PIA06544: Saturn's Summer Tilt

Saturn’s Summer Tilt


Saturn's southern hemisphere shines in the light of a summer morning in this unusual view from the Cassini spacecraft. The planet's southern hemisphere is currently tilted toward the Sun (for reference see PIA05425 ).

The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft wide angle camera on Oct. 30, 2004, at a distance of approximately 1.4 million kilometers (870,000 miles) from Saturn and at a Sun-Saturn-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 123 degrees. North is rotated about 20 degrees to the left. The image scale is 82 kilometers (51 miles) per pixel.

Background Info:

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 team is based at the Space Science Institute, Boulder, Colo.

For more information, about the Cassini-Huygens mission visit, http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov and the Cassini imaging team home page, http://ciclops.org .

Cataloging Keywords:

Name Value Additional Values
Target Saturn Sun
System Saturn
Target Type Planet Sun
Mission Cassini-Huygens
Instrument Host Cassini Orbiter
Host Type Orbiter
Instrument Imaging Science Subsystem (ISS)
Detector Wide Angle Camera
Extra Keywords Grayscale
Acquisition Date
Release Date 2004-12-22
Date in Caption 2004-10-30
Image Credit NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
Source photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA06544
Identifier PIA06544