PIA05983: Saturn from Far and Near (Cassini-Huygens)

Saturn from Far and Near (Cassini-Huygens)

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The Cassini-Huygens spacecraft returned this image of Saturn on May 16, 2004, when its imaging science subsystem narrow-angle camera was too close to fit the entire planet in its field-of-view. Cassini is still about 20 million kilometers (12.4 million miles) away and only 36 days from reaching Saturn. Cassini has two cameras, a wide angle and narrow angle. This narrow angle image was made using a combination of three filters (red, green, blue) and was taken at a range of 24.3 million kilometers (15.1 million miles). The view is from 13 degrees below the equator. Enceladus, one of Saturn’s 31 known moons, appears near the south pole at the bottom of the image.

For related images, see also PIA05981 and PIA05982.

Image Credit: NASA/JPL

Source: NASA’s Planetary Photojournal: Image No. PIA05983