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File:Saturn from Cassini Orbiter (2004-07-17).jpg


Target Name: Saturn
Is a satellite of: Sun
Mission: Cassini
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
Product Size: 1016 samples x 634 lines
Produced By: CICLOPS/Space Science Institute
Primary Data Set: Cassini
Full-Res TIFF: PIA05429.tif (456.2 kB)
Full-Res JPEG: PIA05429.jpg (21.06 kB)

Frigid Ringworld
A frigid ball of gas in the blackness of space, Cassini's new home, Saturn, appears cool and serene in this natural colour image. The spacecraft obtained this view as it sped outward from the planet on its initial orbit. At the left, Saturn's shadow stretches almost completely across the rings, while at the right, the planet's illuminated face appears to gaze down at the far-off Sun.

Images taken through blue, green and red filters with the Cassini spacecraft wide angle camera were combined to create this view. The images were taken on July 17, 2004, from a distance of about 5.8 million kilometers (3.6 million miles) from Saturn. The Sun-Saturn-spacecraft, or phase angle of the image is 93 degrees. The image scale is 346 kilometers (215 miles) per pixel.

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