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Cloudflow August 7, 2008

Posted by jtintle in Planets, Space Fotos.
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PIA 10440


NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

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Cassini observes wispy whorls and streams of clouds as they flow across the face of Saturn. A line of vortices churns across the top of the scene.

This image was taken just over an hour after PIA10437 and shows a region slightly to the southwest of the earlier view. The circular vortex seen at right in the earlier view appears in the top right corner here.

Contrast in this image was strongly enhanced.

The image was taken with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on June 20, 2008 using a spectral filter sensitive to wavelengths of infrared light centered at 750 nanometers. The view was acquired at a distance of approximately 1.2 million kilometers (775,000 miles) from Saturn. Image scale is 7 kilometers (4 miles) per pixel.

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 Cassini-Huygens mission for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, Washington, D.C. The imaging team consists of scientists from the US, England, France, and Germany. The imaging operations center and team lead (Dr. C. Porco) are based at the Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colo.

For more information about the Cassini-Huygens mission, visit http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov and the Cassini imaging team home page, http://ciclops.org.

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