PIA10425: Peace Above, Turmoil Below

Peace Above, Turmoil Below


Tethys passes silently between Saturn and Cassini as a train of storms rumbles through the planet's southern hemisphere. The rings' shadows darken the planet at top.

Tethys is 1,062 kilometers (660 miles) across.

This view looks toward the unilluminated side of the rings from about 2 degrees above the ringplane.

The image was taken in visible red light with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera on June 4, 2008. The view was acquired at a distance of approximately 1.2 million kilometers (756,000 miles) from Saturn. Image scale is 69 kilometers (43 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 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/ . The Cassini imaging team homepage is at http://ciclops.org .

Cataloging Keywords:

Name Value Additional Values
Target Saturn Rings Saturn, Tethys
System Saturn
Target Type Ring Planet, Satellite
Mission Cassini-Huygens
Instrument Host Cassini Orbiter
Host Type Orbiter
Instrument Imaging Science Subsystem (ISS)
Detector Wide Angle Camera
Extra Keywords Atmosphere, Grayscale, Shadow, Storm, Visual
Acquisition Date
Release Date 2008-07-15
Date in Caption 2008-06-04
Image Credit NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
Source photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA10425
Identifier PIA10425