PIA21896: Impact Site: Infrared Image


Impact Site: Infrared Image

Caption:

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This montage of images, made from data obtained by Cassini's visual and infrared mapping spectrometer, shows the location on Saturn where the NASA spacecraft entered Saturn's atmosphere on Sept. 15, 2017.

This view shows Saturn in the thermal infrared, at a wavelength of 5 microns. Here, the instrument is sensing heat coming from Saturn's interior, in red. Clouds in the atmosphere are silhouetted against that inner glow.

This location -- the site of Cassini's atmospheric entry -- was at this time on the night side of the planet, but would rotate into daylight by the time Cassini made its final dive into Saturn's upper atmosphere, ending its remarkable 13-year exploration of Saturn.

An annotated version of the image marks the approximate location where the spacecraft entered the atmosphere, at 9.4 degrees north latitude, 53 degrees west longitude.

Background Info:

The Cassini-Huygens mission is a cooperative project of NASA, the European Space Agency and the Italian Space Agency. JPL manages the mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington. The VIMS team is based at the University of Arizona in Tucson.

For more information about the Cassini-Huygens mission visit https://www.nasa.gov/cassini and https://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov .

Cataloging Keywords:

Name Value Additional Values
Target Saturn
System Saturn
Target Type Planet
Mission Cassini-Huygens
Instrument Host Cassini Orbiter
Host Type Orbiter
Instrument Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer (VIMS)
Detector
Extra Keywords Atmosphere, Color, Infrared, Movie
Acquisition Date
Release Date 2017-09-15
Date in Caption
Image Credit NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona
Source photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA21896
Identifier PIA21896