saturn's A ring also makes an appearance on the far right. Mimas is 246 miles (396 kilometers) across.
PIA14652:
Mimas Peeks Over Saturn
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-03-14 Jupiter Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem
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In this series of images from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, a dark, rectangular hot spot interacts with a line of vortices that approaches from on the upper-right side. The interaction distorts the shape of the hot spot, leaving it diminished.
PIA16838:
Vortices Bump into a Hot Spot in Jupiter's Atmosphere
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-03-14 Jupiter Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem
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The dark hot spot in this false-color image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft is a window deep into Jupiter's atmosphere. All around it are layers of higher clouds, with colors indicating which layer of the atmosphere the clouds are in.
PIA16837:
Peering Deep into Jupiter's Atmosphere
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-03-11 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
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Ghostly spokes in Saturn's B ring continue to put on a show for NASA's Cassini spacecraft cameras in this recent image. The spokes, believed to be a seasonal phenomenon, are expected to disappear as Saturn nears its northern hemisphere summer.
PIA14651:
Still Active Spokes
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-03-04 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
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Dawn on Saturn is greeted across the vastness of interplanetary space by the morning star, Venus, in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Venus appears just off the edge of the planet directly above the white streak of Saturn's G ring.
PIA14936:
Morning Star
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-03-04 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
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Peering over the shoulder of giant Saturn, through its rings, and across interplanetary space, NASA's Cassini spacecraft spies the bright, cloudy terrestrial planet, Venus.
PIA14935:
Cassini Spies Bright Venus from Saturn Orbit
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-03-04 Dione Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
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The famed wispy terrain on Saturn's moon Dione is front and center in this recent image captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft. The 'wisps' are fresh fractures on the trailing hemisphere of the moon's icy surface.
PIA14650:
Wispy Terrain on Dione
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-02-25 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
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The propeller-shaped white dashes near the bottom of NASA's Cassini spacecraft image reveal the location of a small moonlet embedded in Saturn's A ring.
PIA14649:
Bleriot Recaptured
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-02-19 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
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This illustration shows 'quasi-parallel' (top) and 'quasi-perpendicular' (bottom) magnetic field conditions at a planetary bow shock. Bow shocks are shockwaves created when the solar wind blows on a planet's magnetic field.
PIA16825:
Magnetic Fields and Bow Shocks (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-02-19 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
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This artist's impression by the European Space Agency shows NASA's Cassini spacecraft exploring the magnetic environment of Saturn. The image is not to scale.
PIA16739:
Cassini at Saturn's Bow Shock (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-02-18 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
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The F ring shows off a rich variety of phenomena in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA14653:
F Ring Zoo
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-02-11 Rhea Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
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NASA's Cassini spacecraft captures Saturn's moon Rhea at crescent phase, a view never visible from Earth. Near the terminator, a few of Rhea's many craters show up in sharp relief.
PIA14647:
Crescent Rhea
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-02-04 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
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Saturn's north polar hexagon basks in the Sun's light now that spring has come to the northern hemisphere. Many smaller storms dot the north polar region and Saturn's signature rings put in an appearance in the background.
PIA14646:
Hexagon and Rings
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-01-31 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem
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A vortex that was part of a giant storm on Saturn slowly dissipates over time in this set of false color images from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA16725:
Staring into the Vortex
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-01-31 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem
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This set of images from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows cloud patterns in a band around Saturn before a monstrous thunder-and-lightning storm erupted and again after the head of the storm had disappeared.
PIA16724:
Great Disturbances
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-01-31 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem
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This frame from an animation from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows the swirling clouds in a vortex spawned by a great northern storm on Saturn. The clouds are moving in a clockwise direction.
PIA16723:
Swirling Vortex Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-01-31 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem
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This image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft reveals the wind patterns within a large vortex that was spawned by a giant northern storm on Saturn. The arrows indicate the local direction of the winds.
PIA16722:
Which Way the Wind Blows
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-01-31 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem
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This mosaic of false-color images from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows what a giant storm in Saturn's northern hemisphere looked like about a month after it began. The bright head of the storm is on the left.
PIA16721:
First Chapter of the Northern Storm
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-01-31 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
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This mosaic of images from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows the trail of a great northern storm on Saturn raging in full force. The contrast in the images has been enhanced to make the turbulent parts of the storm (in white) stand out.
PIA16720:
Northern Storm in Full Force
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-01-31 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem
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This set of images from NASA's Cassini mission shows the evolution of a massive thunder-and-lightning storm that circled all the way around Saturn and fizzled when it ran into its own tail.
PIA16639:
Storm Head, Meet Tail
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-01-28 Titan Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
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NASA's Cassini spacecraft simultaneously peers through the haze in Titan's equatorial region down to its surface and captures the vortex of clouds hovering over its south pole just to the right of the terminator on the moon's dark side.
PIA14645:
Senkyo and Vortex
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-01-21 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
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The ring-region Saturnian moons Prometheus and Pan are both caught 'herding' their respective rings in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA14644:
Moons at Work
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-01-17 Titan Cassini-Huygens
Radar Mapper
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This set of images from the radar instrument on NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows a relatively 'fresh' crater called Sinlap (left) and an extremely degraded crater called Soi (right).
PIA16638:
Titan Craters, the Old and the New
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-01-14 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
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Saturn's small moons Atlas, Prometheus, and Epimetheus keep each other company in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft of the planet's night side. It seems fitting that they should do so since in Greek mythology, their namesakes were brothers.
PIA14643:
Brother Moons
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-01-08 Titan Cassini-Huygens
Radar Mapper
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Lakes on Saturn's moon Titan reflect radio waves in varying ways in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. If a lake is fully liquid, it looks dark, but if it is only partially liquid, it looks brighter.
PIA16635:
Different Looks for Titan Lakes
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-01-08 Titan Cassini-Huygens
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This artist's concept envisions what hydrocarbon ice forming on a liquid hydrocarbon sea of Saturn's moon Titan might look like.
PIA16634:
Floating Ice on Titan Lakes?
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-01-07 Enceladus Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
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As the long winter night deepens at Enceladus' south pole, its jets are also progressively falling into darkness in this image observed by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA14642:
Sunset on the Jets
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-12-31 Daphnis Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
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Saturn's small moon Daphnis is caught in the act of raising waves on the edges of the Keeler gap, which is the thin dark band in the left half of the image. Waves like these allow scientists to locate small moons in gaps and measure their masses.
PIA14641:
Small Moon Makes Big Waves
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-12-24 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
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Janus is spotted over Saturn's north pole in this image while Mimas' shadow glides across Saturn in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Janus is the faint dot that appears just above Saturn's north pole.
PIA14640:
Saturn Looms
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-12-20 Cassini-Huygens
Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer
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This image shows the visual and infrared mapping spectrometer instrument just before it was attached to NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Cassini launched in 1997 and has been exploring the Saturn system since 2004.
PIA16633:
Cassini's Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-12-18 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
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NASA's Cassini spacecraft has delivered a glorious view of Saturn, taken while the spacecraft was in Saturn's shadow. The cameras were turned toward Saturn and the sun so that the planet and rings are backlit.
PIA14934:
A Splendor Seldom Seen
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-12-17 Titan Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
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NASA's Cassini spacecraft spies Titan's south polar vortex from below the moon in this image. Imaging scientists are monitoring the vortex to study its seasonal development.
PIA14639:
Spying on Titan
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-12-14 Titan Cassini-Huygens
Radar Mapper
Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer
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This map of Saturn's moon Titan identifies the locations of mountains named by the International Astronomical Union. By convention, mountains on Titan are named for mountains from Middle-earth, the fictional setting in fantasy novels by J.R.R. Tolkien.
PIA16598:
Mountains of Titan
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-12-12 Titan Cassini-Huygens
Radar Mapper
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This image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows a vast river system on Saturn's moon Titan. It is the first time images from space have revealed a river system so vast and in such high resolution anywhere other than Earth.
PIA16197:
Titan's Nile-Like River Valley
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-12-10 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
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Saturn's B ring is spread out in all its glory in this image from NASA'S Cassini spacecraft. Scientists are trying to better understand the origin and nature of the various structures seen in the B ring.
PIA14638:
Glorious B
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-12-03 Tethys Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
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Although Mimas holds the unofficial designation of 'Death Star moon,' Tethys is seen here also vaguely resembling the space station from Star Wars. Apparently, Tethys doesn't want Mimas to have all the fun!
PIA14637:
Another Death Star?
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-11-28 Titan Cassini-Huygens
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Inspired by data from NASA's Cassini mission, this artist's impression of Saturn's moon Titan shows the change in observed atmospheric effects before, during and after equinox in 2009.
PIA16481:
Titan's Changing Seasons (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-11-26 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
Composite Infrared Spectrometer
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Scientists with NASA's Cassini mission have spotted two features shaped like the 1980s video game icon
PIA16198:
A Pair of 'Pac-Men'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-11-26 Tethys Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
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Tethys may not be tiny by normal standards, but when it is captured alongside Saturn, it can't help but seem pretty small in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA14636:
Tiny Tethys
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-11-19 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
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The rich dynamics of Saturn's F ring are seen in this image taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Most of the features are believed to be due to the ring's interactions with its shepherd moons or with small moonlets embedded within the ring itself.
PIA14635:
Ring Shines
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-11-14 Tethys Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem
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The southern hemisphere of Tethys is seen in this polar stereographic map, mosaicked from the best-available images from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA14933:
Tethys South Polar Map - June 2012
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-11-14 Tethys Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem
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The northern hemisphere of Tethys is seen in this polar stereographic map, mosaicked from the best-available images from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA14932:
Tethys North Polar Map - June 2012
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-11-14 Tethys Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem
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This global map of Saturn's moon Tethys was created using images taken during flybys of NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA14931:
Map of Tethys - June 2012
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-11-12 Titan Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
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Titan's swirling south-polar vortex stands out brightly against the other clouds of the south pole (lower right) in this image captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA14634:
Seasonal Swirl
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-11-05 Methone Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
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It's difficult not to think of an egg when looking at Saturn's moon Methone, seen here during NASA's Cassini flyby of the small moon. The relatively smooth surface adds to the effect created by the oblong shape.
PIA14633:
Gray Egg
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-10-31 Titan Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem
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This set of images from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows Saturn's moon Titan glowing in the dark. Titan was behind Saturn at the time, in eclipse from the sun.
PIA16177:
Glowing Titan
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-10-29 Mimas Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
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Saturn's moon Mimas appears near Saturn, dwarfed by its parent planet in this image. Mimas appears tiny compared to the storms clearly visible in far northern and southern hemispheres of Saturn.
PIA14631:
Dwarfed by Saturn
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-10-25 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
Composite Infrared Spectrometer
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This image from an animation shows 'beacons' of hot air seen in the infrared that appeared during a great springtime storm on Saturn from January 2011 to March 2012.
PIA16190:
Infrared Hotspots in a Monster Saturn Storm Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-10-22 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
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Saturn's F ring shows several 'mini-jets' near the upper-right of this image captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft. The A ring also appears in the lower-left of the image.
PIA14632:
Many Mini-Jets
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-10-16 Titan Cassini-Huygens
Radar Mapper
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These images obtained by NASA's Cassini spacecraft show Titan's stable northern lake district.
PIA16167:
Titan's Lake District, One Season Later
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-10-16 Titan Cassini-Huygens
Radar Mapper
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This image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows an ancient southern sea that used to sprawl out near the south pole of Saturn's moon Titan. Within this basin is the largest present-day lake in Titan's southern hemisphere, Ontario Lacus.
PIA16166:
Outline of an Ancient Sea on Titan
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-10-16 Titan Cassini-Huygens
Radar Mapper
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NASA's Cassini spacecraft obtained this image of a feature shaped like a hot cross bun in the northern region of Titan (left) that bears a striking resemblance to a similar feature on Venus (right).
PIA16165:
Titan's Hot Cross Bun
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-10-15 Titan Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
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Titan shows us its active polar atmosphere with the north polar hood and south polar vortex both on display in this image captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA14630:
Titan's Varied Atmosphere
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-10-08 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
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NASA's Cassini spacecraft captures Saturn's ever-changing F ring, showing its bright core, another strand of ring material, and a breakaway clump of material close to the core.
PIA14629:
Ever-Changing Ring
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-10-01 Dione Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
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NASA's Cassini spacecraft looks at an example of a ray crater on the leading hemisphere of Saturn's moon Dione. The ray crater is in the upper-left of the image and ejecta rays show up as brighter material emanating from the crater.
PIA14628:
Dione Ray Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-09-24 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
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The Cassini spacecraft takes an angled view toward Saturn, showing the southern reaches of the planet with the rings on a dramatic diagonal. The moon Enceladus appears as a small, bright speck in the lower left of the image.
PIA14627:
Angling Saturn
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-09-17 Titan Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
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Titan's south polar vortex seems to float above the moon's south pole in this Cassini spacecraft view. The vortex, which is a mass of gas swirling around the south pole high in the moon's atmosphere, can be seen in the lower right of this view.
PIA14626:
Above Titan's South
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-09-10 Pan Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
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Saturn's tiny moon Pan orbits in the middle of the Encke Gap of the planet's A ring in this image from the Cassini spacecraft. Pan is visible as a bright dot in the gap near the center of this view.
PIA14625:
Pan In the Middle
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