PIA12318: World of Clouds and Ice

 World of Clouds and Ice
Target Name: Tethys
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Product Size: 1020 samples x 1020 lines
Produced By: JPL
Full-Res TIFF: PIA12318.tif (3.126 MB)
Full-Res JPEG: PIA12318.jpg (32.28 kB)
Medium-Res JPEG: PIA12318_modest.jpg (13.17 kB)

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Looking cool and serene, Saturn shares its soft glow with Cassini.

This view of Saturn, its rings and the moon Tethys represents "Target 1" in the fall 2009 edition of the Cassini Scientist for a Day contest. (See http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/education/scientistforaday8thedition/.) The contest is designed to give students a taste of life as a scientist by challenging them to write an essay describing the value of one target choice among three for Cassini to image.

A bonus feature in the image is the presence of bright spokes on and just above the ansa, or curved edge of the darkened ringplane. The spokes are made visible here by sunlight scattering through the dust-sized icy particles and toward Cassini's cameras.

Images taken using red, blue and green spectral filters were combined to create this color view. The images were acquired with the Cassini wide-angle camera on Oct. 11, 2009 at a distance of 1.7 million kilometers (1 million miles) from Saturn.

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.

For more information about the Cassini-Huygens mission visit http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/.

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Image and caption provided by the Planetary Photojournal -- PIA12318