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February 25, 2018

25 of the most incredible images from the Cassini Spacecraft

25 of the most incredible images from the Cassini Spacecraft

1 of 25 Jupiter’s Atmosphere This is a still from the first color movie of Jupiter from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft…

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Jupiter’s Atmosphere

This is a still from the first color movie of Jupiter from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft on September 17th 2004. This is what it would look like to “peel the entire globe of Jupiter”, stretch it out to be in the form of a rectangular map, and watch the changing of the atmosphere.

PHOTO: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona

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Cassini’s Approach

One of the first full images taken by the spacecraft, this photo was taken on May 7, 2004 as Cassini began to approach the planet. This is actually a composite of two separate images; “Saturn was large enough that two narrow angle camera images were required to capture an end-to-end view of the planet, its delicate rings and several of its icy moons,” describes NASA.

PHOTO: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

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The Rings of Saturn

This image, released on July 9, 2004, is of the first layer of Saturn’s rings, layer A, and have been enhanced using ultraviolet light. According to NASA, the color “indicates there is more ice toward the outer part of the rings, than in the inner part, hinting at the origins of the rings and their evolution.”

PHOTO: NASA/JPL/University of Colorado

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Saturn’s Moon Titan

NASA describes; “Encircled in purple stratospheric haze, Titan appears as a softly glowing sphere in this colorized image taken one day after Cassini’s first flyby of the moon on July 2, 2004.”

PHOTO: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

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Saturn’s Moon Phoebe

A composite and highly detailed image of one of Saturn’s smallest moons, Phoebe, taken on June 23, 2004.

PHOTO: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

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“A mosaic of nine processed images recently acquired during Cassini’s first very close flyby of Saturn’s moon Titan on Oct. 26, 2004, constitutes the most detailed full-disc view of the mysterious moon.”

PHOTO: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

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Saturn’s Aurora’s

“The Cassini spacecraft has obtained new images of Saturn’s auroral emissions, which are similar to Earth’s Northern Lights. Images taken on June 21, 2005, with Cassini’s ultraviolet imaging spectrograph are the first from the mission to capture the entire “oval” of the auroral emissions at Saturn’s south pole.”

PHOTO: NASA/JPL/University of Colorado

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Lakes on a Moon

While scientists aren’t completely sure yet, the “shore-like smoothness of its perimeter” and other factors indicate this dark spot, called Ontario Lacus, may mean the presence of water on Saturn’s moon Titan. Received June 28, 2005.

PHOTO: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute


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Saturn’s Amazing Rings

“Images taken with blue, green and red spectral filters were used to create this color view, which approximates the scene as it would appear to the human eye. The view was brightened to enhance detail visible in the rings and within their shadows.”

PHOTO: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

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Quite the Photobomb

On August 3, 2006 NASA received this image of Saturn’s rings cutting across Titus.

PHOTO: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

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Saturn’s North Pole

Received on December 26, 2016, a well lit image of Saturn’s hexagonal North Pole.

PHOTO: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

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A New Discovery

NASA on October 11, 2006: “This view, acquired with the sun almost directly behind Saturn, reveals a previously unknown faint ring of material coincident with the orbit of the small moon Pallene.”

PHOTO: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

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Storm Clouds

These side-by-side views, received on April 29, 2008, show “the longest-lived electrical storm yet observed on Saturn by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft.”

PHOTO: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

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Light and Dark

Published on September 21, 2009, this mosaic image was taken over a period of eight hours from Cassini and processed together to show how light changes the view of the sixth planet.

PHOTO: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

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Up Close and Personal

“November 1, 2010: Vertical structures, among the tallest seen in Saturn’s main rings, rise abruptly from the edge of Saturn’s B ring to cast long shadows on the ring in this image taken by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft two weeks before the planet’s August 2009 equinox.”


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Hide and Seek

“During a flyby of Saturn’s moon Enceladus on Oct. 1, 2011, the Cassini spacecraft snapped this portrait of the moon joined by its sibling Epimetheus and the planet’s rings.”

PHOTO: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute


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A Storm is Near

This picture, captured on Feb. 25, 2011, was taken 12 weeks after this massive storm began. The tail of the storm was catching up with it’s head, wrapping around the entirety of Saturn.


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On December 18, 2012, Cassini captured this image of the planet while the spacecraft was in its shadow, creating the glow effect.

PHOTO: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

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An Image of Home

“In this rare image taken on July 19, 2013, the wide-angle camera on NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has captured Saturn’s rings and our planet Earth and its moon in the same frame.”

PHOTO: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

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Golden Views

A birds-eye view of Saturn revealing the golden-hues of the planet; these are its natural colors and how human eyes would see it. Taken on Oct. 10, 2013.

PHOTO: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SSI/Cornell

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Big and Small

“December 23, 2013: Saturn’s largest and second largest moons, Titan and Rhea, appear to be stacked on top of each other in this true-color scene from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft.”

PHOTO: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

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Shining Light

On July 28, 2014, this image was released from the 2010 Equinox of the geyser basin at the south pole of the Enceladus moon. The image was taken looking across the moon’s south pole

PHOTO: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

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Although the rings of Saturn may appear to be solid in some images, in this image released on December 8, 2014, it is clear through the shadow of the rings that they they are actually translucent. “We can glimpse the shadow of the rings on the planet through (and below) the A and C rings themselves, towards the lower right hand corner.”

PHOTO: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

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A Full View

“This marvelous panoramic view was created by combining a total of 165 images taken by the Cassini wide-angle camera over nearly three hours on Sept. 15, 2006…With giant Saturn hanging in the blackness and sheltering Cassini from the sun’s blinding glare, the spacecraft viewed the rings as never before, revealing previously unknown faint rings and even glimpsing its home world.”

PHOTO: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute


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Cassini’s Final Raw Image

This is the final image of Saturn taken by the Cassini spacecraft, and was received by NASA on Sep. 15, 2017 at 6:49 AM.

PHOTO: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

Source: 4029 Northwest Arkansas News 25 of the most incredible images from the Cassini Spacecraft

25 of the most incredible images from the Cassini Spacecraft


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