PIA11513: Southern Color


Southern Color

Caption:

The Cassini spacecraft samples a bit of Saturn's southern hemisphere along with a spread of the planet's main rings.

Working outward from the planet, the C, B, and A rings are visible in this natural color image. The rings have been brightened relative to the planet to enhance their visibility.

This view looks toward the sunlit side of the rings from about 59 degrees below the ringplane. Images taken using red, green and blue spectral filters were combined to create this natural color view. The images were acquired with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera on April 23, 2009 at a distance of approximately 1 million kilometers (621,000 miles) from Saturn. Image scale is 58 kilometers (36 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 A Ring, B Ring, C Ring, Saturn, Sun
System Saturn
Target Type Ring Planet, Sun
Mission Cassini-Huygens
Instrument Host Cassini Orbiter
Host Type Orbiter
Instrument Imaging Science Subsystem (ISS)
Detector Wide Angle Camera
Extra Keywords Color
Acquisition Date
Release Date 2009-06-12
Date in Caption 2009-04-23
Image Credit NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
Source photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA11513
Identifier PIA11513