PIA06657: Close Look at the Pole
 Target Name:  Saturn
 Is a satellite of:  Sol (our sun)
 Mission:  Cassini-Huygens
 Spacecraft:  Cassini Orbiter
 Instrument:  ISS - Narrow Angle
 Product Size:  1008 x 1008 pixels (w x h)
 Produced By:  Cassini Imaging Team
 Primary Data Set:  Cassini
 Full-Res TIFF:  PIA06657.tif (1.017 MB)
 Full-Res JPEG:  PIA06657.jpg (92.99 kB)

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Original Caption Released with Image:

Cassini peeks at Saturn's relatively dark south pole, providing an up-close look at the haze-free upper atmosphere there.

The banded structure around the pole seems to be superimposed on the characteristic high-latitude, mottled, turbulent structure (the white puffs of cloud near the pole), suggesting that the banding is a shallow, not deep, feature.

The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on April 23, 2005, through a filter sensitive to wavelengths of polarized infrared light at a distance of approximately 2.4 million kilometers (1.5 million miles) from Saturn. The image scale is 14 kilometers (9 miles) per pixel.

Image Credit:
NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

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