PIA13698: Saturn Plasma and Radio Waves, as Seen by Cassini

Saturn Plasma and Radio Waves, as Seen by Cassini


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This animation, derived from data obtained by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, shows how plasma swirling around Saturn is correlated to bursts of radio waves emanating from the planet. The data shown on the upper portion of the screen were obtained by the ion and neutral camera, part of the magnetospheric imaging instrument. When the plasma gets hot, it goes from red to white. The bottom part of the screen shows data from Cassini's radio and plasma wave subsystem. The data were obtained from 12:01 a.m. UTC to 11:55 a.m. UTC on Oct. 7, 2008.

Background Info:

The Cassini-Huygens mission is a cooperative project of NASA, the European Space Agency and the Italian Space Agency (ASI). The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, manages the mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington. The Cassini orbiter was designed, developed and assembled at JPL. The magnetospheric imaging instrument was designed, built and is operated by an international team led by the Applied Physics Laboratory of the Johns Hopkins University, Laurel, Md. The radio and plasma wave science experiment team is based at the University of Iowa, Iowa City.

Cataloging Keywords:

Name Value Additional Values
Target Titan Saturn
System Saturn
Target Type Satellite Planet
Mission Cassini-Huygens
Instrument Host Cassini Orbiter
Host Type Orbiter
Instrument Magnetospheric Imaging Instrument (MIMI)
Extra Keywords Color, Movie, Radio
Acquisition Date
Release Date 2010-12-14
Date in Caption 2008-10-07
Image Credit NASA/JPL/JHUAPL/University of Iowa
Source photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA13698
Identifier PIA13698