PIA08130: Ripples of Cloud


Ripples of Cloud

Caption:

Occasional views like this one, showing vertical relief in Saturn's cloud tops, help the streamers and swirls of gas seem more like a three dimensional structure than a smooth surface. As on Saturn's solid moons, vertical relief is easiest to view near the terminator, and makes visible the shading of deeper cloud tops by high altitude bands.

The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on Jan. 23, 2006, at a distance of approximately 2.7 million kilometers (1.7 million miles) from Saturn. Resolution in the original image was 16 kilometers (10 miles) per pixel. The image has been magnified by a factor of two and contrast-enhanced to aid visibility.

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 operations center is based at the Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colo.

For more information about the Cassini-Huygens mission visit http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/home/index.cfm . The Cassini imaging team homepage is at http://ciclops.org .

Cataloging Keywords:

Name Value Additional Values
Target Saturn
System Saturn
Target Type Planet
Mission Cassini-Huygens
Instrument Host Cassini Orbiter
Host Type Orbiter
Instrument Imaging Science Subsystem (ISS)
Detector Narrow Angle Camera
Extra Keywords Grayscale
Acquisition Date
Release Date 2006-03-09
Date in Caption 2006-01-23
Image Credit NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
Source photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA08130
Identifier PIA08130