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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-10-30 Titan Cassini-Huygens
Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer
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The view was obtained during NASA's Cassini orbiter's flyby on July 24, 2012, also called the 'T85' flyby by the Cassini team. This was the most intense specular reflection that Cassini had seen to date.
PIA18433:
Sunglint on a Hydrocarbon Lake
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-10-30 Titan Cassini-Huygens
Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer
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This near-infrared, color view from NASA'S Cassini orbiter shows the sun glinting off of Titan's north polar seas.
PIA18432:
Specular Spectacular
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-10-27 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
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This image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows befitting moons named for brothers, Prometheus and Epimetheus. Both are small, icy moons that orbit near the main rings of Saturn.
PIA18286:
A Forethought and an Afterthought
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-10-20 Tethys Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
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The moons visible in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, Pandora and Atlas, are quite small by astronomical standards, but the rings are also enormous. From one side of the planet to the other, the A ring stretches over 170,000 miles (270,000 km).
PIA18279:
Mini Moons
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-10-13 Tethys Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
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Like a drop of dew hanging on a leaf, Tethys appears to be stuck to the A and F rings from this perspective of NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA18284:
Stuck on the Rings
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-10-06 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
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Although it looks like a simple hexagon, this feature surrounding Saturn's north pole is really a manifestation of a meandering polar jet stream. This image was taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA18287:
Wavy Polar Jet
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-10-01 Titan Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer
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These two views of Saturn's moon Titan show the southern polar vortex, a huge, swirling cloud that was first observed by NASA's Cassini spacecraft in 2012.
PIA18431:
Spectral Map of Titan with Polar Vortex
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-09-29 Titan Cassini-Huygens
Radar Mapper
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These three images, created from NASA's Cassini Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) data, show the appearance and evolution of a mysterious feature in Ligeia Mare, one of the largest hydrocarbon seas on Saturn's moon Titan.
PIA18430:
Mysterious Changing Feature in Ligeia Mare
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-09-29 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
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Saturn's many cloud patterns, swept along by high-speed winds, look as if they were painted on by some eager alien artist in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA18280:
Painted Saturn
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-09-22 Tethys Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
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NASA's Cassini spacecraft captures a rare family photo of three of Saturn's moons that couldn't be more different from each other. Shown here are Tethys (center), Hyperion (upper left), and Prometheus (lower left).
PIA18283:
The Odd Trio
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-09-15 Mimas Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
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A thin sliver of Mimas, as seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, is illuminated, the long shadows showing off its many craters, indicators of the moon's violent history.
PIA18285:
Crescent Mimas
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-09-08 Pan Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
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Saturn's innermost moon Pan orbits the giant planet seemingly alone in a ring gap its own gravity creates. This image was taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, this image.
PIA18281:
Pan Alone in the Gap
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-09-03 Titan Cassini-Huygens
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Scientists modeled how methane rainfall runoff would interact with the porous, icy crust of Saturn's moon Titan and found that a subsurface methane 'aquifer' might have its composition changed over time due to the formation of materials called clathrates.
PIA18417:
Titan's Subsurface Reservoirs (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-09-02 Mimas Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
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NASA's Cassini spacecraft spies Mimas, positioned against the shadow of Saturn's rings, bright on dark. As we near summer in Saturn's northern hemisphere, the rings cast ever larger shadows on the planet.
PIA18282:
Dot Against the Dark
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-08-25 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
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Although it appears empty from a distance, the Encke gap in Saturn's A ring has three ringlets threaded through it, two of which are visible here from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA18277:
Clumpy Ringlets
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-08-18 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
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Although all four giant planets have ring systems, Saturn's is by far the most massive and impressive, as seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA18278:
Ring King
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-08-12 Titan Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem
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As NASA's Cassini spacecraft sped away from Titan following a relatively close flyby, its cameras monitored the moon's northern polar region, capturing signs of renewed cloud activity.
PIA18421:
Northern Clouds Return to Titan
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-08-12 Titan Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem
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This frame from an animated sequence of NASA's Cassini images shows methane clouds moving above the large methane sea on Saturn's moon Titan known as Ligeia Mare.
PIA18420:
Clouds Over Ligeia Mare on Titan Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-08-11 Pandora Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
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The F ring shepherd Pandora is captured here by NASA's Cassini spacecraft along with other well-known examples of Saturn's moons shaping the rings.
PIA18271:
Shepherd and Flock
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-08-04 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
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Like a giant eye for the giant planet, Saturn's great vortex at its north pole appears to stare back at Cassini as NASA's Cassini spacecraft stares at it.
PIA18273:
The Eye of Saturn
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-07-28 Enceladus Cassini-Huygens
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This artist's rendering shows a regional cross-section of the ice shell underlying Enceladus' south polar terrain, illustrating our current knowledge of the physical and thermal structure and processes ongoing below and at the surface.
PIA17190:
What Lies Beneath: Regional View (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-07-28 Enceladus Cassini-Huygens
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This artist's rendering shows a cross-section of the ice shell immediately beneath one of Enceladus' geyser-active fractures, illustrating the physical and thermal structure and the processes ongoing below and at the surface.
PIA17189:
What Lies Beneath: Close Up View (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-07-28 Enceladus Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem
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On this polar stereographic map of Enceladus' south polar terrain, all 100 geysers have been plotted whose source locations have been determined in NASA's Cassini's imaging survey of the moon's geyser basin.
PIA17188:
Surveyor's Map of Enceladus' Geyser Basin
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-07-28 Enceladus Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem
Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer
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This plot shows the variation in brightness of the plume of material, composed of all the geysers erupting from the south polar terrain of Saturn's moon Enceladus, as a function of the moon's orbital position around Saturn.
PIA17187:
Enceladus' Plume Brightness Variations
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-07-28 Enceladus Cassini-Huygens
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This graphic shows a 3-D model of 98 geysers whose source locations and tilts were found in a NASA Cassini imaging survey of Enceladus' south polar terrain by the method of triangulation.
PIA17186:
Geyser Basin in 3-D Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-07-28 Enceladus Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
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This image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, one of those acquired in the survey conducted by the Cassini imaging science team of the geyser basin at the south pole of Enceladus, was taken as Cassini was looking across the moon's south pole.
PIA17184:
Encroaching Shadow
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-07-28 Enceladus Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
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This dramatic view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft looks across the region of Enceladus' geyser basin and down on the ends of the Baghdad and Damascus fractures that face Saturn.
PIA17183:
Elevated View of Enceladus' South Pole
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-07-28 Tethys Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
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Seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, Tethys, like many moons in the solar system, keeps one face pointed towards the planet around which it orbits. Tethys' anti-Saturn face is seen here, fully illuminated, basking in sunlight.
PIA18275:
Tethys in Sunlight
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-07-21 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
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Saturn appears to NASA's Cassini's cameras as a thin, sunlit crescent in this unearthly view. Citizens of Earth, being so much closer to the Sun than Saturn, never get to enjoy a view of Saturn like this without the aid of our robot envoys.
PIA18276:
Saturn Imitates the Moon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-07-14 Prometheus Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
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Seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft within the vast expanse of Saturn's rings, Prometheus appears as little more than a dot. But that little moon still manages to shape the F ring, confining it to its narrow domain.
PIA18272:
A Dot Does a Lot
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-07-07 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
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NASA's Cassini spacecraft captures three magnificent sights at once: Saturn's north polar vortex and hexagon along with its expansive rings.
PIA18274:
Vortex and Rings
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-06-30 Dione Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
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As seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, the surface of Dione is covered in craters, reminding us of the impacts that have shaped all of the worlds of our solar system; the surface also bears linear features that suggest geological activity in the past.
PIA17166:
Dione, Face On
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-06-23 Titan Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
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Only a sharp and careful eye can make out the subtle variations in Titan's clouds when viewed in visible light by NASA's Cassini spacecraft. This infrared image clearly reveals a band around the Titan's north pole.
PIA17168:
Subtle Titan
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-06-16 Atlas Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
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NASA's Cassini spacecraft captures a glimpse of the moon Atlas shortly after emerging from Saturn's shadow.
PIA17167:
Emerging from Darkness
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-06-11 Phoebe Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
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The image on the left shows Cassini's view on approach to Phoebe, while the right shows the spacecraft's departing perspective. As it entered the Saturn system, NASA's Cassini spacecraft performed its first targeted flyby of one of the planet's moons.
PIA18411:
Arrival and Departure at Phoebe
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-06-09 Prometheus Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
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Prometheus is caught in the act of creating gores and streamers in the F ring. Scientists believe that Prometheus and its partner-moon Pandora are responsible for much of the structure in the F ring as shown by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA18270:
Gored of the Rings
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-06-02 Titan Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
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Titan's polar vortex stands illuminated where all else is in shadow in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA17169:
High Vortex
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-05-27 Titan Cassini-Huygens
Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer
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Artist's rendering of NASA's Cassini spacecraft observing a sunset through Titan's hazy atmosphere.
PIA18410:
Cassini Observes Sunsets on Titan (Artist's Rendering)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-05-26 Dione Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
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Dione's large crater, Evander, appears here half in shadow, throwing its topography into sharp relief as seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA17165:
Evander Half in Shadow
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-05-19 Tethys Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
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Tethys' trailing side shows two terrains that tell a story of a rough past. To the north (up, in image) is older, rougher terrain, while to the south is new material dubbed 'smooth plains' by scientists. This image was taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA17164:
Tethys' Terrains
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-05-12 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
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This view, acquired by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, looks toward the unilluminated side of Saturn's rings from about 47 degrees below the ringplane.
PIA17143:
Still Alive
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-05-05 Titan Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
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This view captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft looks toward the trailing hemisphere of Titan. Titan's south polar vortex mimics the moon itself, creating an elegant crescent within a crescent.
PIA17163:
Titan's Crescents
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-04-28 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
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Saturn's rings cast shadows on the planet, except their shadows appear to be inside out in this image captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA17162:
Me and My Shadow
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-04-21 Pan Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
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Saturn's moon Pan, named for the Greek god of shepherds, rules over quite a different domain: the Encke gap in Saturn's rings. This image is from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA17161:
God of the Gap
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-04-14 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
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The disturbance visible at the outer edge of Saturn's A ring in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft could be caused by an object replaying the birth process of icy moons.
PIA18078:
Commotion at Ring's Edge May Be Effect of Small Icy Object
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-04-14 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
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Saturn's winds race furiously around the planet, blowing at high speeds which form distinct belts and zones which encircle the planet's pole, as well as its famous hexagon as seen in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA17160:
Circles on Saturn
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-04-07 Titan Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
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NASA's Cassini spacecraft peers down though layers of haze to glimpse the lakes of Titan's northern regions. Titan has a hydrological cycle similar to Earth's, but instead of water, Titan's lakes and seas are filled with liquid methane and ethane.
PIA17159:
Looking Down on Lakes
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-04-03 Enceladus Cassini-Huygens
Deep Space Network (DSN)
Imaging Science Subsystem
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Gravity measurements by NASA's Cassini spacecraft and Deep Space Network suggest that Saturn's moon Enceladus, which has jets of water vapor and ice gushing from its south pole, also harbors a large interior ocean beneath an ice shell.
PIA18071:
Ocean Inside Saturn's Moon Enceladus
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-03-31 Prometheus Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
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Saturn's moon Prometheus orbits near some of its handiwork in the F ring in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Prometheus and its partner Pandora gravitationally sculpt and maintain the narrow F ring.
PIA17158:
Prometheus' Handiwork
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-03-24 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
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Two pairs of moons make a rare joint appearance. The F ring's shepherd moons, Prometheus and Pandora, appear just inside and outside of the F ring (the thin faint ring furthest from Saturn) as seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA17157:
Four Moons
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-03-17 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
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Saturn, which appears as only a thin, lit crescent, broken only by the shadows of its rings, poses gracefully for NASA's Cassini spacecraft cameras.
PIA17156:
Crescent Saturn
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-03-15 Titan Cassini-Huygens
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This artist's concept shows a possible model of Titan's internal structure that incorporates data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. A model of Cassini is shown making a targeted flyby over Titan's cloudtops; Saturn and Enceladus appear at upper right.
PIA14445:
Layers of Titan (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-03-10 Rhea Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
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A nearly full Rhea shines in the sunlight in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Rhea (949 miles, or 1,527 kilometers across) is Saturn's second largest moon.
PIA17155:
Rhea's Day in the Sun
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-03-03 Mimas Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
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Among the interplay of Saturn's shadow and rings, Mimas, which appears in the lower-right corner of the image, orbits Saturn as a set of the ever-intriguing spokes appear in the B ring (to the right of center) in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA17154:
Shadows and Rings
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-02-24 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
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Saturn's D ring is easy to overlook since it's trapped between the brighter C ring and the planet itself. In this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, all that can be seen of the D ring is the faint and narrow arc as it stretches from top right of the ima
PIA17150:
Dusty D Ring
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-02-17 Dione Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
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Although the crack-like features seen here on Dione's surface appear wispy and faded, they are in reality a series of geologically fresh fractures as seen in this images captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA17149:
The Wisps of Dione
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-02-11 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
Hubble Space Telescope
Hubble Space Telescope
Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer
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Ultraviolet and infrared images from NASA's Cassini spacecraft and Hubble Space Telescope show active and quiet auroras at Saturn's north and south poles.
PIA17900:
Dance of Saturn's Auroras Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-02-11 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem
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While the curtain-like auroras we see at Earth are green at bottom and red at top, NASA's Cassini spacecraft has shown us similar curtain-like auroras at Saturn that are red at bottom and purple at top. This is how the auroras would look to the human eye.
PIA17668:
Saturn's Colorful Aurora
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-02-10 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
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Saturn's F ring often appears to do things other rings don't. In this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, a strand of ring appears to separate from the core of the ring as if pulled apart by mysterious forces.
PIA17148:
Splitting the F Ring
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-02-03 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
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Just as Saturn's famous hexagonal shaped jet stream encircles the planet's north pole, the rings encircle the planet, as seen from NASA's Cassini spacecraft's position high above.
PIA17147:
Round and Round
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-01-27 Prometheus Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
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Similar to many of the small, inner moons of Saturn, Prometheus points its long axis at Saturn as if giving us directions to the planet. This image was taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA17153:
Pointing Toward Saturn
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-01-20 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
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Scientists can use images such as this one from NASA's Cassini spacecraft to learn more about the nature of the particles that make up Saturn's rings.
PIA17152:
Polarized Surge
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-01-13 Titan Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
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Titan's atmosphere puts on a display with the detached haze to the north (top of image) and the polar vortex to the south as seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA17151:
Titan's Polar Atmosphere
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-01-06 Janus Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
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NASA's Cassini spacecraft captures Saturn's tiny irregular moon Janus surrounded by the vast, dark expanse of the outer solar system.
PIA17146:
Janus from Afar
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-12-30 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
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The vortex at Saturn's north pole, seen here in the infrared by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, takes on the menacing look.
PIA17145:
The Maelstrom
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-12-23 Enceladus Cassini-Huygens
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Saturn's moon Enceladus, covered in snow and ice, resembles a perfectly packed snowball in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA17182:
A Snowball in Space
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-12-23 Enceladus Cassini-Huygens
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NASA's Cassini spacecraft captures a still and partially sunlit Enceladus. The Saturnian moon is covered in ice that reflects sunlight similar to freshly fallen snow, making Enceladus one of the most reflective objects in the solar system.
PIA17181:
Frozen in Time
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-12-23 Titan Cassini-Huygens
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NASA's Cassini spacecraft looks towards the dark side of Saturn's largest moon, Titan, capturing the blue halo caused by a haze layer that hovers high in the moon's atmosphere.
PIA17180:
The Halo
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Using a special spectral filter, NASA's Cassini spacecraft was able to peer through the hazy atmosphere of Saturn's moon Titan. This image features the largest seas and some of the many hydrocarbon lakes that are present on Titan's surface.
PIA17179:
Lakes Through the Haze
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Slipping into shadow, the south polar vortex at Saturn's moon Titan still stands out against the orange and blue haze layers that are characteristic of Titan's atmosphere. Images like this, from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA17177:
Dusk in the South
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-12-23 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
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Winter is approaching in the southern hemisphere of Saturn and with this cold season has come the familiar blue hue that was present in the northern winter hemisphere at the start of NASA's Cassini mission.
PIA17176:
'Tis the Season
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-12-23 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
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The globe of Saturn, seen here in natural color, is reminiscent of a holiday ornament in this wide-angle view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA17175:
Painted Lines on an Ornament
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-12-23 Titan Cassini-Huygens
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Saturn's largest and second largest moons, Titan and Rhea, appear to be stacked on top of each other in this true-color scene from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA17174:
Fire and Ice
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-12-23 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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A dynamical interplay between Saturn's largest moon, Titan, and its rings is captured in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA17173:
The Synchronicity of Rhythms
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-12-23 Iapetus Cassini-Huygens
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Iapetus is a moon of extreme contrasts. The light and dark features give the moon a distinctive 'yin and yang' appearance in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA17142:
Yin and Yang
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-12-16 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
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Taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, this image shows Saturn's polar jet stream.
PIA17141:
Saturn's Polar Jet
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-12-12 Titan Cassini-Huygens
Radar Mapper
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This frame from a colorized flyover movie from NASA's Cassini mission shows the two largest seas on Saturn's moon Titan and nearby lakes. The liquid in Titan's lakes and seas is mostly methane and ethane.
PIA17656:
Flying over an Extraterrestrial Land of Lakes Animation Icon
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This colorized mosaic from NASA's Cassini mission shows the most complete view yet of Titan's northern land of lakes and seas. The liquid in Titan's lakes and seas is mostly methane and ethane.
PIA17655:
Titan's North
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-12-09 Prometheus Cassini-Huygens
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Prometheus, seen here by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, sculpting the F ring while Daphnis (too small to discern in this image) raises waves on the edges of the Encke gap.
PIA17140:
Artists at Work
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-12-04 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer
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This frame from a movie from NASA's Cassini mission shows a polar projection of the curious six-sided jet stream at Saturn's north pole known as 'the hexagon' in the infrared.
PIA17654:
Looking Down on the Hexagon in Infrared Animation Icon
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This frame from an infrared movie from NASA's Cassini mission shows the churning of the curious six-sided jet stream at Saturn's north pole known as 'the hexagon'.
PIA17653:
Hexagon in Silhouette Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-12-04 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
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This colorful view from NASA's Cassini mission, known as
PIA17652:
In Full View: Saturn's Streaming Hexagon Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-12-02 Titan Cassini-Huygens
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The sunlit edge of Titan's south polar vortex stands out distinctly against the darkness of the moon's unilluminated hazy atmosphere as seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA17139:
Bright Vortex
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-11-25 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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While the moon Epimetheus passes by, beyond the edge of Saturn's main rings, the tiny moon Daphnis carries on its orbit within the Keeler gap of the A ring in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA17135:
Amidst and Beyond the Rings
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-11-18 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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To the infrared eyes of NASA's Cassini spacecraft, Saturn's graceful clouds sometimes take on the appearance of an impressionist's painting of the giant planet.
PIA17127:
Impressionistic Saturn
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-11-12 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
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On July 19, 2013, in an event celebrated the world over, NASA's Cassini spacecraft slipped into Saturn's shadow and turned to image the planet, seven of its moons, its inner rings, and, in the background, our home planet, Earth.
PIA17172:
The Day the Earth Smiled
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-11-12 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
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This collage includes about 1,600 images submitted by members of the public as part of the NASA Cassini mission's 'Wave at Saturn' campaign.
PIA17679:
The Faces of 'Wave at Saturn'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-11-11 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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A single jet feature appears to leap from the F ring of Saturn in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. A closer inspection suggests that in reality there are a few smaller jets that make up this feature.
PIA17136:
The Subtle Jet
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-11-04 Tethys Cassini-Huygens
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NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured this image of Tethys, telling the story of a violent history marked by impacts. Seen here are the craters Melanthius (near the center), Dolius (above Melanthius), and Penelope (upper left almost over the limb).
PIA17138:
Melanthius at Dusk
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-10-28 Titan Cassini-Huygens
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NASA's Cassini spacecraft uses special infrared glasses to peer through Titan's haze and monitor its surface inequatorial region dubbed 'Senkyo.' The dark features are believed to be vast dunes of hydrocarbon particles.
PIA17134:
Senkyo Through the Clouds
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-10-25 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
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A swing high above Saturn by NASA's Cassini spacecraft revealed this stately view of the golden-hued planet and its main rings. Saturn sports differently colored bands of weather in this image.
PIA17474:
Jewel of the Solar System
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-10-23 Titan Cassini-Huygens
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The vast hydrocarbon seas and lakes (dark shapes) near the north pole of Saturn's moon Titan sprawl out beneath the watchful eye of NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Scientists are studying images like these for clues about how Titan's hydrocarbon lakes formed.
PIA17473:
Bird's Eye View of the Land of Lakes
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-10-23 Titan Cassini-Huygens
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Almost all of the hydrocarbon seas and lakes on the surface of Saturn's moon Titan cluster around the north pole, as can be seen in this mosaic from NASA's Cassini mission.
PIA17472:
Titan's North: The Big Picture
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Ultracold hydrocarbon lakes and seas (dark shapes) near the north pole of Saturn's moon Titan can be seen embedded in some kind of bright surface material in this infrared mosaic from NASA's Cassini mission.
PIA17471:
Dark Lakes on a Bright Landscape
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-10-23 Titan Cassini-Huygens
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This false-color mosaic, made from infrared data collected by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, reveals the differences in the composition of surface materials around hydrocarbon lakes at Titan, Saturn's largest moon.
PIA17470:
Titan's Northern Lakes: Salt Flats?
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-10-21 Prometheus Cassini-Huygens
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Although their gravitational effects on nearby ring material look quite different, Prometheus and Pan are both shepherd moons, holding back nearby ring edges in this image captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA17133:
Two Shepherds
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-10-17 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer
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This high-contrast, colorized mosaic from NASA's Cassini mission shows an infrared view of the Saturn system, backlit by the sun, from July 19, 2013.
PIA17469:
High-Contrast Infrared Scan of Saturn and its Rings
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-10-17 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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This colorized mosaic from NASA's Cassini mission shows an infrared view of the Saturn system, backlit by the sun, from July 19, 2013.
PIA17468:
Infrared Scan of Saturn and its Rings
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-10-17 Janus Cassini-Huygens
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The irregularly shaped moon Janus keeps up its lonely orbit as seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Even though Janus shares its orbit with the moon Epimetheus, they never get very close to one another.
PIA17132:
Lonely, Lumpy Janus
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-10-17 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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The shadow of Saturn cuts across the rings as seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft. As the ring particles enter Saturn's shadow, their temperature drops to even colder temperatures, only to warm back up again when they re-emerge into the sunlight.
PIA17137:
Cool Shadow
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